Duck says Pete thought fast and put Peggy in for Freddy, which, as I noted before, was actually Sal's idea, so it makes Pete's smug assertion that "We're lucky the bench is deep" even more irritating. Say something funny before the scene's over, Pete, or I will be forced to wave a needle in your general direction. Roger says they have to let him go, with Duck strongly agreeing, and Pete saying that they at least have to take him off that account, because they called already, "and they're thrilled with Peggy." Duck thinks he has to go, as it could have happened in a meeting, but Don barks that it didn't. Roger takes this opportunity to dismiss Duck and Pete, so at least Don can't complain that he wasn't invited to the meeting after the meeting. Before he goes, though, Duck says keeping Freddy around wouldn't be doing him any favors, and given that Duck probably ruined a few pairs of British-tailored trousers himself, he should know. When they're alone, Don tells Roger that Duck's a teetotaler, and he's had it in for Freddy from the beginning. Roger pours them both a drink as he says that Don has a point, and muses that he can't even tell Bertram about any of this. "You know his whole thing with germs." Heh. Roger offers that Don can still get Freddy to give blood, but while the agencies will laugh at them over this, "the clients... they already think we're all like that." They... watch the show, then? Roger says they'll tell Freddy it's a six-month leave of absence to get himself cleaned up, but Don, somewhat pleadingly, says he doesn't want just to throw him away. Roger replies that Don's loyalty is becoming a liability, and they're going to take Freddy to dinner that night. At least Roger has the courtesy to show up for this one. Roger, with just a hint that his curiosity is more than idle, asks if Don needs to call "the Missus," but Don assures him he'll make it.
Episode Report CardCouch Baron: B+ | 2268 USERS: B
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