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The Crash 

The creative department has a wild, drug-influenced weekend as they work on the Chevy account, Don has trouble letting go of Sylvia, and Sally walks in on an unwelcome intruder.



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Joan Harris (credit only)
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Don has been loitering outside the Rosens' apartment. Sylvia sees the signs that he has been doing so and implores him to stop although Don is desperate to continue the liaison with her. At the office, Ken has been taking the brunt of the issues with the Chevy account, and it is he who relays to the partners that GM has provided a three year timeline with key deadlines, the next to take place the upcoming Monday in 72 hours. It's bad timing especially for the former CGC partners and staff as Frank Gleason has just passed away, meaning that some have to make a presence at the funeral, while others have to work the weekend for that next presentation to GM. To deal with a work related injury that Ken suffered, as well as provide those working the weekend with a boost, Jim calls in his personal physician who provides a vitamin and energy shot to most of the creative staff and partners to get them through the weekend to battle the probable exhaustion that would occur otherwise. The ... Written by Huggo

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19 May 2013 (USA)  »

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Best episode of the season so far
5 May 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I'm way behind in watching this series. But so far this is my favorite episode of season six. I liked the way they juxtaposed songs from the late sixties and from the late thirties (for the flashbacks). Some episodes have used too many movie songs ("You Only Live Twice" in a prior episode, for example). This episode used some sixties' pop songs I had forgotten about, but, having lived through the period, I remember them.

The memory Don had explained a lot about him. He remembered adult women being mean to him, then the one time a woman was kind to him, she turned around and betrayed him (arguably twice). He was brought up in a brothel by people who thought he should not be affected by that. Huh?

Don later remarks, "Every time we work for a car company, this place turns into a brothel." Made complete sense on several levels, including a reference to how Joan became a partner by sleeping with the piggish Jaguar dealer. (The positive side of Don's ambivalence toward women: He was the only man who behaved decently toward Joan when that happened.)

This also made clearer why Don can't get over his wife being an actress who has to pretend to be intimate with other men. Still, it's hard to square Don's "open-mindedness" about many things with his inability to come to grips with his double standard. (It's OK--even necessary--for him to REALLY cheat on his wife, but its not OK for her to PRETEND to be with other men on a soap opera.)

The whole, Dr. Feelgood and his magic syringe bit was bizarre. Hard to believe, but I know it happened. All I could think about when he said, "Oh, it contains some vitamins and other things" was Hitler's private physician who shot the already mad dictator with crazy juice and also claimed that it contained "vitamins".

I gathered that, under the influence, Don spent the whole weekend working on the wrong campaign; proof, if anyone needed it, that drugs don't always help.

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