NGP! Bonus Ep. 1 – Mad Men Season 1


Welcome to the first in our series of ten bonus episodes, covering the entire run of Mad Men from Season 1 to Season 6. In this episode we take a look at the whole of Season 1, and focus in on the episodes “Smoke Gets in Your Eyes,” “5G,” and “The Wheel.” To help us out, we are joined by Editor-at-Large for Little White Lies, writer for The Dissolve and co-host of Fighting in the War Room, David Ehrlich.

To see the (tentative) schedule for the upcoming Mad Men re-watch bonus episodes, go here.

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0:00 – Intro

2:15 – “Smoke Gets in Your Eyes”

34:00 – “5G”

1:06:00 – “The Wheel”

1:25:00 – Season 1 Wrap-Up

1:38:00 – Outro


Be sure to listen to David Ehrlich’s podcast, Fighting in the War Room.

The Monthly Bonus Episodes Plan


Hello one and all! Later this month we’ll be posting the first in our ten-episode monthly series of bonus episodes looking back at the entire run of Mad Men. That episode will be going up on Tuesday, June 24th. It will cover the entirety of Season 1, but with a specific focus on three episodes: “Smokes Gets in Your Eyes,” “5G,” and “The Wheel.” That means if you’d like you can re-watch the whole of Season 1, or just those three episodes in order to follow along.

New episodes of the monthly podcast will be posted the last Tuesday of each month. Below is a tentative schedule for the ten podcasts planned, with each of the Mad Men episodes we plan to cover. Please keep in mind that this is tentative, meaning things could change. In fact, if there are any episodes you think we’re missing and must cover, please do let us know, and we might add them.

June 24th – Season 1

E1. “Smoke Gets in Your Eyes”

E5. “5G”

E13. “The Wheel”

July 29th – Season 2, Part 1

E1. “For Those Who Think Young”

E2. “Flight 1”

E5. “The New Girl”

August 26th – Season 2, Part 2

E11. “The Jet Set”

E12. “The Mountain King”

E13. “Meditations in an Emergency”

September 30th – Season 3, Part 1

E1. “Out of Town”

E6. “Guy Walks into an Advertising Agency”

October 28th – Season 3, Part 2

E12. “The Grown Ups”

E13. “Shut the Door. Have a Seat.”

November 25th – Season 4, Part 1

E3. “The Good News”

E6. “Waldorf Stories”

December 30th – Season 4, Part 2

E7. “The Suitcase”

E13. “Tomorrowland”

January 27th – Season 5

E1-2. “A Little Kiss”

E11.“The Other Woman”

E12. “Commissions and Fees”

February 24th – Season 6, Part 1

E1-2. “The Doorway”

E6. “For Immediate Release”

March 31st – Season 6, Part 2

E11. “Favors”

E12. “The Quality of Mercy”

E13. “In Care Of”

Not Great, Pod! S7E07 – Waterloo


It’s “mid”-season finale time for Mad Men. Those seven episodes came and went too quick. But here we are to discuss the extraordinary finale, “Waterloo.” For our guest, we invited on the publisher of, Dustin Rowles. The episode went long because there was so much to cover, from Sally and the Nerd, to Bert Cooper’s passing, to Peggy’s pitch and Don’s growth as a human being. We also got Dustin to share his (often insane) predictions for where the show might be headed in its final seven episodes in 2015.

Also, there’s an announcement in the show about monthly casts we will be doing between seasons, going through the run of Mad Men from the beginning, chronologically covering crucial episodes that have led us to where we are today. We are starting with a show on June 24th, covering three episodes from way back in Season 1 of Mad Men. If you’d like to follow along, the episodes we’ll be discussing are: Episode 1 “Smoke Gets in Your Eyes,” Episode 5 “5G” and Episode 13 “The Wheel”

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0:00 – Intro

2:50 – Weekly Lou Check-In

4:45 – Depressed Ted

6:45 – Sally and the Nerd

13:25 – Goodbye, Megan

21:00 – The McCann Buyout

26:30 – Joan’s Don Resentment

37:45 – Bert’s Death

41:00 – Don’s Growth and Peggy’s Pitch

48:45 – The Best Things in Life Are Free

1:01:25 – Hungry for Connection

1:05:40 – Meredith!

1:08:10 – Dustin’s Predictions

1:34:40 – An Important Show Announcement

1:37:20 – Outro


“Mad Men’s Big Lie,” by Katey Rich at Vanity Fair

Not Great, Pod! S7E06 – The Strategy

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This week we’re joined by Kristen Sales of Sales on Film and Movie Mezzanine to talk about Season 7, Episode 6, “The Strategy.” It’s safe to say this episode made us cry into our wine glasses. We also talk the return of our hero, Bob Benson, get into the Pete situation, wonder whether this is the end for Megan and Don, and even find some time to complain about Harry Crane.

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0:00 – Intro

1:37 – The Prodigal Bob Returns!

12:00 – The Pete Situation

17:40 – Megan in NY

25:10 – Peggy and Don

42:15 – Do We Have to Talk About Harry Crane?

45:40 – Odds and Ends

52:30 – Outro


“Closing the Curtain” by Dustin Rowles

Not Great, Pod! S7E05 – The Runaways

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This week on the show, we’re joined by Cléo Journal Submissions Editor Mallory Andrews to talk Season 7, Episode 5, “The Runaways.” Pregnant women, Sharon Tate, threesomes, Lou Avery, nipples! We cover all the important subjects, plus imagine a new agency called Olson & Whitman.

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0:00 – Intro

1:30 – This Week in Lou

5:50 – The Betty Francis Household

13:50 – Don vs. Megan vs. Stephanie

23:10 – Weiner is Trolling Us

25:50 – Zoubi Zoubi Threesome!

34:18 – The Commander Meeting

41:00 – Poor, Poor, Ginsberg

53:10 – Crackpot Theory: Bad Accounts

1:03:37 – Outro


Evidence of Ginsberg’s Madness, by Dustin Rowles

The Account that Might Bring Down SC&P, by Joanna Robinson

Not Great, Pod! S7E04 – The Monolith


This week the lovely and delightful Anne T. Donahue, writer person for The Guardian, Lifetime UK and a ton of other publications joins us. Together we discuss Roger and Marigold, Lou Avery’s management style, Don’s guardian angel and why Anne might be falling out of love with the show this season. We also get to some listener feedback and pray for the return of Bob Benson.


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0:00 – Intro

1:35 – Listener Feedback

5:00 – Margaret Marigold May Marlene

11:15 – Roger/Don Parallels

14:30 – Pete and the Elusive Bob Benson

17:10 – The Weekly Lou Check-Up

21:10 – Peggy the Boss!

24:45 – The Computer…

27:45 – Don’s Relapse

39:05 – Mad Men is Losing Anne

49:50 – Outro


“Don Draper & Bill W.: Mad Men’s Open Secret” by Kelsey Miller

Not Great, Pod! S7E03 – Field Trip

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For this episode, we welcome a special guest: Features Editor for Pajiba, Courtney Enlow. We discuss Season 7, Episode 3, “Field Trip.” We also get into some crackpot theories about Emily Arnett and Scientology. Plus, we get to some listener feedback. Enjoy!


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0:00 – Intro

1:50 – Feedback

6:00 – Don and Megan

12:00 – Betty, Betty, Betty

17:45 – Checking in on Lou

22:50 – Don at the Office

35:20 – Don Takes the Offer

42:10 – Ginsberg and more!

46:10 – Crackpot Theories

54:45 – Outro


“There Is No One Roger Sterling Couldn’t Hook Up With” by Tara Ariano

Dustin Rowles’ Emily Arnett Theory

Cleo Journal

Not Great, Pod! S7E02 – A Day’s Work

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In this episode, Corey, Sarah and Kevin discuss the second episode of Mad Men Season 7, “A Day’s Work.”  It’s a lighter episode than the premiere, very funny, but also very affecting. Plus, we’re all aboard the Dawn and Shirley Train! In the show we also get to some listen feedback, as well as a very special Crackpot Theory. Enjoy!


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0:00 – Intro

0:55 – Listener Feedback

5:10 – Peggy Done Goofed

13:30 – Lou Avery the New Joffrey?

16:10 – Dawn and Shirley

23:30 – Joan the Account Man

25:50 – Pete and Bonnie

29:30 – Don and Sally

42:50 – What’s the Deal With Cutler?

47:20 – Crackpot Theories

51:05 – Outro


“In Defense of Don Draper: Or How Mad Men Will End” by Ali Arikan,


Not Great, Pod! S7E01 – Time Zones

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Mad Men is finally back! In this episode Corey, Sarah and Kevin discuss, in great detail, the Season 7 premiere, “Time Zones.” There’s a lot to unpack, and we try to get to everything. In the show we also read some listener feedback, and we have some fun talking about our favourite Crackpot Theory of the week.


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0:00 – Intro

1:07 – Overall Impressions

4:36 – Peggy

23:10 – Roger

28:54 – Joan

39:10 – Don

1:11:15 – Crackpot Theory: Sharon Tate

1:17:20 – Outro


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Episode 0: The Introduction


Introducing the very first episode of Not Great, Pod!, our new podcast about the AMC series, Mad Men.

In this episode, coming out ahead of the Season 7 premiere, hosts Corey Atad, Sarah Carlson and Kevin Ketchum discuss their relationship to the series, thoughts on Season 6, and speculate on where the final season is headed.


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0:00 – Intro

1:07 – Personal Experience

10:10 – Season 6

32:45 – Season 7

43:35 – Mad Men Theorizing

50:00 – Crackpot Theory: DB Cooper

52:30 – Housekeeping/Outro


Don Draper/DB Cooper Theory

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