Don blows off the convention in Los Angeles when he meets a beautiful, exotic woman. Back at Sterling Cooper, a member of the creative staff comes out of the closet, and Duck falls off the wagon and initiates his power play.



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After leaving Mona, Roger asks Jane Siegel to marry him, an offer which she accepts. The divorce looks to be a messy proceeding. At the office, Duck wants to make partner, but Roger, being candid, tells him that his performance to date doesn't warrant such a move. Duck decides he has either to be more aggressive in looking for a better job elsewhere or in finding additional business for Sterling Cooper to warrant the partnership. Still at the office, the creative team is talking about the difficult time Paul seems to be having in Mississippi from what they see on the news, the good time that Don and Pete are probably having in Los Angeles, the Right Guard campaign and Bob Dylan. With the latter, Kurt asks Peggy to Dylan's concert after she expresses interest in his music. Peggy sees this as a date, whereas Kurt sees it purely as friends going out as he assumed she and everyone in the office knew he was gay. This news brings out everyone's deep feelings about homosexuality and pushes ... Written by Huggo

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Did You Know?


When Don is in California and he sees a blonde woman at the bar, most likely due to heat exhaustion, he imagines that woman is Betty. In a couple of shots the blonde is January Jones. This is her only appearance in the episode. See more »


This series is set in 1962. The Mercedes Benz sports (body W113) that Don gets into with Joy wasn't released until mid 1963. See more »


Don Draper: [has woken up in bed with Joy who is reading a book by Faulkner] Is it good ?
Joy: Sex is good. This book is just okay.
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References The New Loretta Young Show (1962) See more »


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Kicks Off Season Two's Endgame
6 August 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This episode contains a lot of plot and no plot at the same time. On one hand, you could say that nothing really happens in this episode. However, you could also say that a lot of things are starting to happen.

To debrief, Don and Pete leave for California, one of the foreign young men admits he's gay, and Duck wants to become partner, and when he's turned down, seeks elsewhere, hoping they will take action on Sterling Cooper. Don blows off the 'business' in 'business trip' and instead spends his time, and more, with a beautiful young woman. The episode is essentially a set-up for "The Mountain King," where events explode.

So why does everyone love this episode so much? To be honest, I'm not sure. I know, I gave it 8 stars, but that's "Mad Men" standards. And I get it, a lot of events are set into motion, but it feels like "Granite State." It's less of things happening, and more of Matthew Weiner setting up the things so they will eventually happen.

That all being said, this is still great television. There's nothing wrong with this episode, except maybe it's a little sloppy on the writing side. The problem is, nothing's specifically great about it, either.

Great television, just not by "Mad Men" standards.

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