The “Mad Men” Season 7 Episode 5 “The Runaways” was aired on Sunday, May 11, 2014 at 10:00 p.m. on AMC. Don Draper (Jon Hamm) and the employees of Sterling Cooper & Partners (SC&P) are now mad with power and struggling on how can they handle it. Read on to find out more about MNG’s “Mad Men” recap of Season 7 Episode 5 ″The Runaways.”
“Mad Men” Season 7 Episode 5 “The Runaways” Episode Recap:
“Mad Men” Season 7 Episode 5 “The Runaways” (air date: May 11, 2014) followed the events after the SC&P tried to adjust with the huge development on their use of their brand-new computers after “Mad Men” Season 7 Episode 4 “The Monolith” (air date: May 4, 2014).
Don Draper will have another visitor who will come back to his life. Despite the speculations that the “old friend” was a person, it was revealed in “The Monolith” episode that it was his drinking problems. He had succumbed to its powers when he had bad rifts with the people after his huge comeback at the office since “Mad Men” Season 7 Episode 3 “Field Trip.”
This time, the visitor was actually Stephanie, Anna Draper’s niece. She phoned him to tell her about her current status as a single, young, pregnant woman. He then asked Megan (Jessica Paré) to accompany the niece of his deceased real/fake ex-wife Anna.
Stephanie was welcomed by Don’s current wife at their house. Megan realized that the girl and her knowledge about Don/Dick may endanger their status. So, she thought of handling the things by herself and gave Stephanie money to leave. Megan started to struggle with her relationship with Don. Her husband found out that Stephanie already left. After Don saw him dancing with another man, Megan had other ways to gain Don’s attention again. She had invited him to join her and her friend Amy for a whirlwind threesome.
Things aren’t also going great for Don’s ex-wife, Betty (January Jones) and her family with Henry Francis (Christopher Stanley). Sally (Kiernan Shipka) came back with a bandaged nose and Betty scolded her about her daughter’s “nose job.” Also, Betty’s outspoken personality and different beliefs has made Henry feel embarrassed during a dinner party. Henry felt guilty and asked for Betty’s forgiveness. Sally assured Bobby that their parents won’t be divorced.
Stan Rizzo (Jay R. Ferguson) on the other hand, would embarrass one of their superiors at the SC&P firm. He accidentally found one of the folders that contained the cartoons made by Lou (Allan Havey). Lou’s secretary Shirley (Sola Bamis) confronted him with a warning, but Stan continued with his pranks. He had some of the creatives make fun of Lou’s works and a furious Lou found out about the jokes.
Meanwhile, Lou had been doing some “secret” meetings with Cutler. Michael Ginsberg (Ben Feldman) thought it was a meeting of lovers and was confused. He has sought the help of Peggy Olson (Elisabeth Moss) about the humming and waves of data. Unfortunately, it was also the start of the disintegration of Ginsberg’s remaining sanity.
Harry Crane was at the party where Don and Megan were also attendees. Don joined him at the bar and the two talked. Harry told Don that his former boss is much needed in the Los Angeles (L.A.) branch because of the “useless” Ted Chaough (Kevin Rahm). He also revealed to Don that Lou and Cutler’s secret meeting was about the cigarette pitch that may give them the opportunity to let go of Don. It seemed that Harry had his “new ally” in Don.
With this knowledge, Don immediately barged into their meeting with the executives of Phillip Morris, whom he had a problem with a few years back. Fortunately, his “strategy” against the opposition had won the executives and he was now back on his track.
Click HERE for AMC’s FULL recap of “Mad Men” Season 7 Episode 5 ″The Runaways.”
Have you been dumbfounded and shocked about Ginsberg’s moment on “The Runaways” episode? Ben Feldman, who played the role of Michael Ginsberg in “Mad Men,” talked with The Vulture about the “nipple” moment.
Feldman revealed that it was actually part of the script. He said “Mad Men” creator Matt Weiner had told him about it and coached the team on how everything must happen in the scene, including the “believable” props.
He elaborated about Ginsberg’s tragic life and how he was a misfit outside the walls of SC&P. He also shared that the effects of the recent changes in the office also brought chaos in himself.
“And it just, I think it got to a boiling point, and I think at his heart, he’s a creative person and he’s an artist, and he saw the company going in — it’s Lou’s company, you know. And [Don], as far as he can tell, has essentially been castrated. And it’s not about creativity anymore; it’s about a computer and numbers and stuff like that. That’s not a world he can exist in. And he needed to [giggles] release some tension.” said Feldman in The Vulture interview.
In other news, Ben Feldman will star alongside Cristin Milioti,who is famous for her role as Tracy, “The Mother” in “How I Met Your Mother,” in the upcoming romantic comedy sitcom “A to Z” on NBC. It was announced during the 2014 May Sweeps and it will be a part of the network’s schedule for the 2014-2015 TV season.
“Mad Men” Season 7 Episode 5 “The Runaways” is directed by Jennifer Getzinger and written by David Iserson and Matthew Weiner. After “The Runaways,” “Mad Men” Season 7 Episode 6 “The Strategy” is set to air on May 18, 2014.