“Mad Men” Season 4 Episode 6 “Waldorf Stories” start with Don and Peggy conducting a job interview with a sad little man, a relative of Roger’s, who would like to work in advertising. It turns out to be a bit of a joke.
The sad little man cannot even pad his ad portfolio very well. The original ones all begin with “X The cure for the common Y.” Thank you very much, we shall be in touch.
Some of the episode concerns how Don got Roger to hire him a number of years ago, when Don worked at a ladies’ fur coat store. Don’s method seemed to consist of pestering Roger until Roger hired him to stop the aggravation.
Most of the episode is a meditation on the perils of strong drink. Don is up for an advertising award, a Clio, which, while it will not make him personally happy, will at least give him some bragging rights and will be good for the firm. As a result, Don starts a liquid celebration. Bad move.
Meanwhile, Peggy and her creative partner, who used to write ads for the 1964 Johnson campaign, which tells you something right there, are not getting along. He thinks she is a prude and she thinks he is a snot. Oddly, it winds up with them getting naked together in a hotel room, but not for what one might think.
Don gets the award, heads back to the firm for a client meeting, orders Peggy and her partner locked in the self same hotel room until they come up with something creative, and then pitches the client one of the “cure for the common…” slogans that the sad little man had, without realizing it. Even worse, the client likes it.
A little later, tired of her partner’s jibes about her, Peggy strips. Not to be outdone, the partner strips and finds the experience oddly but disturbingly arousing. In any case, some creative juices at last begin to flow.
Nothing else, though. Peggy has learned her lesson about sleeping with coworkers.
Don, though, has not learned any lessons. He finds that he has gone to bed with one woman on Friday only to wake up with a completely different woman (girl actually) on Sunday morning. This causes him to enrage Betty even more, as he misses an appointment to mind the kids while she and her new husband have an important brunch.
Worse, Peggy shows up to inform him how he poached sad little man’s slogan. So, Monday morning, he offers the fellow fifty bucks for the idea.
No sale. He wants a job.
How about a hundred bucks?
Alright, you are hired. Peggy is not pleased.
And she is not the only one. Peter finds out that his enemy from the old firm, Ken Cosgrove, is going to be hired as well.
Beware of strong drink. It will make you hire your fellow partner’s relatives on purpose.
Source: Mad Men, Waldorf Stories, TV.Rage