Episode Guide


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Season 1

This is an episode list with a brief synopsis. Click “full recap” or “quotes” for more on each episode.

…and don’t forget the Season 1 Cultural References.

1. Smoke Gets in Your Eyes
Writer: Matthew Weiner
Director: Alan Taylor
Original air date: July 19, 2007
Two consecutive days in March, 1960: A Thursday and a Friday
Peggy’s first day. Don makes love to Midge, has a tobacco epiphany. Pete plans his bachelor party. Peggy gets the pill, gets naughty with Pete. (Full recap) (Quotes)

2. Ladies Room
Writer: Matthew Weiner
Director: Alan Taylor
Original air date: July 26, 2007
Late March/early April 1960, four days: A few days pass between Days 3 & 4
Helen moves in. Betty’s hands go numb. Joan gets the guys to take Peggy and her to lunch. Don doesn’t like Midge’s TV. Paul wants Peggy, Peggy gets upset. Don doesn’t want to work for Nixon but Cooper wants him to. Betty visits Dr. Wayne. Don calls in sick to visit Midge again. Right Guard introduces aerosol. (Full recap) (Quotes)

3. Marriage of Figaro
Writer: Tom Palmer
Director: Ed Bianchi
Original air date: August 2, 2007
Friday and Saturday, April 8 and 9, 1960
Don is recognized as “Dick Whitman” on the train. Pete returns from his honeymoon. The women read Lady Chatterly’s Lover. Don kisses Rachel. Sally’s birthday party doesn’t go as planned. (Full recap) (Quotes)

4. New Amsterdam
Writer: Lisa Albert
Director: Tim Hunter
Original air date: August 9, 2007
Three consecutive weekdays in April 1960
Trudy wants Pete to buy an apartment. Pete oversteps his bounds with Don and pays a price. Betty babysits for Helen. (Full recap) (Quotes)

5. Five G
Writer: Matthew Weiner
Director: Lesli Linka Glatter
Original air date: August 16, 2007
An evening and three weekdays (all consecutive) in April or May 1960
Don encounters Adam. Ken gets published, and Pete pushes Trudy to help him get published as well. Peggy overhears Don and Midge on the phone. Don keeps Betty and the kids waiting at Sterling Cooper.
(Full recap) (Quotes)

6. Babylon
Writer: Andre & Maria Jacquemetton
Director: Andrew Bernstein
Original air date: August 23, 2007
May 8, then 2 consecutive days between May 16-20, 1960
Peggy stands out during a lipstick focus group. Don asks Rachel to help him understand Jews. Roger and Joan meet outside of work hours. Rachel discusses Don with her sister. Don meets Midge’s beatnik friends. (Full recap) (Quotes)

7. Red in the Face
Writer: Bridget Bedard
Director: Tim Hunter
Original air date: August 30, 2007
Late May or early June, 1960
Roger wrangles an invitation to dinner from Don, then gets too friendly with Betty. Revenge is spelled O-Y-S-T-E-R-S. Helen and Betty have a confrontation in the market. Pete exchanges a chip-and-dip for a shotgun. (Full recap) (Quotes)

8. The Hobo Code
Writer: Chris Provenzano
Director: Phil Abraham
Original air date: September 6, 2007
Approximately July, 1960
Pete and Peggy get to work early. Don remembers a hobo who visited his family when he was a child. Salvatore has an intimate dinner with a client. Peggy celebrates her first writing assignment. Don spends more time with beatniks. (Full recap) (Quotes)

9. Shoot
Writer: Chris Provenzano & Matthew Weiner
Director: Paul Feig
Original air date: September 13, 2007
Approximately August, 1960
Betty is offered a modeling job by an ad agency trying to hire Don. The neighbor’s pigeons prove to be an annoyance. (Full recap) (Quotes)

10. Long Weekend
Writer: Bridget Bedard, Andre & Maria Jacquemetton & Matthew Weiner
Director: Tim Hunter
Original air date: September 27, 2007
Friday, September 2, 1960
Roger lusts after twins, but it turns out to affect his health negatively. Joan’s roommate makes a confession. Don and Rachel experience horizontal bliss, and Don tells her about his childhood. (Full recap) (Quotes)

11. Indian Summer
Writer: Tom Palmer & Matthew Weiner
Director: Tim Hunter
Original air date: October 4, 2007
Probably October 11-14, 1960; may start days earlier and end days later
Adam makes a final decision. Roger’s premature return to the office is unsuccessful. Peggy’s date doesn’t go well. Betty is visited by an air conditioner salesman. Don is promoted. Peggy and Betty each discover that vibration can be fun. Pete snags Don’s package. (Full recap) (Quotes)

12. Nixon vs. Kennedy
Writer: Lisa Albert, Andre & Maria Jacquemetton
Director: Alan Taylor
Original air date: October 11, 2007
November 8 and 9, 1960
Pete blackmails Don. An election returns party at the office gets rowdy. The gang puts on a play. Harry and Hildy have an encounter. Don asks Rachel to run away with him, which pisses her off. We learn how Dick Whitman became Don Draper. (Full recap) (Quotes)

13. The Wheel
Writer: Matthew Weiner & Robin Veith
Director: Matthew Weiner
Original air date: October 18, 2007
November 20–23, 1960
Harry is staying at the office. Don doesn’t want to join Betty’s family for Thanksgiving. Francine discovers Carlton is cheating, and Betty discovers that Don frequently calls her shrink. Betty sees Glen in the parking lot. She also sees Dr. Wayne and tells him what she knows about Don. Peggy gets promoted, but also discovers why she’s been gaining weight. Pete gets his father-in-law as a client. Don learns of Adam’s fate. (Full recap) (Quotes)