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A comical exploration of the future
sportello2920 April 2015
Don is woken up by Melanie, his real estate agent. She is unsuccessfully trying to sell Don's weirdly deserted apartment. Yet another chapter is about to close in Draper's empty(ing) life.

At one point Don get impatient and lashes out at Melanie for not being able to quickly sell his apartment.

''Why don't you tell the buyer that someone lived here who made a million dollars inventing a Frisbee and they had to move in a hurry to a castle in France' - quickly suggests Don.

It provides a good contrast into the fact that Melanie can't imagine and make up stories like a magician, much like Don have been trying for the past years. She has to "show it to people with their eyes open", accurately summarizing that the eyes tell the clients that the apartment 'reeks' of a sad, lonely, and careless person, Don.

Meantime Joan travels to LA to meet with Lou to interview potential work candidates. By accident she encounters Richard Burghoff, a real estate big shot, divorced retiree, who has transitioned his life into having no plans and responsibilities. What starts as an innocent one night stand quickly turns into Richard following Joan to New York, where he finds out about her child. Overcoming the initial shock, this might be a start of a promising relationship, even though Richard is much older, which again points to Joan's shining 'foxiness'.

Roger assigns Don a task to perform a speech at the Mccan's retreat in Bahamas, giving a foray into the firm's future plans and ambitions. A very sarcastic task for Don who can barely figure out what the next day might bring. Having no idea what to say, in his subtle and at times comical way, Don asks for everyone's opinion, even his assistants.

Sally gets a visit from Glen Sharlock, Drapers' old neighbor who has always had a crash on Betty. In another sad parallel to the current events at the time, Glen announces he is shipping out to Vietnam. The irony is that we don't know what will happen to him but somehow assume the worst; we subtly feel the sadness feeling closure to the character we saw 'grow' up from the beginning of the show, however secondary. This is most likely the last time we see Glen.

In his failed attempt to kiss Betty, we see all the sadness of the situation, where a sweet silly kid who acts tough and strong, really has no idea what to do with his life.

The forecast conveys the thought that no one knows what will happen in the future. Like Don, Glen, Peggy and Joan we are left making uneducated guesses that at best are backed up by judgment, facts and experience.
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The end is drawing ,,,
tforbes-221 April 2015
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Some people speculated about the use of "The First Time I Ever Saw Your Face," written by Pete Seeger and sung by Roberta Flack, used at the end of the episode. While some saw a tie-in with "Play Misty For Me," I saw it as a reflection of the relationship between Glen Bishop and Betty Draper Francis, which seemed to draw to its end.

The episode started with Joan in Los Angeles, where she meets a new man in her life. We also see what appears to be an increasing sense of alienation between Don Draper and the agency, as it faces a question mark on its future and his growing apart from it.

Getting back to Betty and Glen, what started off in Season One with something that was strange ends here with a sense of fatality, as he volunteers for duty in Vietnam. He has flunked out of college, and it is clear he has no true sense of where he's headed. For Betty, it seems the war has hit home for her, as both she and Sally fear for the worst.

Overall, you get the sense of the show's impending end, as some of the threads are finally getting wrapped. But unlike some other people, I see nothing terribly dramatic or earth shattering taking place here.
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Limping forward
Wirefan1228 March 2016
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Don's real estate broker is trying to sell his apartment but there is no furniture, except for the bedroom. This makes selling the apartment quite difficult for her (and I believe she is correct) but her attitude towards Don basically is rude and superior. I would fire her and get another agent pronto...and maybe some rented furniture for the living room.

Creepy Glen Bishop shows up again in one of my least favorite plot lines and Sally appears smitten again...which is also a bit creepy. He is apparently off to Vietnam and it doesn't seem like he will be back. Goodbye Glen.

My least favorite part is where Joan meets Richard Burghoff. The whole affair seems OK until she tells him she has a 4-year old at home. He gets upset that she is not available to jet off to Egypt (or wherever) because she has responsibilities at home! Who would have thought a woman near 40 would have kid(s) at home. The most depressing part is that she later tells him she would send her son away so she could spend time with him! Oh, Joan you have disappointed me!

The best part was the young ad exec that talks to Don about how he screwed up in front of a client and so Don relates the story of where he screwed up once and turned the tables by saying "boy you guys screwed up yesterday!" Since it's Don, of course, he could get away with it. Don then suggests perhaps bringing a bar of soap to the meeting and telling them that they can use it on him...of course he doesn't do that; he tells them "boy you guys..." and it backfires. You knew it was coming but it still was funny to me.

The end is getting nearer...
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edwagreen21 April 2015
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By far, this was one of the best episodes of this hit series that I have seen in a long time.

Dealing with Peggy's aspirations, and Don's family, this was certainly worthwhile to watch. Is it to one's advantage to sell one's apartment when it is filled with furniture or empty? Don learns this all to well by episode's end.

Don's daughter, Sally, is excellent in this episode. Her resentment towards her parents comes into focus when a young man who she knew from years back visits to inform them that he has flunked out of school and will be heading to Viet Nam. His scenes with Sally's mother are memorable.

Sally and Don have a rude awakening when she feels that Don is coming on to one of her friends, who is 17. Don really plays the father role here, something that has been lacking in his character.
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