Mad Men
Far Away Places

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Couch Baron: A- | 8 USERS: C+

...and then we cut to them entering the office. She starts to head into the copywriter's room, but he touches her arm and they share what looks like a genuinely affectionate smile before breaking apart. Don heads over to a surprised Dawn, who hands him an ad for Playtex, complete with artwork that has a line through the entirety of it and the words "DO OVER" on the top. Don asks what that's all about, and is even more surprised to hear that the message came from Bertram, who's sitting in the conference room... which Don joins him and asks what the message is all about. Bertram intones that a client left unhappy the day before "because you have a little girl running everything," and I don't love that characterization of Peggy, but the substance of this conversation is long overdue. Don tries to defend himself, saying his department would be fine if Lane would let them hire some more people, but Bertram counters that Don has been on "love leave. It's amazing things are going as well as they are with as little as you are doing." Don, never one to take criticism well, tries to bluster that that's none of Bertram's business, but Bertram stands and simply replies, "This is my business." Double meaning with an extreme economy of words? Bertram for the win! He leaves and presently Peggy walks by, keeping her head down after she spots Don. The rest of Creative then walks by the other way and Don looks like he knows Bertram's right and he's not happy about it. And to punctuate it all, Roger sticks his head in and announces that it's going to be a beautiful day and Don looks even more worried, because if there's anyone you can count on not to give an accurate read of the local temperature, it's Roger Sterling. See you next week.

John Ramos is a writer and film producer living in Los Angeles. His current film, "The Trouble With Bliss," starring Michael C. Hall, Lucy Liu, Brie Larson, and Peter Fonda, can be seen this coming week in theaters in Salt Lake City/Ogden, as well as on iTunes and other digital platforms and cable VOD everywhere. (Facebook and Twitter here.) You can email him at, follow him on Twitter at, or check out his blog, "Pull Up A Chair," which he'd just love for you to stop by.

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