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Shut the Door, Have a Seat - S3-E13

Continuity mistake: When Christina Hendricks is about to leave the office, while talking to Don, she is wearing a scarf on her hair. The scarf corner is alternatively tucked in her coat collar and then outside, and inside again etc. in alternate angle shots of the scene.

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New Business - S7-E9

Continuity mistake: Pima Ryan is standing behind her Hasselblad camera, directing models on set. When the camera view changes her waist-level viewfinder goes from an upright position to being flattened down, without anyone touching it.

Marriage of Figaro - S1-E3

Factual error: When Draper is visiting the department store and they're walking up the stairs, a modern-day gray car (Mercedes Benz or SmartCar) is seen whizzing by in the background.

Marriage of Figaro - S1-E3

Factual error: At the party in the second half of the episode Don Draper is seen filming indoors with a movie camera without floodlamps. The movie film of that era would have required much more light. And the camera would have made significant noise and require periodic winding, which did not happen.

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Seven Twenty Three - S3-E7

Continuity mistake: Betty and Henry are in the cafe/bakery talking. Betty lights a cigarette but it changes position from shot to shot. She holds it in her hand leaning on the table, to smoking, back to the table.

Seven Twenty Three - S3-E7

Continuity mistake: Don is called to Bert Cooper's office to discuss Hilton coming into the office earlier that day and his (Don's) lack of a contract. Right after Don enters Bert's office, Bert asks, 'when were you going to tell us about this (Hilton)? ' and you can see the contract (with a blue cover) sitting on the table in front of Lane. There are several more shots of Lane and Roger as they discuss the contract, and it is sitting in the same spot on the table. But after Lane explains that Don must sign the contract, he pulls it from his jacket (not the table) and hands it to Don.

Shut the Door, Have a Seat - S3-E13

Plot hole: Pierce getting fired would invalidate his work visa. His existing visa would have been for overseeing the management of a foreign firm with a US presence. He would have had to leave the country and reapply for an investor visa.

Smoke Gets in Your Eyes - S1-E1

Continuity mistake: The stripper takes her glove off, but in the wide angle, barely half a second later, it's back on.

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Smoke Gets in Your Eyes - S1-E1

Continuity mistake: When the show starts, Draper is lighting a cigarette and his left hand is seen next to it. A second later the hand is down and he is raising it again.

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Smoke Gets in Your Eyes - S1-E1

Factual error: When the new secretary is being shown around the office, the cover is slipped off an IBM Selectric typewriter. She is told not to be afraid of the new technology, it was made easy enough for a woman to use. The episode takes place in March 1960 (a calendar is shown) and the IBM Selectric wasn't introduced until 1961.

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Smoke Gets in Your Eyes - S1-E1

Factual error: The ad team is trying to come up with a new campaign for Lucky Strike cigarettes, since all health claims must be removed. With a stroke of genius, the slogan "It's toasted" is created and approved. "It's toasted" was the ad campaign that debuted in 1917. In the early 60s, it was "Lucky Strike separates the men from the boys, but not from the girls".

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Blowing Smoke - S4-E12

Revealing mistake: In the scene where Don Draper rips out his diary pages, while he is flipping them, the last two pages contain the exact same text.

Ladies Room - S1-E2

Factual error: During the scene where Don Draper is having an "intimate moment" with Ms. Goldberg on the roof of the Menkens store, crickets are audibly present. Crickets are not present in appreciable numbers on a Manhattan rooftop to produce a sound loud enough to drown out traffic and other ambient noise on 5th Ave. Furthermore, the sound of the crickets is inconsistent with that produced by the native snowy tree cricket. "Crickets chirp at different rates depending on their species and the temperature of their environment. Most species chirp at higher rates the higher the temperature is (approximately 62 chirps a minute at 13°C in one common species; each species has its own rate). The relationship between temperature and the rate of chirping is known as Dolbear's Law. Using this law it is possible to calculate the temperature in Fahrenheit by adding 40 to the number of chirps produced in 14 seconds by the snowy tree cricket common in the United States." (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cricket_(insect))

New Amsterdam - S1-E4

Factual error: At various stages of the discussion between Peter Campbell and his wife regarding the purchase of their coop apartment, they discuss down payments and mortgages. Although it may be possible to finance a coop today, in 1960 the buyer would have been expected to pay the total amount up front.

The Benefactor - S2-E3

Continuity mistake: During the riding lesson scene, the chin strap on Betty Draper's riding helmet disappears, reappears and disappears again over several shots.

The Fog - S3-E5

Continuity mistake: During her talk with Dr Edna, Betty's twin string of pearls change between lying together, being apart and going underneath her dress on her right shoulder.

Marriage of Figaro - S1-E3

Factual error: Don brings home Sally a new dog for her birthday at the end of the episode. Clearly an oversight considering the girth of the wide muzzle and "blockier" forehead of the dog. This presumably leads the informed viewer to surmise that the dog is a British Golden Retriever, a far fetched tale considering the lack of communication between European and American dog breeders during the cold war era. Taking this assumption one step further, the cream colour of the coat is also an indication of a later time period, as the cream colour was only introduced in the past twenty (20) years for British sub-genus.

The Chrysanthemum and the Sword - S4-E5

Continuity mistake: While Dr. Miller speaks with Don in the kitchen, halfway through the conversation, you can see that her right arm is holding a cup high near her breast. However, in the shot from the back, you can see alternatively that the arm is held with a 90 degree bent, towards the kitchen counter.

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Trivia

The character Ted Chaough is briefly heard ordering an "Old Spanish" at a bar during the episode. This is a very quick and subtle reference to the popular cult-comedy series "30 Rock." In "30 Rock", the "Old Spanish" is a fake drink that character Cooter Burger is jokingly convinced is real as a prank by co-workers at the White House. The drink was rather nauseatingly comprised of red wine, tonic water and olives. "Mad Men" star Jon Hamm had previously co-starred on "30 Rock" and is friendly with its creator Tina Fey, thus the reference.

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