Mad Men
In Care Of

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Couch Baron: A- | 37 USERS: A-
California, Here I…I Mean, "You" Come

Speaking of nauseated looks, Sally picks up the pay phone at Miss Porter's to find it's Don calling. She almost hangs up within the first five seconds, but Don keeps her on to tell her he knows it's unpleasant, but Sally's being required to give a statement about Grandma Ida the burglar, so she needs to make arrangements to be out of class on the first of December. Sally isn't impressed with the power of the DA or her father, though, and when Don tells her she has to cooperate by law, she snits, "Well, I wouldn't want to do anything immoral. You know what? Why don't you just tell them what I saw." Oh. OHHHH. I didn't even realize it on first viewing, but that is a delicious burn on the way he twisted what she witnessed after the fact. She hangs up, which is just as well because there was no comeback for that one.

Cutler comes into Ted's office with "a personal plea" -- the folks from Sheraton are in the lobby, and he can't find Don. Ted: "Again?" That can only mean...

...that Don is in some dark bar getting wasted. At least Bewitched is on the TV, so he's getting some dose of advertising. Besides the bartender, the only two other people are another drunk and a man talking in his ear most insistently about Christ, and the fact that even with all the booze Don is able to focus his eyes enough to roll them is a pretty good indication of what's coming. He asks for the guy to keep it down. This brings him right over into Don's space with words about how Don needs to talk, and although I think he's barking up the wrong tree with his pitch, he's not wrong on that front. The guy tells Don that Jesus can take away the pain of this life, but Don points out that if that's the case, Jesus missed his cue when it came to JFK, Martin Luther King Jr., and indeed all of the Vietnam conflict. All this has been fun and games, I'm sure, but the guy's response is no joke: "I'm afraid there's not one true believer in that list." Don's head snaps around so quickly you can practically feel the wind: "What the hell did you just say?" Sir, might I suggest a step or two back before you repeat yourself?

Oh, we're back in the whorehouse, but the flashback is much more topical than most, as Mack is ejecting a man who made his way onto the premises in an attempt to bring God to this house of sin. Mack tosses him out on the street with an awesome line -- "I'd tell you to go to hell, but I never want to see you again" -- but before the preacher goes, he turns back to Young Don, who followed to watch the spectacle, with this urgent news: "The only unpardonable sin is to believe God cannot forgive you." With that, he shuffles off, and then we get a wide shot of the place, standing on a corner set up from the street. It would actually make a good spooky haunted house if not for the fact that the lights are always on there.

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