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Long Weekend 

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 ... See full summary »



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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 garykmcd

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27 September 2007 (USA)  »

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This episode was included on the 2008 Emmy Awards 'For Your Consideration' DVD. 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 »


Roger Sterling: 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.
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References Pillow Talk (1959) See more »


Kennedy Campaign Song
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The Destruction of Pain
13 September 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Long Weekend is a magnificent episode, simply because it differs in it's structure. The first half is lighter, more relaxed, and by the second half, a tragic turn of events for Roger takes place. John Slattery is amazing, perhaps his best performance yet. Christina Hendricks as well. An interaction between Joan and her roommate after a confession is perfectly played, it adds Hendricks right up there with Hamm, Moss and Jones. The last scene is brilliantly acted by Hamm, and it shows one of the best closing scenes yet in the show. Another great episode in a great series, and soon the season will end for other things to come.

Also to note, the brilliant film references to Hitchcock's Psycho are amazingly portrayed.

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