Sunday, December 11, 2011

My Old Kentucky Home – Mad Men Episode Summary 3.3

Peggy Olson smokes marijuanaSynopsis: Roger and Jane Sterling hold a lavish garden party at the country club, and invite a select few people from the office. Meanwhile, Peggy, Paul and Smitty were asked to spend a weekend at the office to work on the Bacardi account.

Episode Summary: Account informs creative that they have to work over the weekend to come up with five more vacation situations for Bacardi Rum, while they spend the weekend at Jane and Roger Sterling’s garden party. Learning that Harry Crane was invited as well, Paul Kinsey could not help but become annoyed at being overlooked. Continue reading...

Jane Sterling arrives at the office parading her new status as a senior partner’s wife. She bumps into her former colleagues at the secretary pool, and takes the opportunity to rub in her good fortune. Jane orders Joan to have one of the secretaries wait at the lobby to flag her chauffer for her.

It’s the weekend, and as expected of them, Paul, Peggy, and Smitty are at the office trying to come up with new copy for Bacardi Rum. Peggy is surprised to find her new secretary, Olive, in the office as well. Paul Kinsey continues to gripe about not being invited to the Sterlings’ garden party. Uninspired, Smitty suggests using marijuana as their muse, which Paul admitted to have been his when he wrote his senior thesis.

Joan Holloway is throwing a party for her husband’s boss and a colleague in an attempt to gain favor. Husband and wife quarrel at the table setting with Greg insisting that his boss sit at the head of the table, and Joan arguing that the host should have that place. Joan, ever so compromising, decides to hold a buffet instead.

Just as Don and Betty were about to leave for the party, Gene becomes hysterical having found that $5 is missing from his money clip. Knowing that her father is going senile, Betty supposes that he had just forgotten about the money unaware that Sally stole it. Don and a very pregnant Betty Draper arrive at the Sterlings’ lavish country club garden party. The Campbells, the Cranes, and Ken Cosgrove greet them. Immediately, the Cranes found something to chat about, since they recently just had a child. This made the Campbells who have been hoping to have children of their own uncomfortable. Luckily, Trudy Campbell and Betty have similar upbringing, and the young woman offers to give her a tour. Meanwhile, Pete Campbell is all work, pointing out to Don the different corporate executives. Don Draper advises him not to hand out his business card.

Upon the suggestion of Smitty, Paul phones his friend from college. Jeffrey Graves arrives with a bag of illegal drugs, and the men buy dope from him. All these transpired without Peggy in the room for she has fallen asleep on the couch in her office. Hours must have passed, and Olive is still in the office. The woman warns Peggy of what’s happening in Kinsey’s office without explicitly saying it. She advises her to just go home for it has become obvious that both Paul and Smitty have no intention of doing any work. Peggy Olson goes there anyway. The mad men scramble to hide what they have been doing, but the stench has seeped out of the room. Peggy Olson introduces herself to Paul’s friend, and to everyone’s surprise states that she wants to smoke marijuana. Smitty hands her pot, and she immediately smokes one.

Roger Sterling seems to be smoking one too as he steps up on the stage with shoe polish on his face, and starts singing “My Old Kentucky Home”. All the guests except for Don Draper enjoyed his little act. Don walks away, and into the bar. He orders an old-fashioned from whom he thought to be the bartender, but is actually also a guest. Don joins the old man behind the bar who introduces himself as Connie, and makes a drink for the both of them. Connie from San Antonio, New Mexico tells of the story of a mansion he used to paddle by on his Jon boat, one that threw parties similar to the one they are now. He confesses that no matter how wealthy he is, he still feels like a jackass in the company of his contemporaries. Surprisingly, Don Draper shares with this stranger bits and pieces of his past probably more than what his friends and colleagues knew. As a teenager, Don parked cars for a roadhouse that the affluent frequented. Being only a park attendant, he was not allowed to use their toilet, and so he used the trunks of their cars to relieve himself. He also tells Connie of his whereabouts. Ostensibly, Don was from Pennsylvania by way of Illinois claiming that his family ended up in coal country having lost their farm.

High from marijuana, the four struggles to move much less think. Things turn ugly when Jeffrey annoyed at being called a drug pusher makes fun of Paul’s phony English accent knowing full well that he came from a poor family in New Jersey. If not for a scholarship he received, Paul would not have the Princeton University education he boasts. Jeffrey challenges Paul to prove him wrong after claiming that he was kicked out of the Tiger Tones for not knowing how to sing. Paul, in fact, has a wonderful voice that prompted Peggy and Smitty to clap their hands in appreciation. With a little urging, Paul and Jeffrey perform a duet, and the two are friends again. Peggy watches in awe, and states that she is so high.

Joan and Greg’s guests arrive. The women join Joan in the kitchen to chat. They are impressed at the state of their house for they know how little these resident doctors make. In fact, the wife of Greg’s boss informs them that she and her husband lived in a pit when they were starting out. She also wants her not to get pregnant, which annoys the expectant wife of Greg’s colleague. The more optimistic wife gives Joan hope thinking that Greg will soon become chief resident doctor.

After having the whole household turning the house upside down looking for the $5 he claims to have been stolen, Gene continues to make a fuss about it and refuses to eat dinner. Hearing this, Sally pulls out the money from her sock, and throws it on the kitchen floor. She then calls everybody’s attention towards the money she found. As to her grandfather’s orders, she picks it up, and brings it to him. Carla fearfully watches as the young child goes over to her grandfather afraid of what the senile, old man might do. Gene just stares at the guilt-stricken child, and says nothing. Later that night, Sally fearfully says goodnight to her grandpa, but is relieved that he, though not saying anything, has forgiven her. He offers an olive branch, and asks the young child to continue reading where they left off.

Though very pregnant, a man makes a pass at Betty as she waits for Trudy outside of the ladies room. The man asks permission to feel her belly, and continues to flirt with her. Trudy is doing a terrific job entertaining Betty, and Jennifer would like to do the same. Harry finds this a terrible idea for he has nothing to chat to them about, but work. He was right for they awkwardly stood by the table just to inform the Drapers that they are having a good time. Luckily, the Sterlings with Cooper arrive to introduce them to Henry Francis and his date. Henry was the man flirting with Betty earlier.

The band puts on some old dance music, and the Campbells go to dance. Pete and Trudy dominate the dance floor impressing all the guests. The adorable Campbells unintentionally bump off the Cranes who have followed them to the dance floor clearly not knowing to do a proper Charleston. Annoyed with the attention the Campbells continue to receive, Jennifer Crane walks out.

The university education that both Smitty and Paul have was no match to Peggy of Miss Deaver’s Secretarial School’s talent. Still stoned, Peggy comes up with vacation situations for Bacardi Rum. Olive expresses her disappointment towards Peggy knowing that the young woman has been smoking pot with the mad men. The young woman sees right through the concerned secretary who was worried of Peggy losing her job, but she assures her that she is going to be just fine.

Greg’s colleagues and their wives are clearly impressed with Joan. Unfortunately, they don’t seem to feel the same way about Greg. This, both husband and wife, learn when his boss openly praises the out-going surgeon who has accepted a job in Texas. Greg’s expression changes as he was reminded by the failed laminectomy he performed. Misery loves company. To shift the embarrassment away from him, he decides to pass it on to his wife by forcing her to sing and play a tune with her accordion.

A very drunk Jane Sterling shows up at the buffet table as Betty Draper was getting some food. Don and Betty help her up as she struggles to keep her footing. Jane continues to talk, and nonchalantly recalls the time that Betty and Don separated. This upsets Betty who was unaware that someone else knew, and walks away. Don is left with Jane who asks him why he dislikes her. Roger sees the two, and asks what the scene was about. Moreover, he wonders why Don is upset with him. Most of the guests have left. Don is ready to leave, and looks for Betty. He finds her standing in the garden. He approaches her, and the two kiss passionately.

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