Mad Men Notes

Episodes - Two Lyrics


The first four seasons of Mad Men are in the Douglas College New Westminster library. These are on two-hour loan, so you should be able to access the show most of the time. You can also sign out a season just before the library closes, and take it home. 

You can get Mad Men on Google Play and Amazon, and there are many books and articles on the series in the Douglas library, in the Douglas library data bases, and online in general. 

For plot summaries, start with Wikipedia, IMDb, or 1.

Below 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  

I suggest looking closely at the episodes and clips in blue. We’ll take a closer look in class at the episodes in blue caps.




- Rachel & Don: Living Like no Tomorrow -

- final scene and song/credits: "On the Street Where You Live" -

E 2: Ladies Room

E 3: Marriage of Figaro

- Rachel & Don: "They protect you, they listen..." -

E 4: New Amsterdam

E 5: 5G


- Joan, Peggy, and Belle Jolie: Lipstick -

- Joan & Roger: "I hear the fins are bigger next year" -

- Rachel & Don: Zionism and utopia

- Babylon song and montage:

E 7: Red in the Face

E 8: The Hobo Code

- Midge and the ad world: "The universe is indifferent" -

- Sal: "Are you happy?" -

E 9: Shoot

E 10: Long Weekend

- Rachel & Don: Part 1 -  Part 2

E 11: Indian Summer

- Rachel & Don, "Indian Summer":

E 12: Nixon vs. Kennedy

- Rachel & Don - Coward -


- Don: The Carousel -


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?" -

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" -



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

- on the series -

- on Don

- on Peggy

Top 10 Most Memorable Mad Men Scenes -

Top 10 Insane Mad Men Moments -

"At the Codfish Ball" (S5 E7): Inside Episode 507 Mad Men: At the Codfish Ball -

"The Phantom" (S5 E13): You Only Live Twice -

On the Ad World

- "The Hobo Code" (S1 E8): "The universe is indifferent" -

- "Lost Horizon" (S7 E12): The best scene of all time?-



Top 10 Women of Mad Men -

Inside Episode 511 Mad Men: The Other Woman -

Inside Episode 409 Mad Men: The Beautiful Girls -


- overview of character development:

- & Roger - "Babylon" (S1 E6): "I hear the fins are bigger next year" 1.06 -

Rachel & Don

- "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes" (S1 E1): Living Like no Tomorrow -

- "Marriage of Figaro" (S1 E3): "They protect you, they listen..." -

- “Long Weekend” (S1 E10) Part 1: - - Part 2:

- "Indian Summer" (S1 E11):

- "Nixon vs. Kennedy" (S1 E12): Coward -


- overview of character development:

- "The Summer Man" (S4 E8): Peggy fires Joey -

- "Waterloo" (S7 E7): Peggy's pitch -


- overview of character development:

- "Shoot" (S1 E9): Betty Draper vs. the Pigeons -

- "A Night to Remember" (S2 E8): Heineken and Betty's dinner -

- & Don in Rome ("Souvenir," S3 E8): Don Draper VS 2 Neapolitan guys (1-0) -

Suzanne (Sally’s teacher) & Don ("Wee Small Hours," S3 E9): Don knocks on Suzanne's door -

Sylvia & Don (“The Collaborators,” S6 E3): "You want to feel shitty right up until the point where I take your dress off" -


3. SAL

"The Hobo Code" (S1 E8): "Are you happy?" -

- & Ken & wife Kitty - "The Gold Violin" (S2 E7): "Do you even see me?"  -

"Out of Town" (S3 E1): The one I have at home is different -

Mad Men and Homosexuality -

Gay TV Now: Episode 3 -

[A general – brief, light -- look at sexuality in the show) -

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]


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