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European Gay-cation

Hey, it's Maury Parkman! Okay, fine, it's character actor Alan Blumenfeld, but I felt I had to mention the personal overlap for me, especially given what happened on this week's Heroes. After he babbles a bit about a recent trip to Europe, we learn he's a divorce lawyer from this question to Roger: "You don't have to marry her, do you?" Roger tells him no, but forcefully opines that Mona has no right to his family or company money, and besides, he and Mona have been miserable for years, and he doesn't want to die with her. I think at this point she'd settle for you simply dying, and might even be willing to take a hand in that happening. Roger concludes that this is the life he was meant to have, and if he thinks that, I bet he'll be even more psyched when Jane's officially old enough to drink. Maury (the character's name is "George Rothman," just for reference) tells him that's lovely, but Mona has the marriage license and wants to hurt him, so if he wants to wed Jane he's going to have to make it worth Mona's while. "I have a list of conditions, and an alimony that could support Rita Hayworth." Heh. Roger tells him to push back as hard as he can, but to get it done, and then his secretary buzzes that Duck is there. Roger shows Maury out, and when he and Duck catch sight of each other, the chill in the air is enough to make Pete's interaction with Willy seem effusive, so I'm guessing Maury represented the other side in Duck's divorce. Roger does not fail to notice this...

...and inside, he asks Duck how badly he got taken. Duck prefaces by saying his circumstances weren't the same (read: he was a drunk, not a cheat), so with an effort, Roger drops it, asking what it is Duck wants. Duck at least acknowledges that his timing sucks, but forges on, saying they're coming up on two years together. Roger: "Did you get me something?" Heh. Duck, however, says he'd like to know where he stands for the future, and thinks he deserves to be made partner. Roger offers to bring it up at the next meeting, but tells Duck he might have to advocate for himself. Duck starts to get up while saying he'd be proud to present his accomplishments, which garners this response: "Good. Because I'm at a loss." Duck looks like he just got slapped, which is appropriate given that Roger gave him the conversational equivalent there. He asks what Roger means, so Roger points out that he hasn't exactly delivered on the promises of increased business he made when they hired him. He goes on to run down the board members he'd have to have on his side -- Bertram, who hates everyone; his sister, who does what he says, and Don, who's "only twelve and a half percent, but I can't say he's your biggest cheerleader." Interesting that he's saying this after Don and Duck mended their fences at Roger's insistence, but I think Roger is trying to deflect attention from the fact that he doesn't think Duck is partnership material -- his rather disdainful comment at Don's dinner party (implying that Duck doesn't take any initiative) said it all. Roger counsels Duck to "go out there and make rain," which doesn't seem like bad advice, and Duck tries to save face by thanking Roger for being so candid. Given their military backgrounds, it would have been appropriate for him to add, "May I have another?"

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