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TV review: Mad Men, Season three premiere (AMC)

Don Draper (Jon Hamm) may have returned home at the end of season two, but judging from the opening scene of season three---a theatrical reenactment of Draper imagining his conception and birth---he's no less troubled. And, as we learn when he and darling Sal (Bryan Batt) take a business trip together, Draper still can't resist temptation, especially when it lands in his lap. Apparently, neither can Sal. Sulky Pete Campbell (Vincent Kartheiser) provides the usual whiny levity, as the tension between the cocky American ad execs and their cool British counterparts simmers. Gender roles are set up as this season's theme: pregnant Betty (January Jones) awkwardly joking that her daughter is a "little lesbian" because she likes to play with tools; Sal's sexual encounter and the introduction of Mr. Hooker, a British male secretary, who coined this year's catch phrase, "This place is a gynocracy." All this, wrapped up in a gorgeous palette of nighttime greens, warm ambers and sky-blue stewardess uniforms. CTV isn't running the series concurrently with the American broadcast like they did for season two, so you need fancy-pants digital cable, or you can buy the episode on iTunes.


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