It's Labor Day weekend and most of the men are sending their wives away for a few days. Don Draper's wife Betty is dreading the thought, as her father and his new girlfriend, whom she detests, will be staying with them. With the election approaching, the team at Sterling Cooper is gloomy since the Nixon campaign has not been following their advice. Roger Sterling was hoping to spend Friday night with Joan Holloway but having just seen the movie The Apartment (1960), she is feeling a bit used. She plans a night on the town with her old college friend who has some surprising information for her. Don and Roger invite twin sisters from a casting call to join them for a drink but things go badly for Roger who suffers a serious heart attack. After the incident Don ends up spending the night with Rachel Menken where reveals a lot of his inner self. Written by
Did You Know?
Several characters discuss the film The Apartment
(1960) throughout this episode. The Apartment was directed and co-written by Billy Wilder; this episode's title is evocative of another Billy Wilder film title, The Lost Weekend
(1945). See more
When Bertram Cooper asks Joan to help send out telegrams, he dictates names and addresses while she sits at a typewriter typing telegrams to be sent. In real life, telegrams were created either one of two ways: going to the Western Union office and writing the telegram or telephoning Western Union and dictating it. They were not typed out and mailed like postal mail, the way this scene intimates. To be period accurate Joan should have picked up the telephone and read off names of recipients and the body of the message. See more
You know what my father used to say? Being with a client is like being in a marriage. Sometimes you get into it for the wrong reasons, and eventually, they hit you in the face.
References Howdy Doody
Go Get Your Ice Pick
Performed by Michael Gladis
Sung during a Sterling Cooper executive meeting to discuss teh presidential campaigns See more