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‘Mad Men’ Season Five’s Most Depressing Moments

We run down the season’s lowest – but no less intriguing – points

'Mad Men,' Season Five: The Most Depressing Moments

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Mad Men hasn't really been known for making its audiences feel warm and fuzzy inside, but this season has been especially dark – its peppy, "Zou Bisou Bisou"-soundtracked opening episode notwithstanding – with suicide, weight gain, tawdry business transactions, electro-shock therapy and the threat of physical violence punctuating the story lines. As the SCDP crew plunges deeper into despair at work and at home, here's a look at some of the more soul-crushing moments of Season Five.

By Sarene Leeds

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Beth Dawes Gets Electro-Shock Therapy – Episode 13, ‘The Phantom’

We’ve watched Pete do some despicable things this season, not the least of which was to spearhead Joan’s effective prostitution to land the Jaguar account. But he still managed to arouse our sympathy when his doomed infatuation with Beth Dawes came to a heart-wrenching conclusion. Beth has been battling depression, and her choice of treatment is electro-shock therapy. Following her most recent round of EST, Pete visits her in the hospital, only to find she no longer recognizes him (or does she?). Still he pours out his soul to Beth, revealing that his love for her made him realize that his life with his family was a "temporary bandage on a permanent wound."

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