On the way to the elevator, Rachel compliments Don for the way he handled the situation, saying it's hard to get caught in a lie. Don says it wasn't a lie -- "it was ineptitude with insufficient cover." Heh. And in his further defense, the participants in that meeting needed an awful lot of said cover. Rachel chuckles and says that the way Don talks always restores her confidence. When they reach the elevator bank, Rachel's bemused to see one of the chickens from earlier strutting around. Don: "New junior exec." You're testing the limits of your ability to inspire confidence, bub. Rachel makes it past the chicken without incident.
Elsewhere, Pete is asking Harry what's up with Don and Rachel making eyes at each other, given that he's never seen Don "turn that switch on" before. Aw, is someone with a perverse love-hate man-crush a widdle jealous? Harry supposes Don likes Rachel, and then explains the lollipop in his mouth, saying he's trying to quit smoking. Pete: "You are really putting the 'junior' in 'junior executive.'" Heh, I'll give him that one. Harry explains that he's happily married, but when he's "out in the world," he does engage in flirting and double entendres -- "enjoying the company of women in the limited way a married man can." Harry goes on that that's enough for him, and Pete pensively offers that he always thought Don was the same way. Harry, however, says that no one knows anything about Don. "He could be Batman for all we know." Pete looks inordinately pleased in a "It'd be so cool to be Robin" way, which is nauseating, so thanks to Hildy for appearing and telling Pete that his wife is on the phone for him. Harry laughs that there's bird shit on the couch (see?), and Pete is pleased that his wife is calling to see what he'd like to eat that evening. After he gives his order and hangs up, he marvels at the fact that there's going to be dinner waiting for him when he gets home. In many cases I'd find that touching, but here it's just causing me to lose my appetite, which can't have been the desired effect.
Menken's. Don enters, and Rachel immediately greets him with stories about the antics of her young staff and how the people who built the building laid the last brick the day before the market crash of 1929. "Boy, were they in for a surprise." Indeed. Rachel gives Don a little history of the store, saying that it used to be on Seventh Avenue, but by 1932, the business in this location had failed, and her father and uncle picked the place up "for a shekel." Heh. Talk turns to their strategy, and Rachel reiterates that she wants to raise prices. Don, however, opines that she has to offer something in exchange for the higher dollar price. "It's just awfully hard to define what that is." Rachel does not point out that that's what she's paying him for, which I guess means she really does like him; instead, she has an employee pull out a tray from a display case. Rachel picks out a pair of "medieval knights" cufflinks for Don, and stares at him for about seventeen years before breathing, "Let's take a look at the second floor." Let me guess: Bedroom sets?