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The wheels are really coming off the wagon that is Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce, and on this week's episode of Mad Men, Don may have added another nail to the coffin. As the water continues to rise for the company, it's getting harder and harder for Don and the rest of the team to land new accounts. Much like the end of season three, it feels like big changes are on the horizon.

This week the smaller adjustments begin: layoffs are made, Betty may be uprooting the Draper kids, and Don makes a very big decision regarding the future of the agency without consulting his partners. There's a lot to chew on as we gear up for next week's big finale, so just .

  • Dire straits: Don's big meeting with Heinz doesn't exactly go as planned; the exec is excited about Don's ideas, but doesn't want to get in bed with a company that may be about to go under. The partners at Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce call in an adviser, who gets them a meeting for Philip Morris tobacco. With most of their eggs in the proverbial basket, the partners are crushed when they learn that Philip Morris was only using their meeting to get a better deal with Leo Burnett. Pryce manages to get a bank loan, but it requires a hefty collateral fee from the partners — and a round of layoffs.
  • Doctor Feelgood: Sally has a meeting with Dr. Edna, who says she's really proud of Sally's progress and that Sally is ready to have fewer sessions. Unfortunately, Betty is displeased when she hears this news because she's skeptical that Sally has been "cured." Clearly, Betty has been enjoying her monthly sessions with Dr. Edna to talk about Sally complain about Henry, but Betty balks when Dr. Edna tries to refer Betty to a shrink of her own. You know, because Betty "doesn't need a psychiatrist."
  • Hugs, not drugs: Don is shocked (as was I) to see his former love Midge in his office lobby. Now a "starving artist," she chalks the meeting up to coincidence and invites Don back to her apartment to meet her husband, Harry, and check out her paintings. Harry wastes no time trying to hit Don up for cash, and more or less tells Don that he's free to sleep with Midge if he buys one of her paintings. Once Don forks over some money, Midge reveals that she and Harry have become addicted to heroin and that she sought Don out for cash. Clearly pitying her, Don gives her the contents of his wallet for one of her paintings.
  • Man on a mission: After getting rejected by a second tobacco company, Don takes to his notebook again, this time to write a piece called "Why I'm quitting tobacco" (while smoking a cigarette, no less). As it turns out, this isn't just another "dear diary" moment: Don's article about why his ad agency won't be taking on any more tobacco accounts turns up in The New York Times. He waxes poetic about how the product doesn't improve and only hurts people, and even refers future tobacco accounts to his competitors. The partners are furious that they weren't consulted, and Cooper picks up his shoes and quits right there on the spot. Lane calls Don a hypocrite, doe-eyed Megan praises him for taking a stand, and Peggy quietly supports his decision. Ultimately, though, the article means Faye has to resign from her post — which means she and Don can finally go public with their relationship. Overall it's a very gutsy move on Don's part, but it certainly calls attention to the company. Do you agree with his actions or do you agree with the partners?
  • Like mother, like daughter: As Dr. Edna suggests, Sally seems to be calmer and better behaved these days — but her private meetings with Glen are proving to be just as influential as her therapy sessions. Sally's relationship with Glen is pretty sweet (she doesn't even accept his cigarette offer), but her mother doesn't see it that way. In a kind of awkward argument (remember when Glen was in love with Betty?), Betty forbids Sally from seeing Glen anymore. Taking things one step further, she tells Henry that she thinks it's time that the family move to a new neighborhood.

What are your thoughts on this week's episode? Will Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce finally fall in next week's finale? Will Sally get even more rebellious? Leave your comments below or take them to the Mad Men community group!

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3 years 47 weeks
Betty is definitely jealous of Glenn's relationship with Sally,also i think that what Glenn told Sally is very true'' your mom doesn't like children '',she just doesn't know what to do.My heart goes out to Sally,that little girl is a superb actress. i think what Don did was ballsy yet brave,the company will not go under,i'm sure,and kudos to him for paying Pete's part,that boy can be such a brat.Could Trudy be anymore ridiculous?,i think not.Also,i felt really bad for Midge when she said ''what am i going to do with a check'' i thought it was so sad,and a little pathetic,i liked that Don gave her money,even though we all know,(him included),that she's going to spend it on heroine.I hope we get to see her again,and that she recovers.
care0531 care0531 3 years 48 weeks
I like Betty and Sally too. I am waiting for Betty to break and realize all the problems she has.
Brendelwoman Brendelwoman 3 years 48 weeks
I miss Betty. I feel like this season only got momentum about 3 episodes ago. Betty is pining for Don and I'm thinking there is going to be a reunion, though probably not a good one.
3 years 48 weeks
I agree with Studio 16 - Betty did act like she was jealous of Sally';s friendship with Glenn. I love Sally. Great casting on Sally's part- she does look like Betty I love how strong that little girl is and it's so nice to see Glen back. I think there are going to be alot of loose ends this season. Statery did a very good job directing this week. What's up with Peggy's son by Pete and when is Trudy going to find out. I also think they are missing a very interesting story line by not bringing SALVATORE (closet gay) back in the mix. Did Joan get an abortion or not? It was really not clear. I like Faye, but I'm not sure where her story line is going. I really didn't care for the Don's herion addicted flame. We could have done without that. It just seemed that this season was VERY DARK-TOO DARK. And for goodness find Don a new apartment even I get depressed when he goes home.
Studio16 Studio16 3 years 48 weeks
Did anyone else think Betty acted like Glenn was an ex-boyfriend and not simply a boy she didn't want her daughter hanging out with? It just brought back shades of high school where all the girls would tell our friends, "Don't talk to him, he hurt me!" The other telling "Betty Moment" was when Dr. Edna offered a psychiatrist and Betty said, "I can't just see you?" When Dr. Edna said, "Well, yeah, but I'm a child psychiatrist," Betty just nodded. Betty doesn't want to be treated like a rational adult. She wants to be sympathized with a cooed over, like a child. Don has been getting on my nerves lately, but when he wrote his "ad" and paid for Pete, I thought, "The boy's done good!" (And honestly, when he first started writing and doing the voice-over, I told my sister, "Oh, good, he's still keeping a diary!" It wasn't until I saw Henry reading and Don was still doing the voice-over that I realized, "Oh, he actually published that.") I don't think SCDP is going to go under. A., Don's not going to let that happen, B., The writers wouldn't let that happen. Anyone else worried about Trudy turning into the next Betty? Her little row with Pete was understandable in theory, but a little over the top. I thought it was hypocritical that she told him not to ask her parents for money when she asked them to pay for the apartment.
3 years 48 weeks
Faye is the dullest Draper Dame. Write her out and pencil Megan in as Draper's latest love interest. It gonna happen again anyway. Besides, Sally likes her.
onlysourcherry onlysourcherry 3 years 48 weeks
I know everyone hates Betty, but I find her storyline to be very interesting, and I do think that January Jones is perfect in the part. Midge was so sad! I think Don was out of line, but I also think that what he did will ultimately pay off. Do you think Cooper is really gone?? Will Sal come back if the chauvinist art director is laid off? Please?
dreamalittledream dreamalittledream 3 years 48 weeks
Aw Sally and Betty are some of my favorite characters!!! January Jones is perfect at playing that distant and cold mother. I hate Faye's storyline, she needs to leave haha. Good episode though!
3 years 48 weeks
If "Mad Men" would never return to the Betty/Sally subplot, I'd absolutely love it. January Jones is a superficial actress and brings nothing to the "Mad Men" party.