Mad Men

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Good Night and Good Luck

Paul, Harry, and Pete are in the last's office, with Paul and Pete bitching about Ken's success, of course. Harry pours them drinks and expresses his disbelief that Ken sat on the story until it was published, and then Paul talks about some experience he had hanging out with "all these Negroes," where they all ended up getting along. "Can you imagine how good that story is?" Sure -- pitch it to Ken and see what he says. Pete sadly notes that the Atlantic is a national publication, and Paul sighs, "That hurts too." Hee.

Midge and Don are lying intertwined; she jokes that he can go, as her needs have been amply satisfied. Don tells her she can't call him at the office; she tries to make light of it, but when that doesn't work, she gets offended and tells him that since his life is in a million pieces, he could do with having one less. He notes that he hurt her feelings, which I suppose is his way of apologizing. She calls him on waiting until he was done to make her feel bad about the phone call, and it's not that her point isn't valid, but if she knew how much he had to drink the night before, she might understand his reactions being slower than usual. She talks about her impressions of him, saying that sometimes when he turns up she can tell he's preoccupied, but he always changes gears. He tells her that he doesn't even think about it, and all I can say to that is that I certainly hope so. Midge says she knows. "I like being your medicine." Don's response to this rare intimacy from Midge is a mere "Okay," although I suppose that's better than a Don-shaped cloud of dust.

Pete and Trudy are in bed, and Trudy has apparently just read a story of Pete's, as he tells her just to say what's wrong with it, because he can tell she doesn't like it. She denies that, but when he presses her, she tells him she mostly reads the classics, and this was too modern for her. Pete says that's kind of a compliment, although he doesn't think she means it that way, so she offers, "I just think it's odd that the bear is talking." So much for a family trip to Jellystone National Park, then. Pete patiently tells her that the bear isn't actually talking -- "it's what the hunter imagines the bear to be thinking." Trudy tells him that it's well-written, and he should submit it, which gives Pete the opening to suggest that she run it by "Charlie Fiddich" for him. Apparently Charlie is a big publishing guy, but Trudy clearly isn't up for contacting him, and asks what the urgency is. He tells her about Ken getting published, a revelation she dismisses, as she doesn't think writing is any more than a hobby for Pete. Pete doesn't let it go, though, so Trudy has to tell him she's surprised at him, since he was so upset when he found out Charlie was her first. Pete: "This helps make up for that. Let Charlie Fiddich see what he's been missing." I feel bad that I'm failing where Don and Betty succeeded, but pardon me while I go throw up. Trudy gives in.

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