In some bar, Pete is doing just what his father thinks no white man should do -- bringing drinks and girls over to meet Ken and Walter, the Bethlehem client. He introduces the two women as Charlotte and Wendy, his two "cousins." Before I even get a chance to wonder how this escapade will be recounted in the family Christmas update, we get a bit of aside talk between Walter and Pete that implies that these are Pete's kin in the same way that Eliot Spitzer transported his cousin across state lines. Pete orders champagne and more cocktails for the group, and then pitches an idea to Walter about calling Bethlehem "the backbone of America." That's actually not bad for a wining, whoring toady. Walter, however, is more interested in the blonde's backbone than in talking shop. No, seriously, that's just about exactly what he says. Pete looks bummed.
Helen arrives home, gives Betty some whispered pleasantries and a Kennedy pamphlet, and shows her out, saying, "I hope I can return the favor sometime." I don't know -- you don't have quite as much hair to spare as Betty does.
Don's asleep in bed when Betty slides in next to him. There's a legal pad on top of him, and Betty takes a quick look at it before putting it on her nightstand, and we see a little sketch of the Brooklyn Bridge with the tagline "New York: Oh Little Town Of Bethlehem." If that's the artwork he goes with, Sal will scratch his eyes out.
But no, the next day, we see the sketched representation with Don's tagline. Walter, however, thinks Pete's "backbone" idea came from Don, and says he likes it. Sal is all, "What backbone idea," in a tone that's like, "How the hell am I going to draw that?" Don, however, rolls with this unexpected punch, while Pete practically bursts out of his little suit with glee.
Later, Walter leaves with the usual pleasantries, and then Don gruffly congratulates Pete. Pete, of course unaware of how much trouble he's in, points out that he told Don he had ideas, and adds, "I think I did something good and you got the compliment for it." Don takes a drag off his cigarette and tells Pete to grab a cardboard box and put his things in it. Remarkably, Pete seems to understand what this means, and after Don's gone, Sal sneers, "You picked the wrong time to buy an apartment." Tell that to 2007.