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Recap / Mad Men S 4 E 8 The Summer Man

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Don, still reeling from Anna's death, begins to take stock of his life. Betty bumps into Don while on a date, and her level of upset concerns Henry. Joey acts incredibly disrespectfully to Joan, but when Peggy fires him for this, Joan sees it as undermining her authority.


This episode contains examples of:

  • Belligerent Sexual Tension: Joey picks up this one as Stan badmouths Peggy.
  • Cardboard Box of Unemployment: When Peggy fires Joey Baird after he tapes a demeaning cartoon to Joan's window. Joey attempts a Take This Job and Shove It when he grabs a bankers box Peggy's currently using to store files, dumps it out, and takes it with him, but it mostly serves to characterize him as a petulant Manchild.
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  • Mistaken for Gay: Joey thinks Harry is hitting on him when he suggests that he's good-looking enough to be an actor.
  • Not Quite the Right Thing: Peggy fires Joey for his innappropriate behaviour, but Joan feels that Peggy taking this step makes it look like Joan couldn't and so reduces her to being a "meaningless secretary".
  • Questionable Consent: Greg convinces Joan to have sex as a way of saying goodbye, despite her clearly being too upset.
  • Vengeful Vending Machine: The new SCDP vending machine has started eating people's change (and Joey's watch, when he tried to retrive a snack).
  • The Vietnam War: comes up several times during the episode:
    • Don watches coverage about it on the TV
    • Joan, upset by both her colleagues behaviour and Greg leaving, states to Joey, Danny, and Stan how she won't care when they end up deployed there
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