Episode 3.10: The Color Blue

 

Monday through Friday somewhere between late September and mid-October, 1963

Monday
Ossining, NY: The Draper residence
Carla is helping Betty prepare a shopping list. She mentions she can pick up apples after church and Sally asks why they don’t go to church every Sunday like Carla does. Don arrives. Sally asks when Halloween is, and Betty muses that, since they are selling her father’s house, perhaps they should have it there. Don says that he won’t be sleeping at home, and Betty sympathizes with how hard he works.

Suzanne’s apartment
Don arrives in the evening, she is happy to see him, they embrace. We learn that his service called with a message from Mr. Hilton; the is obviously a routine. She says she wants him to spend the whole night, and he takes her into the bedroom.

Draper residence
In the bath, Betty reads The Group by Mary McCarthy.

Suzanne’s apartment
Don and Suzanne spoon. They discuss perception.

Tuesday
Sterling Cooper
Ken, Paul, Harry, and Marty are discussing the Sterling Cooper 40th anniversary party. Allison won’t go with Ken because it would look bad to Mr. Draper. Don arrives. They are there for the Aqua Net presentation and need only Peggy, who arrives promptly for Paul Kinsey Theater. Don is eating date nut bread made by Suzanne the night before.

Don says the idea is too complicated but Peggy streamlines it on the fly. Don mentions Western Union. Lane comes in as everyone is leaving. Lane hands Don his signing bonus of $5,000. They discuss the 40th, which will be Friday. Hilton will be there and Don is speaking last. Allison interrupts to say that Lane’s wife requests his immediate attention—Lane rushes out.

Paul storms into Peggy’s office, furious that Peggy contributed to his idea. Paul says Peggy is Don’s favorite, while Peggy says he hates her. Paul doesn’t want to collaborate at all on Western Union, he insists they compete and storms out.

John Hooker brings Mrs. Pryce water and leaves, she calls him a toad as soon as he’s gone. She begins to cry, she’s been taken in by a cab driver. She’s then upset that they’re not in London and is even more unhappy that Lane seems to like it here.

Suzanne’s apartment
Don and Suzanne have just finished making love when there’s a knock. Suzanne gets up as Don dresses, she comes back into the bedroom to say it’s her brother. He wants her to get rid of him but she wants Don to meet him. Don prepares to leave. Danny explains that he’s not a junkie, and Suzanne adds he has fits. Don leaves. They talk, Danny calls Don arrogant, Suzanne says she’s going to get Danny a job.

Wednesday
Sterling Cooper
Roger and Bert look over a picture of the original Sterling Cooper staff. They discuss their dread of the anniversary celebration. Roger expresses anger at Don, Bert says he’s not going to the party.

Draper residence
Don reads in the den while Betty and Sally are in the kitchen. Sally gets a hang-up call.

Sterling Cooper
Paul is working late, drinking, looking at doodle, looking at his framed Playtex Harlequin campaign. Peggy is also working late, in her own office, but buttoned up and using a dictaphone.

Paul unbuttons his pants.

Peggy packs up and leaves, sees that Paul is working, chooses to ignore him.

Draper residence
Don opens his desk drawer, puts a stack of bills in, hears the baby cry and puts the key back into the pocket of his robe.

Sterling Cooper
Paul, drink in hand, comes out and shouts for Peggy. A janitor hears him and calls out. Paul introduces himself to the janitor, whose name is Achilles, opens the refrigerator, sees a brown bag labeled “Sarah,” and takes an apple from it. Suddenly Paul has a great idea, says good night to Achilles and goes back to his office. He pours a drink, laughs, drinks from the bottle, and does a happy dance.

Thursday
Draper residence
Betty does laundry.

Train
Suzanne sits down next to Don, Don is very nervous about being seen together. He asks if she called his house last night, she didn’t. They hold hands. She says she got Danny a job at the VA hospital in Bedford, asks Don to come by tonight, since Danny will be gone. She gets off at the next stop.

Draper residence
Betty does laundry.

Sterling Cooper
Lois wakes up Paul, who is asleep on his couch and looks like hell. Paul wakes up happy but when he tries to find his notes for her to type, there are none.

Lane rehearses his speech in front of Hooker. Mr. Ford of London calls. Saint John and Ford explain that Sterling Cooper is for sale, the party is to encourage interest and therefore Bert must attend.

Draper residence
Betty phones Henry Francis to ask if he called last night. She explains there was a hang-up call. The conversation is awkward.

Sterling Cooper
Lane comes into Bert’s office and raises the subject of Bert not attending. He succeeds by appealing to Bert’s vanity.

Draper residence
Betty is reading when she hears a sound from the dryer, and finds a key in the laundry—it has come out of Don’s bathrobe. She takes it immediately to Don’s desk and smiles to find it works. She ignores the money and goes straight for the shoebox, finding pictures of “Dick and Adam, 1944,” and other things from Adam. She finds both sets of dog tags, the deed to the house in Long Beach, California, and the divorce decree from Anna Draper. She is staggered as sunlight falls on her face.

When the kids come in with Carla, Betty drops the box, she asks her to take the children out until dinner time.

Suzanne’s apartment
Don arrives and kisses her, but Danny is still there. Don offers to drive Danny to Massachusetts. Suzanne gives Danny $375 and they hug goodbye. Don and Danny leave.

Draper residence
Betty waits up for Don, the shoebox in the foreground, but she’s nodding off.

Don’s car
Danny tells Don he’s not going to Bedford. They argue but Danny insists he pull over. Don gives Danny some money and his business card, and tells him to call if he ever needs to. Then he lets him out and heads back.

Draper residence
Betty sits up waiting with the shoebox.

Suzanne’s apartment
Don arrives, Suzanne is waiting, she asks what the VA hospital was like. He comforts her about her brother. She doesn’t want to make love, he holds her.

Draper residence
It’s 2am and Betty finally puts the shoebox away and gives up waiting. She puts the key back in Don’s robe and gets in bed.

Friday
Sterling Cooper
Don arrives and asks Allison to get Betty on the phone. Don is excited about the party tonight, he wants to show Betty off. Betty is at first furious with Don, but then realizes he has no idea why and backs away from her rage.

Peggy goes to Paul’s office; Don is expecting them for the Western Union meeting. Paul explains he lost his idea. Peggy sympathizes. They go into Don’s office.

Don doesn’t like Peggy’s ideas, when he asks Paul for his idea and learns what happened, Don also sympathizes. Peggy gets an idea off-the-cuff based on something Paul said. She and Don riff on the idea, and Paul is stunned, he realizes she really is much better than him.

Draper residence
Betty, in her gown, sits at the edge of the tub, momentarily frozen. Betty comes out and Don is delighted by how pretty she looks.

Limo
Roger, Jane, and Roger’s mother ride to the Waldorf Astoria. Mother calls Jane “Margaret.”

Limo
Lane and his wife ride to the party, he tells her they’re selling the company. He’s dejected, but she’s thrilled that they’ll go back to England.

Limo
Betty stares off into space, angry, as Don reviews his notes.

The Waldorf Astoria
Roger speaks about Don; Don enjoys it thoroughly as Betty stares at him in astonishment. Don rises to resounding applauds and begins to speak as Betty looks on.

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