MAD MEN
SEASON FIVE

Episode 7: “At The Codfish Ball”

BY CHRISTOPHER HASKELL
APRIL 9, 2013

Don’s in-laws are in town. Henry’s mother trips over a phone cord, which is hilarious, bringing Sally and Bobby in on the festivities. Sally is turning into a young woman, wearing makeup and a party dress for Don’s award acceptance at the American Cancer Society ball, where he finds that no one wants to work with him after his letter in the paper (“bite the hand”). For reasons I’ll never understand, Peggy gets her hopes up, as she thinks lame-o Abe is going to propose (really, he wants to move in). Often I forget the period of this series, and Peggy’s mom’s freak out caused a double-take, but of course, she would react like that. Megan steps up with a brilliant idea for the Heinz campaign and pitches the ad in an impromptu meeting during a dinner date with no time to spare. Her success turns on Don. Speaking of turned on, Roger gets fresh with Megan’s mother, an image that Sally will not soon forget.

RELEASE DATE
April 29, 2012

DIRECTOR
Michael Uppendahl

WRITTEN BY
Jonathan Igla
Matthew Weiner

STUDIO
Lionsgate Television

NETWORK
AMC

TV-14

DRAMA
48 minutes

CINEMATOGRAPHER
Christopher Manley

COMPOSER
David Carbonara

EDITOR
Leo Trombetta

CAST
Jon Hamm
Elisabeth Mos
Vincent Kartheiser
Christina Hendricks
Aaron Staton
Rich Sommer
Kiernan Shipka
Jessica Paré
Jay R. Ferguson
John Slattery
Peyton List
Alexis Bledel

PRODUCED BY
Jon Hamm
Blake McCormick

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