Mad Men Podcast 405 “The Chrysanthemum and the Sword”

In this episode I will discuss episode 5 of season 4. I talk about things like Sally exploring her sexuality, Roger dealing with his past, Betty needs therapy, Don gets some revenge.

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62nd Primetime Emmy® Awards, for which Mad Men has received nine nominations including Best Series, Best Actor (Jon Hamm) and Best Actress (January Jones) will air Sun., Aug. 29th at 8PM | 7C.

Link to the Newsweek story about the issues women faced in the early sixties.

Link to the Wikipedia article about “The Chrysanthemum and the Sword”.

Recap: My take on the episode.

Next time on Mad Men:

Episode 6: Waldorf Stories – Peggy clashes with her new creative partner and Don pitches under unusual circumstances.

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  • Colette

    Hello Jeremiah,

    Sorry to hear about your heart trouble, and I hope that you are recovering well.

    Your podcast is coming along. I enjoy it for the most part. One minor issue this week – you mispronounced chrysanthemum. It is: “Chris-Ann-The-Mum”. You said: “Cry-San-The-Um”.

    I realize you didn’t have much time to prepare, but when you talked about the TV show, “Man from U.N.C.L.E.”, and added that you knew nothing about it, you lost credibility with me.

    People who watch Mad Men, and listen to yours and other podcasts, want to know about the details. Your podcast would be a lot more interesting if you delved into some of the culture of the time, and filled people in on how popular Man from UNCLE was in its day.

    Thanks for your efforts. I’ll keep listening.


  • Hilary

    It’s chrysantheMUM, not chrysantheum. It’s a flower.

  • madmen

    Thanks for the heads up. I am quite aware that a Chrysanthemum is a flower, and you will have to forgive me for mispronouncing the name.