5-sentence review of ‘Mad Men’ Season 6, Episode 5


“The Flood”

Original air date: April 28, 2013

  1. Don (Jon Hamm), the maddest of the “Mad Men,” is losing his touch as a champion liar.
  2. He and Megan (Jessica Paré) run into Dr. Rosen (Brian Markinson) and Sylvia (Linda Cardellini), Rosen’s wife and Don’s mistress in the lobby of their apartment, and he’s so jangled he has to be told twice the Rosens are off to Washington, D.C., for an engagement.
  3. Later at an advertising awards banquet, Martin Luther King Jr. is assassinated and Don’s mind goes to his latest mistress, forgetting to pick up his children, even blurting out that the Rosens are in D.C. during this dangerous time.
  4. Betty (January Jones) calls to harangue Don about his forgetting the kids, but he quickly recovers with a story about how dangerous the city is — which is true, but also seemingly a lie, because this is hardly the first time Don has forgotten the children.
  5. Megan hassles Don about not showing enough emotion over King’s death, and Don comes up with a seemingly deep monologue about faking loving his children until Bobby (Mason Vale Cotton) shows kindness to a black usher at the movies and nearly bursts his heart, yet it could just as easily be another diversion while Don broods over the fate of Sylvia in D.C.; Never forget Don’s credo: “If you don’t like what’s being said, change the conversation.”

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