Season 4 Episodes


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Season 4

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 4 Cultural References.

1. Public Relations
Writer: Matthew Weiner
Director: Phil Abraham
Original air date: 25 July 2010
November 20-30, and perhaps into early December, 1964
Don is interviewed by the media and goes on a date. Peggy and Pete devise a publicity scheme to sell ham. Betty and Henry have Thanksgiving at Henry’s mother’s. Sally doesn’t react well to sweet potatoes. Jantzen Swimwear wants a campaign for their two-piece.
(Full recap) (Quotes)

2. Christmas Comes But Once a Year
Writer: Tracy McMillan and Matthew Weiner
Director: Michael Uppendahl
Original air date: 1 August, 2010
Six days (at least some of which are consecutive) just prior to Christmas 1964
An old Sterling-Cooper associate brings in a new client. Lee Garner, Jr. invites himself to the SCDP Christmas party. Peggy’s boyfriend wants to be her first. Sally encounters Glen Bishop. Alison brings Don his keys. (Full recap) (Quotes)

3. The Good News
Writer: Jonathan Abrahams and Matthew Weiner
Director: Jennifer Getzinger
Original air date: 8 August, 2010
December 29, 1964 through January 4, 1965
Joan visits the doctor. Lane sends flowers. Don visits Anna in California, dances with her niece, and learns some news. Joan cuts herself. Don and Lane go to the movies. (Full recap) (Quotes)

4. The Rejected
Writer: Keith Huff and Matthew Weiner
Director: John Slattery
Original air date: 15 August, 2010
February 24–26, 1965
Dr. Faye Miller leads a Ponds focus group. Allison becomes upset. Pete gets some exciting news. Harry and Pete have lunch with Ken. Peggy goes to a party downtown. Pete and Trudy have dinner with Trudy’s parents. (Full recap) (Quotes)

5. The Chrysanthemum and the Sword
Writer: Erin Levy
Director: Lesli Linka Glatter
Original air date: 22 August, 2010
March 12–23, and a day soon after, 1965
Roger objects to wooing Honda Motorcycle Company as a client. Don takes Bethany to Benihana. Sally’s acting out becomes worse, and Henry suggests she see a child psychiatrist. (Full recap) (Quotes)

6. Waldorf Stories
Writer: Brett Johnson and Matthew Weiner
Director: Scott Hornbacher
Original air date: 29 August, 2010
Late March or April, 1965
Don is nominated for a Clio award. Peggy works with Rizzo on Vick’s cough syrup. Roger remembers meeting Don and giving Joan a fur. Don pitches Life Cereal, but it doesn’t go as planned. Roger dictates his memoir. Don oversleeps. (Full recap) (Quotes)

7. The Suitcase
Writer: Matthew Weiner
Director: Jennifer Getzinger
Original air date: 5 September, 2010
May 25 and 26, 1965
While the world pays attention to the Sonny Liston/Cassius Clay (Muhammad Ali) rematch, Don and Peggy work late on Samsonite. Don avoids a phone call, Peggy avoids a birthday dinner, Roger avoids Freddie Rumsen. (Full recap) (Quotes)

8. The Summer Man
Writers: Lisa Albert & Janet Leahy and Matthew Weiner
Director: Phil Abraham
Original air date: 12 September, 2010
June 14–20, 1965
Don swims and keeps a journal. Betty accompanies Henry to a political dinner, with a surprising encounter. Don dates two blondes. Miss Blankenship is recovering from cataract surgery. Peggy and Joan approach Joey with different methods. Baby Gene turns two. (Full recap) (Quotes)

9. The Beautiful Girls
Writers: Dahvi Waller and Matthew Weiner
Director: Michael Uppendahl
Original air date: 19 September, 2010
July 1965
Don has lunch with Faye. Sally takes the train. Miss Blankenship takes early retirement. Peggy’s reunion with Abe doesn’t go smoothly. Joan and Roger go for a walk after dinner. (Full recap) (Quotes)

10. Hands and Knees
Writers: Jonathan Abrahams and Matthew Weiner
Director: Lynn Shelton
Original air date: 26 September, 2010
August 9–13, 1965
The North American Aviation account causes unexpected complications. Betty receives a visit from government agents. Don panics. Lane’s father is not pleased to meet Lane’s girlfriend. Joan and Roger have a talk, and Joan takes the train to Morristown. Roger has dinner with Lee Garner, Jr. Sally gets Beatles tickets. (Full recap) (Quotes)

11. Chinese Wall
Writer: Erin Levy
Director: Phil Abraham
Original air date: 3 October, 2010
Late August, 1965
Trudy goes into labor. The news about Lucky Strike leaks out. Peggy encounters Abe again. The staff of SCDP attend a funeral. Peggy presents on Playtex gloves. Jane has a surprise for Roger. Megan makes a bold move.
(Full recap) (Quotes)

12. Blowing Smoke
Writers: Andre and Maria Jacquemetton
Director: John Slattery
Original air date: 10 October, 2010
Early September, 1965
SCDP struggles in a post-Lucky Strike era. Lane visits the bank, and needs a contribution from the partners. Don runs into Midge in the lobby. Sally and Glen’s friendship doesn’t please Betty. Don writes a letter to the New York Times.
(Full recap) (Quotes)

13. Tomorrowland
Writers: Jonathan Igla and Matthew Weiner
Director: Matthew Weiner
Original air date: 17 October, 2010
October 8-12, 1965
Don and Pete meet with the American Cancer Society. Glen says goodbye to Sally. Betty fires Carla. Don flies to California with Megan and the kids. Peggy and Ken meet with Topaz pantyhose. Joan talks on the phone with her husband in Vietnam. (Full recap) (Quotes)