The Runaways



Critic Consensus: "The Runaways" is definitely this season's weirdest episode, but its foray into threesomes, self-mutilations, and bathroom stall conversations makes for an interesting hour.

Episode Info

Don gets a visitor from his past; Stan embarrasses a superior; Peggy helps Ginsberg with a problem; Harry discovers a new ally at the agency.


Jon Hamm
as Don Draper
Elisabeth Moss
as Peggy Olson
Vincent Kartheiser
as Peter Campbell
January Jones
as Betty Francis
Christina Hendricks
as Joan Holloway
John Slattery
as Roger Sterling
Aaron Staton
as Ken Cosgrove
Rich Sommer
as Harry Crane
Robert Morse
as Bertram Cooper
Harry Hamlin
as Jim Cutler
Allan Havey
as Lou Avery
Caity Lotz
as Stephanie
Kiernan Shipka
as Sally Draper
Jessica Paré
as Megan Draper
Ben Feldman
as Michael Ginsberg
Kevin Rahm
as Ted Chaough
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Critic Reviews for The Runaways

Viewers thought the "mature content" warning was referring to the threesome, then got a brutal surprise.

Jan 5, 2015 | Full Review…

Well, at least that wasn't boring. After last week's rather ironic by-the-book ode to Kubrick, Mad Men threw the kitchen sink at us in episode five including a blast from the past, a threesome, and some particularly dirty office politics.

Jan 5, 2015 | Rating: B | Full Review…

Thought-provoking desperate measures in Mad Men -- Don crashing the Philip Morris meeting, Megan trying a threesome, and driving Stephanie away.

Jan 5, 2015 | Full Review…

It may be Don's story, but ex-wife Betty ran away with this episode -- and that was grand.

Jan 5, 2015 | Full Review…

Mad Men veers close to self-parody in this episode, where shock seems calibrated to cover how much here restates what has already been said.

Jan 5, 2015 | Full Review…
Top Critic

That was a lot to handle.

Jan 5, 2015 | Full Review…

Watch out, Cutler. Just like the Waylon Jennings song "Only Daddy That'll Walk the Line" that plays out at the end of the episode, Don's going to keep stepping on everyone's toes until he gets what he wants.

Jan 5, 2015 | Full Review…

With such overt techniques and uncomfortably paced scenes that you can't help but wonder if what you're watching is next-level genius or a severe artistic mishap.

Jan 5, 2015 | Rating: B | Full Review…

Well, that happened. Sliced body parts, threesomes, leaked corporate information... it was definitely an interesting hour of Mad Men.

Jan 5, 2015 | Rating: 4.7/5 | Full Review…

A[n] episode with an unrelenting focus on authority -- who has it, who wants it, who wants to defy it, and who believes they've lost it.

Jan 5, 2015 | Full Review…