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Mystery Date 

Don runs into someone from his past. Joan makes a decision, and Roger gives Peggy extra work.

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Three news items affect the SCDP staff and their families. The first news item is the rape and murder of nurses in Chicago. Although Henry's mother Pauline, who is babysitting Sally while Henry and Betty are on a business trip, doesn't believe such news stories should be heard or read by someone of Sally's age, it ultimately becomes a meeting point for the two in what is otherwise an antagonistic relationship. The second news items is the general race riots taking place across the country. This news item initiates a meeting point between Peggy and Dawn, the two seeming outsiders at SCDP. And the third news item is an airlines mechanics strike which has a different affect on Mohawk than it does on its larger competitors. As Mohawk is still operating through the strike, they continue on with their other business such as their advertising. This news catches Roger off guard, he who has to think fast or get someone else to think fast to get a pitch ready from scratch over the weekend. ... Written by Huggo

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Although credited, Jared Harris (Lane Pryce), Rich Sommer (Harry Crane) and Robert Morse (Bertram Cooper) do not appear in this episode. See more »

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Peggy Olson: Hold on a second. You want me to work up an entire corporate image campaign for ten dollars?
Roger Sterling: I can make you do it for nothing. I'm the boss.
Peggy Olson: You're right. The work is ten dollars. The lie is extra.
Roger Sterling: Incredible. What do you make a week, sweetheart?
Peggy Olson: Hmm, you don't know, huh? That's helpful.
Roger Sterling: You know, I could fire you.
Peggy Olson: Great. There's some portfolios in Joan's office. Maybe you could find somebody tonight?
Roger Sterling: [tormented] Why are you doing this to me?
Peggy Olson: Because you're being very demanding for somebody who ...
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He Hit Me (And It Felt Like a Kiss)
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Written by Gerry Goffin & Carole King
Performed by The Crystals
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This episode was the best ever
14 April 2012 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I've just returned from a big discussion over dinner about this episode. I had said that I thought it was the best yet, others at our table thought it was the worst. I was told to "view Don, essentially, as a coward". I'm sorry, but he didn't want to die in a jungle in the middle of nowhere after having had such a miserable early life and feeling he had so much yet to contribute to society. That is not a coward, that was survival. Leaving that facet aside. This is a man tortured by his appetites. Being faithful, being of one purpose, being single-minded, is not something he can do for a long time. He is split in two, like his two identities, he cannot reconcile the conflict in his personality. And his personality represents a much wider voracious consumerism that is now, 40 years later, totally rampant. Thank you!


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