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Sunday 10:00 PM on AMC Premiered Jul 19, 2007 Between Seasons

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  • Season 2 Episode 12: The Mountain King

  • The check at the beginning is in the amount of $947.75. The date is October 11, 1962.

  • Season 2 Episode 10: The Inheritance

  • Featured Music: Swingin' Saints by The Gigalo's Saints - Telstar by The Tornados

  • Season 2 Episode 6: Maidenform

  • Duck's dog, Chauncey, is an Irish Setter.

  • The song playing during the opening scenes of Peggy, Joan and Betty dressing is The Infanta by The Decemberists. The song is on the Picaresque album, which was released in 2005.

  • Season 2 Episode 5: The New Girl

  • Theme from A Summer's Place by Percy Faith and his Orchestra is playing during Don and Bobbie's drive to the beach. A Summer's Place was a blockbuster 1959 film about forbidden love that starred Sandra Dee.

  • Don is briefly arrested and fined in New York for having a blood alcohol content of .15%. As of 1996, New York had lowered the allowable percentage; any blood alcohol content over .05% will initiate a criminal case.

  • Bobbie Barrett reads that Marilyn Monroe will make an appearance at Madison Square Garden to celebrate President John F. Kennedy's birthday. This a reference to Marilyn's infamous breathy and sexy rendition of "Happy Birthday" for the President.

  • Season 2 Episode 3: The Benefactor

  • Lollipops and Roses (sung by Jack Jones) is playing on the car radio when Betty and Don are returning home after dinner. Jones won a "Best Performance by a Male Singer" Grammy for his 1962 debut single.

  • Lutece, where Don and Betty dine with the Barretts and the Schillings, was a deluxe French restaurant that opened in New York City in 1961. It was famous for its Alsace tart and foie gras; it closed in 2004.

  • Vincent Kartheiser does not appear in this episode.

  • Season 2 Episode 2: Flight 1

  • Goof: Although Don is in a Japanese restaurant, as hinted by the Pearl Harbor comment and "Sukiyaki" playing in the background, the waitress who visits him is wearing a cheongsam, which is a Chinese dress.

  • Music played during episode:

    Congratulations Honey by Baby Washington & The Planets
    Temptation Is Hard to Fight by George McGregor & The Bronzettes

    Sukiaki by Kyo Sakamoto

  • The episode reveals that Peggy is a Roman Catholic who attends church with her family. The fact that she does not partake in communion indicates that she has not been to confession in recent times and is thus not in a "state of grace" according to the Church. The service is conducted in Latin, in a nice historically accurate touch, as this is pre-Vatican II.

  • Joan Holloway's birth date is February 24, 1931. She stands 5'8" tall and has red hair and green eyes. She also weighed 140 lbs. when she got her driver's license, which expires on September 30, 1963.

  • Season 2 Episode 1: For Those Who Think Young

  • Music played during episode:

    Let's Twist Again by Chubby Checker
    Song of India (Song of the Indian Guest) by Rimsky-Korsakov

  • Mohawk Airlines was the first American airline to hire an African American flight attendant.

  • Season 1 Episode 13: The Wheel

  • The Bob Dylan song used at the end of the episode ("Don't Think Twice, It's All Right") was off of his 1963 album "The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan." However, since the Nixon-Kennedy debate had just happened, this puts the time frame of the show into 1960.

  • Season 1 Episode 12: Nixon vs. Kennedy

  • While getting a massage, Bertram Cooper makes a comment about Daley having the dead vote for Kennedy. This is reference to Mayor Richard J. Daley and the vote fraud that took place in Chicago and Texas that helped swing the tight 1960 election to Kennedy. Daley was the political boss of a large Democratic machine that could deliver the vote in Chicago wards, precincts and large areas of Cook County via patronage, party loyalty, graft and voter fraud. The situation got so bad that the then Republican Illinois Senator Everett Dirksen discovered that some Republican voters, who had died, were now registered Democrats with addresses that were empty lots in Chicago and voting straight Democratic tickets. Using the Senate's free mail privilege, Dirksen wrote some of the dead Republicans asking why they were now alive and registered as Democratic. After Dirksen displayed the cancelled envelopes with the PO's "No Such Address" stamp, the machine in Chicago accused Dirksen of abuse of his franking privileges. In the 1980's one machine hack exposed the fake vote system when a promised patronage job was not delivered to him. Nixon wisely did not call for a recount or comment about the vote fraud that took place in Texas or Illinois. Illinois elected Kennedy by only 8000 votes, but Cook County delivered a 450,000 Democratic majority that supplied Illinois's 27 electoral votes to Kennedy. Nixon lost the national election by only 112,000 votes.

    Theodore White revealed in The Making of the President 1968 that Hubert Humphrey did not expose the fact that Anne Chennault, a Republican of Asian decent, played a crucial role in the wrecking of the 1968 Paris peace talks by the Nixon campaign. She had advised then South Vietnam President to kill the peace talks and wait for better times under President Nixon and arranged a meeting between Nixon and the South Vietnam ambassador. This event helped elect Nixon in the 1968 presidential election that was also a close election.

  • Season 1 Episode 7: Red in the Face

  • When Roger was drinking his milk at the start of the episode, not only did the amount in the cup keep changing in-between shots, but it would move from behind his name card to beside his hand.

  • Season 1 Episode 6: Babylon

  • After delivering a message to Peggy, Joan states "you know what they say 'the medium is the message'". This is a reference to Marshall McLuhan's popular phrase, originally coined in a book published in 1964. Joan's use of this phrase is an anachronism, as the first season is set in 1960.

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