Mad Men: Season 5, Episode 10

Christmas Waltz (20 May 2012)

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Lane searches for a way to get rid of a sizable debt, the firm prepares to pull out all the stops when it gets a second chance to land Jaguar as a client, and Don tries to comfort Joan when she reaches her breaking point.

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Lane faces a personal cash flow problem when he is informed that he owes the British government £2,900 for back taxes, payable in two days time. He comes up with a scheme using supposed SCDP funds, which don't actually exist, in the form of Christmas bonuses to all staff, including to the partners. But one problem after another with Lane's scheme have the potential of bringing his entire world crashing down around him. It promises to be a busy Christmas season since SCDP is once again in the running for the Jaguar account, the pitch from agencies to be done in mid-January, giving them about six weeks to come up with a presentation. Meanwhile, Harry gets a telephone call from old colleague Paul Kinsey to meet, which Harry reluctantly does. Harry ends up meeting a much transformed Paul. Although Harry does not agree with the transformation itself, he does get caught up in it. As Harry guessed, Paul does ask him for a professional favor. When Harry doesn't believe he can accommodate ... Written by Huggo

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This episode takes place in December 1966. See more »

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While Don and Joan are having drinks at the bar, Joan takes a puff from a cigarette that is not lit, and then lets its tip rest in the ashtray as if there were ashes to drop. We can clearly see the cigarette is intact and no smoke is emerging whatsoever. See more »

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Pete Campbell: [Regarding being in the running for Jaguar] Yes, well, other than Roger, who started drinking at exactly 7:55 this morning,
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Pete Campbell: no one has given me the
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Pete Campbell: reaction I desire from this blessed event.
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Pete Campbell: Bert?
Bertram Cooper: They're lemons. They never start.
Pete Campbell: [Irritated] Meeting adjourned.
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References Bewitched (1964) See more »

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Christmas Waltz
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Written by Jule Styne and Sammy Cahn
Performed by Nellie McKay
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Waltz Your Way Right Out of Here **
20 May 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I was extremely disappointed with this episode. It fails because it really didn't deal with one central issue. Instead, we find that we have a hodgepodge of stories. The Hare Krishna, Joan's outburst when she served with divorce papers, our English partner ready to steal money from the firm, and Don's commitment to the automobile are all interesting issues, but they are not dealt with firmly as the camera seems to move from one situation to another rather quickly.

That Krishna woman was something else.

Don almost acts as a guidance counselor when he catches Joan during her outburst to the secretary. He takes her around and lets her vent out her emotions. Don shows his compassionate side here, but the fact remains that the guy knows how to drink.


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