The Strategy

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Critic Consensus: "The Strategy" addresses the changing gender norms of the late 1960s through the lens of Don and Peggy's complex professional relationship, and the result is intelligent and occasionally quite touching.

Episode Info

Peggy does research for a pitch; Pete is invited to join an exclusive club; Joan seeks time spent with a friend.

Cast

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
James Wolk
as Bob Benson
Alison Brie
as Trudy Campbell
Mary Grill
as Mrs. Minor
Matthew Glave
as Bill Hartley
Jessica Paré
as Megan Draper
Ben Feldman
as Michael Ginsberg
Kevin Rahm
as Ted Chaough
Kiernan Shipka
as Sally Draper
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Critic Reviews for The Strategy

This is the Mad Men I've been waiting to see.

Jan 4, 2015 | Full Review…

Tonight's was a Peggy-centric installment that delivered a rather heavy-handed take on male chauvinism circa the 1960s. Let's give the lack of subtlety a pass, given the era.

Jan 4, 2015 | Full Review…

"The Strategy" found its characters perhaps at their happiest. Not one member of the limited cast appeared even remotely flummoxed until Roger and Joan were brought back together over a mutual distaste for Harry Crane.

Jan 4, 2015 | Rating: A | Full Review…

The episode had a pretty good mission statement already in Joan's conversation with Bob. Then Don touched Peggy's hand to start the dance.

Jan 4, 2015 | Full Review…

What a satisfying episode of Mad Men, with the kind of ad campaign drama the show does so beautifully. The relationship between Don and Peggy continues to fascinate, even if the slow-dance scene was a little forced.

Jan 4, 2015 | Full Review…

Mad Men is currently occupying a no-man's-land where families are breaking down and hierarchies are being shaken up, but huge groups of people are still being treated like second-class citizens due to their gender or sexuality.

Jan 4, 2015 | Full Review…

It's interesting that Mad Men chose to focus on Bob Benson's plight with such an important even in LGBT history about to happen.

Jan 4, 2015 | Full Review…

Moments like last night's final, unforgettable image of Don and Peggy dancing to Frank Sinatra's "My Way" that make all of Mad Men's ups and downs worth it.

Jan 4, 2015 | Full Review…

Mad Men, and this episode about would-be perfect moments, is better than perfect: it's human.

Jan 4, 2015 | Rating: A | Full Review…

This isn't just the new Burger Chef advertising angle that Peggy Olson had been searching for -- the strategy that gave last night's Mad Men its title. It's damn near a mission statement for the whole series, now entering its home stretch.

Jan 4, 2015 | Full Review…