"Mad Men" Season 6, Episode 11: Favors

“I don’t want his juice, I want my juice!”- Ted (yep, he is a middle-aged man not a mid-tantrum 5 year old).

This week’s episode was all about favors — sexual, friendly, ill-intentioned and well-intentioned. Once again, Mad Men managed to shock me with the endless stream of jaw-dropping moments. With the season coming to an end, I have a feeling a lot of things are going to be left unresolved. And just when we think Don Draper might be getting his act together (Fool me once, shame on you.  Fool me 983042384 times, shame on me.)…this episode happened.


Once again, Mad Men beautifully weaves in various historic events. Sylvia’s son is drafted, and this becomes central to the episode. It gives us a feel for how close to home the war was hitting. Don, of course, becomes obsessed with helping Mitchell out of this situation. The question is…is Don doing this because he wants to do something right or because he wants to get back into Sylvia’s good graces? I’m going to go with the latter because when does Don ever do anything selfless…and Don’s idea of “comforting” Sylvia doesn’t exactly prove wholesome.

“He can’t spend the rest of his life on the run.”

I was shocked when those words came out of Don’s mouth. Really, Don? Practice what you preach…am I right? He has spent his whole life running away from his past, his experience in the military included. Maybe he’s trying to help Mitchell not make the same mistakes he has.

Tender moments with Pete the Pig and Peggy

As much as it KILLS me to say this, Pete the Pig wasn’t unbearable to watch this episode.  He might’ve even been, prepare yourself, slightly likeable. BUT this was only for a few moments during his conversation with Peggy. I’ve been waiting for reconciliation between these two for a long time, and it was actually kind of heart-warming…until I remembered that he is Pete the Pig. Anyway, there is a level of intimacy between these two that no one will every really understand (…they do have a child together) so I think it was important for Peggy to have some closure. Also, this is the first time we’ve seen Pete genuinely happy in a while…ew.


Ted was at the dinner with Peggy and Pete. I sensed a bit of a love triangle forming…and I think it is safe to say those never end well. These are the two men Peggy is closest to (now that Don and the boyfriend are both out of the picture). We know that Peggy is in love with Ted, and vice versa, but is there a chance that she still has feelings for Pete? I mean she had the man's baby; there must be something still there, right…?

Ted’s family

It was weird to get a glimpse into Ted’s family life. His wife is right…he is always at the office. We never see him anywhere else. And we come to understand why Ted isn’t so eager to throw away all he has to be with Peggy. He has people that depend on him, and he is truly a good guy. Will that be enough to keep him from Peggy? I have a feeling he still won't be able to fight his feelings for long. This is Mad Men after all; fidelity isn’t anybody’s strong suit.

Sunkist vs. Ocean Spray

And the battle of Don vs. Ted might’ve finally come to a close with an agreement. Ted promises to help Sylvia’s son in exchange for a peace treaty with Don. He wants Don to stop stealing his lunch money and beating him up on the playground. I kid, I kid but they might’ve actually resolved things here. If Don doesn’t mess things up (highly unlikely).

“You’ve always been unlovable”

Pete the Pig’s Mom NAILS it with this line. I LOLED. She also called him a “sour little boy, and a sour little man.” She gets me, she really gets me. But really, it was wonderful to see Pete’s impaired Grandma put him in his place…and manage to see things more clearly than he does. Just let the old woman be happy and enjoy the “fire in her loins.”

Everyone is so lonely

Seriously, there is so much emptiness in this episode. Pete and Peggy, especially. There are so many moments when they're just sad and helpless, sitting in their apartments alone. We all depend on someone, and it seems like these two have no one left. Peggy's loneliness even takes on the form of a rat that won't leave her alone.

Screenshot by Sameet Dhillon/Gavel Media

Screenshot by Sameet Dhillon/Gavel Media

Bob Benson: mystery resolved…or not?

I should’ve seen this coming…. the walking-hallmark-card is GAY. Or is he? Benson has been charming to everyone but he has taken a special interest in taking care of Pete. And with the leg brushing and truelove speech he gave us this episode, it became clear that he was expressing his love for Pete. But…this is all the mystery behind Benson. There has to be more. If there isn’t, well, we know what happens to the gay guys on Mad Men (Remember Salvatore…? No…? That’s what I thought).

Screenshot by Sameet Dhillon/Gavel Media

Screenshot by Sameet Dhillon/Gavel Media


How annoying was Sally’s friend?

Ok, was I the only one who wanted to slap Sally’s friend upside the head? The girl was creepy, and gives me Megan-Fox-in-Jennifer’s-Body vibe (if you haven’t seen that movie, go watch it…real classic). There’s just something eerie about her. And she seems determined to serve them all and stir up Sally’s life. When it really doesn’t need anymore stirring.

 Sally Draper at Sylvia’s back door…GOTCHA DON.

Poor Sally Screenshot by Sameet Dhillon/Gavel Media

Poor Sally
Screenshot by Sameet Dhillon/Gavel Media

It was so weird to watch Sally creeping, with her ear to Sylvia’s back door. Don was doing the same thing just a few episodes ago. But I was NOT expecting what came next…Sally catches Don in the act! WHATTTTT. I don’t even know to respond to this. First off, one of the only well-maintained deceptions in Don’s life has officially been destroyed. By now, almost everyone in Don’s life is aware that he isn’t everything that he seems…they’re kinda aware of his scumbaggery. But Sally was one of the only people who still had faith in him, who still saw him as the man he wanted her to see. And now this is ruined.  Secondly, we no longer have to bear the burden of Don’s horribleness alone. At times, it becomes unbearable to watch Don go about his day with no remorse for his actions. At least now, Sally will be right there with us. Thirdly, I feel like Sally has always been one of the few people Don connects with. They’re sorta cut from the same cloth. So, losing her is probably one of the worst things that has ever happened to Don. Lastly, I cant help but say…Don, KARMA IS A B#tch! It sort of felt like his selfishness finally caught up to him in this moment. And he isn’t sure how to deal with that.