Sunday, April 19, 2015

Man with a Plan – Mad Men Episode Summary 6.7

Ted Chaough flies plane with Don Draper
Man with a Plan Mad Men Episode Summary: The employees of Cutler, Gleason, and Chaough arrive at Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce following their merger causing commotion and dismissals from both agencies.  The merger surfaced a concern from Mohawk Airlines prompting Don Draper and Ted Chaough to speak with the client despite the absence of Pete Campbell whose family problems have sidetracked him from work.  Meanwhile, Don Draper imposes his authority over Sylvia Rosen with demands designed to feed his ego.

Mad Men Recap of Man with a Plan: Commotion takes over the office of Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce with the arrival of the employees from Cutler, Gleason, and Chaough.  Notwithstanding the changes, the merger begins propitiously with Bert Cooper’s plan to receive the new partners with a speech congratulating them for their recent victory at the Clio Awards for the “Little Headaches” commercial they created for St. Joseph’s Children’s Aspirin.  Pete Campbell arrives late for the partners’ meeting and finds that there are no available seats.  Moira, Ted Chaough’s secretary, offers her seat prompting the good-natured Ted to offer his seat to her.  The meeting continues with the announcement of potential new business with Fleischmann’s Margarine, but discord immediately follows when Pete brings up an issue with the New York State Thruway.   His client, Henry Lammott of Mohawk Airlines, believes that a conflict of interest exists in an agency serving both car and air travel clients.  Pete expects CGC to resign the New York State Thruway account, which Ted does not contest seeing that Mohawk Airlines outweighs New York State.  Regrettably, Jim Cutler rejects the request, because they have already spent the two hundred fifty thousand media budget from New York State Thruway.  The breakdown in communication leads to a heightened argument about other pieces of information both agencies kept from each other including Frank Gleason’s serious illness.  Don offers to settle the issue with Mohawk Airlines accompanied by Ted who happens to be a pilot.Continue reading...

An urgent phone call for Pete takes him away from the meeting.  Dorothy Dyckman, his demented mother, has arrived in his Manhattan apartment demanding to see her deceased husband.  Meanwhile, Don receives a phone call from Sylvia demanding that he come to her immediately.  She is unaware that Don overheard the argument she had with her husband and is nescient of his fear that Arnold had learned of their affair.  Aware that Arnold remains ignorant of the affair, he tells her to meet him at the Sherry-Netherland at half past noon.  Don leaves the office to be with Sylvia, while his team including Peggy Olson and Ted Chaough wait for him.  Unable to track him down, Ted takes charge of the meeting and allows the creatives to free-associate on Fleischmann’s Margarine eliciting good starting points for their campaign.  Meanwhile, Don ends his rendezvous with Sylvia and demands that she not whine about her husband to him.  Moreover, he asserts his authority over her by ordering her to bring his shoes to him as a servant does to her master.  Don then commands that she undress, return to bed, and remain there until his return.  He returns to the office and arrives at the meeting almost an hour late.  Ted dismisses the team and confronts Don about his tardiness and disrespect for everyone who expected his presence at the meeting.  Don’s only retort is to slam the door at Ted.  He then calls Sylvia to instruct her to continue waiting for him despite not knowing the time of his return.  Moreover, she is not to answer the phone again.  Sylvia obeys his every demand for she found his disrespectful assertion of authority over her arousing.  Satisfied with his lover’s obedience, Don offers an olive branch to Ted in the form of alcohol.  He believes that they have better luck coming up with the campaign for Fleishchmann’s Margarine if they discussed it without the rest of the team.  Ted gets drunk after several drinks leaving Don to come up with the idea of a farmer’s wife putting margarine on a pancake that comes with a delicious breakfast spread, which Ted insists should include bacon.  A heavily inebriated Ted meets with the team for a senseless survey then falls asleep.  Don has tricked Ted into embarrassing himself to the team in order to regain his authority over them.  After hours of waiting, Sylvia hears a knock on the door and finds on the doorstep a box from Saks Fifth Avenue containing a red dress.  Don finally arrives at the hotel where Sylvia in the red dress waited for him for three hours.  Sylvia believing that the dress was meant for a nice dinner out in the town becomes frightened after Don tells her that they are to stay in the hotel for she exists solely for his pleasure.  She acquiesces to Don’s order to undress.  Curiously, Sylvia looks forward to playing Don’s bizarre game despite his cruelty.  Later, Don returns to his wife who is fast asleep and clueless of his affair, while Ted pays Frank a visit at the hospital.  Ted confides to him the incident with Don and about the man’s curious interest in him.  He finds Don mysterious, reticent, but eloquent.  Frank advises Ted to let Don win the first few battles without losing confidence, because Don will eventually tire himself.

Pete arrives at his Manhattan apartment and finds his brother, Bud, waiting for him anxious to hand off their mother.  He pleads Bud to take his mother home with him, unable to deal with a family problem whilst in the middle of a tumultuous merger.  Aside from Pete’s betrayal for enlisting another financial services firm to underwrite Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce’s public offering, Bud believes that it is high time for his younger brother to care for their mother as he and his wife have done in the past.  Moreover, Bud’s wife, Judy, has lost her patience with her mother-in-law.  The following morning, Dorothy regains some of her lucidity enough to deduce that her son’s marriage is at a precipice.  Pete eludes his mother’s observation and arrives at the office to confide his concerns to Harry Crane.  He has come to believe that the merger will lead to his eventual dismissal.  Another emergency at home disrupts his confidence and causes Ted and Don to see Henry Lammott without him.  Ted and Don fly to Mohawk Airline’s headquarters in Ted’s small airplane in the middle of heavy rain allowing Ted to witness a frightened Don Draper.  Moreover, flying his own plane to see the owner of an airline company gains him the upper hand for it certainly will impress the client.  Pete arrives at the office to learn that the two creative directors went to see the client without him.  To add to his insecurity, the meeting was successful in spite of his absence.  Don, on the other hand, returns to the hotel only to learn that Sylvia has come to her senses.  Sylvia has come to realize of the immorality of their affair and the shame she brought to herself for engaging in it.  Don begs Sylvia to reconsider and ends up submitting to her decision.  The lovers return to their families.

Roger Sterling summons smug Burt Peterson to his office to terminate him once again.  Burt has deluded himself into believing his indispensable role in the agency only to learn that none of the partners at CGC fought to keep him.  He threatens Roger of taking his clients with him, a clear delusion knowing that Chevy, his biggest account has already welcomed Ken Cosgrove as his replacement.  This is ominous news for Bob Benson, who was to report to Burt.  Bob accidentally finds a severely sick Joan Holloway at her office after mishearing her request to wait.  A disheveled Joan reluctantly agrees to leave her office to go to the hospital.  Bob stays with her at the waiting room and persuades the babysitter to stay with Joan’s son until she or her mother arrives.  Moreover, he manages to inveigle the nurse into providing Joan immediate care after concocting a story of her accidental consumption of furniture polisher.  As it turns out, Joan has a cyst in her ovary, one she naively does not find concerning.  Bob pays Joan a visit seemingly anxious to learn of her recovery and wins the approval of her mother.  Joan, however, suspects his kindness as insurance given the recent dismissals following the merger.  Nonetheless, she fights to keep him employed with an argument of his involvement in Ken’s accounts, which would require his management while Ken attends to the needs of Chevrolet in Detroit.  Jim agrees to let go of a CGC account manager instead pleasing Pete.  Later, Pete’s mother wakes him in the middle of the night to inform him that Kennedy has been shot.  He dismisses his mother mistaking her information as another one of her delusions unaware that she was referring to the assassination of Senator Robert F. Kennedy.


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Sunday, April 12, 2015

To Have and To Hold – Mad Men Episode Summary 6.4

To Have and To Hold
To Have and To Hold Mad Men Episode Summary: Don Draper agrees to pitch an ad to Heinz Ketchup after receiving assurance that the request will remain secret from their client, Heinz Baked Beans.  Harry Crane figures out a solution for Ken Cosgrove’s problem and earns the agency a six figure incremental business, which no one would have noticed had not gone in a tirade after Joan Holloway unceremoniously terminated his secretary.  Meanwhile, Megan Draper’s role at the soap opera, To Have and To Hold, becomes more prominent beginning with the love scene with one of the lead characters.

Mad Men Recap of To Have and To Hold: Pete Campbell and Don Draper secretly meet with Tim Jablonski of Heinz Ketchup to discuss the possibility of moving the account from Dane Doyle to Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce.  Don is apprehensive about collaborating with Heinz Ketchup given the conflict it will create with Heinz Baked Beans, the account that gave Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce national recognition and one that is managed by his friend, Raymond Geiger.  The self-possessed Tim Jablonski assures Don that no trouble will come from Raymond should he approve of the creative and decide to proceed with moving the account.  Don agrees to do the work secretly with Pete and Stan Rizzo as the only collaborators.Continue reading...

Ken Cosgrove drops by Harry Crane’s office to complain about his father-in-law, Ed Baxter, an executive with Dow Chemical, whom he believes directs the gripe about people’s aversion towards his company at him.  Harry believes he can help with the damaging publicity against Dow Chemical after it was revealed that the U.S. military dropped napalm bombs on North Vietnam, napalm that Dow Chemical manufactures.  With Ken’s help, Harry meets with Ed Baxter to propose a one-hour primetime TV special with football player Joe Namath sponsored by Dow Chemical.  The TV special is to be a parody of Broadway musicals that combines the appeal of both Broadway and football where Dow Chemical will be a corner tenant taking up the majority of the commercials and exclusive billboards that convey that Dow Chemical manufactures family products for the American family.

Joan Harris is excited to see her friend, Kate, a successful sales director at Mary Kay in Spokane.  However, the woman has come to the city for a job interview with the competition, Avon, after realizing that there is no longer any room for growth in Spokane.  Gail Holloway, Joan’s mother, is particularly proud of her daughter as well, but believes that the responsibility that comes with being a partner at a Madison Avenue advertising firm has its disadvantages.  Meanwhile, Dawn Chambers is once again held up at work.  Her dedication to her job causes superiors and colleagues to take advantage of her such that Harry Crane’s secretary, Scarlett, managed to have Dawn punch out for her.  She arrives late for dinner with her soon to be wed friend who informs her that Dawn’s date for the wedding fell through after the groom found the man unfit for Dawn.  Dawn is looking for a husband, but believes that she won’t find one at work or at church.  She did run into the son of a friend, but the man did not even approach her.  Joan later learns of Scarlett’s absence enabled by Dawn and confronts Scarlett about it, but the secretary is guile enough to make excuses.  Joan decides to confront Dawn instead with the pretense of Scarlett having confessed skipping work.  Scarlett rushes to warn Dawn, but Joan sees her and fires Scarlett immediately.  Harry learns of Scarlett’s unceremonious termination and opposes Joan by invalidating her decision.  Soon after, he sees Joan in a partners’ meeting mistaking that the incident with the secretary is being discussed unaware that the meeting was about Project K.  He inadvertently reveals the incident to the partners, but it was only a vehicle to express his grievances.  Harry has been bringing business to the agency including the one hundred fifty thousand dollars’ worth of incremental business from Broadway Joe on Broadway, but his accomplishments go unrewarded unlike Joan who was made partner after she prostituted herself to a potential client as the agency required.  He demands that he become a partner, but it is an ultimatum Bert Cooper vows not to fulfill.  The partners say nothing else of Harry’s tirade, but Pete reminds Joan of the ongoing investigation of the Commission on Human Rights regarding the employment of Negroes in the advertising industry.  Don adds that the decision not to terminate Dawn will also be based on merit for the woman is a good secretary.  Joan agrees not to terminate Dawn.  Scarlett also gets a reprieve with Bert believing that the humiliation will suffice.  Dawn once again stays late at the office to atone for the transgression of enabling a colleague.  This infuriates her friend whom she has kept waiting at the diner; even more annoying for her is Dawn’s timidity.  Dawn explains that everyone in that office, men and women alike, is afraid of losing their jobs.  This is the reason why Dawn is desperate to find a husband.

Joan goes out to dinner with Kate, but her thoughts are elsewhere.  Kate complains about her inattentiveness and receives displeasure from Joan for choosing a kitschy restaurant popular with adolescents.  Ostensibly, Kate had chosen the restaurant specifically for that reason.  A married woman with kids from a provincial town, Kate did not just come to New York for a job interview.  She is looking for some excitement.  Joan helps her flirt with the young manager of the restaurant who invites them out for a drink after his shift.  Joan and Kate later find themselves making out with two young men.  Kate forgets her family, while Joan forgets Harry’s insinuation.  The next morning, Roger Sterling and Bert Cooper summon Harry Crane to give him the full commission from Broadway Joe on Broadway, but reject his demand to become partner despite his insistence of having earned it.  Harry, nonetheless, accepts the money and acquiesces to the decision leaving only the threat of being pirated by another agency.  Meanwhile, Joan is still in bed and would have been if her mother had not woken her up.  Kate is there as well, and she has come to regret last night’s foolishness with the young restaurant manager.  She confesses of being envious of Joan’s success, but realizes that she lacks the boldness required to attain it.  Kate had come to New York hoping to find success the same way Joan did unaware of what she truly did to become an executive.  Joan confesses that her success is superficial and divulges of still being treated like a secretary.  Despite that, Kate continues to be proud of Joan’s accomplishment. Joan arrives at the office where Dawn nervously approaches her with the proposition to dock her pay for the time Scarlett was away, believing that it is fair to the company even if it is unjust to her.  Joan instead makes Dawn responsible for monitoring the supply closet and the time cards, a task that serves two purposes, to reward Dawn with her trust and to punish her with the ire of her colleagues.  Nevertheless, Dawn finds Joan’s approval worthwhile.

Megan Draper learns that she is to have a love scene that will develop into a love affair.  Although the development of her character excites Megan, she worries that Don will disapprove.  Her co-star and wife of the head writer, Arlene, believes that it is best to be forthright about it to her husband and offers to take the couple to dinner to help Megan break the news.  Megan prepares a nice dinner for Don to help persuade him.  She is unaware that he had an impromptu rendezvous with Sylvia Rosen at the elevator where the woman informs him of leaving a penny under the mat the next time her husband is not at home.  Don arrives home, but immediately senses the trap, causing Megan to divulge the impending love scenes with Rod Holly.  Seeing that the soap opera has taken interest in his wife, Don expresses his tolerance for the love scenes, but not his encouragement.  He also agrees to have dinner with Megan’s colleagues where his wife alludes to the soap opera being titillating without being salacious.  Although Don already gave his agreement to her love scenes, Megan continues to emphasize the wholesomeness of To Have and To Hold, but the perversion of Mel and Arlene leaves some doubt after the couple proposed the four of them having sexual intercourse with each other.  Fortunately, Don found the proposal humorous.  Megan, however, has come to believe that the development of her character will be based on her agreement to sleep with them.  Megan leaves for work the next morning excited for the growth of her role at To Have and To Hold, but Don is secretly not.

Don Draper pitches the ad for Heinz ketchup, the ad features salivating food that is missing one thing, ketchup.  However, the tag line, “Pass the Heinz”, received remarks from Tim, who wanted it differentiated from Heinz’ other products.  Don argues that Heinz only means ketchup, an argument that plays on the ego of the overconfident executive.  Nonetheless, Tim sees the creative as half an ad.  Don contends that they must leave something for the consumer’s imagination and when they do so successfully it is as if their ad is running for the entire day.  Tim still insists on seeing Heinz’ ketchup bottle leaving Pete to state that the creative will be tested both ways.  The pitch went well until the men leave the hotel room only to find Cutler, Gleason, and Chaough waiting for their turn.  SCDP was unaware that the pitch was a bake-off.  Don stays behind to listen to their competitor’s pitch behind the door.  He listens to his protégé, Peggy Olson, attack Heinz’ competitors, the makers of watered-down, flavorless sauce known as catsup.  He hears her claim his tenet as her own.  Peggy pitches that Heinz is the only ketchup, an ad that featured a big bottle of Heinz ketchup.  Her pitch delighted Don.  Nonetheless, Don is upset at the deceitfulness from Heinz, because the assurance of secrecy was the one that convinced him to agree to the request.  He knows now that a competing agency is aware of their treachery towards Heinz Baked Beans.  Peggy and Ted Chaough arrive at the diner where Don, Pete, and Stan are to deliver the news that J. Walter Thompson got the account.  The news added insult to injury especially since SCDP paid for the room.  To make matters worse, Ken arrives to inform them of the enraged call from Raymond Geiger.  Their treachery had cost them the Heinz Baked Beans account.  Already upset, Don leaves the diner to watch her wife’s love scene, the very first scene he comes to see Megan in a role she has been playing for months.  Megan receives compliments for her acting, but only disapproving looks from Don.  She shrewdly identifies the reason for his presence; Don is powerless over the love scene and decides to ruin his wife’s moment instead.  Megan weeps instead of celebrating the beginning of a bigger role in the soap opera.  Don leaves to have intercourse with Sylvia whom he learns has been praying for him to find peace.


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Sunday, April 5, 2015

The Doorway – Mad Men Episode Summary 6.1

Don Draper Wedding in Hawaii
The Doorway Mad Men Episode Summary: Don Draper spends Christmas in Hawaii with his wife, Megan, as part of research for a campaign for Sheraton Hotels.  He meets a young Army man on leave for his wedding, and ends up giving away the bride.  He returns to New York with an idea for the Sheraton ad completely missing the overtone of his campaign.

Mad Men Recap of The Doorway: Don Draper is at The Royal Hawaiian resort with his wife, Megan Calvet, who is enjoying their Christmas vacation far more than he does.  Her delight intensifies when a fan of the soap opera, To Have and To Hold, approaches her for an autograph. They spend a night of lovemaking while high in marijuana.  Don, however, does not appear particularly pleased, and he makes his way to the bar, while his wife is fast asleep.  He meets a fellow Army man, Pfc. Dinkins, extremely inebriated after celebrating his last day of being a bachelor.  The young man is marrying a Mexican woman and after a brief conversation with Don asks him to give away his bride on their wedding given that her family in Mexico is unable to attend.  Megan wakes to find Don at a wedding ceremony by the beach attended only by five people including the minister.Continue reading...

Betty Francis attends the ballet with the women in her family.  She is later pulled over for speeding.  Her mother-in-law, Pauline Francis, drops her son’s name who is now working for the mayor of New York City in order to evade a ticket, which only results in embarrassment when the stern police officer refuses to do them a special favor.  Sally Draper informs her stepfather about the incident making him disappointed at both his wife and his mother, the former for her reckless driving and the latter for invoking his name to evade the law.  Bobby Draper’s infatuation with Sally’s friend, Sandy, focuses their attention to the teenager as they learn of Sandy’s musical prowess as a violinist.  The adults manage to persuade the teen who will be attending Juilliard in the next semester to play the violin for them.  Sandy beautifully plays for them Chopin’s Nocturne in E Flat Major Op. 9 No.2.  Later that night, Betty maliciously accuses her husband of having lurid desires for the teen and teases him with vicious thoughts of violating the girl with her blessing.  Henry becomes fearful of his wife’s wicked, salacious thoughts.  Betty later finds Sandy in the kitchen sitting in the dark, smoking a cigarette.  The teen could not sleep, while Betty has a craving for a snack, one she confesses would ruin her diet.  Sandy flatters Betty with a statement of her being beautiful despite her obesity.  Ostensibly, her statement is not mere flattery for the teen whose mother recently passed away regrets having her mother wear a girdle despite the stomach pains just to please her husband.  Sandy then confesses to the real reason of her distress; Juilliard rejected her application.  Betty offers a lie to hide her shame, but only receives an insult from the teen for her deceitfulness.  Sandy is not so much concerned about the rejection, but rather the missed opportunity of experiencing a Bohemian life in New York City.  She envies Betty for having had the life experience, one similar to the glimpse she saw on a trip to the Village, forgetting that Betty still became the suburban housewife Sandy tries to escape.  Betty believes in Sandy’s talent and persuades the teen to wait two more years before pursuing her dream.

Abe Drexler and Peggy Olson arrive home from dinner at a vegetarian restaurant that gave both of them a stomachache.  She is about to receive a headache from Burt Peterson, who had called at midnight to inform her that Koss Headphones decided to withdraw their Super Bowl spot following a sketch at The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson where a comedian had successfully made a satire of the war.  Peterson provides very little details of the issue.  He had only called Peggy to pass on to her the burden thus relieving him of the problem.  He soon learns of the actual reason that prompted Koss Headphones to pull their ads.  The Tonight Show had joked about soldiers cutting off the Vietcong’s ears as a trophy thus making their “Lend me your ears” tag line undeniably inappropriate.  Unable to reach Ted Chaough in Colorado, Peggy is left to follow Burt’s advice and begins to pursue a path of less resistance.  She, however, is disinclined to agree to his suggestion of simply removing the inappropriate tag line.  Peggy, nonetheless, manages to convince the client to retain the Super Bowl spot and to allow her to provide an alternative solution.  This, however, necessitates getting a hold of Ted.

Don and Megan Draper return to bitter cold New York City surprised to find their doorman back at work.  Jonesy had suffered a heart attack in front of the Drapers and the Rosens not so long ago.  The man would have died if not for Dr. Arnold Rosen.  Don bumps into Dr. Rosen at the elevator and offers to give him a Leica camera free of charge after the good doctor had asked for advice on what model to get.  Don has great admiration for the man after witnessing him save Jonesy’s life.  Don arrives at the office and meets an eager Bob Benson from Accounts who claims to have spoken to him at the Christmas party, of which Don has no recollection.  He finds the partners posing for portraits and his office rearranged as part of the publicity photo shoot for the agency.  Pete Campbell is anxious to hear that creative is prepared for the meeting with Sheraton.  Ostensibly, Don’s vacation is part of research about The Royal Hawaiian Resort in Waikiki, and his team is also anxious to hear of his input for the upcoming pitch to Sheraton on Friday, but his thoughts are elsewhere.  He returns to his office looking out the window with the crashing of the invisible waves ringing in his ears.  He, at last, begins work with a review of the creative for Dow’s oven cleaner.  He rejects the creative, particularly the nonchalant use of the word love.  They had not only managed to sterilize the oven, but also to desensitize the meaning of the word.  Dr. Rosen arrives at Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce just as Don is lecturing his team and witnesses him at work as Don had done so when he kept Jonesy from dying.  He too begins to admire his neighbor though he confesses of wishing that the gorgeous man had no intellect.  Don hands Dr. Rosen the Leica he promised him and the man leaves for another afternoon of surgeries after Dawn Chambers calls Don for the photoshoot.  The photographer instructs Don to look as if he is lost in a confident thought.  Don begins to light a cigarette and realizes having accidentally switched cigarette lighters with Pfc. Dinkins.  The lighter reminded him of the incident in the Korean War that led to his assumption of the Don Draper identity, this substantially disturbed Don that his reaction became palpable.  Waking up the following morning feeling the same anxiety at the sight of the cigarette lighter prompted him to discard it in the trash.

Roger Sterling speaks to his psychiatrist of his fear of having led a meaningless life that is inching close to the end.  With New Year fast approaching, he is anxious of another year of emptiness.  News of his mother passing away only validates his concern although it was not a shock given her age.  Moreover, he feels nothing towards his mother’s passing that he ends up consoling the distraught secretary who received the news.  He holds a funeral for her mother attended by family, friends, and apathetic colleagues.  Mrs. Hazel Tinsley insists on giving the first eulogy and begins to speak of the tremendous love the mother of Roger had for him.  A heavily inebriated Don Draper vomits as Mrs. Tinsley ended her speech.  However, it is not Don’s heave that caused his ire, but the presence of Mona’s new husband, Bruce Pike.  Roger overshadows Don’s embarrassment by expressing the displeasure of having Bruce Pike at his mother’s funeral.  He orders everyone to leave, but everyone disregards his command, adding more to his embarrassment.  Notwithstanding the outrage directed at her new husband, Mona consoles Roger.  She found Don’s retching more embarrassing than her former husband’s outrage.  Mona uses Roger’s regret at having ignored his mother to persuade him to spend more time with his daughter, Margaret.  Roger finds that everyone had left the house except for Margaret.  He gives her a jar of water from the River Jordan that was used to baptize them, but she had expected something more valuable.  Margaret learns that her grandmother left everything to the zoo, while Roger learns that her daughter only loves him for his money.  Margaret speaks to him about her husband’s plan to go into the budding refrigeration business in order to receive his financial support.  She becomes affectionate towards him after agreeing to help.  Meanwhile, Pete Campbell and Ken Cosgrove bring Don home.  He further embarrasses himself with incessant appeals for Jonesy to relay what he saw when he suffered a heart attack.  Don is convinced that the doorman had died.  Megan returns home to find Don in bed and relays the excitement of having been given a bigger role in the soap opera.  His disquiet returns when the Pfc. Dinkins’ cigarette lighter reemerges, since the maid thought twice about throwing it away after seeing it in the trash.  Its reemergence reminds him of the inescapable secret that will haunt him for the rest of his life.  He decides to compensate for it by returning the lighter to its rightful owner, but does so anonymously.  Meanwhile, Roger learns of the death of the man who shined his shoes after the grieving family sent the shoeshine kit to the one client who asked about him.  As if seeing a glimpse of his future, he returns to his office and grief at last overcomes him.

Betty learns from Sally that Sandy had gone to Juilliard earlier than planned.  Fully aware that Juilliard had rejected Sandy, she makes the trip to the Village to look for the teen.  She comes across two young males and follows them inside a decrepit building.  She sees Sandy’s violin case in the hallway, but does not find her there.  Betty decides to wait for the teen in the company of the destitute young men whom she helps cook goulash.  Two more men arrive and one of them, the young man called Zal, claims to have bought the violin from Sandy, who decided to leave for California unable to stand living a Bohemian life in the harsh cold winter of New York City.  Zal becomes insolent and rummages through Betty’s wallet only to validate his suspicion that the woman is a well-heeled suburban housewife, the type of people the young dissenters loathe.  Betty leaves taking the violin with her despite protests from Zal, who does nothing much to retrieve it.  She, however, realizes the futility of finding Sandy that she decides to leave the violin and ends her search.  She then decides to change the color of her hair in an attempt to exude a different person.  Following the disapproval of her children, her ever-supportive husband found the need to compliment her new hair.

Ken Cosgrove finds Bob Benson working at the lounge and chastises him for sending a nice deli spread at the funeral, a gesture no one else thought of doing.  He also accuses him of working in a public area to flaunt his hard work.  Bob returns to his office after an embarrassing encounter.  Meanwhile, Don meets with Jules and Terry from Sheraton who fortunately are not expecting a full presentation.  He instead relays of his stay at the Royal Hawaiian Resort as an experience more than a vacation.  He conveys of feeling like a different person and of not feeling homesick.  At his cue, Stan Rizzo shows the clients the sketch of their creative.  They were remiss at not connecting it to thoughts of suicide until the client points out how it is reminiscent of the last scene of the movie A Star Is Born that starred James Mason as an alcoholic man whose addiction spirals out of control following his younger wife’s rise to fame.  Don struggles to disassociate the creative from death and insists on having used the Hawaiian legend as inspiration, but the overtone has become too obvious to ignore.  Don’s intransigence prompts Pete to end the meeting before he infuriates the clients.  Fortunately, the clients are hopeful that Don will be able to figure out a new approach.  Stan stays at the office and keeps Peggy company with a phone conversation of gossip at Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce.  Ted arrives just as Stan puts her on hold to get a cup of coffee.  Peggy is surprised and touched at the gesture of support from her boss.  She shows him a solution to the issue with the Koss Headphones ad.  The outtake of the actor fooling around with the headphones that initially irritated Peggy might just save their ad.  She plans on showing the outtake without any music but with the voice-over Koss Headphones, sound so sharp and clear, you can actually see it.  Ted is extremely pleased with the alternative solution that turned out to be far better than the original.  He gives Peggy his genuine compliment, but also teaches her about kindness.  Ted tells Peggy that she needs to inform her people that they can leave to celebrate the New Year, an instruction Peggy assumed was not necessary.  Stan heard their conversation.  He teases her of Ted’s fixation towards her.

Don returns home to celebrate the New Year with his neighbors, one of the women, Cathy, shamelessly flirts with him.  The woman becomes even more captivated at him after hearing Megan tell the story of Don giving away a bride at a stranger’s beach wedding attended only by a few as seen on the picture Megan took.  Later, Arnold’s answering service calls to inform him that he is needed at the hospital.  Arnold, without hesitation, makes his way to the hospital in spite of the snowstorm and lack of transportation.  Don helps him look for his skis.  Arnold steps into the snowstorm and skis his way to the hospital to save a life, while Don goes up to the Rosens to make love to the doctor’s wife, Sylvia.  The affair has been going on for a while, an act Don dislikes committing, but an urge he could not resist.


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