Several members of the creative team - including Smitty, Peggy Olson and Paul Crane - are at work on a Saturday trying to come up with new slogans for their Baccardi campaign. It's rough going however and fresh ideas are rare. Paul contacts an old university friend and they smoke marijuana in his office. Once again Peggy surprises all of them and shows that she is as adventurous as they are. The rest of the staff are at Roger Sterling's lavish party. While the surroundings are sumptuous, a few of the guests are uncomfortable with Roger's singing performance. Betty Draper has an interesting encounter while Jane Sterling gets pie-eyed. Joan Holloway hosts a dinner party for husband Greg's boss and a colleague. She reveals her own hidden musical talents. Betty's father claims that someone stole $5 from his money clip, but no one takes him too seriously. Written by
Did You Know?
The bizarre show that Roger and Jane put on is a "blackface" number. Blackface, in which a white (or, much more rarely, a black) performer would paint his or her face black and sing and dance in a way that was stereotypically (though rarely correctly) associated with African Americans, was a hugely popular performance style during the nineteenth century and into the first part of the twentieth. But during the time this episode is set (1963), it was starting to fall out of fashion somewhat, especially as awareness of racial inequalities and stereotypes rose among white Americans. See more
While Roger is singing to Jane at their party, the drummer of the backup band can be seen in the background playing a K Custom crash cymbal, though the K Custom line of cymbal wouldn't be introduced until 1981. See more
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References A Midsummer Night's Dream