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The TV Obsessive Podcast Episode 16: News, Notes & Mad Men, “The Suitcase”

Don and Peggy stand in front of the window in his office in the morning in "The Suitcase"

It’s Episode 16 of The TV Obsessive Podcast! This week, Caemeron and Ryan continue to build their respective Mount Rushmores of standout TV episodes with Caemeron’s first selection: Mad Men, “The Suitcase.”

But first, news and notes for the week of October 3, 2023:

On Mad Men S4E7, “The Suitcase”

“The Suitcase” revolves around Don and Peggy sharing a late night at the office working on the Samsonite account. It’s Peggy’s birthday, but Don doesn’t know that. When he learns, he tells her it’s time to get over birthdays. Peggy misses dinner with her boyfriend Mark and the two break up. Don gets a call from Stephanie that he eventually returns, learning that Anna has died. The May 25, 1965 fight between Sonny Liston and Muhammed Ali serves as the backdrop for the episode.

Don sits at his desk as Peggy stands showing him work in "The Suitcase"

Ryan has seen the first couple of seasons of Mad Men, but didn’t make it this far for reasons unknown. Thus, Caemeron promises not to talk about how the series ends, but comes kind of close anyway. Focusing on the episode at hand, we discuss Don and Peggy’s relationship at length and how it relates to the themes of the show as a whole, along with surrounding plot elements such as what has happened between Duck and Peggy and the shakeup leading to Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce.

Next Time on The TV Obsessive Podcast:

Ryan makes his second selection with Breaking Bad‘s “Ozymandias.” Tune in next week for a deep dive into the episode, along with our usual news and notes.

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