The Hardest “Mad Men” Quiz You Will Ever Take

Because the same thing that happened in Season 1 also seems to happen in Season 7.


Mad Men creator Matt Weiner and the cast of his hit AMC advertising series have mastered the art of saying something, but revealing a whole lot of nothing. As have the people who write the show’s episode descriptions. Just try matching the Mad Men episode descriptions with their titles to see how good they are.

Pour yourself an old-fashioned, because you’re going to need it as you get increasingly frustrated each time you see the words “friend,” “past,” “trip,” or “news.” You’ve been warned.

  1. 1. This is the description of which episode: "A surprise visitor shows up at Sterling Cooper; Sally gets spooked by something (or someone); and Joan is the recipient of some surprising news”?
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    1. “The Fog” (Season 3, Episode 5)
    2. “Guy Walks into an Advertising Agency” (Season 3, Episode 6)
    3. “Dark Shadows” (Season 5, Episode 9)
    4. “The Phantom” (Season 5, Episode 13)
  2. 2. Which is the episode description for "The Flood" (Season 6, Episode 5)?
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    1. “Roger changes tack to make new business; Pete has an awkward run-in with a client.”
    2. “Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce tries to placate competing clients; Pete is blindsided by an unexpected guest.”
    3. “The agency works to keep a client; Joan is caught off guard.”
    4. “Sterling Cooper is in play and the office scrambles without Don. Betty learns some disconcerting news.”
  3. 3. Which episode has this description: "Peggy's colleagues are irked when she's given a new job opportunity; Don's work responsibilities get in the way of his home life; Betty uncovers a surprising secret"?
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    1. “The Wheel” (Season 1, Episode 13)
    2. “The Good News” (Season 4, Episode 3)
    3. “To Have and to Hold” (Season 6, Episode 4)
    4. “The Rejected” (Season 4, Episode 4)
  4. 4. Which is the episode description for “The Other Woman” (Season 5, Episode 11)?
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    1. “Don has an encounter with someone from the past; Joan comes to a momentous decision. Meanwhile, Roger increases Peggy’s workload.”
    2. “Don deals with a challenging pitch, while Peggy ponders taking a trip.”
    3. “Peggy is given a difficult assignment. Roger’s work problems provide new opportunities for Don, and Pete grows more frustrated. Betty finds a new outlet for her growing dissatisfaction.”
    4. “Peggy is irritated by a secret she has to keep. Pete covers for a friend and Don gets unexpected news.”
  5. 5. This is the description of which episode: "Don's mysterious past comes back to haunt him; Peggy celebrates her new work success, but not all of her colleagues and co-workers are pleased; Salvatore's relationship with a client is questioned"?
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    1. “The Gypsy and the Hobo” (Season 3, Episode 11)
    2. “Wee Small Hours” (Season 3, Episode 9)
    3. “The Arrangements” (Season 3, Episode 4)
    4. “The Hobo Code” (Season 1, Episode 8)
  6. 6. Which is the episode description for “A Day's Work” (Season 7, Episode 2)?
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    1. “Peggy and her new creative partner don’t see eye-to-eye; Don pitches a client under an unusual set of circumstances.”
    2. “A romantic gesture in the form of a thoughtful gift could lead to professional problems for Peggy.”
    3. “Peggy receives flowers at the office; Pete navigates the politics of new business; Joan is put in an awkward situation.”
    4. “Betty becomes involved in local politics; a troubling incident leads Don to begin thinking about his future; and Peggy is on the receiving end of an exquisite gift.”
  7. 7. This is the description of which episode: "Don takes a business trip to Los Angeles, where he hooks up with some interesting new acquaintances; Peggy's in the mood for an office romance; Duck contemplates the future at Sterling Cooper"?
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    1. “Far Away Places” (Season 5, Episode 6)
    2. “The Jet Set” (Season 2, Episode 11)
    3. “Out of Town” (Season 3, Episode 1)
    4. “A Tale of Two Cities” (Season 6, Episode 10)
  8. 8. Which is the episode description for “Blowing Smoke” (Season 4, Episode 12)?
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    1. “While trying to navigate a crisis, Don encounters an old friend.”
    2. “Don is disrupted by a surprise visitor; Peggy looks for inspiration.”
    3. “Don receives an intriguing lead and follows up on it.”
    4. “Peggy receives new responsibilities as the firm makes a concentrated push to increase business. Later, Don and Harry go the extra mile for a big client.”
  9. 9. This is the description of which episode: "Don takes an impromptu trip; Betty has lunch with a friend; Harry lobbies for a cause; the partners consider a questionable asset"?
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    1. “A Tale of Two Cities” (Season 6, Episode 10)
    2. “Indian Summer” (Season 1, Episode 11)
    3. “The Jet Set” (Season 2, Episode 11)
    4. “Field Trip” (Season 7, Episode 3)
  10. 10. Which is the episode description for “Love Among the Ruins” (Season 3, Episode 2)?
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    1. “An old friend and Don renew acquaintances; Pete’s personal problems impact a major account; Joan introduces her fiancé around the office.”
    2. “A candidate makes an impression on Don; Peggy’s taste in men proves questionable; and Pete faces a major decision about his career.”
    3. “Don has an encounter with someone from the past; Joan comes to a momentous decision. Meanwhile, Roger increases Peggy’s workload.”
    4. “Betty gets a visit from her father. Sterling Cooper grapples with a very specific client request. Roger makes arrangements for a wedding. Peggy becomes personally affected by a campaign.”
  11. 11. This is the description of which episode: “Sterling Cooper prepares for a guest; Don calls an old friend; Roger confronts problems at home; Pete underestimates Peggy”?
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    1. “Quality of Mercy” (Season 6, Episode 12)
    2. “Six-Month Leave” (Season 2, Episode 9)
    3. “The Monolith” (Season 7, Episode 4)
    4. “Hands and Knees” (Season 4, Episode 10)
  12. 12. Which is the episode description for “The Collaborators” (Season 6, Episode 3)?
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    1. “Don has a difference of opinion with a client, while Peggy has problems motivating the staff.”
    2. “Don, Roger, and Pete team up to rustle up some new clients; Sally lends a hand to a relative.”
    3. “Don and Pete disregard Roger’s expectations in an effort to land an important new client.”
    4. “Don is greeted with a surprise; Roger and Pete clash; and Joan has a run-in with a houseguest.”

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