The partners confer, with Pete looking especially grim, and then when Joan calls them to order, Bertram snaps at her to get on with it, which seems out of character but does at least give him a line before the episode ends. Pete then gets it over with, starting by saying that NAA is moving on and then feeding them a cock-and-bull story about how he overlooked including some names on a document, which insulted a general, and even though he apologized, the damage was done. As Don sits in guilty silence, he adds that the damage is irreparable because he didn't pay enough attention, prompting Roger, who's sitting on a disaster orders of magnitude bigger than this, to take out his frustration on Pete, going off on a tirade that ends in him using the f-word, which prompts Joan to mildly reproach him, Don to leap to Pete's defense, and Bertram to tell him he should apologize. Roger complies, not overly sincerely, and then Don and Pete exchange a side-eye before Pryce announces that he's going to be taking a leave of absence that will last two weeks to a month to tend to his family. However, he assures them that even with the NAA news, "the company is in a state of stability, and all matters financial may be referred to Mrs. Harris." Like Joan hasn't been having a rough enough time lately. Pryce leaves the room, and when he's gone, Roger can't help but laugh at how ridiculous his life has become, although no one else knows the half of it. When Joan goes over the status of their accounts, though, he lies that Lucky Strike is a thumbs-up, and I don't know how he thinks he's going to get out of this one, unless he's just planning not to refill his blood-pressure prescription.
Faye comes to see Don and asks how he is, saying she's been worried, but he tells her that everything's fine. She suggests they get something to eat, but he begs off until the next day, saying he thinks it's best if he's on his own tonight. I could see why - it certainly seems like a good time for an eight-hour session with the journal. Faye assures him that they'll figure out what to do, and with a lighter expression than we've seen from him this episode, he replies that they'll see. She leaves, faking some business talk as she goes for Megan's benefit, and when she's gone, Megan comes in with the Beatles tickets, saying she knows how much she screwed up so she got Harry to have them sent over right away. Don's pleased, and when Megan brings up the fact that it's nearly eight, he tells her she can go. She stops to touch up her makeup before she leaves, however, and Don regards her for a good length of time before we cut to black. I hope this is just a reaction to the newfound sense of freedom he's feeling, because otherwise Joan's going to do what it takes to make Zombie Miss Blankenship his new secretary. See you next time!