Critic Consensus: While the women in Don Draper's life are a rich source of story material, "New Business" seems to squander valuable time revisiting them, considering how few shows are left in the series.
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Critic reviews for New Business
Oh, Don. When are you going to learn that a new woman isn't the secret to happiness?
"New Business" was an often frustrating hour that again served as a sendoff to one of Don's major love interests.
Not only do people not fundamentally change, but they are the sources of their own unhappiness. It was kind of a depressing thought, made even more so upon viewing this slog of an episode.
The craft of the show has been so strong... that I haven't been particularly bothered by Don's inability to grow. "New Business," though, was an episode so frustrating - and, with few exceptions, dull - that I could for once see that point of view.
Yes, it's a bad episode of Mad Men, but it might be a necessary episode of Mad Men.
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