Mad Men Season 4 Episode 5

Rival Agencies, Psychotic Ex-wives and Repetitive Placements (Or, Mad Men: Season 4, Episode 5)

It's that time of the week — a new episode of your favorite primetime drama about the most despicable industry of all: advertising! This week's entry in the Mad Men canon featured a plethora of both family and ad-related dramatics, and continued the insertion of an increasingly high-profile array of real-life brands opting (we'd assume) into the show's historically hyper-accurate format. Read on for our behind-the-copy take on the hour's events — especially the breaks that littered it.

Mad Men Advertises About Advertisers Advertising Before Their Advertisements

Let's start this week off right with a look back at yesterday's episode of Mad Men. As usual, we've been keeping a close watch on the show and its sponsors. While most of the folks at Sterling, Cooper, Draper, Pryce were on a little New Year's holiday (for our dear protagonist, this mostly meant booze and hookers), the real ads supporting the show were working double time, hoping to ensnare the folks with advertising already on the brain through what appeared to be a more deeply integrated partnership with the program. Winners and losers after the jump.