English 1130: Academic Writing

Mad Men Notes

Episodes - Video Clips by Category - Two Lyrics - “Meditations in an Emergency”


Mad Men is presently on Netflix Canada, and you can rent or buy seasons on Google Play and Amazon. For plot summaries, start with Wikipedia, IMDb, or http://episodeguides.blogspot.ca/2010/02/mad-men-episode-summaries.html#Season 1.

On this page you'll find: 

- a list of episodes in season 1 and 2 (with Youtube clips)

- clips grouped into 1. General, 2. Female Characters, and 3. Sal  

In class we’ll take a closer look at the episodes in blue caps.



- Rachel & Don: Living Like no Tomorrow - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qfdihk0HG0w

- final scene and song/credits: "On the Street Where You Live" -  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YwmIxAU-yB4

E 2: Ladies Room

E 3: Marriage of Figaro

- Rachel & Don: "They protect you, they listen..." - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bEEWhooytbU

E 4: New Amsterdam

E 5: 5G


- Joan, Peggy, and Belle Jolie: Lipstick - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fVI7-ufWR6I

- Joan & Roger: "I hear the fins are bigger next year" - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S-bnS5NiD8Q

- Rachel & Don: Zionism and utopia https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BBgyUXN1SY0and

- Babylon song and montage: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uMr3NCqCvYE

E 7: Red in the Face

E 8: The Hobo Code

- Midge and the ad world: "The universe is indifferent" - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hQM8UKgt3Qs

- Sal: "Are you happy?" - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gVATV8sMi_M

E 9: Shoot

E 10: Long Weekend

- Rachel & Don: Part 1 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VEEWRxqhIKg -  Part 2 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_1zZoUVAmOs

E 11: Indian Summer

- Rachel & Don, "Indian Summer": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qt-pGDiN2yc

E 12: Nixon vs. Kennedy

- Rachel & Don - Coward - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iEl6RS8QcCw


- Don: The Carousel - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=suRDUFpsHus


E 1: For Those Who Think Young

E 2: Flight 1

E 3: The Benefactor

E 4: Three Sundays

E 5: The New Girl

E 6: Maidenform


- Sal & Kitty & Ken: "Do you even see me?" - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CbUncUTnAhg

E 8: A Night to Remember

E 9: Six Month Leave

E 10: The Inheritance

E 11: The Jet Set

E 12: The Mountain King


- Don & the ad world, "Duck is the man for the job" - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B5N3OQklFEU


Video Clips by Category


If you want an overview of seasons 1-6, these are fast and entertaining:

- on the series - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tue6lOzPolI

- on Donhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lfw_6rG5hvY

- on Peggyhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tX4BGUnBy6E

Top 10 Most Memorable Mad Men Scenes - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LCPawawb1Ck

Top 10 Insane Mad Men Moments - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bCgFzBHX7Fo

"At the Codfish Ball" (S5 E7): Inside Episode 507 Mad Men: At the Codfish Ball - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W_VMk62tO7k

"The Phantom" (S5 E13): You Only Live Twice - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cYAWPV78PrI

On the Ad World

- "The Hobo Code" (S1 E8): "The universe is indifferent" - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hQM8UKgt3Qs

- "Lost Horizon" (S7 E12): The best scene of all time?- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R0e8mfHzAjQ


Top 10 Women of Mad Men - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AGJ4IPlPP_o

Inside Episode 511 Mad Men: The Other Woman - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UqgxAW5fqAk

Inside Episode 409 Mad Men: The Beautiful Girls - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LdHyu5r25Ec


- overview of character development: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Dl7787u3C0

- & Roger - "Babylon" (S1 E6): "I hear the fins are bigger next year" 1.06 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S-bnS5NiD8Q

Rachel & Don

- "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes" (S1 E1): Living Like no Tomorrow - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qfdihk0HG0w

- "Marriage of Figaro" (S1 E3): "They protect you, they listen..." - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bEEWhooytbU

- “Long Weekend” (S1 E10) Part 1: - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VEEWRxqhIKg - Part 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_1zZoUVAmOs

- "Indian Summer" (S1 E11): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qt-pGDiN2yc

- "Nixon vs. Kennedy" (S1 E12): Coward - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iEl6RS8QcCw


- overview of character development: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1JtQ7J5al8Y

- "The Summer Man" (S4 E8): Peggy fires Joey - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b28GqQfm49U

- "Waterloo" (S7 E7): Peggy's pitch - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A4LHb89pAlA


- overview of character development: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=10fRkZLBghA

- "Shoot" (S1 E9): Betty Draper vs. the Pigeons - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ltl0EQ9O7Gg

- "A Night to Remember" (S2 E8): Heineken and Betty's dinner - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=deXGXYJo4-0

- & Don in Rome ("Souvenir," S3 E8): Don Draper VS 2 Neapolitan guys (1-0) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JxnoPasZdkA

Suzanne (Sally’s teacher) & Don ("Wee Small Hours," S3 E9): Don knocks on Suzanne's door - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rbSIWN3nS7w

Sylvia & Don (“The Collaborators,” S6 E3): "You want to feel shitty right up until the point where I take your dress off" - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ifn1n8JeT4U

3. SAL

"The Hobo Code" (S1 E8): "Are you happy?" - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gVATV8sMi_M

- & Ken & wife Kitty - "The Gold Violin" (S2 E7): "Do you even see me?"  - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CbUncUTnAhg

"Out of Town" (S3 E1): The one I have at home is different - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dL2-GTLyZYc

Mad Men and Homosexuality - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wswIGHBYmR8

Gay TV Now: Episode 3 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LLFOh4gorc0

[A general – brief, light -- look at sexuality in the show) - http://www.newnownext.com/the-13-gayest-moments-on-mad-men/05/2015/

Two Lyrics

In the rhetoric part of the course, we'll analyze the opening credits to Mad Men, and I'll refer you to the sample essay, "The Falling Cat" (in Rhetorical Analysis Samples), which includes a reference to "The Phantom" (S5 E13). In class, we'll look at how the Bond song "You Only Live Twice" is integrated into the final sequence of "The Phantom." 

You Only Live Twice  (S5 E13; Barry & Bricusse, sung by Nancy Sinatra, 1969)                  

You only live twice, or so it seems
One life for yourself, and one for your dreams

You drift through the years and life seems tame
Till one dream appears and love is its name

And love is a stranger who'll beckon you on
Don't think of the danger or the stranger is gone

This dream is for you, so pay the price
Make one dream come true, you only live twice

And love is a stranger who'll beckon you on
Don't think of the danger or the stranger is gone

This dream is for you, so pay the price
Make one dream come true, you only live twice

On a number of occasions we'll look at the opening episode "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes" (S1 E1), which ends with the song "On the Street Where You Live."

On the Street Where You Live  (Loewe & Lerner, 1956)

I have often walked down the street before
But the pavement always
Stayed beneath my feet before

All at once am I
Several stories high
Knowing I'm on the street where you live

Are there lilac trees
In the heart of town?
Can you hear a lark in any other part of town?

Does enchantment pour
Out of every door?
No, it's just on the street where you live

And oh, the towering feeling
Just to know somehow you are near
The overpowering feeling
That any second you may suddenly appear

[the rest of the song isn't included in the final credits]

“Meditations in an Emergency”

(S2 E13): 12:30-21:00; 31:30-47:00 (c. 25 minutes total)

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1. What indicates 1962 and not 2019? 2. Is Migglebrink’s argument about personalizing history effective or not? 3. How might you apply her argument to the situation of women?

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From Wikipedia:

The Cuban Missile Crisis was a 13-day (October 16–28, 1962) confrontation between the United States and the Soviet Union initiated by the American discovery of Soviet ballistic missile deployment in Cuba. The confrontation is often considered the closest the Cold War came to escalating into a full-scale nuclear war.

In response to the failed Bay of Pigs Invasion of 1961 and the presence of American Jupiter ballistic missiles in Italy and Turkey, Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev agreed to Cuba's request to place nuclear missiles on the island to deter a future invasion. An agreement was reached during a secret meeting between Khrushchev and Fidel Castro in July 1962, and construction of a number of missile launch facilities started later that summer.

The 1962 United States elections were under way, and the White House had for months denied charges that it was ignoring dangerous Soviet missiles 90 miles (140 km) from Florida. The missile preparations were confirmed when an Air Force U-2 spy plane produced clear photographic evidence of medium-range (SS-4) and intermediate-range (R-14) ballistic missile facilities. The US established a naval blockade on October 22 to prevent further missiles from reaching Cuba; Oval Office tapes during the crisis revealed that Kennedy had also put the blockade in place as an attempt to provoke Soviet-backed forces in Berlin as well. The US announced it would not permit offensive weapons to be delivered to Cuba and demanded that the weapons already in Cuba be dismantled and returned to the Soviet Union.

After several days of tense negotiations, an agreement was reached between US President John F. Kennedy and Khrushchev. Publicly, the Soviets would dismantle their offensive weapons in Cuba and return them to the Soviet Union, subject to United Nations verification, in exchange for a US public declaration and agreement to avoid invading Cuba again. Secretly, the United States agreed that it would dismantle all US-built Jupiter MRBMs, which had been deployed in Turkey against the Soviet Union; there has been debate on whether or not Italy was included in the agreement as well.

When all offensive missiles and Ilyushin Il-28 light bombers had been withdrawn from Cuba, the blockade was formally ended on November 21, 1962. The negotiations between the United States and the Soviet Union pointed out the necessity of a quick, clear, and direct communication line between Washington and Moscow. As a result, the Moscow–Washington hotline was established. A series of agreements reduced US–Soviet tensions for several years until both parties began to build their nuclear arsenal even further.


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