Episode 6.05: The Flood

 

April 4 through 6, 1968

Thursday, April 4, 1968
84th and York: An empty apartment
An opening shot of the back of Peggy’s head. Peggy is looking at an apartment with a realtor. She’s smiling, she loves it, although the walk from the subway is far. Abe arrives and the realtor (Ginny) begins focusing her spiel on him. He reveals he isn’t the buyer and it’s not his decision.

Rye, NY: The Francis home
Bobby sees that the pattern on his wallpaper doesn’t match at the seam, and begins peeling it. Betty calls the kids to dinner. He moves his bed to hide the rip.

72nd and Park: The Drapers’ building
Don and Megan run into the Rosens in the lobby. The Drapers are in formalwear. The Rosens are headed to Washington, D.C., where Arnie is giving a keynote address at a conference. The Drapers are going to the Ad Club of New York awards; an ad of Megan’s is nominated. Paul Newman is to attend.

The Ginsberg apartment
Michael Ginsberg arrives home to find his father, Morris, waiting with a young woman, whom he introduces as Beverly Farber, the daughter of Chiam Farber, Morris’s chess buddy. It’s a setup; Michael didn’t know about it.

Ad Club of NY
The big agencies are all up front, smaller agencies, including SCDP and CGC, in the back. Megan wants to say hello to Peggy,  Don wants to avoid her. Megan gives Peggy a hug while Don stays at his table. Peggy introduces Jim Cutler.

Peggy tells Megan she made an offer on an apartment, she says she has a tax problem, but Megan encourages her to be excited.

Roger introduces Don to Randall Walsh, who’s in insurance. Randall is stoned and weird.

The only nominees from SCP are Peggy and Megan, neither of whom works there. No one from CGC is nominated, they’re there in support of Peggy. Ted leans in close to Peggy, inadvertently taking Abe’s seat.

A diner
Michael and Beverly are at a diner. He’s nervous and finds her sexy. She calls him handsome. He blurts that he’s a virgin.

Ad Club of NY
Paul Newman is introduced, so far away that our characters can barely see him. He speaks in support of Eugene McCarthy for President. Someone in the crowd shouts that Martin Luther King, Jr. is dead. An emcee takes the mike and says yes, it’s happened, they wanted to withhold the news until after the awards. He says to take a ten minute break to discuss and then resume the festivities. Women cry, everyone is shocked.

A diner
Michael and Beverly and the rest of the diners hear the news. Michael is angry. The black cook sits down at the counter.

The Francis home
Betty is afraid of what they’ll see on TV, so she and the kids are listening to the news on the radio. Henry goes into the city to help Mayor Lindsay address the risk of riots.

Ad Club of NY
There’s a line at the pay phones. Abe is going uptown to cover the story. Peggy thinks it’s not safe. Don and Megan offer Peggy a ride home. The award show continues.

The Francis home
Betty catches Bobby ripping the wallpaper, he says he didn’t do it, she’s too upset to punish him now and tells him to go to sleep.

Pete Campbell’s apartment
Pete calls Trudy. He offers to come up and sleep there, reaching out for connection. Trudy seems to understand, but declines.

The Ginsberg apartment
When Michael gets home his father is asleep on the couch. Michael wakes him up, explaining they cut the date short because of the assassination. Michael turns on the TV. There’s rioting.

The Draper apartment
Don and Megan watch the same news show. When the report turns to Washington, D.C., Don is suddenly interested. Megan is talking on the phone to her father, who is angering her by spouting Marxism. We learn Megan won the award.

Friday, April 5
SCDP
Roger comes to talk to Don. First he talks about Martin Luther King, and then tells Don the insurance guy is coming in. Don phones Dr. Rosen’s office but no one knows where he is.

CGC
Phyllis (Peggy’s secretary, who is black) went to her aunt’s in Newark. Peggy expresses sympathy, they hug warmly. Peggy sends Phyllis home.

The Francis home
Betty reads about what happened with the mayor and asks Henry if the paper got it right. They did, he says, but it was terrifying. He has to go back into the city. She seems proud of him.

SCDP
Pete and Harry meet outside their offices, both unable to find their secretaries. Pete didn’t sleep because of the news. He’s disgusted that clients care about getting their money back because of lost ad time. Harry, though, wants things to get back to normal and people to work. Bert tries to stop them from fighting. Pete calls Harry a racist. Bert tells them to shake hands, which they do, but both are still angry.

Dawn comes into Don’s office, apologizing for being late. She looks disheveled. Phones in Harlem were out for a while. Joan comes in and said they hadn’t expected her.  She says Bert wants to close the office early out of respect, but Roger still wants the 3pm meeting with the insurance guy. Dawn says she’d rather be at work. Joan hugs her but it’s horribly awkward.

CGC
Peggy gets a call from Ginny. They can make a lower offer because there’s trouble uptown. Peggy reluctantly agrees.

SCDP
Randall Walsh comes in for a meeting. He’s very stoned and out there; he’s an LSD buddy of Roger’s. He’s in property insurance and envisions a Molotov cocktail in the ad, not as negativity but as acknowledgement of what’s happened. He says he  was visited by the spirit of Dr. King.

Draper apartment
Don is staring at the news. Betty calls, he’s forgotten to pick up the kids. He thinks the drive isn’t safe (Harlem is between the Upper East Side and Westchester), but Henry says it is.

Harlem
Don drives the kids to his place as sirens scream and reflect in the windows.

Saturday, April 6
Ginsberg apartment
Morris tells Michael he needs a girl, and that in tragedies people should be together, to cling to each other.

Draper apartment
Don wakes up to find Megan already up. She’s getting the kids ready to go to a vigil in the park. Bobby fakes a tummy ache so he doesn’t have to go, and Don agrees to stay behind with him. Bobby admits he’s not allowed to watch TV.

Movie theater
Don and Bobby are watching Planet of the Apes. Don asks Bobby why he’s being punished and Bobby says it’s because the wallpaper didn’t line up. The movie ends and they discuss it. Don says they can stay to see it again.

Peggy and Abe’s apartment
Abe is typing when the phone rings. It’s Ginny: They didn’t get the apartment. Peggy is disappointed. She’s mad that she’s alone in the real estate decision, Abe admits he doesn’t want to live on the Upper East Side, he wants to “raise our kids” someplace more diverse. The minute she hears “our kids,” she’s happy to consider the West 80s even though it’s more dangerous. She kisses him, she feels romantic. He goes back to work.

Movie theater
Between showings, a black usher comes to sweep up. Bobby tells him that people see movies when they’re sad; reaching out to a black person. Don looks at him with love.

Francis home
Henry comes into the bedroom and tells Betty that things in the city are settled down. Henry isn’t happy with Lindsay’s tactics. Henry has been offered a seat in the state senate. A state senator has died in a Republican district; he’s likely to run unopposed and be able to use it as a political stepping-stone. Betty is thrilled. Henry wants people to meet her as a political wife, which dampens it for her for a moment, but then they kiss.

Draper apartment
Don is drinking in the bedroom, when Megan comes in, having put the kids to bed. She’s angry because he’s drunk and was at the movies, the kids need him. She’s angry that he drinks to suppress his feelings. He talks about his kids, about being overwhelmed by love for them. She cries and holds him.

Pete’s apartment
A Chinese delivery man brings Pete dinner. Pete asks a question, the man obviously has no English. Pete gives up on conversation.

Francis home
Betty stands at the mirror with the blue dress from The Gold Violin. She sees it doesn’t fit and that her hair doesn’t satisfy her.

Draper apartment
Don looks in on Bobby, who can’t sleep. Don gets in bed with him. Bobby is scared that Henry will get shot. Don tells him Henry is not that important. He holds Bobby for a while, then goes out on the balcony.

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