Mad Men
A Tale Of Two Cities

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Don's Ghosts, Coast To Coast

Ginzo -- with the intense face of the armchair activist -- and Stan are staring at the radio, when Cutler wanders in and asks what's going on. Ginzo irritably tells him that a peace plank against the war was rejected, and when Cutler clarifies that he was referring to the work for Manischewitz, Ginzo snaps that obviously he doesn't care, since he's for the war. Cutler loftily says he's not going to be distracted by "events in which I have no actual stake or participation," and that penetrates even the haze of Stoned Stan, who wonders how he could say that. Cutler evenly tells Ginzo that he served in the Air Force, but this only fuels Ginzo's increasing agitation, who tells him he's "disgusting" and that "this whole thing only works because people like you look the other way." Cutler retorts that his politics are private, but the presentation in question isn't. "Are you going to hide your dawdling behind your outrage?" Ginzo, whose far-too-loose shirt and pants up to his chin are making him look more like Grandpa Simpson than a radical hippie, barks that Cutler will get his work and take credit for it "like you always do," and if Don were around, he'd probably agree to license "THAT'S WHAT THE MONEY IS FOR" for a reasonable fee. When Ginzo gets around to calling Cutler a fascist, Stan bails, but when Cutler comes back that he hates hypocrites, "like hippies who cash checks from Dow Chemical," and Ginzo calls him a Nazi in response, Benson, who apparently was so thrown by what he heard of the argument that he dropped not one but two cups of coffee someplace, asks "Michael" what he's doing berating his boss in this way. Surprisingly, this is what makes Cutler lose his equanimity completely as he berates Benson for always being down on the Creative floor, and after he stomps off, Ginzo sarcastically thanks Benson for making things worse. You know, Ginzo, for someone who wants to stand up for principles, you sure bit Benson's head off for speaking his mind there.

Cutler marches right into Ted's office and, trying to remain calm and failing from even the casual observer's point of view, tells Ted that he believes they fired the wrong people, "and I'd like to remedy that immediately." Ted, who's known Cutler far longer than you or I, notes that he's upset, but Cutler says he's not, since he has a solution -- fire a bunch of SCDP people while Roger, Don and Harry are in California. I mean, given that Roger fired Burt Peterson seemingly without consultation, I guess there's precedent, but I really do not think companies with a bunch of partners on roughly equal terms can operate this way. Ted doesn't bother with whether Cutler can do this, though, instead suggesting that maybe it would help if Cutler stopped seeing this as an "us vs. them" situation before adding that no way is Cutler firing Ginzo, as he's "lightning in a bottle" and Cutler needs to make nice with him -- particularly since Cutler is taking him to Manischewitz. Cutler's like, that's absolutely fantastic -- "Sterling's client and Draper's boy. I'm the world's most expensive babysitter." That sounds like a complaint, Cutler, but I can't see that you're that busy with other things.

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