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The Gold Violin 

To show that he has "arrived," Don buys a new car. Pete, Harry and Ken come up with a plan to attract new business, and Don's secretary makes a serious error, which could mean trouble for ... See full summary »

Director:

Andrew Bernstein

Writers:

Matthew Weiner (created by), Jane Anderson | 4 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
Aaron Staton ... Ken Cosgrove
Rich Sommer ... Harry Crane
John Slattery ... Roger Sterling
Robert Morse ... Bertram Cooper
Mark Moses ... Duck Phillips
Melinda McGraw ... Bobbie Barrett
Patrick Fischler ... Jimmy Barrett
Peyton List ... Jane Siegel
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Storyline

To show that he has "arrived," Don buys a new car. Pete, Harry and Ken come up with a plan to attract new business, and Don's secretary makes a serious error, which could mean trouble for Joan. Cooper gets a new piece of office art that attracts the interest of the Sterling Cooper staff. Written by Anonymous

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Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

TV-14 | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 September 2008 (USA) See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The $10,000 that Cooper spent on his new painting has the same buying power as about $85,000 in 2019. See more »

Goofs

While in the park, the Drapers appear to be playing a very strange version of checkers where the pieces inhabit squares of both colors. See more »

Quotes

Bertram Cooper: Philanthropy is the gateway to power.
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Connections

References West Side Story (1961) See more »

Soundtracks

Toys for Boys
(uncredited)
Music by Boris Schoska
[Heard in the background at the car dealership.]
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My Community College Actor Teacher is in this
22 October 2019 | by TheFearmakersSee all my reviews

He plays the coffee company owner they play the jingle for. Tom Ormeny. Anyhow, having gotten over what the horrible Duck did do his dog in the last episode, this one is pretty good, more lightweight. Kinda wish more of these episodes had more to do with the ads being sold. Either way it's an entertaining non-filler.

What makes this a great episode is the dinner between the closeted Sal and Ken, the tall handsome writer (who doesn't look like a writer, but oh well). Also the showdown with the comic Jimmy and the Drapers. Good stuff.


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