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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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Don Draper
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Peggy Olson
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Salvatore Romano
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Ken Cosgrove
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Harry Crane
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Rachel Menken
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Bertram Cooper
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Mona Sterling
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Abraham Menken
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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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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 »

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When Don and Rachel are on her couch, and he says, "No, not unless you tell me you want this", her head is on the sofa armrest. Suddenly her head is instead on the red pillow and she says, "yes please". See more »

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Betty Draper: I know people say life goes on, and it does but no one tells you that's not a good thing.
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References The Apartment (1960) See more »

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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
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The Destruction of Pain
13 September 2010 | by 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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