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Recap of Mad Men Episode "Chinese Wall"

Mad Men's 5 Maddest Moments: Episode "Chinese Wall"

Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce is plummeting in a downward spiral on this week's Mad Men, and even though there isn't any carnage to be had (yet), the vultures are already circling. When Ken Cosgrove attends a dinner with his fiancee, Cynthia (it's Alex Mack!), he learns through a guy at rival agency BBDO that Lucky Strike has abandoned the Sterling Cooper ship. As a result, the entire staff comes together for a call to arms. Roger does his best fake surprise over the news, Don rallies the troops with a motivational speech, and the partners set their sights on new clients. Can the company be saved? But it's not just all work. Peggy takes it to the sheets with one of her previous suitors, and it's time to break out the cigars for Pete: he's a proud new papa. Let's get down to the nitty-gritty of the night when you keep reading.

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  • It's the end of the world: Or so everyone would have you believe. When Lucky Strike's departure hits the office (and the advertising gossip mill), the agency scrambles to save its existing clients and add new ones to its Rolodex. But Lucky Strike's departure snowballs a bit, and Glo Coat calls Don to say it's pulling out too (so much for the CLIO). The partners go into desperation mode, even attending the funeral of another agency's head honcho to get face time with his clients. Is nothing sacred?
  • . . . And the end of the affair: Just when things can't get any worse for Roger, precious Joanie puts a stop to their trysts. After he does his song-and-dance routine to fool his colleagues about Lucky Strike's actual departure, his conscience gets the best of him and he confesses the truth to his number one confidant. He pleads with Joan to be by his side during his self-loathing, but when he tries to kiss her, she says she "can't do this anymore." He returns home to Jane, and what should be a proud moment — the unveiling of his book — is nothing more than extra salt in his wounds.
  • Peggy apologises; she's "not usually like this": Peggy goes to the beach with her beatnik friends, and before you know it, she's bringing Abe back to her place for a followup to their closet incident. He comments on her Olympian shoulders, she teasingly pulls him back to bed in the morning — the woman is glowing. Rizzo picks up on her new aura and interprets it as a come-on (because, you know, "women get sex-crazed" when an agency falls apart). Peggy turns him away, so that when it's time for her important Playtex presentation, he neglects to tell her about the lipstick on her teeth. Luckily, she still nails the pitch.
  • It's a girl! As Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce suffers, Trudy Campbell is in labour. Pete tries to split his time between the hospital and the office until his father-in-law suggests that business is more important. But why decide between the two when you can do work right from the waiting room?! Ted Chaough shows up on the scene to poach Pete for his own agency before the Lucky Strike dust has even settled. Pete turns him away for the time being, though Ted's promise of a new car does sound tempting. Oh yeah, and like the total afterthought the episode makes it out to be, Trudy has her baby . . . a girl.
  • A woman to soothe a weary soul: That long look Don gave his secretary Megan last week wasn't just in our minds. After a fight with Faye (Don asks to use her client list for new business), she storms out his office leaving him to sulk. Enter Megan, who wants nothing more than to stroke Don's ego. Is it any surprise then that these two have sex on his office couch? Perhaps it's the drinks (Don says his limit is three) or Megan's overt aggression, but Don gives in. When he returns to his apartment, however, Faye's waiting at his door with a surprise: she's scheduled a meeting for him with Heinz. Ouch, that guilt has to sting, doesn't it, Don?

What did you think of this episode? Do you think Peggy's new beau will stick around? And am I the only one who kind of missed Sally this week? Sound off below!

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