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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.


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




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


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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Pete Campbell tells Don Draper that the meeting with the Honda executives was a "Margaret Dumont" sized disaster. Margaret Dumont (1882-1965) was a large actress who played the buffoonish foil in seven Marx Brothers comedies. Using a haughty voice, with ladylike civility and apparently clueless to all of Groucho Marx's better satirical lines, Dumont added a comedic version of social stability to Marx Brothers comedies while Groucho, Chico and Harpo trashed her expensive high society parties, a ship's stateroom or an opera. Groucho always credited her for adding to the comedy and she was sometimes called the fifth Marx brother. See more »


When Roger, in his office, still angry about the company attempting to do business with a Japanese company, is talking to Joan, he relates briefly about his time on a U.S. Navy ship, a destroyer. He starts talking about "a young PFC" (private first class). This rank does not exist in the U.S. Navy. Also, while some Navy ships had a Marine Corps contingent aboard (This rank does exist in the USMC), destroyers did not. See more »


Pete Campbell: Now, if you don't mind, I have to get some gifts wrapped and get these chrysanthemums out of the building. Apparently, they symbolize death.
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References Lassie (1954) See more »


I Enjoy Being a Girl
Written by Oscar Hammerstein II and Richard Rodgers
Performed by Doris Day
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Cruel Mom
18 May 2019 | by osuinpgh-62656See all my reviews

I can't beleive Betty forced Sally to see a shrink, and only because Betty felt embarrassed in front of another mother and how the town would talk about her. Then she had to audacity to send her maid to take her there. What the heck did Betty have to do that it as more important that this??

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22 August 2010 (USA) See more »

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Dolby Digital



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16:9 HD
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