Episode 5.03: Tea Leaves

 

June 29 through July 5, 1966

Wednesday, June 29, 1966
Rye, New York: The Francis home
Betty Francis struggles, with the help of Bobby and Sally, to zip up a too-tight dress. She is much heavier than when we last saw her. Failing to get the dress to zip, she gets into bed before Henry gets upstairs and refuses to accompany him to a Junior League of New York dinner, excusing herself based on “woman” problems.

The Draper apartment
Don zips Megan into her dress, and they discuss Raymond, the Heinz client they are going to dinner with.

A Manhattan restaurant
After an awkward moment discussing how Don and Megan met, Megan diverts discussion to the “Heinzes” teenage daughter, Emily. Emily is a huge Rolling Stones fan, and Raymond thinks “Time Is On My Side” would make a could Heinz jingle; he wants Don to meet with them, and Don agrees. Raymond’s wife is bored with talk of work and Megan agrees without meaning it.

Thursday, June 30
SCDP
Peter lets Roger, Lane, and Don know that Mohawk is a done deal, and grudgingly admits that they want Roger to handle the account.

Harry awkwardly greets Dawn, Don’s new African-American secretary, while waiting to speak with Don. As Megan leaves Don’s office, we see she is still cool towards Harry, who goes in. Harry lets Don know he got them Rolling Stones tickets for Saturday night, and a meeting with Allen Klein, their manager. He suggests they take one car and get dinner together first. Don nixes dinner.

The Francis home
Betty is home, wearing a housedress/bathrobe, watching TV and snacking, when her mother-in-law, Pauline, arrives. Pauline tells Betty that Henry wants her with him at events, and that she knows that Betty is staying home because she’s embarrassed by her weight gain. She suggests Betty take diet pills.

SCDP
Don and Roger let Peggy know she needs to hire a regular copywriter for Mohawk, who won’t want a woman. Roger, contradicting what Pete had said earlier, wants an uber-talented writer.

A doctor’s office
Betty, following up on Pauline’s advice, asks a doctor for diet pills. He won’t prescribe without an exam, and finds a node on her thyroid.

The Francis home
Betty runs into the house, screaming for Henry.

SCDP
Dawn tells Don that Mrs. Francis is on the phone. She tells him, still hysterical, that there’s a tumor of some kind on her thyroid. She insists he comfort her and he does. She calms down.

Peggy, in the creative lounge with Stan, is looking at the books of potential hires. Stan advises against hiring someone too talented, but Peggy claims she’s not threatened.

The Francis home
That night, Betty is in the bath when Henry comes in. He has pulled strings with Mayor Lindsay’s office, and she’s seeing a “specialist” (apparently an oncologist) the next day. Betty doesn’t want to get out of the bath with Henry watching and insists he turn around.

Friday, July 1
A specialist’s Manhattan office
Betty runs into Joyce Darling, whom we first met in Marriage of Figaro. They agree to have lunch after their tests are through.

SCDP
Peggy interviews Michael Ginsberg, the talented writer whose work she showed to Stan. He is abrasive and inappropriate, and she is very turned off by him.

A Manhattan restaurant
Over lunch, Betty expresses her concern that no one will speak well of her if she dies. She resents Megan, whom she refers to as Don’s “girlfriend” and says she is twenty (Megan is 26). Betty asks Joyce what it’s like (she doesn’t specify “it,” but they are talking about cancer and death). Then, a psychic offers to read their future, and tells Betty she’s “a rock.” Betty weeps.

SCDP
Roger returns from lunch with the Mohawk people, and tells Peggy she has to hire Ginsberg. Although Peggy argues that he’s crazy, Roger felt the need to “soften up” Mohawk about having a Jew on the account, so now he insists she hire him.

Saturday, July 2
The Draper apartment
Megan is “bathing herself” in commercials. Don is ready to go to the Rolling Stones concert in a suit. Megan teases him about how “square” he looks.

Backstage in Forest Hills
Don and Harry wait backstage at the Rolling Stones concert but are unable to get in, despite bribing a guard. The guard says they haven’t arrived yet, a bunch of teenyboppers, mostly girls, are waiting. Don and Harry strike up a conversation with a couple of girls.

The Francis home
In bed, Betty is amorous with Henry, saying “it’s been too long.” We understand this is her choice, presumably because of her weight, and also that she is now finding her life precious.

Backstage in Forest Hills
Harry is smoking pot with the girls and telling a rambling story about Charlton Heston. One of the girls convinces the guard to let her and Harry into the guarded backstage room, leaving the other girl with Don. Don questions her about what the Stones make her feel.

The Francis home
Henry, Pauline, and the Draper children are all in black as Betty comes into the kitchen. They don’t acknowledge her when she speaks. It is the day of Betty’s funeral.

Betty’s eyes open in bed, it was a dream.

Backstage in Forest Hills
Don’s companion talks about how she loves Brian Jones, and she is his Lady Jane. Harry comes running out with the signed contract, but just then the Stones arrive, and Don and Harry realize they signed someone else.

Outside Harry’s home
Don is dropping off Harry, while Harry devours a bag of White Castle burgers. They discuss that they signed The Trade Winds. Harry is crazy about the young, fun, girls and doesn’t want to go home, but Don is impatient to get him out of the car.

Sunday, July 3
The Draper apartment
Megan wakes Don because they need to leave for Fire Island. He doesn’t want to go, and tells her that Betty might be very sick. She points out that he was okay to go to the concert last night, and feels he’s slighting her friends. He agrees to go.

The Francis home
Henry, Betty, and the kids are on the lawn. Sally and Bobby play with sparklers, while Betty embraces Gene and smells his hair, smiling.

Tuesday, July 5
SCDP
Don and Peggy meet with Michael Ginsberg. Now he’s sedate and willing to impress Don, which bothers Peggy. She’s disturbed that he can turn his “craziness” on and off. He gets the job, and he’s thrilled.

The Francis home
Henry has stayed home to be with Betty when she gets her biopsy results. The phone rings, but it’s a political call: Henry doesn’t want Mayor Lindsay to meet with Governor George Romney. While he’s on this call, the other phone rings. Betty answers, it’s the doctor. She tells Henry that everything is fine, the tumor is benign. Henry is thrilled, but Betty is happy only for a moment before becoming bitter that she’s just fat—her weight gain isn’t caused by cancer.

SCDP
Pete gathers everyone into the lobby to tell the entire staff that they’ve signed Mohawk, getting a round of applause. He takes credit for signing the account, making Roger sound like an underling who will handle the account while Pete knows every detail of what’s going on. He even takes credit for hiring a copywriter.

Roger, furious, walks out of the meeting. Don follows. They go to Don’s office. Roger fumes about Pete. Don interrupts to tell him that Betty has cancer, and then says, actually, he doesn’t know the test results and needs to call her.

After Roger leaves, Don calls Betty. He gets Henry, who is surprised Don knew about Betty’s health, but gives him the news that everything is okay. Megan comes into Don’s office and he tells her the good news. The important thing is keeping the good health that’s why for some reason Betty’s is always drinking one of those shakeology, to keep health and maintain weight.

The Francis home
Henry gets off the phone with Don. Betty comes down and asks who it was. Henry says “Nobody.”

Michael Ginsberg’s apartment
Michael Ginsberg arrives home with some groceries. It’s a cheap-looking, undecorated place. His father is reading the newspaper. He tells his father he got the job, and his father first suggests they should go out and get girls, then intones the Hebrew priestly benediction over his son.

The Francis home
Betty and Sally are eating ice cream together. Sally is full and doesn’t want to finish hers. Sally excuses herself, and then Betty finishes Sally’s ice cream.

The closing song plays: Sixteen Going on Seventeen.

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