It's April 4, 1968. Ginsberg is on a date, one he didn't want to go on, but was set up by his father at the last minute as a total surprise to Michael. Many of the staff of both SCDP and CGC are at an advertising awards dinner. Both these events are unexpectedly interrupted when news breaks that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. has just been shot dead. Beyond the immediate shock of the news and the pall that it places over the general populace, it has more profound effects both personal and professional. People are concerned about general race rioting, which does occur. Don is concerned about Sylvia as she and Arnold are in D.C. where the violence seems to be worse than in other places. Abe is working on a story, one that could be the biggest of his career, on the local aftermath of the shooting for the New York Times. Black people, such as Dawn, are half expected by their employees not to come into work for their own personal safety. Henry has to assist in whatever his boss, New York ... Written by
Did You Know?
Ginsburg uses the term "alter kockers" when he and his date are commiserating about how they were set up on their blind date. The term is Yiddish, and loosely translates to "old sh*tters" - the American English equivalent is "old farts." See more
The sirens Don hears whilst standing on the balcony include the Federal E-Q2B. This particular electric siren, whilst accurate for modern FDNY apparatus was not in use in the 1960s: the correct siren would have been the electro-mechanical Federal Q2B. See more
Don't do anything stupid.
It's too late. I'm going to Harlem in a tuxedo.
L'Amour Est Bleu (Love Is Blue)
Composed by André Popp
Performed by Paul Mauriat See more