Mad Men
Mystery Date

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Couch Baron: A- | 3 USERS: A+
Mystery Date

...and before you know it, we're in a bar, in which Don is chewing Ginzo out for continuing to talk after the client accepted the first idea. Ginzo counters that it's the idea Don wanted, and even though Don says he opined it was a cliché (which is not true; that was Stan), Ginzo tells him he did think it was good -- he was just worried the clients wouldn't like it. I'm not sure if Don doesn't realize how Puppet Master-y Ginzo was in getting this concept bought, or if he does realize it and doesn't like it, or simply doesn't like Ginzo telling him what he was thinking, but he informs Ginzo in no uncertain terms that he's lucky not to be fired after his stunt, and any talking out of ideas should happen in front of him. However, when Don goes to make a call, Ginzo proclaims that he's "such a decent guy," and when Ken counters that Ginzo almost just got fired, Ginzo demurs: "I don't think you're right about that." And I don't either...

...especially since when he gets Megan on the phone, he tells her the pitch went well. He then offers to get her in an hour (not exactly rushing to get out of the bar, are we, Don?), but she tells him to bypass the stop and just go home, as she wants to get a couple hours of work done. She adds that he shouldn't be smoking, so when he disconnects, he puts out his cigarette. I'll be surprised if that's his last one of the day, but he did at least pay the idea lip service.

Cut to the Draper boudoir, with its unappetizing, period-perfect combination of yellows and tans -- what were people THINKING with those bedspreads -- wherein Don staggers into bed. Well, onto it, at least -- he barely manages even to get his shoes off before passing out.

Pete arrives at Roger's door with the news that LBJ is reluctant to intervene in the mechanics' strike for political reasons, and since (this will be mentioned later) Mohawk has a side deal with their people that forces them to work even as the strike is going on, the company is in a position to provide service on many dormant routes until it's resolved. He goes on that Mohawk would like SCDP to walk them through the campaign around such new service first thing Monday, and Roger does a credible job in telling him that they're ready to go. When Pete takes off for the weekend, however, Roger sits up in a panic...

...and outside, as Pete heads for the elevator, Roger peers around the corner to watch him go, and the only thing missing is that twangy violin head-popping-into-view sound effect from Looney Tunes. Which is too bad, because of all people on this show, such a thing would be most fitting for Roger's maturity level. With Pete safely gone, Roger heads into the copywriters' room, but is chagrined to discover that Ginzo isn't there. I guess he went home for the weekend (or is still in the bar), but it's a little surprising, given how green he is, that he wouldn't have come back to the office, although it's not like he'd be any more sober, as Stan and (especially) Peggy seem wasted. Stan pays Roger all the respect he's earned before heading out, leaving Roger to ask Peggy what she's doing that night. Peggy mock-seductively asks Roger what he has in mind, prompting him disapprovingly to ask if she's drunk, and Roger Sterling has said and done some hypocritical things, but him acting stern about drinking in the office threatens to rupture the very fabric of space and time. Roger tells her he needs her to work up something for Mohawk, but Peggy replies that for that account, "your quote man is Ginsberg." Heh. Already fresh out of ideas, Roger reaches into his Pocket O'Bribery, hands Peggy a bill, and tells her he needs her to work it up and on Monday explain to Ginzo and Pete that Roger asked her to -- only sometime last week, which I take to be before Ginzo was hired. It's not a story that should hold up to any kind of strict scrutiny, but Peggy takes the money; however, Roger then clarifies that there's no brief because he never told Ginzo about it at all, but since American Airlines is taking everything big and giving their northeast corridor to Mohawk, they need this campaign to capitalize. Peggy, drunk enough to be slurrily amused with herself, comes up with a couple strike-themed slogans, prompting Roger to reply, "Hey, Trotsky, you're in advertising." Hee. Peggy asks what, then, the angle is, and Roger babbles some half-baked nonsense before heading for the door, but Peggy's like, wait just a minute -- ten bucks for an entire corporate-image campaign is not nearly going to cut it, and when Roger points out he could make her do it for nothing, she replies, "You're right. The work is ten dollars; the lie is extra." You guys, I don't know a lot of things, but I'm pretty sure Joe R, consummate Peggy-lover, is enjoying this moment immensely. Roger asks what she makes a week, and Peggy is once more drunkenly pleased with herself as she notes that him not knowing is helpful, even looking around at a nonexistent crowd with an "Am I right?" look on her face. I love this scene so much. Beaten, Roger hands over all the money in his pocket, which is FOUR HUNDRED DOLLARS, like does he have a side gig as Monty Hall's understudy? Roger heads out before Peggy can take his watch (seriously, she threatens that, it's awesome), and then Megan enters and asks if she's staying. Peggy says yes, as something "came up," and asks Megan to tell "Patricia" she can go home. When she's gone, Peggy gleefully counts the money, and rarely do I watch a scene more times than I need to in order to recap it, but this one's an exception.

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