At the office, Duck is showing Don the new slide projector (called the "Doughnut" or the "Wheel"), saying that it's "continuous and doesn't jam." Given some of the slide presentations I was subjected to in my youth, those aren't necessarily selling points, but I've seen enough of this show to know that Don will have no trouble spinning that straw into gold. Duck as much as asks him to do that, not that I blame him.
Annie's returned to record her spot, and it's not going great, as Peggy tells her to hang on a minute. She observes that Annie doesn't sound very confident, so Ken suggests Peggy give her a direction, and Peggy asks her for, well, more confidence. Honey, you want to test actors on taking direction in the audition, and if you're wondering why, check out the lost kitty look on Annie right after you said that. She gives it another shot, and Peggy interrupts her again, this time talking at length about how Annie should imagine she's married -- she has everything and is the prize of a handsome man. When she's done, Ken snarks, "It's too bad your voice is so annoying." Heh. The next try still sucks, though, and Peggy asks Ken to say something to Annie to make her feel more beautiful and increase her confidence. Ken, however, opines that a woman who looks like Annie will never sound confident. "It's God's gift to bachelors. The juiciest gazelle is the easiest to catch." Since "bachelor" will always apply to him, I have to opine that Sal wouldn't see it as quite such a blessing. Anyway, Annie keeps being a disaster, and Peggy gets more and more impatient, causing Annie to cry, and it's as painful to watch as you might expect. Peggy unceremoniously fires Annie, and even Ken is appalled at her lack of tact. When Annie rushes out in tears, Peggy suggests Ken go after her and console her. "And after you make plans or whatever you need to do, call Rita, the older lady you liked? She's probably at home with the Relax-A-Cizer right now." Well, you can't accuse Peggy of being inflexible. Ken hilariously pats her on the head and leaves.