“Mad Men” Season 7 Episode 1 “Time Zones” was aired on Sunday, April 13, 2014 at 10 p.m. on AMC. Don Harper (Jon Hamm) and the gang of “Mad Men” continue where they left off after the Season 6 finale “In Care Of” (Episode 13), which was last aired on June 23, 2013. Read on to find out more about MNG’s “Mad Men” recap of Season 7 Episode 1 “Time Zones.”
“Mad Men” Season 7 Episode 1 “Time Zones” Episode Recap:
“Mad Men” Season 7 Episode 1 “Time Zones” (air date: April 13, 2014) caught up with the events in 1969. It happened simultaneously during the inaugural speech of President Nixon. True to its title, this week’s episode caught up with the events happening in the firm’s two branches in New York City and Los Angeles, California.
AMC revealed the latest scoop on the show’s most awaited final season and TV comeback since 2013.
Peggie Olson (Elisabeth Moss) resumed her position as a temporary replacement for Don (Jon Hamm) who is “on leave.” She accepted an advertising pitch from Freddy Rumsen (Joel Murray), one of their freelance writers. Unfortunately, her requests to continue on the Accutron pitch was shut down by Lou.
On the other hand, Roger Sterling (John Slattery) embraced the life of a 70’s hippie as he woke up in a bed with naked people. Ken Cosgrove (Aaron Staton) continued to head the Chevy account. He got angry after his employees missed a deadline.
A furious Ken instructed Joan Harris (Christina Hendricks) to attend the meeting with the Butler Footwear’s marketing head. Then, she headed to the bar and met Wayne Butler (Dan Byrd). He told her that there’s no need for SC &P. Her doubts were later confirmed by a business professor at Columbia University. She warned Butler that it was them who’s getting in the competition against Butler.
On the other hand, awkwardness is still apparent between Ted Chaough (Kevin Rahm)and Peggy. In “Mad Men” Season 6, they had a fallout after Peggy learned that Ted left to head the L.A. branch.
This episode wouldn’t be complete without any developments on Don’s personal and private life. It was later revealed that the great pitch from Rumsen came from Don himself, who still wanted to continue his “work” at SC&P. Very sneaky, indeed.
Don accompanied Megan (Jessica Paré) for her meeting with a casting agent. The agent shared the good news that Megan landed a callback from NBC.
Don expressed his dislike of Megan’s house in the hills but, later on bought a large color TV for her house. Then, he tried to rekindle their relationship despite Megan’s nervousness.
The next day, Don booked a flight to New York to return to his work. During his flight, he met a woman named Lee, whom he shared a few similarities with. The woman was a widower. Don admitted that Megan knew that he is not the greatest husband. In the end, he refused her advances.
Doesn’t the actress who portrayed Lee look familiar? According to Yahoo TV, Lee was portrayed by “Scream” franchise star Neve Campbell. Campbell said she heard about Matthew Weiner’s work and auditioned for the part.
“This cameo made me so happy. What was the process like, getting the part and being there on set? Obviously, this show is known for its secrecy,” said Campbell in the Yahoo interview.
Furthermore, she praised how Weiner is hands on with everything about the show.
” I think that’s also the reason he’s made something so brilliant and such a wonderful show. He really cares a lot and is very diligent about making sure that everything is the way it should be,” added Campbell.
“Mad Men” Season 7 Episode 1 “Time Zones” is directed by Scott Hornbacher and written by Matthew Weiner. After “Time Zones,” “Mad Men” Season 7 Episode 2 “A Day’s Work” will air on April 20, 2014.
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