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
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Joan strongly identifies with the Shirley MacLaine
character Fran in The Apartment
(1960). Fran is an elevator operator, and, like Joan, is an employee at a large New York corporation who is having an affair with her married boss. Toward the end of this episode, after Joan has helped Bertram Cooper send out telegrams announcing Roger's heart attack, Cooper and Joan leave the office together and he asks Joan to push the elevator button for him, making Joan (temporarily) into an elevator operator and drawing another connection between the characters of Fran and Joan. See more
Don says to call 9-1-1 but it was not until 1967 that the FCC and AT&T began looking for a way to establish a universal emergency number that could be implemented quickly, which happened in 1968. Up until this point, one had to dial "0" on the rotary dial and ask the Operator for assistance. See more
Ethel, go get the icepick / That Nixon guy is on TV again.
References The Apartment
Written by Domenico Modugno
and Franco Migliacci
, English lyrics by Mitchell Parish
Performed by The McGuire Sisters
Playing on the radio in Roger's office, while he and Don party with the twins See more