Mad Men: Season 4, Episode 10

Hands and Knees (26 Sep. 2010)

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Don becomes frightened that his lie will be exposed when government agents question Betty about him, Lane has shocking news for his father when he comes to bring him home, and Joan is forced to have an abortion.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Peggy Olson (credit only)
Ken Cosgrove (credit only)


SCDP's fortune's are on the upswing and Don is buoyed by that fact. Harry is getting him tickets to a Beatles concert, to which he is taking an excited Sally. And SCDP are in final negotiations with North American Aviation, whose marketing budget has been substantially increased. However, the contract with North America Aviation has some unforeseen consequences, the results which unnerve Betty, concern Pete who does whatever he can to handle the situation within his means albeit with some reservations, but most importantly threaten Don's entire future. As Don prepares for his family's security if he is taken down, the reality of the situation begins truly to sink in. With others in the office, Lane receives an unexpected visit from his father. The purpose of the visit is to bring Lane home to deal with his marital issues. But Lane has a particular reason for wanting to stay permanently in New York, which he has to decide whether to tell his father. And Roger and Joan's sexual ... Written by Huggo

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Elisabeth Moss (Peggy Olsen) does not appear in this episode, the first of Season 4 in which she is absent. See more »


The Beatles tickets are not adjacent seats. They were marked 3 and 5. See more »


Pete Campbell: [Pete and Don are in the elevator discussing the fact that two FBI men have initiated a background check on Don] If you're asking me if he knows how to keep a secret - he works for the Department of Defense.
Don Draper: But he talks to you.
Pete Campbell: It's going to be OK. I was thinking about this. And I know it'll be uncomfortable, but if we have to, we can ride it out.
Don Draper: Are you crazy?
Pete Campbell: This many years later? It must be past the statute of limitations.
Don Draper: It's desertion. There's no statute of limitations.
Pete Campbell: I thought nobody...
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References Meet the Press (1947) See more »


Do You Want To Know A Secret
Written by John Lennon/Paul McCartney
Performed by Santo and Johnny
[Closing credits]
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Roger Sterling finds out he is losing Lucky Strike and at the same time has another Lucky Strike that doesn't have any tobacco. Because of this Joan is considering an abortion.

Lane Pryce reveals to Don Draper and Roger his affair with a black Playboy Bunny at the bunny club. Then, Lane's dad shows up and takes exception to Lane's affair while he demands Lane return to England.

Pete Campbell stimulates a defense department background check of Don Draper and everyone at the agency. This causes some major distress for Draper, in fear of his double identity being revealed to the government.

Don gets Beatles tickets for the Shea Stadium concert to take his daughter Sally too. The tickets are slow arriving, but he gets them.

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