The Apollo 11 space mission is in progress, which looms over the lives of those associated with Sterling Cooper. The success or failure of the mission will effect the existing feeling of brotherhood and camaraderie among the American populace, which in turn will have an effect on Sterling Cooper's business, especially how receptive the Burger Chef reps will be. But there is also much turmoil within the company. Jim has a vision for the company as being primarily Harry and the computer, as witnessed by Jim's approved motion to make Harry a partner. What has been bubbling under the surface but which has now risen above with a recent incident with the Sunkist reps is Ted's dissatisfaction with his life and his job. A unilateral move by one of the partners on behalf of all the partners leads to some divided loyalties among them, those loyalties between the people involved and what each may see as the good of the company. Regardless of the Apollo 11 mission, real life continues, an ... Written by
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The musical number at the end of this episode, in which Don has an apparition of Bert Cooper (Robert Morse) singing "The Best Things in Life Are Free" and dancing with a bevvy of chorus girls, was the only time the series ever took advantage of the fact that Morse is best-known as a theatrical performer in Broadway plays and musicals. Morse is a five-time Tony Award nominee, and won one of his two Tonys for creating the role of J. Pierrepont Finch in the original Broadway production of the musical How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying--a show that was a major influence on Mad Men. Morse made his Broadway debut in 1955 and was still an active theatrical performer as of 2016 (when he was cast as Mr. Pincus in a Broadway revival of the play The Front Page, also starring John Slattery [who plays Roger Sterling in Mad Men.]) See more
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References The Wild Bunch
The Best Things in Life Are Free
Music by Ray Henderson
Lyrics by Lew Brown
& Buddy G. DeSylva
Performed by Robert Morse
Bert Cooper's afterlife song and dance See more