Mad Men

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Pete and Don pedeconference, and Pete is again overly familiar, calling Don "Draper" and asking if he's coming to the bachelor party. Don asks Pete how old he is, and on learning he's only just twenty-six, comments that to Pete, the whole world probably looks like "one big brassiere strap waiting to be snapped." Just wait until they get to The Slipper Room. He goes on, however, that advertising is a small world. "And when you do something like malign the reputation of one of the girls from the steno pool on her first day, you make it even smaller." He concludes that if he keeps it up, even if he eventually gets Don's job, he'll never run the place -- he'll just rot in the corner office, being a guy with a little hair with whom women go home out of pity. "You want to know why? Because no one will like you." Pete looks a combination of chastened and confused, which is exactly how Don wants him in the meeting...

...into which they now head. Roger is inside, along with a random guy with glasses, and a young woman who dresses rather old for her age. Roger introduces her to Pete, who will be her account exec if she chooses to work with them, and then Don. Don mistakenly thinks the random guy is the Menken representative, but the woman intercedes and gives her name as Rachel Menken (Maggie Siff). They both navigate the awkwardness expertly, and once Roger lets Don know that Random Glasses Guy is "David Cohen, from the art department," Don catches the snap and grins that David is one of the rising stars at Sterling Cooper. Tell me that wasn't a purposefully oblique "Star of David" reference. I love this show. Can I tell you? Everyone goes to sit down, and after Don notes to Roger that David is wearing one of Roger's shirts, Roger conspiratorially tells Don, "I had to go all the way to the mailroom, but I found one." Heh, nice.

After a long establishing shot of the "Midtown Medical Building," in an examining room, Peggy, in a gown, is reading over some literature when the doctor comes in. After some pleasantries, he asks after Joan, who apparently made this referral. I wonder if Joan gets a free pap smear for this. He lights up (nice touch) and then tells Peggy to lie back and get comfortable, and checks her stomach as he tells her he sees from her chart that she's not married. I'd be afraid that this was going to be the veiled "Why you got to slut it up" conversation if not for the Joan connection. And the doc goes on that the reason Joan sent her to him is that she knew he wouldn't judge her, and he thinks that there's nothing wrong with being practical about the possibility of sexual activity. However, he does hope that sending her out into the sexual world isn't going to turn her into a "strumpet." Peggy gets into the stirrups and assumes the position, and as he examines her, he tells her that he'll take her off the medicine if she abuses it, as even in their "modern times" (the calendar reads March 1960), easy women don't find husbands. And we already know that guys don't make passes at girls who wear glasses, so women were really taking it on the chin back then! Peggy assures "Dr. Mason" that she's really a very responsible person, and the doc says he's going to write her a prescription for Enovid (an early oral contraceptive), which costs eleven bucks a month. (No joke, once you learn what she makes.) As if acknowledging that, he tells her that she doesn't have to go out and become the "town pump" to get her money's worth. Peggy looks at the paper and wonders if she can get away with being the block association's garden hose.

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