Watch This: Before Mad Men, Christina Hendricks made an impression on Firefly

Every day, Watch This offers staff recommendations inspired by the week’s new releases or premieres. This week: In anticipation of Mad Men‘s final episodes, special guest appearances from the show’s stars from before they went to work at Sterling Cooper & Partners.

Firefly, “Our Mrs. Reynolds” (season one, episode six; originally aired 10/4/2002)

Mad Men made Christina Hendricks a household name, but she was already a convention name thanks to a two-episode guest role as Saffron on Joss Whedon’s 2002 space Western Firefly. Nowadays it’s hard to imagine the poster woman for Mad Men going unnoticed, but Saffron is introduced very sneakily in “Our Mrs. Reynolds.” She’s just a part of a montage of the crew celebrating a successful mission with the locals around a campfire. She shares a drink with Captain Malcolm Reynolds and then disappears to dance. She doesn’t …

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