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‘Mad Men’ penultimate episode includes odes to Wichita, Kansas beef

Pete Campbell is wooed over a Kansas steak on Sunday night’s episode of “Mad Men” on AMC.
Pete Campbell is wooed over a Kansas steak on Sunday night’s episode of “Mad Men” on AMC.
“Mad Men”

is almost over. But the series isn’t going down without showing Wichita some love.

Sunday night’s penultimate episode featured all kinds of Wichita references, including my favorite one about one of my favorite things: Kansas beef.

In the episode, main character Pete Campbell is offered a job as a head public relations guy at Learjet in Wichita. The CEO flies to New York to court him and enjoys a steak.

In the clip I’ve posted here, the CEO comments on the quality of beef, saying it’s one of the best he’s ever had.

“Well it’s the best because they flew it out from Kansas,” Pete Campbell replies. “Isn’t Wichita cattle country?”

Later in the episode, Pete persuades his ex-wife, Trudy, to move to Wichita with him to take the job. “Wichita is beautiful,” he tells her. “And it’s wholesome.” (And his deal includes a private jet that he can use whenever he wants.)

During another scene, a headhunter tells Pete he can get a two-bedroom house for $100 in Wichita.

The finale of the AMC series, about ad men in the 1960s and 1970s, airs Sunday on AMC. I sure hope Pete and Trudy find our city as beautiful and wholesome and steak-filled as they were expecting.

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