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Christmas Waltz 

Lane searches for a way to get rid of a sizable debt, the firm prepares to pull out all the stops when it gets a second chance to land Jaguar as a client, and Don tries to comfort Joan when she reaches her breaking point.

Director:

Michael Uppendahl

Writers:

Matthew Weiner (created by), Victor Levin | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jon Hamm ... Don Draper
Elisabeth Moss ... Peggy Olson
Vincent Kartheiser ... Pete Campbell
January Jones ... Betty Francis (credit only)
Christina Hendricks ... Joan Harris
Jared Harris ... Lane Pryce
Aaron Staton ... Ken Cosgrove
Rich Sommer ... Harry Crane
Kiernan Shipka ... Sally Draper (credit only)
Jessica Paré ... Megan Draper
Christopher Stanley ... Henry Francis (credit only)
Jay R. Ferguson ... Stan Rizzo
Robert Morse ... Bertram Cooper
John Slattery ... Roger Sterling
Michael Gladis ... Paul Kinsey

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Storyline

Lane faces a personal cash flow problem when he is informed that he owes the British government £2,900 for back taxes, payable in two days time. He comes up with a scheme using supposed SCDP funds, which don't actually exist, in the form of Christmas bonuses to all staff, including to the partners. But one problem after another with Lane's scheme have the potential of bringing his entire world crashing down around him. It promises to be a busy Christmas season since SCDP is once again in the running for the Jaguar account, the pitch from agencies to be done in mid-January, giving them about six weeks to come up with a presentation. Meanwhile, Harry gets a telephone call from old colleague Paul Kinsey to meet, which Harry reluctantly does. Harry ends up meeting a much transformed Paul. Although Harry does not agree with the transformation itself, he does get caught up in it. As Harry guessed, Paul does ask him for a professional favor. When Harry doesn't believe he can accommodate ... Written by Huggo

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Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

TV-14 | See all certifications »
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Trivia

The bar scene were Don and Joan have a drink after test driving the Jaguar bares some resemblance to the famous Edward Hopper painting "Nighthawks" See more »

Goofs

When Don and Joan are at the bar, Joan plays Peggy Lee's "Christmas Waltz" on the jukebox. However, this song was never released on a 7" record that would have been in a jukebox at the time. See more »

Quotes

Don Draper: Each year at this time, whether you know it or not, I look at the faces in this room who have given their all to this tenuous recovery, and I say prepare to take a great leap forward. Prepare to swim the English Channel and then drown in champagne. There are six weekends between now and the pitch. We are going to spend them all here. We will see Christmas here. We will ring in the new year together. And in the end, we will represent Jaguar, and it will be worth it. Every agency on Madison ...
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Connections

References My Three Sons (1960) See more »

Soundtracks

Christmas Waltz
(uncredited)
Written by Jule Styne and Sammy Cahn
Performed by Nellie McKay
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 May 2012 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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