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The Benefactor 

Trouble rises on the set of a commercial while Don plays hooky from the office.


Matthew Weiner (created by), Matthew Weiner | 2 more credits »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jon Hamm ... Don Draper
Elisabeth Moss ... Peggy Olson
Vincent Kartheiser ... Pete Campbell (credit only)
January Jones ... Betty Draper
Christina Hendricks ... Joan Holloway
Bryan Batt ... Salvatore Romano
Michael Gladis ... Paul Kinsey (credit only)
Aaron Staton ... Ken Cosgrove
Rich Sommer ... Harry Crane
John Slattery ... Roger Sterling
Mark Moses ... Duck Phillips
Joel Murray ... Fred Rumsen
Melinda McGraw ... Bobbie Barrett
Gabriel Mann ... Arthur Case
Crista Flanagan ... Lois Sadler


Harry tries to gather support around a controversial sponsorship in order to bolster his career. When Don ditches work for a day, trouble brews on the set of a commercial. Later, Betty joins her husband when he attempts to placate his clients with an amicable dinner. Written by Anonymous

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The French "arthouse" film that Don watches in this episode has not been definitively identified. According to series creator Matthew Weiner, "It's a very rare French film. A film by a famous director. I won't tell you the name. I won't say the title. I'll never tell. Because I don't have the rights to it." The best clue to the film's identity is the poem we hear recited during the excerpt shown: "Ballade des Dames du Temps Jadis" ("Ballad of the Ladies of Times Past"), written by medieval French poet Francois Villon. See more »


When Betty talks to Jimmy Barrett at the dinner conversation about her horse riding, she mentions that she doesn't do dressage but rather jumping. At some previous scene at the tables where we can see her in the saddle, the saddle type and the stirrup length both are clearly for dressage, not for jumping. See more »


Arthur Case: You're so profoundly sad.
Betty Draper: No. It's just my people are Nordic.
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References Gentleman's Agreement (1947) See more »


Lollipops And Roses
Written by Anthony Velona
Performed by Jack Jones
[End credits]
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Would they really call Robert Reed "Bob Reed"?
22 October 2019 | by TheFearmakersSee all my reviews

I don't think so. Robert Reed was nothing when he was on The Defenders, and an inside man called him "Bob Reed" as if he were known. The whole connection to the show The Defenders, which no one today even knows about on a nostalgic level, was a bit much. The comic with the horrible eyebrows wasn't funny. Don's affair with his wife was forced. But not nearly as forced as Betty's flirtation with the rich kid at the stables, that's something out of a soap. Not the best episode. Not the worst either.

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10 August 2008 (USA) See more »

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