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
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
Ethel, go get the icepick / That Nixon guy is on TV again.
References Pillow Talk
Go Get Your Ice Pick
Performed by Paul Kinsey See more