Ken, who's a new expectant father, goes hunting with those crazy Chevy guys and gets shot in the eye for his trouble. Although he's essentially okay, he breaks down crying to Pete how the account is killing him – almost literally – so Pete offers to take his place, confessing the news of his separation in the process. The partners do in fact offer Pete the opportunity to take over Ken's on-the-ground position in Detroit – with the caveat that he work with Benson, who you'll remember was put on the Chevy account a couple episodes ago. Pete tries to object, but won't go so far as to out Benson, and since he doesn't give them a reason, the partners keep Benson on. Desperate to get Benson out of there, Pete calls Duck and offers to pay him to headhunt on Benson's behalf, but when Pete sends Benson's personnel record over, Duck tells him his background check has revealed that Benson fabricated his entire CV, which pretty much makes him a younger, less heterosexual Don. Thinking this exactly, Pete goes to Benson with the information and tells him, essentially, that there's no way he's going to get his hands dirty exposing another Dick Whitman, so Benson is welcome to work alongside him at a respectable distance. A sexy respectable distance?
Betty calls Don to tell her Sally wants to go to boarding school at Miss Porter's, and whether it's the cough medicine/alcohol mix he's on or not, he flirts with her, which doesn't go unappreciated. Sally visits the school for an interview and spends the night – with a couple girls who tell her they'll ruin her chances if she doesn't bring them party supplies. Desperate, Sally calls Glen, who turns up with a flask and a friend who's got some pot, but soon, the friend is trying fairly aggressively to kiss Sally against her will. This leads Glen to punch out him out, which impresses the one host girl who's not freaking out from the weed. Sally gets accepted, and on the car ride back, she lets on to Betty for the first time how disappointed she is in Don. I wonder what she'd think if she knew Don and Betty recently hooked up.
Ted and Peggy run into Don and Megan at the movies (Rosemary's Baby, hilariously), and Megan doesn't buy their attempts to cover that they were there for work. Turns out they were, but she's also right that Ted and Peggy are acting like schoolkids in love, which everyone – Joan, Ted's secretary, the vending machine -- notices and is mostly bored by. When Ted approves Peggy's concept for a St. Joseph's ad that's going to run over twice the approved budget, though, Don sends the budget to the client, which results in a meeting to defend the huge increase. Ted asks Don to sit in for backup, and when Ted's efforts to convince the client are ineffective, Don intervenes – seeming to flirt with exposing Ted's admission that he's pushing the ad because it's Peggy's – before telling the client that it was actually Gleason's last idea. This gets the client to agree to an increase, after which Don flatly tells Ted that he's not thinking with his head, and everyone sees it. He may have been typically brusque about it, but this was the first time I agreed with Don Draper one hundred percent in recent memory. When Ted, apparently taking Don's words to heart, goes home rather than explain to Peggy what happened, she goes in to tell Don that he's a monster, and despite him acting less monstrous in this episode than just about any other this season, the words from Peggy cause him to assume the fetal position on his couch. Well, he might as well rest up before the season finale.
Megan's alarm awakens her and after she blearily drags herself to a standing position, she goes into Sally's room to find Don curled up in the fetal position. I assume this is meant to indicate the idea that he misses Sally deeply, but from a practical standpoint it's a little weird for a man to pass out on his teenage daughter's bed. At least he didn't get under the covers. When she sits down, he stirs, letting us observe he looks like death warmed over and tells her he didn't want to wake her, to which she gently tells him that she's not sure what's up with him, "but you have to pull back on the throttle a little." Have him repeat that back to you, Megan, just to make sure he didn't hear "bottle."
Well, this is what happens when you don't listen to me! Don pours some orange juice into a glass and then fortifies it with some vodka from a flask he'd hidden in a bag on the counter. Megan comes bustling in to deal with some eggs boiling on the stove and is frustrated that she left them too long, as she wanted to make Don a real breakfast. "You look terrible." He jokes that she does, too, and she softens, but asks him to please stay home and he nods his assent. She tells him to try to sleep it off before leaving, but every sip he takes from that glass is probably adding another five minutes to the prospect.
Oh God. Ken -- still sporting a slight limp from the last outing with these dudes we saw -- is out hunting with two guys from Chevy, and you know where this is going, so let's just say Ken gets accidentally shot before you can say "Dick Cheney" and leave it at that.
Don at least has stayed home and changed into sleeping clothes, but he's also in his reclining chair, so I'm not sure how relaxing the scare-tactics Nixon commercial on the TV about the rise of violent crime can be. He flips the channel and sees Megan in her blonde wig and his eyes kind of hilariously widen, but he can't abide the melodrama for more than about ten seconds before flipping the channel, a sentiment on which it's hard to cast aspersions. The phone rings, and he flips off the TV before answering to hear Betty's voice telling him that if he's too sick to talk, it can wait. He and the frog in his throat tell her they're available, so she informs him her call concerns Sally, and Don leans forward like he's bracing himself as if Betty wouldn't be yelling loudly enough to deafen the operator if Sally had blabbed what Don exposed her to/to her. Betty merely says that Sally's not coming this weekend and Don replies that that's too bad, although Betty could tell Sally that Don's going to be working all weekend. Betty wonders why he thinks that would be a draw to Sally, and Don if you're that off your game that you didn't see that question coming, maybe you are too sick to talk.