Outside his office, Don finds adorable Joey giving Allison a drawing of her, and I should mention that while Joe R is way too young/non-Berlanti-obsessed to have mentioned this, Joey is played by Matt Long, who was the doomed (in more ways than one) Jack on Jack and Bobby, a show I was one of three people to watch all the way to the end. And I even know one of the other two. As Joey takes his leave, Don declares his intention to hide in his office until the meeting's over, and Allison, not batting an eye, is like, "Do you want ice?" Girl knows her customer, which makes what happens later seem all the more avoidable.
Cut to Don waking up the next morning to a pounding that, for once, is not in his head. Out in the hallway, he finds a woman in a nurse's uniform hammering some Christmas decorations into the wall, and I'd be peeved too, except the woman in question is another Berlanti alum, my old friend Nora Zehetner! This show really goes out of its way to make me happy. Anyway, Nora, with what might be her native Texan accent, explains that she's hosting the "St. Vincent's Junior Staff Christmas Party," and they have to cram it in before the seasonal suicides start. Hey, I'll drink to that! Lord. Anyway, Nora introduces herself as "Phoebe," and informs him they've already met, and he can drink all he wants, but if he doesn't remember meeting this cute girl who lives down the hall from him, I'm surprised that he wouldn't think it's time to reassess his priorities. And speaking of drinking too much, Don definitely is looking the worse for wear, given that he's clutching his robe like a malaria victim here. Anyway, despite his obvious, desperate need for coffee, water, and aspirin, Phoebe keeps him in the hallway long enough to invite him to the party, and he doesn't give an answer, claiming he's late for work. Phoebe: "So you should thank me for waking you." Heh. Apparently, having a Don Draper-esque line thrown in his face by this perky nurse is the last straw, and he heads back into his apartment with nary another word.