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The Benefactor 

Trouble rises on the set of a commercial while Don plays hooky from the office.

Writers:

Matthew Weiner (created by), Matthew Weiner | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jon Hamm ... Don Draper
Elisabeth Moss ... Peggy Olson
Vincent Kartheiser ... Pete Campbell (credit only)
January Jones ... Betty Draper
Christina Hendricks ... Joan Holloway
Bryan Batt ... Salvatore Romano
Michael Gladis ... Paul Kinsey (credit only)
Aaron Staton ... Ken Cosgrove
Rich Sommer ... Harry Crane
John Slattery ... Roger Sterling
Mark Moses ... Duck Phillips
Joel Murray ... Fred Rumsen
Melinda McGraw ... Bobbie Barrett
Gabriel Mann ... Arthur Case
Crista Flanagan ... Lois Sadler
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Storyline

Harry tries to gather support around a controversial sponsorship in order to bolster his career. When Don ditches work for a day, trouble brews on the set of a commercial. Later, Betty joins her husband when he attempts to placate his clients with an amicable dinner. Written by Anonymous

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Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

TV-14 | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 August 2008 (USA) See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The French "arthouse" film that Don watches in this episode has not been definitively identified. According to series creator Matthew Weiner, "It's a very rare French film. A film by a famous director. I won't tell you the name. I won't say the title. I'll never tell. Because I don't have the rights to it." The best clue to the film's identity is the poem we hear recited during the excerpt shown: "Ballade des Dames du Temps Jadis" ("Ballad of the Ladies of Times Past"), written by medieval French poet Francois Villon. See more »

Goofs

While the series is set in New York state, a palm tree is briefly visible behind Betty Draper during the initial scene at the riding stables. The series is filmed in California. See more »

Quotes

Don Draper: You don't cover for me, you manage expectations.
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Connections

References Pinocchio (1940) See more »

Soundtracks

A Beautiful Mine
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Written by RJD2
Performed by RJD2
[Opening credits]
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Would they really call Robert Reed "Bob Reed"?
22 October 2019 | by TheFearmakersSee all my reviews

I don't think so. Robert Reed was nothing when he was on The Defenders, and an inside man called him "Bob Reed" as if he were known. The whole connection to the show The Defenders, which no one today even knows about on a nostalgic level, was a bit much. The comic with the horrible eyebrows wasn't funny. Don's affair with his wife was forced. But not nearly as forced as Betty's flirtation with the rich kid at the stables, that's something out of a soap. Not the best episode. Not the worst either.


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