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A Day's Work 

Sally discovers that Don is not working, Pete lands a big account but is undercut by management, and Joan is forced to move some secretaries around after Lou and Peggy have some problems.


Michael Uppendahl


Matthew Weiner (created by), Jonathan Igla | 2 more credits »
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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jon Hamm ... Don Draper
Elisabeth Moss ... Peggy Olson
Vincent Kartheiser ... Pete Campbell
January Jones ... Betty Francis (credit only)
Christina Hendricks ... Joan Harris
Aaron Staton ... Ken Cosgrove (credit only)
Rich Sommer ... Harry Crane (credit only)
Kiernan Shipka ... Sally Draper
Jessica Paré ... Megan Draper (credit only)
Kevin Rahm ... Ted Chaough
Christopher Stanley ... Henry Francis (credit only)
Jay R. Ferguson ... Stan Rizzo
Ben Feldman ... Michael Ginsberg
Mason Vale Cotton ... Bobby Draper (credit only)
Robert Morse ... Bertram Cooper




It's Valentine's Day, but there is not much love in the air. Don is still not feeling the love from the other partners, his job situation of which he has not told anyone outside of the office, that including his family. Dawn at least has agreed to keep him in the loop of what is going on in the office as best as she can. Sally, who is in town unexpectedly for the day, drops in on him, which leads to a further rift between father and daughter. Peggy forgets that it's Valentine's Day until she sees a bouquet of roses sitting in her outer office which she assumes are from Ted. Peggy spends most of the day trying to figure out what to do with the roses and how to deal with Ted from afar. Pete is feeling neglected, by Ted but more by the New York partners, most specifically Roger and Jim. A coast to coast conference call also exposes a problem between Roger and Jim. These issues in combination lead to a problem for Joan in orchestrating a session of musical chairs, the problem which is ... Written by Huggo

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Did You Know?


Although credited, January Jones (Betty Francis), Aaron Staton (Ken Cosgrove), Jessica Pare (Megan Draper), Christopher Stanley (Henry Francis) & Mason Vale Cotton (Bobby Draper) do not appear in this episode. See more »


Peggy's secretary complains in the break room that her boyfriend sent her a dozen roses and that Peggy mistook them for hers. In every scene with the roses, there are more than 12; at least 13 and possibly as many as 16 can be counted. See more »


Features Waldo's Last Stand (1940) See more »


Written by Jim Pons, John Barbata, Al Nichol and Mark Volman
(collectively as The Turtles)
Performed by The Turtles
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A "Productive" Day's Work for Unemployed Don Draper
21 April 2014 | by camachbr0See all my reviews

It appeared this episode was going to follow the same formula Mad Men has grown accustomed to lately, which is continually shoving Don Draper's head under water between allowing brief gasps of air. But tonight, something GOOD actually happened to Don and its been a year since that's happened. Also this felt a lot like a mid-season/early-season episode through its light stakes and amusing subplots. "A Day's Work" is something of an oxymoron because we know, and the opening images remind us, that Don's unemployed. Despite waking up past noon, he still wears a suit and tie for the day (sounds like my earlier undergraduate years). He still looks like a SCP partner and we know Don's all about fabricating his image. Sally's kind-of a little brat, but in a good way, the way defined by catching your Dad in acts of infidelities and lies, and having the power to wreck his life. The writers do a great job bonding Don and Sally despite their walking disease of a father- daughter relationship. It's Valentines Day in the world of Mad Men, and the only other character feeling the love is Pete Campbell, believe it or not. Of course he has his prissy moments, but when it is revealed that Pete is hooking up with that smoke-show realtor, I applauded. Then he went back to getting upset over a conference call with the New York partners and was his old self again, feeling under-appreciated. But, wow, good for him. Peggy's life is in shambles. Ted's on her mind still (duh, it's Valentine's Day). She can't get any work done because there are roses on her desk. She receives another blow in the episode, it's not a teary one though. If she hasn't get off the "Chaough" yet, I don't think she ever will. (I really disliked how the season opened with Ted in New York just so he and Peggy could be in the same area. It's like the season 6 finale didn't happen) Ted's just as miserable, as Pete says. Working late nights. Glued to his desk. Where's Nan? Maybe Ted and Peggy's mucky attitudes are a sign that they'll sprint into each other's arms later in the season... probably. Joan has a fun side story unfold. One that is a little racial. It also makes me want Matthew Weiner to write off Lou in fatal fashion, now more than ever. Joan ends up having a good Valentine's day, and rightfully so after the day she endures. On a negative note, no Megan in short dresses (or treat of side boob, like the opener). A Mad Men history note, In 1969, black assistants, Dawn & Shirley, are strong, diligent, and better workers than the white secretaries in SCP. A crucial year in civil rights. On a closing note, good episode. It takes the steam from the Don Draper stoning that's been going on. It's nice to have a fun and easy episode to remind us that we have ways to go before things get serious and this magnificent show comes to an end.

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