“Mad Men”: Episode 4, “The Rejected”

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There was not a lot of mystery to this episode of “Mad Men.”

The theme of the hour was rejection and what it does to a person. “The Rejected” was penned by Keith Huff and Matthew Weiner and helmed with nice touches by John Slattery.

Allison was still reacting to her rejection by Don — in perhaps the coldest and cruelest way possible, pretending that nothing ever happened between them — but by the end of the seg she’d turned the tables and rejected him (with a paperweight tossed at his head for good measure).

Ken Cosgrove returns only to let Pete know that he’s pissed about being rejected as a friend by Pete — and I suspect he’s miffed at not being asked to join the startup venture given how miserable he has been.

Proving once again to the master manipulator, Pete manages to reject his father-in-law Tom Vogel in a professional way to help Sterling Cooper out of a tight spot but then Pete maneuvers for a bigger prize — $6 million in billings from the Vicks empire — that is positioned as a means of helping along the budding Pete-and-Trudy family. It’s so well done that Vogel can’t help but give Pete what he wants, which is why he mumbles “son of a bitch” at his son-in-law when his wife and daughter are out of the room.

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