Peggy's telling the dregs of the party that she hears it's hard to get anything done in California, "because of the weather, you know. People don't work." Having just moved here, I will opine that she's not completely wrong. Harry drunkenly biffs a word as he says he'll probably be heading out there at some point to meet with the network people with whom he does business, causing Sal to ask, "You're just going to fly off and leave your wife and newborn?" I don't think Sal's being disbelieving here -- just pondering exit strategies. Hildy then staggers up (girl is lit) and spews goodwill all over Harry before giving him a big hug. It's pretty sweet, and I love Hildy, but Harry looks like that just sobered him up for life. Joan then returns, and as the boys almost unconsciously gather around her (it's awesome how that always happens) she informs Paul that Don will be going to the convention. Paul chooses not to Get It even though Joan directed the message only to him instead of to him and Pete, so when he makes a dumb comment about being able to fly first class now, Joan ever-so-politely informs him that it will just be Don and Pete going. We don't actually get to see Pete's orgasm face at this news, which given the man-crush he's had on Don for the run of the series seems kind of a shame. But instead, we get something much better, as Paul's face becomes entirely lower lip as the boys openly laugh at him while Joan silkily continues, "I'm sure it must be disappointing. I'll need your tickets and your badges." Paul tries whining, to no avail, and leaves with his tail between his legs. Joan watches him go, and then turns brightly to Peggy: "Is there any cake left?" Awesome.
Paul, while sadly (ha ha ha!) packing up his tickets and badges, is telling Sheila on the phone that he's thought about it, and he wants to go with her. I'll give him a pass for taking advantage of his defeat in this way if that means I can keep laughing at him.