Long weekend indeed. I'll start with my favorite line because it speaks volumes. It was uttered by twin Eleanor, "Everything he says means something else, too." It's a great line. She is, of course, referring to Roger's double entendre but I think she's really talking about all the characters, both male and female. Many conversations and even looks have double meanings, a lot is left unsaid, and sometimes someone says too much. It's amazing that human beings are so bad at communicating what they want. Rachel and Don don't have much of a problem with that at the end of the episode, but it takes them a while to get there.
But let me start at the beginning. Betty's off to the beach with her father and his new "friend," Aunt Gloria. Betty can't understand why her father needs someone else so soon after her mother's death, but Don thinks she should "let him have this." Her father needs a female companion and Betty shouldn't begrudge him that. At the same time, almost everyone else in the office is looking for companionship, too - whether just for one night or for something more long term. We've got Roger trolling a casting couch for some action after Joan turns him down. We've got Pete trying to make amends with Peggy after being so cruel to her, maybe because it's the decent thing to do or more likely because he wants his fawning puppy dog back. We've got Joan's roommate Carol putting the moves on Joan after getting fired from her job. And we've got Don trying to convince Rachel to start something with him. After seeing Roger's brush with death, Don wants to make sure he's living his life to the fullest.
Other happenings in the office:
Roger's heart attack. Even with the way he lives, he's completely taken by surprise by this. All that dairy he's been consuming to quell his ulcer leads to an even more serious health problem. Poor baby. I hope he really starts to appreciate what he does have - a loving wife and daughter. I predict he'll be giving up other women only until his ticker can take it again. Cynical? I think not.
Don loses the Dr. Scholl's account. I guess he didn't understand the genius of the sports sandal. I don't either, unless it's a Birkenstock.
Roger asks Don to supervise Paul on the Menkens' account even though he knows Don doesn't get along with Rachel. With Mr. Menken scheduled to visit the office for the first time, Roger wants everyone to be on their best behavior; they can't really afford to lose another account. It takes some convincing for Mr. Menken to see the wisdom of making his store a place where even he doesn't want to shop. And who ever heard of putting a restaurant in a department store? He's convinced the idea will go nowhere.
The Nixon account. The polls show Kennedy catching up, which none of the guys expect or are prepared for. Kennedy's team is looking to close the gap even more by launching negative ads, which Don vetoed thinking that wouldn't help
A few good lines:
" Pete: "The president is a product. Don't forget that."
" Don: "Message received and forgotten."
" Roger: "You people are not watching enough television. It is your job. The shows
and the ads."
" Roger: "I really need to get to the bottom of that." [
Crickets] "Yes, I would like to take a look at those."
" Mr. Menken: "This place reminds me of a czarist ministry. No matter what the decision, you don't feel it was yours."
" Pete: "Where's Howdy Dowdy at?"
" Roger: "Being with a client is like being in a marriage. Sometimes you get into it for the wrong reasons and eventually they hit you in the face."
" Eleanor: "Now all you're thinking about is going around the block, huh?"
Don: "I don't even think I can get out of the driveway."
" Mr. Cooper: "Don't waste your youth on age."
Randomly interesting tidbits:
" Apparently, the only dirt anyone has on Johnny Kennedy is that he's a womanizer. But no one thinks that will hurt his campaign for the presidency.
" Dress shields, for protection against underarm perspiration, apparently went the way of the girdle. It looks like they're still around, but they certainly don't seem popular.
Things we learned about Don:
" His mother was a prostitute who died giving birth to him. Before she died, Don's "father" made some sort of arrangement with her to buy her baby.
" Don's adoptive father died when Don was 10. He was drunk and got kicked in the face by a horse. Don was raised by his "stepmother" and the man she took up with.
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Long weekend indeed. Ill start with my favorite line because it speaks volumes. It was uttered by twin Eleanor, Everything he says means something else, too. Its a great line. She is, of course, referring to Rogers double entendre but I think shes really talking about all the characters, both male and female. Many conversations and even looks have double meanings, a lot is left unsaid, and sometimes someone says too much. Its amazing that human beings are so bad at communicating what they want. Rachel and Don dont have much of a problem with that at the end of the episode, but it takes them a while to get there.But let me start at the beginning. Bettys off to the beach with her father and his new friend, Aunt Gloria. Betty cant understand why her father needs someone else so soon after her mothers death, but Don thinks she should let him have this. Her father needs a female companion and Betty ...