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The Benefactor 

Trouble rises on the set of a commercial while Don plays hooky from the office.

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Harry tries to gather support around a controversial sponsorship in order to bolster his career. When Don ditches work for a day, trouble brews on the set of a commercial. Later, Betty joins her husband when he attempts to placate his clients with an amicable dinner. Written by Anonymous

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10 August 2008 (USA)  »

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Trivia

The title of this episode ("The Benefactor") is also the title of the controversial episode of The Defenders which Harry tries to get the Belle Jolie cosmetics company to sponsor. The episode of The Defenders, which discussed the issue of abortion, aired on CBS on April 28, 1962. It was so controversial at the time that none of the regular sponsors for the series would advertise during its broadcast. See more »

Goofs

While the series is set in New York state, a palm tree is briefly visible behind Betty Draper during the initial scene at the riding stables. The series is filmed in California. See more »

Quotes

Don Draper: You don't cover for me, you manage expectations.
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Connections

References A Place in the Sun (1951) See more »

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A Beautiful Mine
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Situational, but the Good Kind.
25 July 2016 | by See all my reviews

This episode was pretty much completely situational. There were no sudden plot turns. Nothing big and exciting happened. It was almost like watching a short, indie film. It wasn't a riveting story, it was just a small tale about a wife who is being pursued by a young man on horseback, and a man who fell drunk and issued insults, and the man who is tasked with fixing it.

That being said, it was fantastic, if you asked me. It's a great example of how what is, frankly, a filler episode, can touch the audience anyway. Like "Fly." It bears no weight whatsoever, and yet it's strangely wonderful. The acting is, as usual, phenomenal.

The episode capitalizes on what is possibly the show's best quality. Most television shows that are as good as this one operate on large scales. A big-time drug ring, the White House, Hollywood (or Hollywoo), the New Jersey Mafia, or anything that matters to the whole country. But this show can be just as riveting by simply being normal. There are no deaths, I mean, not of major characters, anyway, there are no shoot-em-ups, no wars, it's just a company. And it's every bit as exciting as "The Sopranos," and that's what makes this show so brilliant.


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