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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9 March 2010 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

Don, whose luggage was lost by the airline on his way to Los Angeles, sticks out like a sore thumb, as we meet him inspecting the pool area of the hotel where he is staying, wearing a business suit. There are beautiful women with the scantiest swimsuits parading all over. At the pool bar, a distinguished looking man approaches Don. He introduces himself as the Count and tells Don he wants to meet Joy, a gorgeous creature who cannot take her eyes from Don.

Back in New York, Roger now plainly involved in an affair with Jane, meets with his lawyer. Roger is made aware of what he will be facing if he proceeds with the divorce. Mona will take whatever she can, but Roger, smitten with the young and luscious Jane has made up his mind to go ahead and break his marriage.

Duck Phillips questions Roger about not having been made a partner yet. Roger is evasive and dismisses Duck. Things begin to look better for Phillips as he meets with two British executives from the firm he used to work. Duck proposes the men a deal they cannot refuse: how about a chance to get an American representation by merging with Sterling Cooper and putting him in charge of the new company. The Brits are all ears because they see a good deal in the making.

In California, Don finally goes to dinner with Joy, who has plans to go on to Palm Springs the next day. She asks Don to go with her. Suffering from heat exhaustion, Don collapses. A doctor is called, but nothing is wrong. Don is a bit put off with the man, who for he knows is a quack! He recuperates quickly enough to bed Joy and have great conversation w with the Count and his assorted guests. At the pool, that night, Joy asks Don to follow them to the Bahamas. According to her, they are nomads, going from one chic place to another.

Back at the office, a new sponsor has sent over some samples of his baked goods. Kurt Smith tells Peggy about liking Bob Dylan, who is performing at a Village club. Kurt doesn't conceal the fact he is gay. He declares he is a homosexual, and he "makes love with men, not with women", something that doesn't go too well with the men that hear him. Peggy, on the other hand, is not shocked. Kurt wonders aloud why would anyone be shocked when the advertising world is full of gay people. Peggy, who loves the music of Dylan, agrees to accompany Kurt to the concert. When Kurt shows up to pick her up, he decides to give Peggy a new look because of her frumpy appearance.

When Pete returns from California without Don, he tells Duck about the business opportunities in the West. Pete notices also Peggy's new look and is impressed. He is told by Ken about the "homo" working in the office. Duck walks to Bert Cooper's office to inform him about the business deal from his former British colleagues. Cooper sees the possibilities and riches that will come from the selling of Sterling- Cooper.

Don, who is still in Palm Springs, makes a strange phone call where he announces he is Dick Whitman. Back at the Draper's Don lost suitcase is delivered by a messenger.

Phil Abraham directed this episode, written by Matthew Weiner. Don's escapade gives him a diversion from his problems back home in the way of finding a highly sophisticated crowd, which he doesn't belong. The machinations about Sterling-Cooper by Duck Phillips represent a windfall for the higher ups in the agency. Homosexuality in the work place is also explored in a time where nothing so open would have been discussed. Mr. Abraham gets good all around acting from the cast.

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