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The Gold Violin 

To show that he has "arrived," Don buys a new car. Pete, Harry and Ken come up with a plan to attract new business, and Don's secretary makes a serious error, which could mean trouble for ... See full summary »



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To show that he has "arrived," Don buys a new car. Pete, Harry and Ken come up with a plan to attract new business, and Don's secretary makes a serious error, which could mean trouble for Joan. Cooper gets a new piece of office art that attracts the interest of the Sterling Cooper staff. Written by Anonymous

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7 September 2008 (USA)  »

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The episode won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Hairstyling for a Single Camera Series. See more »


In the Cadillac showroom, the salesman refers to the blue car as a Coupe de Ville, which it is not. A Coupe de Ville would have "Coupe de Ville" scripts on the rear quarter panels. This if further confirmed in the park scene showing the instrument panel and the open door. The door panel proves it to be a "Sixty-Two" model (not to be confused with the year). Cadillac Sixty-Twos were the least expensive Cadillacs offered. See more »


Jimmy Barrett: You know what I like about you? Nothing! But it's okay. You got me everything I wanted. What did you get? Bobbie? Lots of people have had that.
Don Draper: Excuse me?
Jimmy Barrett: Please. I laugh at you. I go home at night and I laugh at you.
Don Draper: I don't know what you think happened.
Jimmy Barrett: You. You wanna step out, fine. Go to a whore. You don't screw another man's wife. You're garbage. And you know it.
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References Candid Camera (1960) See more »


Break It To Me Gently
Written by Brenda Lee
Performed by Brenda Lee
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The New Best Episode of Season Two (so far)
2 August 2016 | by See all my reviews

Again, another will go on to be even better, but at the time of airing, it was the best of the season.

There is really so much to love about this episode. There's the surprisingly entertaining subplot of Costgrove's short story writing, which seems dull but was actually quite interesting. There's the Elliot Schwartz cameo, something that has nothing to do with quality but made me a little biased towards the episode. And of course, there is the absolutely brilliant scene with the Barrets and the Drapers.

My biggest praise goes to five people: Jon Hamm, January Jones, Jane Anderson, Andre Jacquemetton, and Maria Jacquemetton. The first two are actors, the other three wrote the episode. They all did a great job.

The penultimate scene, in which Betty learns about Don's affair from the same man that goes on to practically spit in Don's face, is one of the best scenes in the recent memory of the show.

However, one scene in this episode is even better. In fact, it's my favorite scene in the show so far. It is a simpler moment. It is Joan walking up to Jane. I don't even like the dialogue that follows that much. But the walking is incredible. Something about the camera- work, the facial expressions on both principal characters, and, and this is important, the thrilling music that plays makes this scene possibly the best so far.

This is great television.

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