Don
Has a brief conversation with Dr. Wayne. Betty is “consumed by petty jealousies” and is “overwhelmed with everyday activities”, and has “the emotions of a child”.

Don brings Roger home for dinner, which puts Betty out quite a bit; having to turn her and Don’s dinner for two into a dinner for three, but she plays a most gracious hostess, giving Roger her steak, feigning part-time vegetarianism, eating a plateful of iceberg-based salad, and drinking wine. Betty keeps the conversation lively, mostly by putting attention on Roger; flattering him and encouraging him to tell stories.

They men also drink. A lot. Roger tells several (literal) war stories. Roger takes a swipe at Don while elevating his own powers of observation; “From the way you drop your G’s every once in a while, I always thought you were raised on a farm.” Don looks pissed.

While Don is out in the garage (looking for more liquor), Roger hits on Betty, and she does her best to fend him off. Roger finally leaves. In his car. Shitfaced. With a full glass in his hand.

Once they are alone, Don attacks Betty for having virtually thrown herself at Roger. He has no interest in hearing her version of the story. The fight gets heated, as Betty looks at Don and challenges, “You want to bounce me off the walls? Will that make you feel better?” and he draws from Dr. Wayne, accusing her of being a little girl, in a distinctly not little-girl moment.

The next morning, Don acts confused about what Roger is apologizing for, but ultimately gives the All is Forgiven signal.

That night he is still angry at Betty, with no mention of Roger’s admittance of guilt.

The next morning Don approaches Hollis, the elevator operator at the office building. He asks for a favor and money changes hands.

Later is a big lunch, with a heart-healthy payoff… see Roger’s section.

Roger
Roger is in his office, pouring vodka into his milk (he drinks milk for his ulcer), finalizing the weekend plans; his wife and daughter will be out of town nursing Mona’s mother, who fell down the stairs. Roger will join them on Sunday. Then Bertram Cooper walks in to tell him that they will be greeting “the Nixon boys” at the end of the week. Bert berates him for smoking too much, “It’s a sign of weakness”. Roger teases Bert for the randomness of his Hitler anecdote, and Bert leaves; “Goodnight, Peanut”, he says to Roger.

Thursday around 5. Roger tries to get Joan to spend the weekend at his house (Mona and Margaret will be out of town) but she is heading out for a weekend with her roommate Carol (this is the first time Roger meets her) makes it clear that regardless of the quality of the offer, she is a woman who needs more notice.

Roger then coerces Don to come out for a drink. At the bar, Roger is invisible to the young girls he is coveting, but he sees them gazing at Don. He then super-coerces Don into an invite back to the Draper’s for dinner.

Dinner: See Don’s section.

The next morning Roger comes to Don’s office with a bottle and an apology. Tells an anecdote about being so drunk he went home to the wrong place once.

The following day, Don and Roger have a grand lunch. Martinis (several), oysters (two dozen apiece) and cheesecake. Roger is goading Don about keeping up with him.

Back in the building, Hollis informs the two drunk men that the elevator is out of order. They are already late to meet with Nixon’s folks, so they are forced to walk up the 23 flights of stairs. Roger refuses to admit that he is struggling, though it is obvious. Don smokes the whole time.

Roger finally falls behind, pretending he lost his tie clip. So Don enters first. The clients and the SC folks are in the reception area, handling introductions. Don explains about the elevator, and assures everyone that Roger is close behind.

Roger comes in, opens his mouth to greet, and vomits all over the floor.

As the rest of the men head to the conference room, Don lingers behind to assist Roger, but looks notably satisfied.

Betty
Roger comes to dinner. See Don’s section.

The next night, Don is home in time for a roast beef dinner, but makes it clear to Betty that all is not forgiven.

In the grocery store, she runs into Helen Bishop. Helen insinuates that Betty was deviant by giving Glen the lock of hair. Betty slaps Helen’s face and walks out of the store.

Later at home, drinking wine, Francine comes over. She had heard about the incident and was offering support. While they talk, and topics shift, Betty says, “As far as I’m concerned, as long as men look at me that way, I’m earning my keep. Then every once in a while I think, no. This is something else. I don’t want my husband to see this.” Francine gets it… “I love to be looked at that way.”

Peggy
Pete sees that she is working late, so she tells him about the Belle Joile copy she is working on.

She gets extremely aroused by Pete’s hunting fantasy. She quells her overstimulation with a ham sandwich and a big cherry danish. She appears, for the first time, to be putting on weight.

Pete
Strikes up a conversation with Peggy. Offers to look over he Belle Joile copy once it’s ready.

The next morning, the boys tease him over the chip-and-dip platter he’d received as a wedding gift. He had it with him because they’d received two, and he was charged with returning it. He thought the platter was cool; the boys thought it held his testicles.

Chip-and-dip gift-box in hand, Pete, as practically the only man on the Customer Service line, gets some attention from the other customers, who identify him as a newlywed. One woman, whose husband is also in advertising, goes so far as to intimate that Pete’s engaging in such a domestic chore is a career mistake; his lunchtimes would be better spent drinking and networking.

Things get more flaccid when Rosemary, the pretty store clerk, gives him nothing but a stone face and a hard time, despite his best flirting efforts. Mid-transaction, he is greeted by a handsome single friend, Matherton; he does much better with Rosemary. He tells Rosemary that Matherton has the clap. Rosemary gives Pete only a store credit for the $22.

Back in his office, Pete shows the boys his brand new, testicle-releasing, 22-caliber rifle; “Boys will be boys”. He points it at everyone, stepping out of his office to do so. Hildy, ever unimpressed with him, disarms him and sends him to his 4:30 prep meeting for Nixon. In the meeting, Pete aptly compares Kennedy to Elvis, only to be cut down by Cooper and then Roger.

That night, Trudy rips Pete a new one for the selfish exchange of their wedding gift, which had come from her aunt.

The next day, Pete tells Peggy all about his hunting fantasy… about killing the deer, bringing it into the cabin on the lake, and having a woman there to cook it and serve it to him. He is deep in it while telling her about it.

Sterling Cooper
In a prep meeting for the meeting with the GOP , they discuss that Nixon’s nomination is a sure thing, but the opponent is still up in the air. Only Bert Cooper is unwavering that it will be Kennedy.

Other
The background music in the main office everyone leaving for the night, as Roger approaches Joan, seems to be a jazzy rendition of Waters of Babylon.

This episode has either two Thursdays and a Friday, or two Fridays and a Thursday. Either way, two days in one work week after Thursday.

The theme to this episode seems to be manly power. Man vs. Man, and Man vs. Woman, and Man. vs. Beast.

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