Our Mad Men season 7, episode 4 recap looks at the events of tonight’s episode titled “The Monolith” in which Don has another rough week.

Don’s back at SC&P

Picking up with last week’s big news, Don is now back at Sterling Cooper & Partners. On his first day officially back, everyone has convened upstairs where they’re having a meeting about a computer being installed. It’s going to do “lots of magical things like make Harry Crane seem important,” according to Roger. Everyone has high hopes about the device (“It’s the Mona Lisa,” according to Stan), but it comes at a price for employees like Peggy: The computer has to take over the lounge where we’ve seen them frequently work.

Back at the bottom

The beginning of the episode began with a dinner date between Pete and Bonnie. He bumps into George from Vicks, who’s now working for Burger Chef, and they decide Pete and SC&P can work on the campaign.

A meeting with the partners finds Ted being invited back to New York to take on the opportunity, but he suggests Peggy takes it instead. Then they decide to give it to Don. Lou’s weary of this idea, so Peggy ultimately heads the project.

Lou offers Peggy a raise of $100 more a week as a form of encouragement – and a way to talk her into working with Don. After accepting with a hint of hesitation, she asserts her authority right from the start of the project by making Don come into her office instead of vice versa, which has happened on so many episodes in the past. She tasks him with coming up with 25 tags – and Don isn’t happy about it at all. He storms back into his office, throws a typewriter into his window, and leaves SC&P for the weekend.

The following Monday he skips his meeting with Peggy and is instead pre-occupied with a game of solitaire. He’s also more interested in offering up advertising advice to Lloyd, the technician who’s installing the IBM 360 in the office.

After his chat with Lloyd, Don sees the potential in his company and asks Burt if they can pitch a campaign because he thinks they have exponential growth. However, Burt reminds him that they don’t need new business right now and they frankly don’t need Don either (he compares him to dead man Lane – ouch). Feeling like he couldn’t be lower at SC&P, Don goes to Roger’s office and sneaks out one of his bottles.

Don quickly gets drunk in his office and calls Freddy about going to a Mets game. On their way out Don stumbles towards Lloyd to mumble some nonsense and passes Peggy who’s frustrated that Don isn’t doing what’s been assigned to him. Joan thinks that the partners put no thought into the decision.

Freddy ends up bringing him home instead of to the game, and the next morning he gives Don a pep talk about getting the work done and working his way back up. Don gets inspired just in time, because Peggy had just been told by Joan that he has a set of rules that he has to be following in order to keep his job. The next morning at the office, Don promises Peggy the tags she needs by lunchtime. May this be the end of Don’s bottle bottom?

Hippie life

Roger’s ex-wife Mona visits the office with Brooks to inform him that Margaret has run away with hippies, and she’s “terribly worried.” She tries to enlist Roger to go and save her, but Roger likes the idea of Brooks going instead. Later we hear Brooks was thrown in jail while out on his mission.

So, Roger and Mona head out to grab their daughter, who is indeed enjoying the hippie life away from Brooks and their child Ellery. Mona has little patience for her daughter’s resistance to coming back into the city to be with her child, but Roger wants to spend a little more time at the hippie ranch because he thinks Margaret won’t suddenly change her mind the moment her parents show up. That’s so not cool, man.

Roger hangs around and partakes in their ways of living with the earth – no electricity, plenty of weed, and lots of time staring at the moon. Margaret says she’s happy here, and Roger can’t argue. After seeing her run off with a guy that night, the next morning he tries to pull her away again – physically – but fails after a slip in the mud and then a reminder of how bad a father he is to her. He heads back into town without daughter in tow.

What did you think of ‘Mad Men’ season 7, episode 4?

The fifth episode of the season airs Sunday, May 11 at 10 p.m. eastern/pacific on AMC. Check out a preview below:

In interesting but potentially brilliant casting news, comedian Amy Schumer will be taking on the role of Barbie for a live-action film.

Take a moment to soak in the news. Now revel in the idea. This could be awesome.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Amy Schumer is not only leading the project on screen, but she’ll also have an influence on the script.

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In interesting but potentially brilliant casting news, comedian Amy Schumer will be taking on the role of Barbie for a live-action film.

Take a moment to soak in the news. Now revel in the idea. This could be awesome.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Amy Schumer is not only leading the project on screen, but she’ll also have an influence on the script.

Last year, Sony had their pick of three complete scripts for a live-action Barbie movie. Of those three, they chose Hilary Winston’s. Now that Schumer is on board, THR says to expect her and her sister, Kim Caramele, to rewrite Winston’s original idea.

The plot, given that Schumer doesn’t change the major details, “begins in a perfect land of Barbies where one woman slowly awakens to the fact that she doesn’t fit it. She is expelled from the idealistic land and journeys to the real world, where she discovers that being unique is an asset.”

The outlet also addresses the fact that Mattel has had to deal with plenty of criticism regarding body image and race when it comes to the Barbie toys. Schumer’s casting is a great way to speak to some of those issues, and will hopefully provide a positive and uplifting message by the movie’s end.

There will be, of course, some hesitation given Schumer’s previous work. One only has to look as far as Trainwreck and Inside Amy Schumer to see her comedy is often brutally honest and raunchy. Barbie would be shocked.

But Schumer is an actress, after all, and a brilliant comedian. For this “contemporary spin on beauty, feminism and identity,” she seems like just the right fit.

What do you think of Amy Schumer as Barbie?

It’s arguably the biggest day for Hamilton fans since the release of the original Broadway recording: The Hamilton Mixtape has arrived!

Following years of development, the Hamilton Mixtape was released around the world on Friday, December 2. Mixtape features, well, remixes of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton hits, sung by artists both big and small from various genres.

To celebrate the album’s release, a special #Ham4Ham was hosted at the Richard Rodgers Theater on Thursday night, where names like Ashanti, Ja Rule, Regina Spektor, and Andra Day performed their songs from Mixtape:

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It’s arguably the biggest day for Hamilton fans since the release of the original Broadway recording: The Hamilton Mixtape has arrived!

Following years of development, the Hamilton Mixtape was released around the world on Friday, December 2. Mixtape features, well, remixes of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton hits, sung by artists both big and small from various genres.

To celebrate the album’s release, a special #Ham4Ham was hosted at the Richard Rodgers Theater on Thursday night, where names like Ashanti, Ja Rule, Regina Spektor, and Andra Day performed their songs from Mixtape:

Stream ‘The Hamilton Mixtape’:

Spotify users can easily stream The Hamilton Mixtape below. You can also listen here via Apple Music.:

And you can purchase a physical copy from Amazon here (you know all the Hamilton fans in your life will want a physical copy):

Hamilton Mixtape tracklist

1. No John Trumbull (Intro) – The Roots
2. My Shot (feat. Busta Rhymes, Joell Ortiz & Nate Ruess) [Rise Up Remix] – The Roots
3. Wrote My Way Out – Nas, Dave East, Lin-Manuel Miranda & Aloe Blacc
4. Wait For It – Usher
5. An Open Letter (feat. Shockwave) [Interlude] – Watsky
6. Satisfied (feat. Miguel & Queen Latifah) – Sia
7. Dear Theodosia (feat. Ben Folds) – Regina Spektor
8. Valley Forge (Demo) – Lin-Manuel Miranda
9. It’s Quiet Uptown – Kelly Clarkson
10. That Would Be Enough – Alicia Keys
11. Immigrants (We Get The Job Done) – K’naan, Snow Tha Product, Riz MC, Residente
12. You’ll Be Back – Jimmy Fallon & The Roots
13. Helpless (feat. Ja Rule) – Ashanti
14. Take A Break (Interlude) – !llmind
15. Say Yes To This – Jill Scott
16. Congratulations – Dessa
17. Burn – Andra Day
18. Stay Alive (Interlude) – J.PERIOD & Stro Elliot
19. Slavery Battle (Demo) – Lin-Manuel Miranda
20. Washington’s By Your Side – Wiz Khalifa
21. History Has Its Eyes On You – John Legend
22. Who Tells Your Story (feat. Common & Ingrid Michaelson) – The Roots
23. Dear Theodosia (Reprise) – Chance The Rapper & Francis and The Lights

What are our favorite performances on ‘The Hamilton Mixtape’?

Chris Pratt is currently on a press tour for Passengers. Jennifer Lawrence may or may not be there too.

Passengers, the new sci-fi epic starring Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence, comes out later this month. The promo tour has kicked off in Europe, with the two stars on hand to answer all our questions.

To entertain himself (and his fans!), Chris Pratt has been updating his Instagram with funny photos and captions from the tour.

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Chris Pratt is currently on a press tour for Passengers. Jennifer Lawrence may or may not be there too.

Passengers, the new sci-fi epic starring Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence, comes out later this month. The promo tour has kicked off in Europe, with the two stars on hand to answer all our questions.

To entertain himself (and his fans!), Chris Pratt has been updating his Instagram with funny photos and captions from the tour.

There’s some real gold in there, but the best part is when he realizes that fans really want to see some pictures of Jennifer Lawrence — who doesn’t have her own social media accounts — and proceeds to very decidedly not include her!

Update: He did it again.


See some of the hilarious posts from Chris Pratt below:

Finally got that selfie with Jen y'all wanted. #passengersmovie

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Just hanging with my bestie Jen. #passengersmovie

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Here Jen and I pose with @elrubiuswtf

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Here's an extremely artistic and meaningful video I made in which Jen is heavily featured. #passengersmovie

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Another day down with me and my best buddy Jen. #London #passengersmovie

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Not going to lie — we’re almost as excited for the press interview videos as we are for the movie itself!

‘Passengers’ hits cinemas on December 21