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Waldorf Stories

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Couch Baron: B- | 3 USERS: A-
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…And The Clio Goes To…

...in which Don once again finds Roger in the lobby. Roger says to leave him alone, but Don tells him he hired him yesterday -- he apparently said, "Welcome aboard." Roger takes a look at him, and then the two of them wordlessly get on the elevator. Don gives Roger an ambiguous side-eye before the elevator doors close, and we're out. In response to the recaplet, I received some emails from people who thought Don's expression indicated that he made the whole job offer up, taking advantage of Roger's drunkenness, but I didn't read it that way, and I don't think that really makes sense given how hard the episode has been trying to compare Don's and Roger's screw-ups -- Don really did steal Danny's idea, so it seems logical from a structural standpoint that Roger actually did make this offer to Don off-screen. Also, it would be pretty brazen of Don to skip work again if there was any doubt in his mind that he was going to work for SC, and if Roger didn't say the words I don't know how he could be even remotely sure that this ploy would work no matter how much Roger might have been slurring. Still, if you told me you knew for sure it was intended to be the other way, I wouldn't be shocked, so please don't email me about it.

On a different note, I'm still not sure I buy Roger being so embarrassed about not remembering making the offer that he'd give Don a job when he'd gone out of his way to show us how much he loathes him -- it's not like the Danny situation, where Danny could really raise a legal stink and also make trouble for Roger with Jane. And while I'm at it, I just find it so odd that one of the grand points of this episode seems to be that Don has become lazy and shiftless, accepting accolades while people under him do the real work, when in The Chrysanthemum And The Sword, just one episode ago, he was the hero of the Honda situation. And let's be clear: He didn't just come up with the plan that saved them with Honda, a situation that was Roger's doing, but he was the only one who even tried to do anything about it or could even be bothered to read the damn book. Maybe the weird placement was a consequence of airing the episode against the Emmys, which is another self-conscious choice that didn't work for me. But that's this episode for you. See you next time.

John Ramos is a writer and film producer living in Los Angeles. You can email him at couchbaron@gmail.com, or follow him on Twitter at https://twitter.com/couchbaron and https://twitter.com/eastfifthbliss.

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