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Mad Men: The Benefactor

A drunk comic insults the owner of the product for which he is filming a commercial; consequently, Don must fix the situation so that the company doesn't lose the account. Harry discovers that he is being paid less than his co-worker and tries to make an impression on his bosses so he can ask for a raise.

Episode Info

Episode number: 2x3
Production Number: 203
Airdate: Sunday August 10th, 2008

Alternate Airdates:

UK (sky ATLANTIC) Feb 24, 2009
NL (VARA) Jun 22, 2010

  • Currently 8.9/10
8.9/10 (9 Votes cast)
Guest Stars
Crista Flanagan
As Lois
Denise Crosby
As Gertie
Gabriel Mann (1)
As Arthur
Joel Murray
As Freddy Rumsen
Kiernan Shipka
As Sally
Laura Regan
As Jennifer Crane
Mark Moses
As Herman "Duck" Phillips
Melinda McGraw
As Bobbie Barrett
Missy Yager
As Sarah Beth
Patrick Fischler
As Jimmy Barrett
Paul Keeley
As Elliot Lawrence
Jan Hoag
As Edith Schilling
Nat Faxon
As Flatty
Steve Stapenhorst
As Hunt Schilling
Episode Notes
Ratings: 1.25 Million Viewers

Cultural References
Title: The Benefactor


Flatty: Okay. Try this on: The Defenders. Top twenty show. E.G. Marshall, Bob Reed. Lawyers, but you know, they really care....The writers have only one other script ready - something we threw away last year because they used the word "abortion" 30 times in 51 minutes.
Harry: Why?
Flatty: Because they show one - opening scene.

"The Benefactor" was an episode of The Defenders in which the main characters - the father and son law team of Lawrence and Kenneth Preston - defend a doctor accused of performing an abortion. The episode aired a decade before Roe v. Wade declared laws against abortion unconstitutional in the United States. The three main advertising sponsors of the show did pull out because of the content, as mentioned in the episode, but eventually, Speidel Corporation sponsored the entire hour and the episode aired April 28, 1962.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorMatthew Weiner
Executive ProducerMatthew Weiner
Co-Executive ProducerScott Hornbacher
Supervising ProducerMaria Jacquemetton  |  Lisa Albert  |  Andre Jacquemetton
Co-ProducerBlake McCormick  |  Dwayne L. Shattuck
Consulting ProducerRick Cleveland
Staff WriterRobin Veith
Warning: Mad Men season 2 episode 3 guide may contain spoilers
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