'Mad Men' Recap: The Beautiful Girls

Sep 20, 2010 | 6:12am EDT

S4:E9 Finally! After that other episode where Don woke up next to Patty (the diner waitress and stand-in for the pageant girls while the lighting guys get their lights right) I thought we weren’t going to get to see him ever wake up next to another pretty woman ever again! But last night, he woke up next to FAYE, the pretty woman who conducted that Q&A session about Ponds with all the office women that Don thought was so pointless. She counts, even if she’s a Dr.!

After being mean to her when she tried to obtain some signatures from him and being unaware her husband was about to be sent (a.k.a. go willingly) to Vietnam, Roger sent Joan two ladies to give her a manicure, pedicure, and a massage. To thank him, she put on his favorite red dress (the one with the bow on it that makes her – as he says – “look like a Christmas present”) and her pen necklace. Peggy hung out with Joyce and her friend Abe at a bar, and he talked about the importance of civil rights, but it bothered Peggy that he wasn’t disturbed by a lack of women’s rights, too. But he obviously isn't bothered by it -- he likes that he can convince women to order his drinks for him, on account of the bartenders not being appreciative of his curves.

Don and Faye met up with a family owned automotive company who couldn’t decide who they wanted to market to the most: the corporate business types, or the everyday guys who come home from work and wanna fix up their cars instead of punishing their children for killing the neighbor’s dog for not being a cat. The meeting was cut short, however, when Sally showed up at Don’s office, wanting to see him. She took the train all the way from Ossining, like a little boxcar child! Don sent Faye to take Sally back to his apartment, which must have been really fun for Faye and I hope she was the one who got to take a nap because sleeping with a man and then having to care for his child from a previous marriage is tiresome.

So Don went back into his meeting, only to be taken out of it again to learn that Mrs. Blankenship DIED AT HER DESK! I mean, it was hard to tell because she was wearing glasses with lenses so green they looked like a poster for The Matrix, but when Peggy nudged her to try and wake her up, her head fell onto her desk. Oh, Mrs. Blakenship! Now who’s going to inform us when Don is going to the bathroom and upon returning, ask if he got lost on the way there if she thinks he was gone for too long?

When Don got home that night, Sally seemed quite pleased that she was going to get a whole night and a whole other day to hang out with her father. While they were eating pizza and talking about why Faye had keys to Don’s apartment and why she told Sally she “wanted to meet her,” Roger and Joan got mugged while walking home from a diner. He took everything Roger had and Joan’s ring, which probably meant significantly more to her now that her husband was going to Vietnam. But not that much, because once Roger took her to safety, she kissed him. They also had sex, but they didn’t get mugged during that.

Don took the next morning off from work so he could take Sally to the zoo. When he got to the office, he had a tiny meeting with Peggy about a family owned automotive account, and which recording artist would be best for them to hire to record a jingle. Peggy decided it was the perfect opportunity to ask why they were doing business with a company who didn’t hire African Americans, and Don said it wasn’t their job to convince a family black people should be treated equally in the first place. But really, he meant they wouldn’t have a leg to stand on (not even a peg one) or an example to lead by in this endeavor.

Before Betty came to get Sally at Don’s office, Sally promised she’d be good and that she really would rather come live with him. Didn’t he like the rum pancakes she made him? She threw a tantrum and tripped on the floor, and luckily, was scooped up into the arms of a woman wearing a yellow dress, which mentally stimulated her enough to get her to stop whining and submit to living with her mother in the suburbs. She went peacefully away with her mother, who was only nice to her because there were other women around, and Don went into his office to get an earful from Faye who was upset he sent her to watch Sally at his apartment.

The last scene, which everyone is talking about today, was Peggy, Joan and Faye all getting into the elevator together. It was pretty quick, but the differences between the women and their relationships made for quite an ending. They're all at different places in their lives, but are each working equally hard to please men -- sometimes the same men but in different ways, as is the case with Peggy and Faye both doing whatever Don says. But out of all of them, the most dominant is undoubtedly Joan, who took her revenge on her husband for not consulting him on his decision to go to Vietnam by sleeping (ON THE STREET) with Roger. OH MY GOD WHERE IS HER PEN NECKLACE?!?!

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