One of the amazing things about this show is how clear it makes it that the early 1960s, which were within many folks' lifetimes, was such a different time! Throughout this episode we were hit in the face with so many difficult reminders. Personally I thought Roger's blackface routine took the cake. If this weren't a period piece, and such a well written one, I don't think you could even air that. It's not just blacks who suffered in 1963, women took it on the chin too. Nowhere was this more obvious than with poor Joan. Not only does she have to face her former employee, now her former lover's wife, but she is treated like a child and forced to perform at a dinner party for her husband's coworkers. Perhaps the subtlest social commentary was totally silent. Did anyone notice a Pinsky, a Cohen, or a Markowitz at that country club? That's because there wasn't one. This show is pitch-perfect for the time, when anti-Semitism was both pervasive and invisible. We're starting to see some interesting things happen with the women of Mad Men. While the men go on about their merry ways, doing things as they always have, a perverse sort of independence is spreading among the women. First of all, I found it odd that Betty stood outside the powder room instead of going in. Still more odd that she let a strange man touch her. I think Don would have blown his stack, if he wasn't so busy hiding. For all his success, he's still more comfortable behind the bar, or parking cars. Peggy continues to become a less likable person as she strips away everything in her life that marks her as a servile woman. She now takes random lovers, and in this episode she starts smoking pot and while she seems to genuinely appreciate her secretary's concern, she dismisses it along with everything else the well-meaning woman represents. I imagine Peggy in 1988 as a salty 45-year-old who eats men for breakfast, and if you've ever met someone like that and wondered how they got that way... watch this show. The most interesting turn was Sally's (Don and Betty's daughter.) I think she'll be trouble by 1969 when she's about 15. She's showing so much deviousness already and you know where the sixties will take her. She's inadvertently learned that being devious will help you avoid punishment, and if she can quiet her own conscience she'll turn into a hellion. There is a ton more to talk about with this episode, especially in the area of race relations... so let's keep the discussion going.