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Joan finds Don the perfect secretary, and Don finds himself in the middle of issues between TV comedian Jimmy and his wife, Bobbie.



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Pete and Trudy visit a doctor to discuss their problems conceiving a child. Pete deals insensitively with the resulting news. Bobbie continues her personal pursuit of Don. After a drunken evening with Bobbie (in which they run into a now married Rachel Menken), Don, driving Bobbie home, gets into a traffic accident. He fails the breathalyser test and calls the only person he can think of who can bail him out of this predicament and will protect this secret for him. Through flashbacks, we learn why Don chose this person as his confidante. Although Don walks into the office the following day with his arm in a sling, he is paid little attention due to the arrival of Don's attractive new secretary, Jane Siegel, and an engagement ring on Joan's finger. Despite falling under the radar of doing anything wrong with Bobbie, Don dreads an urgent meeting called by Jimmy Barrett. And Peggy receives some career advice from an unexpected source. Written by Huggo

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24 August 2008 (USA)  »

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Don is briefly arrested and fined in New York for having a blood alcohol content of .15%. As of 1996, New York had lowered the allowable percentage; any blood alcohol content over .05% will initiate a criminal case See more »


When Don is introduced to Jane, his new secretary, by Joan we see him cross left-to-right saying "Morning" and handing her his hat as he passes. She takes it with her right hand on the right side of her body then we cut to a reverse 2-shot of her and Joan and Jane is holding the hat at chest level with both hands. See more »


Don Draper: This never happened. It will shock you how much it never happened.
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References Cape Fear (1962) See more »


Theme From A Summer Place
Performed by Percy Faith And His Orchestra
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Refreshingly Different
31 July 2016 | by See all my reviews

No one saw the events of this episode coming. It was strange. In a good way, but still definitely strange. Something was very off about having Don, Peggy, and Bobbie all in the same room (or car) together. We've never really seen that before.

While the episode revolves somewhat around its titular employee, it's really about Don and Betty's marriage. Some shows feel the need to explain things to the viewer through dialogue. I'm so glad this is not one of those shows. It is a show of things unsaid, and nowhere does it work better than in this very episode.

That being said, it still isn't up to series par, although it isn't that far below. The episode's best attribute is its writing, which, in contrast to the rest, is well above the show's par, which is already admirable.

It's great. It just isn't very fun.

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