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The Chrysanthemum and the Sword 

Don is forced to compete with a cocky upstart rival for a potential account with Honda motorcycles, but Roger's prejudice causes unexpected problems. Meanwhile Betty considers a psychiatrist for Sally because of her behavior.

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Matthew Weiner (created by), Erin Levy | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jon Hamm ... Don Draper
Elisabeth Moss ... Peggy Olson
Vincent Kartheiser ... Pete Campbell
January Jones ... Betty Francis
Christina Hendricks ... Joan Harris
Jared Harris ... Lane Pryce
Aaron Staton ... Ken Cosgrove (credit only)
Rich Sommer ... Harry Crane (credit only)
Kiernan Shipka ... Sally Draper
Robert Morse ... Bertram Cooper
John Slattery ... Roger Sterling
Christopher Stanley ... Henry Francis
Deborah Lacey ... Carla
Cara Buono ... Faye Miller
Matt Long ... Joey Baird
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Storyline

The general scuttlebutt within the Madison Avenue advertising world is that Ted Chaough is the next Don Draper, and that Ted's firm, Cutler Gleason & Chaough (CG&C), is stealing all the accounts from Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce (SCDP), the latest being Clearasil. Although not quite the truth, the perception that CG&C is the up and coming ad agency may make life tougher for an already struggling SCDP. Pete has connections for what may be the next big account up for grabs, Honda Motorcycles, worth $3 million in potential billings. Don wants everyone dealing with the account at SCDP to brush up on their Japanese etiquette as the leg up for the firm in nabbing the account. Ted lets Don know that CG&C is also in the running for the lucrative business. Everyone in the know in the ad world seems to want the account, except for Roger, who has strong remembrances of his time in the last world war. When Roger makes a move that may jeopardize the account before they even get it, Don comes up ... Written by Huggo

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Genres:

Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 August 2010 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

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Color

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16:9 HD
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Trivia

When Joan confronts Roger in his office, Roger's lamp is seen between them in the center of the shot. Interestingly, the lamp is in the shape of a mushroom cloud, much like the aftermath of the Nagasaki and Hiroshima bombings. This is entirely appropriate and likely purposeful given Roger's ambivalence toward Honda, and the shift in dialogue toward a 'surrender.' See more »

Goofs

When Donald drops off Sally and Bobby with Betty and Henry, the song titled "In The Shadow of The Valley" by the Lost Weekend Western Swing Band is playing softly in the background. Although this takes place in 1965, this version of the song was not recorded until 1998. Not to mention that The Lost Weekend Western Swing Band wasn't formed until 1985. See more »

Quotes

Don Draper: [Reading aloud from a piece of paper] "The man is shamed by being openly ridiculed and rejected; it requires an audience."
Pete Campbell: What is that, fortune cookie?
Don Draper: It's from that book you were all supposed to read.
Pete Campbell: Oh.
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Connections

Features The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (1964) See more »

Soundtracks

I Enjoy Being a Girl
(uncredited)
Written by Oscar Hammerstein II and Richard Rodgers
Performed by Doris Day
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January Jones at her best...
23 August 2010 | by Red_IdentitySee all my reviews

January Jones, who plays Betty, gets a lot of criticism. Some criticize her character, which in turn makes them criticize her. However, this episode shows that even though Betty Draper is cruel and cold-hearted to an extent, it does not go without reasoning. Betty Draper's conflicts have come from the pain that Don has caused her. Neither are to be blamed while the other goes without complaints. Both Don and Betty's lack of attention for their daughter Sally is causing her to go overboard, and this will in time affect the other children. Of course, the two parents will only notice too late, if ever they do notice, but January Jones is proving that she is perfectly playing the part of a mentally-abused mother in the 1960's.


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