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As Don secures an account with Conrad Hilton, Sterling and Cooper try to strong-arm Don into signing a contract. Meanwhile, Betty meets with her acquaintance from the governor's office, and Duck tries to get Peggy to leave Sterling Cooper.

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Matthew Weiner (created by), André Jacquemetton | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jon Hamm ... Don Draper
Elisabeth Moss ... Peggy Olson
Vincent Kartheiser ... Pete Campbell
January Jones ... Betty Draper
Christina Hendricks ... Joan Harris (credit only)
Bryan Batt ... Salvatore Romano
Michael Gladis ... Paul Kinsey
Aaron Staton ... Ken Cosgrove (credit only)
Rich Sommer ... Harry Crane
Robert Morse ... Bertram Cooper
John Slattery ... Roger Sterling
Jared Harris ... Lane Pryce
Mark Moses ... Duck Phillips
Kiernan Shipka ... Sally Draper
Chelcie Ross ... Connie
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Storyline

Don's acquaintance, Connie, better known to the rest of the world as Conrad Hilton, stops by the office on an unexpected visit. As a start, he wants to transfer the advertising business of his New York hotels to Sterling Cooper. Don is reluctant to specify the nature of Connie's visit to the staff, who are all abuzz about Don even knowing the powerful Hilton, let alone the possibility of working on a campaign for Hilton Hotels. On the pretense of the new Hilton account, Bertram, Roger and Lane discuss an administrative issue with Don. Betty gets caught in the middle of the battle between Don and the partners. Don himself gets caught up in two other unusual incidents, the first with Sally's teacher Miss Farrell, and the second with a couple he picks up who are hitchhiking to Niagara Falls. Both incidents make him ponder his future. At the office, Pete has definitely made up his mind not to accept Duck's offer for a position at Gray Advertising, especially with the possibility of the ... Written by Huggo

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Drama

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TV-14 | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 September 2009 (USA) See more »

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Stereo

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Confessions of an Advertising Man is a book by author David Ogilvy which was released on December 31, 1962 about the rigors of the advertising industry. See more »

Goofs

Much is made of the fact that Don Draper does not have a "contract". However, early in the series (at least two years before he meets Conrad Hilton, who forces the issue) Don is made a partner with 12.5% of the firm. The paper work surrounding this share offering/grant is a de-facto contract, regardless of anything else associated with Don's work See more »

Quotes

Cynthia: [on Betty's Victorian fainting couch] What were you thinking? It's awful!
Betty Draper: It's an antique.
Cynthia: We discussed this for months and we decided antiques were expected. Look around! You have ruined the whole room. If you want to keep it, please do not tell people I did this.
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Sixteen Tons
Written by Merle Travis (uncredited), also claimed by George S. Davis
Performed by Tennessee Ernie Ford
[Closing credits]
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12 August 2016 | by borowiecsminusSee all my reviews

Ah, I almost forgot what Mad Men usually feels like. Relaxed and masterful. The previous episode was anything but, it was unusually dramatic and felt like a very different, but still good, show. This episode is more typical of Mad Men.

I think the writers knew that "Guy Walks" was not really what Mad Men is usually like, so they needed to slow things down in the next episode to give the viewers a chance to breathe. And, they really slowed things down.

This is a great episode, but think for a moment about what it's really about. There are three main plots. The first is the company trying to get Don to sign the contract. The second is Duck pursuing Peggy Olson. The final is Betty deciding what to do with her living room. That's right. The only one even close to exciting is Peggy's.

And yet, the episode still works. Sure, it's slow, even for Mad Men, but is skillful. It's precise. The writers and director really examined what they had to do, and you can tell they settled for nothing less that perfection. Now, if the show can apply this level of skill to a more interesting plot (rather than it being one or the other usually), then we'll have some real magnificent episodes on our hands.

It's not as good as the one before it, but that's one hell of a tough act to follow.


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