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Don is preoccupied with keeping Sylvia's son from being drafted, Peggy has a rat in her apartment, Don and Ted bury the hatchet, Pete has a problem with his mother's new nurse, and Sally makes an accidental discovery about her father.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Betty Francis
Joan Harris (credit only)
Ken Cosgrove (credit only)
Harry Crane (credit only)
Henry Francis
Stan Rizzo
Michael Ginsberg (credit only)
Bobby Draper (credit only)
Bertram Cooper (credit only)


Professional relationships and personal business intersect at Sterling Cooper & Partners. Peggy, hating her apartment even more because of an unwanted visitor, doesn't quite get the help she wants from a colleague in alleviating the matter. Ted, Pete and Peggy bond over a few drinks, which opens Pete's eyes to what's going on with his two colleagues, and which highlights what Ted's wife Nan is feeling at home. Pete appreciates the help that Bob provided to him regarding getting a personal nurse for his mother, until Mrs. Campbell divulges some information about the situation, which in turn ends up revealing one of Bob's motivations in providing that help. Don tries to help the Rosens with a major problem, namely the fact that their son, Mitchell, who sent his draft notice back in protest, has now been reclassified as 1A. Don uses a professional connection to try and solve that problem. That action by Don causes a further rift with Ted, who is already irked that Don was proceeding with... Written by Huggo

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9 June 2013 (USA)  »

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When Peggy calls Stan to help get rid of the giant rat, the camera pulls back to reveal a giant poster over his bed. The poster is of Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Dayan. See more »


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Comedy Turned to Tragedy Part I
11 May 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Don should be headed for self-destruction, but he is a survivor. No one can throw anything at him that he can't survive, and yet he is his own worst enemy; he might yet throw himself a blow he can't survive.

Here, Don's good impulse to help his neighbor's son--after having coveted (and more) his neighbor's wife--ends up looking less than virtuous when his daughter, Sally, walks in on him with Sylvia Rosen, the neighbor's wife and mother of the boy he has helped.

Don desperately wants Sally to believe him when he tells her that what she saw wasn't what she saw. "Mrs. Rosen was very upset and I was trying to comfort her." In a comedy, Sally would retort that that must be why the two of them were half naked, but this is not comedy: the comedy is drained from the situation by the pain of both Sally and Don. Sally through no fault of her own. (Don never asks what Sally was doing in Mrs. Rosen's apartment; that is irrelevant at this point.) Don's inability to face the fact that Sally is too old to buy his outrageous cover story is more pathetic than funny.

The scene where the boy and his father come to thank Don for his help is full of tension as Don's opportunity to play the hero is thwarted by the fact that Sally, sitting there as audience, knows that Don is less than a hero. And Don knows it too. His moment of triumph in the eyes of most people in the room is one of humiliation in his own and Sally's.

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