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As this episode begins, Trudy and Pete Campbell are seen at a doctor's
office. They have come because they have not been able to conceive a
child after more than a year and a half of marriage. The problems seems
to lie in Trudy, because Pete has proved, as with his relationship with
Peggy, that he is not the reason Trudy can't become pregnant.
Bobbie Barrett, who has shown an interest in Don, calls him from Sardi where she has been drinking alone after her project for a television show was approved. Don is shocked when Rachel Manken comes to his table. She is now married, something that catches him by surprise. Bobbie realizes a tension between Don and Rachel. After she goes, Bobbie suggests to go to her Long Island place by the water.
Along the way, Bobbie is seen drinking heavily from a bottle. She is all over Don, who gets distracted. They end up in a ditch, but fortunately, they are not hurt. As the police take them into the station, a fine is levied, but Don doesn't have enough to cover it. In a surprise movement, Don, who wants to protect Bobbie from any scandal, asks Peggy to come to get them with the money for the fine. Peggy ends up taking Bobbie home to Brooklyn.
As Don arrives home that night, a worried Betty, who hasn't slept all night, is worried. Don goes over his accident without giving details. He blames what happened to him on his high blood pressure, something he had failed to inform her after his physical. Betty goes into a frenzy about preparing his meals without salt.
There is a buzz in the office about Joan's engagement to the Jewish doctor. Roger doesn't seem too thrilled about the news, after all, he secretly wants her. Joan has hired a new secretary for Don. She is Jane Siegel, an attractive woman who captures all the men's attention and who Joan scolds for wearing provocative clothes.
At Peggy's apartment, Bobbie is not too happy, but she has to lay low for a while. Bobbie questions Peggy about being secretly interested in Don. Bobbie's advice to Peggy is to "be a woman". That triggers a couple of flashbacks in her mind. In the first one, she is seen at the hospital, suffering from her depression caused after the birth of the baby. In the second one, Don is seen visiting Peggy, encouraging her to come out of the state that afflicts her mentioning that it's shocking, but if she puts her mind to it, she'll be surprised how little will she remember of her ordeal.
At the office, Don has unkind words toward Peggy because not finishing an assignment; he is not satisfied. Don repays Peggy for the money she lent him and suddenly feels emboldened in calling him "Don" for the first time, as now she sees herself as an equal.
A good episode directed by Jennifer Getzinger and written by Robin Veith. Melinda McGraw made a valuable contribution. Her scenes with Elisabeth Moss give the episode a turning point as Peggy feels liberated from her past as she takes to heart Bobbie's advice. The regulars are good, especially Joel Murray playing Mozart's 40th Symphony with his pants zipper!
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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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