Mad Men
To Have and To Hold

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Couch Baron: B+ | 4 USERS: A-
The Grass Is Always Greener

Gail is trying on Kate's watch as Joan remarks that "Dennis" must be doing well, but Kate tells her the thing is actually from the company. They don't draw attention to it, which is what makes it a moment to consider, but it's interesting that Joan, who spends the episode railing about the respect she fails to get from men, immediately jumps to the conclusion that the watch came from Kate's husband. It's not an unreasonable pattern of thinking; it's just an ingrained one. Noting that it sports real diamonds, Gail asks what she had to do to get it, and Kate modestly tells her that it's a simple matter of a lot of her recruits selling a lot of Mary Kay. Joan appreciatively says that the company knows what they're doing, but while Kate agrees, she tells Joan that "working out of Spokane, there's only so far I can go." Gail tells Kate that Joan's a partner, "and I don't know if anyone would want all that extra responsibility," prompting Joan to turn to Kate and crisply ask her to visit more often. "Turns out someone's proud of me." Heh. Gail, after hilariously agreeing that she's a monster, announces that she is proud of Joan: "My daughter is a partner at a Madison Avenue advertising firm. That's something I enjoy saying." Any defensiveness on Joan's part melts away as she practically giggles that it does sound pretty good. Aw. Kate then expresses her regrets but says she has to get back to the Waldorf, so Joan wishes her luck the next day, but adds, holding up the watch, "if worse comes to worst, you're appreciated somewhere." They smile beatifically at each other, and just for how happy Joan is to see her, I want Kate to visit more often too.

Harry, sipping coffee from an ABC mug, is sitting at his desk, and I guess one of the benefits of the office expansion is that he no longer has a support beam through the middle of it. Ken enters and barks (for his usually mild-mannered self, at least) about some closing dates for Birds Eye, leading Harry, not unreasonably, to invite him to maybe chill out a little. Ken collapses into a chair and explains that he spent the entire weekend hearing from his father-in-law about how much the world hates Dow Chemical. And while I could listen enraptured to Ray Wise reading the phone book, I'll admit that sitting politely as the manufacturer of napalm complains about his lot in life wouldn't be my first choice of weekend activities. Ken adds that every one of Ed's complaints was directed against him and SCDP, prompting Harry to wonder if Ken's finally been turned into a neurotic. I'd say it takes one to know one if I weren't completely sure that Harry would concede the point. Ken's like, I know this is counterintuitive, but ceasing to drop napalm on children can actually have a surprising positive effect on public image, but Harry's off on another train of thought: "I know you just came here to complain" (Hee) "but I actually think that I can help you." Ken sighs that it's true -- he did come in there to complain -- but Harry wonders if Ken could pull off a meeting with just the two of them and Ed, and Ken is sure he could, as long as there's a good reason. Scarlett then comes in with Harry's breakfast, and to his credit, Harry seems appreciative of Scarlett without being disgusting, and when Harry gives her a name to ring for him, she confides in Ken that Harry has great ideas, so apparently the appreciation is mutual. Is Harry Crane finally growing up?

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