Anyway, Faye is understandably shocked, and Don goes on to tell her about the background check and how his life may be over. Faye thinks he can enlist a lawyer and have a fighting chance, but he clearly doesn't have the wherewithal even to consider that at the moment, and sighs that he shouldn't have told her, "but I'm just so damn tired of all of it." Faye, however, surely no stranger to moral compromise given the line of work her dad is in, rises to the occasion by saying she's glad he told her, and after he strokes her hair, she lies down with him for the night. Sure you don't need that Valium, Faye?
In the morning, Don's dressed for work when Pete shows up to his door, saying he didn't want to talk at the office or over the phone. When he and Faye make eye contact, they're both hilariously like "Oh, great," before Faye leaves without a word and Don invites Pete in. Pete tells him that he spoke to "Russ," and Don hasn't been flagged, so if they end things with NAA, the investigation will cease where it is. Don almost collapses with relief, but Pete wonders why it is he has to walk away from a four million dollar account. "Because you can't live in the open? You don't know any other way." He adds that, referring to Faye, he just learned something else he didn't want to know, but Don counsels him to tell NAA that they've decided they want Martin Marietta or Hughes as their defense client. Pete pointedly asks what he should tell the partners, and it's open to interpretation, but I take Don's non-verbal reply as "You're going to have to fall on this bomb, soldier," and the look on Pete's face suggests he reads it the same way as he leaves in a cloud of righteous indignation.
Roger comes in to see Joan, worried because he called her numerous times the night before, but she assures him she's fine. "Everything went fine." And I can't detect any duplicity in her performance, but she did have some time to prepare herself. I mean, I know she wants kids, she's not getting any younger, and she was worried she might not be able to conceive, not to mention the fact that that business in the doctor's offices could only have served to reinforce those concerns. Anyway, Joan doesn't let Roger go on too long about his feelings before she reminds him that they have a partners' meeting, so they head for the conference room, but not before he tells her how beautiful she is. And, of course, there is no argument to be had there.