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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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
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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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Anna Wood "Lakshmi" was in Reckless(2014) with Michael Gladis "Paul Kinsey" See more »


When Don and Joan are at the bar, Joan plays Peggy Lee's "Christmas Waltz" on the jukebox. However, this song was never released on a 7" record that would have been in a jukebox at the time. See more »


Roger Sterling: You know it's sacrilege to say this but Pearl Harbor was an act of genius. The only thing they didn't plan for was success - the Japs won, and they didn't know what to do with it.
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References Star Trek (1966) See more »


Christmas Waltz
Music by Jule Styne
Lyrics by Sammy Cahn
Performed by Peggy Lee
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A Waltz with Two Mad Men Favorites Spending the Holidays in Different Circumstances
21 May 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Christmas time can be such a lovely time of the year. The snow falls outside, the lights and decorations light up streets and homes, and people come together to look back on their years as the holidays swing into full gear.

And even in a world full of mad men looking to make a big advertising deal with any number of clients, there is still time to find a way to enjoy the presence of other people.

Take Harry Crane for example. While often a pompous and sarcastic jerk in his day to day life, Harry takes a meeting with his former co-worker Paul Kinsey, who has made a different life for himself. Enlightened through the Krishna ceremonies he has started to attend, Paul invites Harry to sing along the Hare Krishna and find enlightenment in his own laugh. The singing and reaction by Harry is… laughable, to say the last. Harry seems afraid to join in, confused by what is going on, and out of place from the rest of the group. Luckily for Harry, Mother Lakshmi (an attractive women int eh movement) leads him through the beginning of the ceremony and teaches him the words to sing as they go along.

When the song finishes some long time later, Harry is fully singing along to the Hare Hare. The entire group stops, but he continues on before realizing he is the only one singing, like the guy at a sports event that thought the fans were going to keep chanting and continued on one too many times. Paul takes Harry from the meeting to go get some food, but he reveals in the cab ride to dinner his real reason for wanting to meet. Paul has written a script for an episode of Star Trek and wants Harry to get it to NBC producers. Harry is astonished. He had to sit through that whole ceremony, sing like a fool, and see visions for nothing. Harry asks why Paul is even bothering to stick with the group, and Paul tells Harry that he has fallen madly in love with Lakshmi. Oh those Hare Krishna chanting beauties…they'll get you every time. Harry tells Paul he will try his best to get the script to NBC and the two part ways.

Later on in the episode, Lakshmi shows up at Harry's office. Disguising her past the secretary with the old babysitter applicant trick, Harry is stunned as Lakshmi starts to come on to him. She kisses him, but Harry pulls away. But he can only resist once. After explaining that she is burning for him, she bends over Harry's desk, and Harry can't gets his pants off quick enough. If only snap offs had been invented in the 60s…

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