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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

Guest Stars
Crista FlanaganCrista Flanagan
As Lois
Denise CrosbyDenise Crosby
As Gertie
Gabriel MannGabriel Mann
As Arthur
Joel MurrayJoel Murray
As Freddy Rumsen
Kiernan ShipkaKiernan Shipka
As Sally
Laura ReganLaura Regan
As Jennifer Crane
Mark MosesMark Moses
As Herman "Duck" Phillips
Melinda McGrawMelinda McGraw
As Bobbie Barrett
Missy YagerMissy Yager
As Sarah Beth
Patrick FischlerPatrick Fischler
As Jimmy Barrett
Paul KeeleyPaul Keeley
As Elliot Lawrence
Jan HoagJan Hoag
As Edith Schilling
Nat FaxonNat Faxon
As Flatty
Steve StapenhorstSteve 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
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