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Published on August 19th, 2009 | by Iris Hogan


Mad Men Season 3 Episode 2: Love Among the Ruins

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The “Mad Men” Season 3 premiere was filled with all the intensity, sex and turmoil we’ve come to love AMC’s top drama.

The premiere began with another journey into Don Draper’s clouded and forgotten background. While, boiling milk for his wife Betty, he saw an image of his parents: his father, the wife beater, and his mother, who only gave birth to sill born children. His next vision was of his parents, an unnamed man and a prostitute who threatened to “cut his dick off” if he got her in trouble. The unnamed woman got the last laugh, after giving birth to the would-be Draper, by naming him Dick before her untimely death.

Changes abound at the offices of Sterling Cooper. The British monarchy has been hard at work cutting the American fat from the office. After the current head of accounts is fired, Ken Cosgrove and Pete Campbell have both been promoted to head of accounts. Needless to say, Pete is not in the least thrilled about splitting this title.

Draper and Salvator fly out to meet the heads of London Fog and assure the raincoat company that their business is safe in the hands of the new Sterling Cooper. Business trips mean one thing to Don Draper – affairs. The minute he lands, Draper is hard at work, working over a stewardess. But, that’s the least of the drama. Salvatore’s air-conditioner is on the fritz and he calls for room service to lend a hand – make that a hand-job. After fixing Romano’s air-conditioner, the bellhop gets to work on Sal’s hidden passion. Unfortunately for Sal, a fire alarm goes off in the building and Draper, on the way down the fire escape, catches Sal in the act. Draper may be slick tongued in business and family life, but it appears that he’s progressive when it comes to hiding secrets. The Ad Men makes no repramand on Sal’s unbecoming 1960s behavior and stays business as usual. Bravo.

In Mad Men Season 3 Episode 2, “Love Among the Ruins,” Betty gets a visit from her father, while Sterling Cooper grapples with a very specific client request.

In this Mad Men dinner clip, you can get a feel for the uneasiness of the new British-American alliance at Sterling Cooper.

Mad Men Episode 2: “Love Among the Ruins” airs Sun., Aug. 23 at 10PM | 9C on AMC.

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