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Christmas Waltz 

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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Don Draper: Each year at this time, whether you know it or not, I look at the faces in this room who have given their all to this tenuous recovery, and I say prepare to take a great leap forward. Prepare to swim the English Channel and then drown in champagne. There are six weekends between now and the pitch. We are going to spend them all here. We will see Christmas here. We will ring in the new year together. And in the end, we will represent Jaguar and it will be worth it. Every agency on Madison Avenue...
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References Star Trek (1966) See more »

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Christmas Waltz
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Music by Jule Styne
Lyrics by Sammy Cahn
Performed by Peggy Lee
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Disappointed with the lazy research too
21 May 2012 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

As an avid fan of Mad Men and also a former member of the Hare Krishna movement, I was very disappointed with this episode. I just thought that Mad Men would be the one show that actually at least got the clothes right when they depicted hare krishnas. The guys don't wear 'togas' with material draped over their shoulders. The usual clothing for Hare Krishna men is a white or saffron top with a white or saffron doti - which is a long piece of cloth that is worn in a specific way - but cloth trousers are quite acceptable too.

The women wear saris, and generally keep their hair in a neat plait at the back. As for this 'Lakshmi' woman who is supposedly an initiated devotee since she has a devotee name and is not of Indian descent - well pleeaase !

I'm really tired of the total misrepresentation of the Hare Krishnas whenever they are depicted on TV. Vaisnvaism is a strict religion that adheres to principles laid out in the Vedic scriptures and four regulative principles must be strictly followed by the devotees.

These are: No meat, fish or eggs; no intoxication (the really strict devotees won't drink coffee or eat brown chocolate - and they sure as hell wouldn't eat in a diner either) no gambling and very importantly no illicit sex - which means none outside of marriage, and even then it is regulated depending on the individual couple's choices.

In all my years in the Hare Krishna movement I never heard anyone referred to as a 'recruiter' and certainly back in the days when Prabhupada was in New York there were some hippie types hanging around, some of whom did become HK devotees. Once accepted and initiated however, there is no question of a young devotee woman asking for an alcoholic drink and then offering herself up for sex for any reason. This is the Hare Krishna movement - not the Rajneeshis ! There is no sharing of women or free sex or anything of that nature. There is no having a 'girlfriend'either.

Of course the HK movement has had its share of scandals, and individuals may break the principles - like may occur in all religions

  • but it is not the norm. To offer up this nonsense as a glimpse into
the HK movement in the 60s is lazy research and actually quite insulting - especially to the dedicated women of the Hare Krishna movement of today and back then in the 1960s.


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