Ken tells Don that actually, he was mortified. "You know, my mother's heavyset." Poor dear. I just hope no one forced her to wear a leotard as a child. Roger points out both Freddy's and Ken's mishandling of the situation, and Duck then comes in and says they can't even get the Schillings on the phone to try to fix things, and someone needs to talk to Jimmy. I'd suggest measuring waist sizes and going from there. Roger turns to Don to fix the situation, but Don blusters that Ken should have told him the Schillings were there, as he never would have let them near the set. Ken, however, protests that he did take them by his office, and he talked to Lois, but he was out. Don has no ready answer for this revelation, and given Duck and Roger's questioning side-eyes, Don says he's going to talk to both Jimmy and the Schillings. Man, didn't it seem like last season Don was taking off practically every afternoon to roll in the hay with Midge? I don't care how much better of a secretary Peggy was than Lois -- you'd think this would have happened before. Roger likes the plan, and opines that a guy like Jimmy must know how to make a charming apology, "or he'd be dead." Yeah, you'd think so. When everyone else has cleared out, however, Roger asks where Don was. Don lies that he was at the printer's, and Roger pointedly replies, "You should tell your girl that." Don wastes no time calling said girl in, telling her to close the door, and offering this: "I'd like to find a way not to be cruel, but I don't think it would be serving either one of us." Oh, dear, the poor thing. But Peggy did warn her, I have to acknowledge. Don tells her that he doesn't think she's suited for the job, and when she asks what she did, he bellows that in addition to being incompetent, she threatened his reputation. She tries to tell him that she covers for him all the time, but he barks that she doesn't cover -- she manages people's expectations. Translation: You're allowed to know I'm a douchebag, but no one else is. Poor Lois takes it hard, although he does shake her hand as he asks her to stick to the switchboard, and to "please tell Miss Holloway on your way out." It may seem harsh, but you have to figure that Joan gave her the same training she gives all the girls, so if she couldn't hack it, it's not Don's fault. On the other hand, I wonder if he'll ever get a call patched through again.
Episode Report CardCouch Baron: B | 2150 USERS: B-
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