Mad Men: ‘The Runaways’ (Recap)


Hey, remember Stephanie? Well, she’s back! And she’s pregnant!

Of all the great minor characters in MAD MEN’s history, I was surprised the show chose to bring back Stephanie.  She was fine in the past, but didn’t really add much to the show beyond being Anna Draper’s niece. 

But seeing her juxtaposed with Megan was perfect. There was an obvious attraction between Stephanie and Don back when we used to see her, and if Anna hadn’t developed cancer, that might have lead somewhere. But, of course, it didn’t, and Don ended up with Megan. The two are so alike, and yet, so different, and it created a really interesting dynamic. 

Here’s more of what went down on this week’s MAD MEN. 

‘Scout’s Honor’: It’s Better Than ‘Underdog!’

Lou Avery wants to be a cartoonist, and luckily, the employees of Sterling Cooper & Partners find that just as funny as I do. The inside jokes the guys make about “Scout’s Honor” are fun, but the meeting in which Lou blows up about the strip is priceless. This is one of the funniest scenes MAD MEN has provided us with all season. 

The Draper Kids Aren’t Alright

We don’t really get to see Sally and Bobby together all that often, do we? Their stories tend to be isolated, pairing them up with one of their parents. But when Sally comes home due to an injury to her nose, we get to see some really nice sibling bonding. Their conversation about Betty and Francis feels authentic, and it serves as an interesting break in a very busy episode. 

Ginsberg vs. The Machine

We’ve had hints in the past that Michael Ginsberg might be a little less than stable (anyone remember his speech to Peggy about how he was a Martian?), but tonight’s episode brought him full-speed into Crazytown. He believes the new computer is turning his coworkers gay, so he shows up to Peggy’s apartment unannounced to try to work. From there, he tries to kiss her, realizes he has feelings for her, then cuts off his own nipple like he’s an extra on GAME OF THRONES, and gets carried away on a stretcher. This could very well be the last we see of Ginsberg – he’ll be off in the MAD MEN supporting character purgatory hanging out with Sal and Kinsey.

Quote of the Episode:

“Don’t worry about me finding a man. I already have you to keep me in line.” – Sally Draper to Betty Francis

Ouch, Sally. That was cold. 

Mad Men airs Sundays at 10:00 on AMC.

Michael Smith

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Michael Smith is a student living in New York who loves television. Coincidentally, he also loves to write about television -- so this works out great for him. He can’t wait to talk your ear off about the latest low-rated cult hit that he couldn’t bear to see cancelled.
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