Mad Men

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"I Love You, Ken… I Mean, 'Kitty'!"

...leaving Roger the opportunity to use the subject of the Cadillac to make more lewd comments about Jane. He then reads in Don's face what happened at the showroom, and thus tells him that he can afford the car, and besides, "like the song says, enjoy yourself. It's later than you think." Duck enters, and after we learn that Martinsons Coffee has dropped the "s" from its name, Duck announces, "Jim van Dyke told the people at Grey that they're under review." Don makes the obvious speculation that Grey must be scrambling, and Duck confirms that among other things, they have "some kids" working on print and TV concepts. Roger asks if they're better than their kids, and Don replies that they'll find out, which I suppose means that they'll be letting the Smith non-brothers out from whatever broom closet Joan's had them locked up in since the season premiere. Duck bitches that he had to go bird-watching with the Martinson guy to get this information, and then Jane buzzes that the Smiths are there. Roger: "Did you let them stay up late?" I bet elbows are thrown in the writers' room over who gets to do Roger's lines. Duck and Don then flirt with each other to drive home the point that they're no longer enemies, but we don't get to see Roger's proud "I did that!" face.

Outside, the Smith without the accent is hitting on Jane, who really is not having it at all, and then Don comes out and collects them. Inside, American Smith, whom I'll call "Smith," says that obviously Don wants to know how their generation feels. Don: "Okay." Hee. He reads something a friend sent him, which is some idealistic proto-hippie talk about how power should be rooted in love and creativity rather than in possessions or family name, and European Smith, whom I'll call "Smeeth," agrees. The way it relates to the coffee, Smith says, is that while Don's generation wants to talk about the design of the can and the quality of the beans, Smith's doesn't want to be told what they should do or how they should act. He asks Don to listen to something, but we don't hear what... we instead cut to a conference-room meeting in which Paul is pouring liquid into a disposable diaper to demonstrate its efficacy, explaining that they'd like to have registered nurses going around to maternity wards and demonstrating how they work. Ken asks what Don said, and Peggy tells him he liked it, but he's concerned about the price point. Ken sighs that he can't get Procter and Gamble to lower it, and anyway, he thinks they're worth it. Sal, however, opines that ten cents apiece is too steep, although I'd bet he'll be willing to pay through the nose for Depends when he gets to the appropriate age. Jane enters with some papers she says contain ideas that Don would like them all to discuss, and after she and Ken share a small smile, Harry enters and asks if they're going out, as it's five o'clock. Peggy takes the papers from Jane and exits, which means that her experience at the Tom Tom Club was either terrible or way too good. The boys enlist Jane's help in cleaning all the Pampers stuff up, and while they work, Harry tells them that he's meeting with Bertram the next day. "Me and only me." Ken asks if that isn't from West Side Story, and lest you think his infatuation only started with the painting, Sal's head snaps up with so appreciative a grin you'd think Ken just channeled Dorothy Parker. Paul thinks that Bertram is merely going to ask Harry about a new painting he just got, as apparently he's been calling people in to get their opinion. Sal adds that he heard it cost ten grand, and Harry asks how they know about this. "Are you making it up?" Heh. Ken tries to impress Jane by saying that last year, they sent Harry up to the roof to look for cosmonauts. I hope that's in the Extras section of the DVD. Anyway, the painting is apparently of the Abstract Expressionism ilk, but no one in the room has seen it, so Jane suggests they simply go look at it. Harry thinks they can't do that, but Jane tells them Bertram's gone for the day. Ken: "That doesn't matter." Heh, again. Jane declares her intention to go, and the boys follow her. So wait, is she a Jackie or a Marilyn? Oh, sorry, I guess that was last week.

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