Mad Men: 5 Highlights from the Season 5 Premiere

Entertainment Mar. 26, 2012 AT 9:01AM
Mad Men: 5 Highlights from the Season 5 Premiere Credit: Frank Ockenfels/AMC

Mad spoilers ahead!

Sunday night's season five premiere of Mad Men on AMC was one of the most feverishly anticipated nights of TV in a while -- especially since it's been 19 months since fans have checked in with the staff of the mid-60s era advertising firm Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce.

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Here -- don't read ahead if you haven't yet watched! -- Us Weekly recaps the most memorable, funny, sobering moments from the acclaimed series' return.

The new Mrs. Draper sings -- in French!

At Don Draper's (Jon Hamm) surprise 40th birthday party, held in their swinging new high-rise apartment, his new wife Megan (Jessica Pare) pulled off a super-sexy performance of Gillian Hills's "Zou Bisou Bisou." Although Megan gets a hearty round of applause from the guests for the sultry show, Don seems unmoved and ashamed. (The newlyweds eventually make up with a torrid session on their living room floor.)

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Joan is a hausfrau?

On maternity leave from work, sexy Joan Harris (Christina Hendricks) is exhausted and stuck at home with a new baby -- with begrudging help from her mother, as her husband is stationed in Vietnam. Meanwhile, the baby's father is actually Roger Sterling (John Slattery).

Does Lane Pryce want to be the next Don Draper?

After having sex with a prostitute last season, married, buttoned-up British partner Lane Pryce (Jared Harris) continues to explore extra-marital possibilities when a lost wallet he found in a cab leads him to a breathless phone conversation -- 1960s phone sex! -- with a mysterious young woman.

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Missing Betty Draper is "Morticia"

Don's remarried ex-wife Betty Draper Francis (January Jones) was completely M.I.A. on episode one -- perhaps owing to Jones' real-life pregnancy. When Don drops kids Sally, Bobby and adorable Gene back home after a weekend together, he calls his ex and her new husband "Lurch and Morticia."

Roger Sterling's Descent

Still quick with a drink, quip and a flirty wink, Roger Sterling is no longer the powerhouse he once was at the agency as stressed new dad Pete Campbell (Vincent Kartheiser) tries to grab a posher office and bigger clients. Adding insult to injury: Don's supposed bliss with his sexy new wife. "The only thing worse than not getting what you want is somebody else getting it," Sterling says at the Drapers' birthday bash -- with his wife standing right next to him!

Tell Us: What did you think of last night's premiere?

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