Joan gives Hildy some terse orders, and Hildy asks if she's being short with her "because you think it will make parting easier? My mother used to do that." Heh. Before Joan can reply, Hooker comes up and makes an inappropriate remark about how "plain" most of the women on the floor are, and Joan tartly (heh) replies, "Well, we could hire some prostitutes. I know your Prime Minister enjoys their company!" Hooker, after a pause, corrects her that it was actually the Secretary of War, and by the way, she should refrain from bringing the subject up in front of the brass. Joan insincerely apologizes, but Hooker isn't done, suggesting that perhaps they should move her surprise party to after the holidays. Hildy, not one normally to snap at people, raises her voice as she asks why he did that, but Hooker replies, "Mrs. Harris knows everything! I'm sure she was expecting it." Joan, without bothering to confirm or deny that, announces that she's going to go home and make a celebratory dinner for her husband. She then turns to Hooker: "And when you wake up in the middle of the night and wonder what you forgot? Don't call me." She storms out, but her face does betray some hurt at the blown surprise after all as Hildy stares daggers at Hooker. It was probably an old trick even back in 1963, hon, but I'm sure no one would rat you out for putting a laxative into his tea.
Betty's sipping some red wine at the kitchen table when Don arrives home, and when he gives her a kiss, she notes the unusual closeness of his shave. Don smiles that he was ordered to the barber's, although he couches it in terms of the British visit rather than bring up Roger, and she smiles that he looks very successful. As she busies herself getting his dinner together, he asks if she picked up the nightlight, and Betty affirms that and tells him she read Sally to sleep, but she was still "clingy," which is on the list of Betty's Least Favorite Character Traits right under "fat." She goes on that she doesn't remember her being as resentful of Bobby when he was born, and when Don suggests that "resentful" might be too strong, she says that Sally won't go near the baby or even enter his room unless she makes her. After idly inquiring why the British are visiting, she smiles as she says Gene was perfect during the day. Don: "Would you ever want to live in London?" Abrupt change of subject, but Betty will allow it, as after ascertaining that he's serious, she smiles that she would, of course. "I could get a pram and a real nanny." Sure, but all the singing might get on your nerves after a while. Smiling in anticipation, she asks what he knows, but he too-innocently replies, "Nothing." Unfortunately, I have the feeling he may be right.