Don has come to the realization that his life is falling apart, fueled in large part by his excessive alcohol consumption. To get his life back on track, he is swimming regularly - a difficult task at first - and writing a journal, the latter which may be the more difficult task as he admits he has never strung together more that 250 words at any given time. His problems are compounded by the fact that Gene's second birthday is coming up, Gene's official party to which he is not invited. He also knows in his heart that Gene considers Henry to be his father. Don also evaluates the state of his relationships, especially with Bethany. Betty is not coping much better with her life, the thought of Don which causes her unending grief. A chance social meeting with Don totally unravels Betty, unfortunate for Henry that it takes place at an important dinner with regard to Henry's political future. Betty's emotions take their toll on the Francises. Joan is also going through a rough time with ... Written by
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When Don overhears Faye breaking up with a boyfriend over the phone, she yells at him, "Go shit in the ocean!" This is the English translation of a very old Yiddish insult, "Gai kakhen afenyam!," and, in combination with her later use of the Yiddish word "punim" (meaning "face"), it was taken by a number of TV writers (for example, Diane Winston at the Huffington Post; Rachel Shukert at Slate; Sarah Seltzer and Anne Cohen at Forward) as evidence that Faye Miller is a Jewish character. This was confirmed by Cara Buono, the actress who plays Faye, in an LA TImes interview. When asked to list ways she is different form Faye, she answered, "I have naturally dark, almost black hair and she's blond. She's also Jewish. The line she says in the phone booth when she's telling her boyfriend off. "Go ... in the ocean." That's an English translation of a Yiddish expression. And her father, though he's a gangster, he's not of Italian descent." See more
[to Peggy, about her firing of Joey
So all you've done is proved to them that I'm a meaningless secretary and you're another humorless bitch.
References The Odd Couple
(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction
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