A photo shoot, to shoot a BB gun, to shoot your mouth off. There was a lot of good stuff going on in this episode. Let's start with Don's job offer.
According to Jim Hobart, a millionaire in the ad game, Sterling Cooper is a mom-and-pop shop, while his company is international. He likes what Don did with the Jesus-over-Brazil campaign and now he wants Don to join his firm. He offers Don perks and money, but Don's holding out for something more.
On the home front, Betty's bored with her job as a wife and mother. She's looking to get back in the workforce and Jim Hobart, in a bid to win favor with Don, gives Betty his business card. Coca-cola is doing a new campaign and they might be looking for someone with a Grace Kelly look, someone like Betty. Betty shows up, overdressed in an evening gown, and she gets the job. Looks like they were looking for someone just like her.
Jim continues with his overtures. Was that first item he sent a robe? I don't get the significance. The second gift, a set of golf clubs, is what alerts Roger to the fact that someone is wooing Don. Roger agrees to a generous pay hike to keep Don in the fold. The most interesting thing I think we learn from their conversation is that Don doesn't want to be in the ad game forever. When he leaves Sterling Cooper, he's out. They won't be able to pull him back in.
Also on the home front, the Drapers' next-door neighbor Mr. Beresford has been fascinating the children by releasing his birds and tempting them back with food. When Polly the dog injures one of his avian friends, Mr. B threatens to shoot Polly if he ever catches her in his yard. Sally has nightmares as a result and tells her parents about the incident. When Betty is once again a housewife, she calmly takes her son's BB gun and starts shooting at Mr. B's precious birds. I can't help it: I really like Betty for doing that. She's sticking up for her daughter and showing her neighbor she's not afraid of him.
Other happenings around the office:
" Pete actually has a good idea about the Nixon campaign. He buys up a lot of TV airtime for Secor laxatives with the intention of using that time for Nixon. This way they'll trick the Kennedy team into thinking they're buying a lot of radio time. And with a voice like Kennedy's, the guys don't think he's got a chance. Sterling and Cooper are impressed.
" Pete punches Ken for making disparaging comments about Peggy. Peggy has been putting on weight and everyone in the office seems to be noticing. The guys talk about it behind her back but Joan talks to Peggy openly about it. Peggy comes to the realization that Joan's trying to help her, in her own special way.
For the first time this season, I think I finally realize why Don's with Betty. Yes, she's blonde and beautiful. Yes, she usually has his dinner waiting for him when he gets home. But more than that, he thinks she's a good mother. He wishes he had someone like Betty for a mother when he was growing up. And I think he genuinely wants to make her happy. He even admits that he won't stop her from doing whatever she really wants to do. And even though Don knows Jim is no longer interested in Betty as a model, Don lets her save face. She tells him she's choosing him and her children over her need to work and he lets her believe he believes her little white lies. Their moment over dinner is touching, but Betty messes it up. Maybe she's shocked Don's finally opening up about something, but did she have to call him sweet? Oh well. At least we know how much he appreciates her. That counts for something.
Things we learned:
" Don met Betty while she was modeling for a fur company where he was a copywriter. When she turned him down for a date he sent her the fur she wore that day. The man does have style.
" Betty's psychiatrist tells Betty she's mad at her mother. Betty's mother hated modeling and called her a prostitute. Betty feels like the doctor's trying to provoke her. She accuses him of not listening to her.
This show is so well written that I'm always writing down so many lines. Here are some of my favorites:
Adele Hobart: "If we're being introduced I assume that you're in advertising and that you'd both like to talk about that some more."
Betty: "He basically said the man was trying to sleep with one of us and that he didn't like the idea of either."
Jim: "It's not a gesture, Don, it's an overture. Let me tell you you're a hard man to run into."
Jim: "It's a panty dropper."
Betty: "I was a model, you know."
Pete: "[Don's] not 10 times better than me."
Ken: "It's a tragedy. A piece of fruit that went real bad real fast and no one ever got to eat it."
Pete: "You should do something with that sourpuss."
Roger: "What else is there?"
Don: "I don't now. Life being lived. I'd like to stop talking about it and get back to it."
Joan: "You're hiding a very attractive young girl with too much lunch."
Peggy: "I know what men think of you. That you're looking for a husband and you're fun. And not in that order."
Joan: "Peggy, this isn't China. There's no money in virginity."
Ken: "They call a girl like her a lobster. All the meat's in the tail."
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A photo shoot, to shoot a BB gun, to shoot your mouth off. There was a lot of good stuff going on in this episode. Lets start with Dons job offer.According to Jim Hobart, a millionaire in the ad game, Sterling Cooper is a mom-and-pop shop, while his company is international. He likes what Don did with the Jesus-over-Brazil campaign and now he wants Don to join his firm. He offers Don perks and money, but Dons holding out for something more.On the home front, Bettys bored with her job as a wife and mother. Shes looking to get back in the workforce and Jim Hobart, in a bid to win favor with Don, gives Betty his business card. Coca-cola is doing a new campaign and they might be looking for someone with a Grace Kelly look, someone like Betty. Betty shows up, overdressed in an evening gown, and she gets the job. Looks like they were looking for someone just like her.Jim continues with his overtures. Was that first item he sent a robe? I dont get the si...