I’m trying to think of ways that SCDP could salvage the agency, once word gets out that Lucky Strike is leaving. I know Roger is scrambling to find something, but he doesn’t seem to be having much luck—and eventually everyone else is going to find out about it, probably before the 30 days reprieve that Lee Garner, Jr., gave to Roger. They need to find some big accounts so I’m guessing they will have to bring out not just the big guns but everyone, no matter how big or small, who could potentially help them.
So what can they do? Here are a few things I can think of, off the bat:
-Some big new account in California—Don always likes going there, it’s the land of opportunity, so I could see him exploring companies that are located there. Also, Harry is always talking about the coast, although he really needs Michael Dorsey (Dustin Hoffman’s character in “Tootsie”) to remind him that New York is a coast too.
-Ken Cosgrove’s rich father-in-law could come through (Pete and Harry talked about him when Harry first told Pete that Ken was getting married)
-It’s a remote possibility, but if they bring back Sal, now that Lee Garner is out of the picture, maybe Sal will have some new accounts from wherever he has been working (?). Again, I think this is remote, and I don’t know if Sal, not being an accounts man, would really have anything to bring them. I know loads of fans want to see Sal (I do too!), but Sal has to have something to come back to and right now the agency is in dire straits. Also, Stan is currently the Art Director, so if he stays, Sal would have to come back as a freelancer.
-Ted Chaough kept trying to compete with Don & SCDP. He’s already been on two different episodes, so maybe Don can steal a big account from Ted’s agency. They also showed that Smitty was working for Ted so maybe Smitty could be helpful with bringing some information to Don.
-Possibly, Don could get the Hilton account back. Connie Hilton decided to leave last year when he heard SCDP was going to McCann— maybe things would be different now.
Thoughts? Let me know if you could see any of these happening.