Episode 1.13: The Wheel

 

November 20–23, 1960

Sunday, November 20, 1960
Manhattan: The Campbell apartment
Trudy and her mother are looking at wallpaper samples while Pete and Trudy’s father, Tom, discuss politics. Then Tom starts pushing Pete to produce a child.

Ossining: The Draper residence

Betty gets in bed with Don; he’s reading, she’s figuring out shopping plans. They argue about Thanksgiving; Betty is taking the kids to her father’s and Don doesn’t want to go, saying he should work.

Sterling Cooper
It’s night and Harry is at the office in a t-shirt. He’s on the phone with Jennifer, he is lying to her, telling her he’s staying at Ken’s, he wants to come home to his wife and says he misses her, but she doesn’t want him to come home.

Monday, November 21
Sterling Cooper
Don comes into Cooper’s office. Cooper informs Don that Rachel is on a 3 month cruise; Bert is aware of some sort of problem between Rachel and Don and is tipping Don off, warning him.

The Draper residence
Betty answers the door, it’s Francine, very disheveled, crying. She discovered Carlton has been cheating on her by looking at the phone bill. Francine wants Betty to tell her what to do. Betty recoils from the notion that she’d know what to do. The kids arrive with Carla, and Francine leaves. Betty sends Carla straight home and looks upstairs, towards the kids’ rooms, and then goes out, gets the mail, and pockets the phone bill.

Sterling Cooper

Duck is having a meeting to launch his new regime. He wants people having meetings and bringing in business, and offers a bonus.

In the recording studio, Peggy and Ken hear women audition for the Relaxisicer commercial. Ken and Peggy disagree over who to cast and go with Peggy’s choice.

The Campbell apartment

Pete and Trudy are making out in bed. Trudy gets up to put her diaphragm in, he stops her. He tells her he worries he can’t provide for a child, she says he shouldn’t worry about that, and he says for her to stay (and make love without protection).

The Draper residence
Don gets home, Betty is waiting at the kitchen table, drinking wine, stiff and upset. She says she had a terrible day and asks Don to sit with her. She tells Don about Francine. She gives him an opening to condemn Carlton, and when he doesn’t, she looks angry.

Tuesday, November 22
Sterling Cooper
The day begins and people arrive at Sterling Cooper. Duck shows Don the Kodak “wheel” slide projector and discusses what Kodak wants in the presentation.

In the recording studio, Annie works on the commercial, but doesn’t sound confident. Peggy’s direction just upsets her and she begins to cry. Peggy fires her. She sends Ken after Annie to “comfort” her and then call the woman he liked initially. Ken pats her on the head.

Don looks at slides, and then at the shoebox from Adam. A picture of “Dick and Adam, 1944″ captures him; he picks up the phone and calls the Brighton Hotel in Times Square and asks if Adam left a forwarding address. The manager tells him that Adam hung himself. Don puts his head between his hands.

The Draper residence
Betty, alone in bed, turns on the light, opens the night table drawer, takes out the phone bill, and opens it. Sitting on the floor in the hall, she calls a number and Dr. Wayne answers. Betty sighs, looks pained, and hangs up.

Sterling Cooper
Don wakes from his office couch, staggers out into the bullpen, and sees Harry in his underwear with a smoldering wastebasket. He tells Harry to come in and talk, and pours them each a drink. Harry thinks he’s in trouble for sleeping in the office, but Don wants to discuss the slide projector. Harry talks about taking pictures back in Wisconsin, and about his fascination with cave paintings. Don starts to nod off and sends Harry out, then goes back to sleep.

Wednesday, November 23
Ossining
Betty pulls up to the bank, sees Helen’s Beetle, and says hello to Glen, who is sitting in the car. Glen is not allowed to talk to her. She says she doesn’t care, tells him she’s sad, cries, and asks him to comfort her, then walks quickly away.

Sterling Cooper
Pete comes into Don’s office and tells him he’s brought in Clearasil.

Dr. Wayne’s office
Betty opens by talking about Thanksgiving. She says that therapy has helped, then says she’d be happy if Don was faithful. She says Don is kind to the children, unlike her brother, but she can see the evidence of cheating everywhere. She says she puts up with cheating like “some ostrich” and keeps checking Dr. Wayne for his reaction.

Sterling Cooper
Duck brings Kodak men into a meeting with Don, Harry, and Salvatore, for the slide projector presentation. Don begins his introduction by defining nostalgia, then starts the slide show. He speaks of nostalgia while showing slides of his family. As he finishes, Harry leaves the room, crying. Everyone is stunned. Afterward, everyone comes in to congratulate Don; Kodak called from the lobby to sign, they canceled their other meetings. Duck is also happy that Pete’s father-in-law called. They toast, Duck pointedly turning down a drink.

Don announces that Peggy is the perfect writer for Clearasil, which, predictably, enrages Pete. Pete points out Peggy isn’t even a copywriter, so Don calls her in and promotes her on the spot. She says she’ll do her best and shakes Don’s hand. Pete storms out.

Joan walks Peggy to her new office (which she will share). Joan advises Peggy not to forget where she came from. Peggy begins to feel ill.

A hospital
Peggy is in an emergency room because of her stomach pain. The doctor tells her she’s expecting, Peggy repeatedly denies that she’s pregnant. He puts her hand on her belly. She pushes him off and gets up to leave, but collapses in pain. They send for a wheelchair and a psychiatrist.

The Campbell apartment
Pete comes home to find his in-laws there. He’s drunk and excuses himself, but not before Tom can make another crack about him reproducing.

A hospital
A nurse brings Peggy her baby, but she turns her head away without acknowledging him.

Ossining
Everyone on the train is festive, but Don is isolated. He arrives home, and finds Betty and the kids still there. He tells her he’s coming with them and kisses Betty, smiling. The kids give a big hug. Then we see Don come in again; the previous scene was a fantasy, Betty and the kids have already left. He sits down on the stairs and looks bleak.

We hear Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right.

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