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.
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.
Featured Music: Swingin' Saints by The Gigalo's Saints - Telstar by The Tornados
The song playing at the end of the episode when Don is in the ocean is Cup of Loneliness by George Jones.
The check at the beginning is in the amount of $947.75. The date is October 11, 1962.
Sterling Cooper sold controlling interest for approximately $8.2MM in 1962 dollars or $58.1MM in 2010 dollars. Duck said they are buying 51% controlling interest. Sterling says that Draper will clear a little more than $500K. In the partner meeting, Cooper says Draper owns 12%.
The song "Stranger on the Shore," which plays during this episode, is by Acker Bilk. It was the first song by a UK artist to be No. 1 in the Billboard charts and the the first to be No. 1 in the US & UK at the same time.
Margaret's wedding invitation has the date of November 23, 1963 which is one day after President John F. Kennedy was assassinated.
Patio Diet Cola was introduced by Pepsi in 1963. Debbie Drake was their first spokeswoman and later the brand was renamed Diet Pepsi in 1964.
Bye Bye Birdie was a musical on Broadway that premiered in 1960. It was made into a theatrical production starring Ann-Margaret in 1963.
Jai Alai is an open-walled arena used to play Basque Pelota is very popular in Spanish-speaking countries and is popular in Florida.
The image at the end of the episode as Sally watches TV is of a Vietnamese Mahayana Buddhist monk who burned himself to death at a busy Saigon road intersection on June 11, 1963. Thích Quảng Đức was protesting against the persecution of Buddhists by South Vietnam's Ngô Đình Diệm administration.
Don Draper's third child name is Eugene Scott Draper and was named after his dead grandfather. In the episode we can see in his birth certificate that he was born on June 21st 1963 at 4:58 AM
Chelcie Ross appears as Conrad "Connie" Hilton, who was the founder of the Hilton Hotel empire.
Don Draper helps his daughter build a solar viewer during an eclipse in the summer and has another significant conversation with Miss Farrell, her teacher. On July 20, 1963, there was a total solar eclipse that swept across Japan, Alaska, Canada and the state of Maine. This was the first eclipse in a long time in North America and would be a partial one in most of the US. Newspapers and especially TV were extensively used during the proceeding months warning people, and parents, not to look directly at the sun during the eclipse. PSAs were filmed showing how to make a pinhole projector and not to view with sunglasses but welding goggles were OK. Parents and kids raided the back end of grocery stores looking for clean boxes big enough to make a camera obscura for the whole family to use.
Betty sees an evocative Victorian fainting couch in a store window and later buys it for the Draper living room. A fainting couch was a 19th century chaise sometimes used by doctors to help cure women of hysterical behavior with a massage by the Victorian equivalent of the electric vibrator under the theory that women would faint afterward. Sigmund Freud had a fainting couch which later morphed into the Psychoanalytic couch. Freud also treated hysteria in women with Austrian physician Josef Breuer but used the cathartic method and an early version of talk therapy. The Freud couch was backless so the couch could be set on either side while Freud sat in a separate chair behind the patient. Betty Draper was treated on the couch Freud inspired by her "shrink" during season 1 of 'Mad Men'.
When leaving a message for Henry Francis, Betty leaves the party line number of Wilson 48038.