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Via Jerry Della Femina, the veteran ad exec widely regarded as one of Madison Avenue's biggest personalities, most creative thinkers and an over-the-top publicity-seeker: Q: Did ad agency executives really drink that often — and that much — in the 1960s? A: If anything, it's underplayed. There was a tremendous amount of drinking. Three-martini ...


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You are correct in both your assertions that we never find out exactly what is causing Betty's shaky hands, and that we know based on evidence that it is likely psychological. As you mention in your question, the shaky hands are a part of Betty's character from day one. The first observance of this problem by the viewer is roughly three months after her ...


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**SPOILERS** While there are many possible factors contributing to Don and Betty getting divorced, based on what we the viewers observe, these are the most glaring contributors: Cheating Both Don and Betty had extra-marital affairs. What follows is a list of the people both had relationships with outside of their marriage. Don: Midge Daniels (Season 1) ...


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More than anything, SCDP functions as an archetype for the Madison Avenue of the 1960s rather than as something modeled (even in part) after a real firm. Certainly, some of the work Draper Daniels did could tie SCDP into various firms that Daniels worked for, most notably the Leo Burnett Company. But that connection likely serves more to support the notion ...


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Pete makes good on the threat of exposing Don's true identity to Bert Cooper but Bert says Who cares?, neutralizing the threat. This is presumably because Don is such an effective idea man that Bert doesn't care what Don's name really is. In addition, Bert gives Don the option of keeping him or firing him—whichever he thinks best. As a WW I soldier, ...


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Richard "Dick" Whitman simply took Don Draper's (aka Wear Disguise's) identity to escape his prior life as soon as he realized the opportunity existed. By performing this transformation/exchange, he fully escapes his prior life with seemingly no chance of ever being discovered. This allows him a free pass to follow a completely different life path. It has ...


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My grandmother used to be a big city office secretary back in the late 1950s and early 1960s when she was in her 20s before she became a housewife and she has told me that most people smoked in the office back then and it was very normal. She said her boss usually smoked two to three packs a day just at the office and that she'd have to empty his ashtray ...


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(Three paragraph analysis, followed by quotes.) Don is perpetually dissatisfied with life. He sabotages each success as he attains it, unable to appreciate it; the pursuit is broken and his value system is broken, where he understands and wants wealth, power, influence and adoration, but doesn't experience the happiness that's supposed to come with those ...


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That's exactly it ... Don was getting revenge on Roger, upset that Roger had made a pass at his wife. Hence Don pushing the martinis, oysters, and cheesecake on Roger, knowing that it would be a lethal combination which, when combined with the long stair climb (which Don, being quite a bit younger, knew he could handle), would lead to the projectile vomiting ...


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The people from PPL have chosen Duck as the boss of the new agency. When they met at the end of episode 13 (from Season 2), they tell Don that Duck will be his new boss. The people from PPL know that Don is the genius mastermind behind everything and without him, the agency is nothing worth. Don is beware of this and tells the people from PPL that he will ...


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It could be a thyroid thing too, Betty was diagnosed and treated in a later season. With over and under active thyroid disorders you can have shaky hands off and on, numbness in certain body part too. Back then it was nearly impossible to catch it, the sad thing is it's still nearly impossible to catch it.


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My mother was an office secretary in New York in the 1960s and 70s, and she told me that the general representation on MadMen that alot of people really did chain smoke three of four packs a day back then was actually pretty dead-on accurate. She said that she continued to smoke at least three packs a day herself back then through the 80s and most of the ...


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Christina Hendricks, the actress who plays Joan Harris (née Holloway), alludes to Don and Joan being nothing more than good friends in an interview with GQ. They are two people that respect one another and enjoy each other's company, but that is it. Not to mention that both are "too wise about office politics [Joan and Don sleeping together] into their ...


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That's the Donna Reed Show, which ran from 1958 to 1966 and depicted the perfect American family, which is what Don had tried to create with Betty, but failed. If this episode is an indication of things to come, he seems to be heading into a downward spiral.


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The baby does not disappear from the series. All I can tell you. No point in writing any spoilers.


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Betty's hands were shaking because she was repressing her feelings. Notice that Betty was unhappy being a housewife. Also notice that she never talked about her problems with Don. When he asked her if she was unhappy, she lied and said no straight to his face. Don also has this problem but instead if repressing it, he sees his mistress. Betty's hands stop ...


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I suspect that this may have been a nod to the famous LA Law scene where Diana Muldaur's character, Rosalind Shays, walks into an empty elevator shaft, falling to her death. The two series have been compared to each other and have both won 4 Emmys for Outstanding Drama Series. Basically, it was probably done as an inside joke by the writers. Beyond that, ...


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Don was happy being married to Betty. He wasn't happy that his marriage to her was built on a lie. I think Don knew that Betty only loved the idea of him. They both actually had a mutual infatuation for each other, but they were never in love. Notice how throughout their marriage, they were very affectionate and had a sex life but not much more than that. I ...


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Don and Betty only loved the idea of each other. On the other side they looked perfect. Both of them good looking, charming, and had a great sex life. However, Don's mommy issues made it impossible for his to stay faithful to Betty. He does try but fails every time. Also, both Don and Betty keep don't really talk about their problems. Throughout their ...


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I'm only 43 and even going back to when I started work (1990) in the IT industry in the UK smoking was rife in almost offices and I worked alongside guys who would routinely go out drinking quite heavily for two hours at lunch. I have a friend who works for a large Japanese company at their head office and even today they smoke a very great deal in their ...



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