It's Valentine's Day 1962, approximately 15 months since we last saw these cast of characters. On personal fronts, Don and Betty seem to have settled into an agreement of sorts that Don will try to be a better husband and father. Although Don makes a romantic gesture for Valentine's - dinner and a hotel stay at the Savoy Hotel - both Betty and Don realize there are still unspoken problems in their marriage. Joan and Roger have cooled off their romance, with Joan now actively dating. Pete and Trudy have worked out their early problems to now have what seems to be a supportive marriage, although the one stress in their lives is that they have not yet conceived a baby. And after an undisclosed leave of absence, Peggy has returned to her copy writers job at Sterling Cooper. There is much speculation among the men at the office as to Peggy's obvious weight loss, some speculating - correctly - that she had a baby, but wrong in that it is Don's (what else could explain Peggy's meteoric rise ...
Did You Know?
The shot of Betty and Don in the hotel bed was flipped post-production. Betty's wedding ring is on her right hand. The aired scene shows them on opposite sides of the bed to contrast their normal sleeping arrangements at home. See more
Time has elapsed between Season 1 and Season 2 which is established to take place in 1962 so this episode is actually set in February 1962, not February 1961, when A Tour of the White House
aired. See more
[reading from 'Meditations in an Emergency' by Frank O'Hara
"Now I am quietly waiting for the catastrophe of my personality to seem beautiful again, and interesting and modern. The country is gray and brown and white and trees. Snows and skies of laughter are always diminishing. Less funny, not just darker. Not just gray. It may be the coldest day of the year. What does he think of that? I mean, what do I? And if I do, perhaps I am myself again."
Let's Twist Again
Written by Dave Appell
and Kal Mann
Performed by Chubby Checker
[First scene: characters getting ready for the day; Betty goes horse riding] See more