The title of this week’s episode of Mad Men is Hand and Knees, which has the connotation of begging or asking for helping. Joan, Roger and Don have gotten themselves in trouble and need help from unexpected sources.
Joan Is In The Family Way
Joan finds out she’s pregnant. That would be joyous news, but considering her husband Dr. Greg has been in basic training for a few months and her intimate moment with Roger, she knows who the father is. If you said Roger…Bingo! Stuck in an impossible position, Joan and Roger decide she must have a ‘procedure’. Roger offers to accompany her to the doctor’s office, but Joan has had a few procedures in the past, so she goes alone.
Don Is Has A Panic Attack
Don and Pete are excited about SCDP getting the North American Aviation account and promoting the defense corporation’s cutting-edge technology. Recently, Don has been distracted by family problems and drunk most of the time, so he didn’t know he signed a release for application for security clearance. Megan completed the application for him.
When two government agents visit Betty to question her about Don and ask her “Do you have any reason to believe that Mr. Draper isn’t who he says he is?”. Now the government is doing a background check on Don Draper.
The panic sets in when Don realizes that the application doesn’t match the real Don Draper’s records. He tells his accountant to set up trust funds for his children immediately. Is he afraid he might have to run to avoid federal prison? Faye notices that Don looks sick and takes him back to his apartment. When he sees two men in suits walking down the hallway. Thinking the men are t government agents, Don has a severe panic attack. In his weakened physical and emotional state, he confesses his true identity to Dr. Faye.
At this point, Don is desperate to end the government’s investigation. He tells Pete to get ride of the account. Pete is not to happy about this, because it took him three years to grow NAA into a $4 million account. Even so, he tells North American Aviation that SCDP is not interested in their business. We’re talking $4 million dollars in the days when you could buy a brand new car for $5,000. That’s a lot of money for a new company to throw away.
A Visit From London
Lane’s father comes to town to take his son back to London to be with his family. Lane has not desire to return to London. He loves his live in New York and to impress his father with his exciting life in the Big Apple, Lane takes his father to dinner with Don at The Playboy Club. They might sound sleazy now, but The Playboy Club was THE exclusive gentlemen’s club of the 60’s. Not every girl could be a Playboy bunny and not every man could get a Playboy Club key.
At the Playboy Club, Lane introduces Don and his father to Toni, a black Playboy Bunny who he apparently has seen outside of the club. So it’s not a shock when Lane calls Toni his chocolate Bunny and tells her that he loves her. Now we know why he wants to stay in New York so badly.
Lane wants his father to get to know Toni better, to understand why he wants to stay in New York. But Daddy Dearest is not hearing it. Lane insists that his father is “… distraught that I found someone I love, or that she’s a Negro?” His father loses it and smacks Lane over the head with his cane, knocking Lane to his … that right…hands and knees until he agrees to return to England.
Roger On His Hands and Knees
Trying to keep the agency’s #1 client happy, Roger dines with Lee Garner Jr., who announces that Lucky Strike is dropping Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce and changing ad agencies. BBDO. Based their long business relationship, Roger begs Lee to keep the news quiet for thirty days so he can get SCDP’s affairs in order. Lee agrees.
At partners meeting, Pete takes a bullet and saves Don’s neck by saying he lost NAA’s business. Roger freaks out, tears Pete a new one … even using the F-word. When Joan asks about Roger’s accounts, specifically Lucky Strike, Roger says all is well. So despite the loss of NAA, Lane says, the company is in sound fiscal shape.
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