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Hands and Knees
Hands and Knees
Season Four Episode 10
Air date 26 September 2010
Written by Jonathan Abrahams
and Matthew Weiner
Directed by Lynn Shelton

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"Hands and Knees" is the tenth episode of Mad Men, Season 4 and the forty-nineth episode overall.


Betty gets a surprise visit for DoD agents, checking Don's background. Joan and Roger deal with the consequences of their indiscretion. Lane's double life in America is expressed to his father, Sally gets tickets to the Beatles, Megan schools Don on modern and pop culture. Pete is forced to lay everything on the line for Don, Lee Garner, Jr. hits Roger with an unfortunate realization that could threaten Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce's very existence.

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Roger comforting Joan after she tells him she is pregnant.
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The episode opens with Joan entering Rogers office, here she tells Roger that she is "very late", implying she is pregnant. She explains that due to the fact Greg has been gone for seven weeks, it has to be Roger's. Roger comforts her, offering is support he tells her he will "take care of it", seeing that Joan can't possibly go to her doctor.

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An ecstatic Sally gets good news. Hands and Knees.
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Don calls the Francis household where Betty picks up the phone. Don asks if he can talk to Sally, hesistant at first, but with Betty's encouragement Sally eventually comes to the phone. Don tells her she's going to be the envy of all her friends since Don is taking her to see the Beatles that Sunday, in an adolesent heap of excitement Sally screams up and down thanking her father; while Betty stares at Sally excited for her.

Lane's indiscretions are revealed. Hands and Knees.
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Scarlett buzzes Lane telling him he has a guest waiting in reception, overwhelmed with excitement he gathers a bouquet of balloons as he thinks his son, Nigel has come to visit. Upon arriving at reception he sees it is not his son come to greet him, but rather his father, Robert. Here Robert tells Lane that he has come to "bring Lane home" back to England since Rebecca, Lanes wife has a particular disdain for New York. Lane refuses but proposes he and his father should "dine" together that evening, which Robert accepts.

DoD agents interrogate Betty. Hands and Knees.
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Throughout the episode it is more than evident that SCDP is in the midst of securing North American Aviation as a client. A deal that has been well on the way since the Season 2 episode, The Jet Set. Where Don and Pete go to California.

After Don prompts Harry for Sally's tickets for the Beatles, Lane asks Don to join him and Robert for dinner tonight, hesitant Don accepts. The scene then cuts to The Playboy Club, here Don, Robert and Lane have drinks. Throughout drinks Robert remains distasteful of Lane and the setting. It is revealed that Lane has been having an affair with Toni, an African-American bunny.

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Joan's reaction to Dr. Howlett calling her "ruined". Hands and Knees.
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The next day Betty receives a knock on the door, on the other side it is the Department of Defense. Inviting them in, they explain to Betty that the purpose of their visit is to ask Betty routine questions about Don's background, due to the fact he has requested a security clearance on the back of doing business with the government. They ask Betty questions such as; how long were they married? Is Donald Draper a man of integrity? Is there any reason Don may not be who he says he is? To which Betty answers all the questions as if Don has nothing to hide, withholding her nervous. She then calls Don to tell him about the ordeal. It is then revealed that Megan had already filled out a government document which Don had already signed two weeks ago, in which the form has three lies about his background forwarded from his employment records. In a nervous panic Don orders he sees Pete immediately. Later Don reminds Pete that he is a deserter, and he must get rid of the account immediately.

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Joan arrives at the abortion clinic. Hands and Knees.
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Joan and Roger see a doctor together to have Joan's pregnancy terminated. Here the doctor scolds Roger for using Joan in such a manner, telling him he has "ruined" her. He refers them to a clinic in Morris Town. At dinner Joan and Roger discuss their future, eventually deciding that they don't want to keep the baby and even if she did keep it wouldn't be Rogers child seeming both of them are married, it would create a scandal. Joan makes it very clear she doesn't want Roger there during the termination.

Don then confronts Pete, telling him that he is in serious hot water and he knows that Pete has a friend within the government. He asks Pete to see how far his application has gone in the hopes he hasn't been flagged and preparing for the chance he could be. Pete agrees to look into it.

That night Betty tells Henry about the government had stopped by, telling him she doesn't want any secrets between them.

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Roger gets some bad news. Hands And Knees.
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To prepare for the notion that if circumstances were to conspire for him, he starts to get is finances in line for his children and Betty.

Joan is then seen at the abortion clinic, where she encounters a 32 year old mother in hysteria about her own 17 year old daughter going through with an abortion, even after her own experiences of being a young mother. Joan comforts the woman, mistaking Joan's concern she assumes Joan has a daughter who is going through the same thing she is, not realizing Joan is the pregnant one. Out of consideration for the mother, Joan lies saying she has a 15 year old daughter.

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Pete turning up unannounced, finding out about Don and Faye's relationship.
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At dinner with Lee Garner, Jr - Roger gets threatening news that Lucky Strike have decided to withdraw all their business from SCDP, he explains that since Lee Garner, Sr. had passed the Board of American Tobacco "went over his head" to consolidate all business at BBDO. Outraged Roger pleads with Lee to give him a least 30 days to at least try and keep him as a client, to which Lee responds to giving him an empty promise.

Faye drops by Don's office, there she notices Don has a fever - she the offers to take him home. Once at home, Don experiences a panic attack after he mistakes two men for the government workers. Faye helps him calm down. Fraught with concern, Faye demands to know why Don has been on edge, Don reveals to Faye that he is deserter and is at risk of being flagged.

Toni is reintroduced to Robert Pryce, Hands and Knees.
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Lane attempts once again to try and introduce Robert into his new life in Manhattan, arranging a formal dinner between himself, his father and Toni. Telling Toni he cannot attend due to the fact he is flying back to London the next day, Robert tells Toni to go without him, pretending he doesn't want to compromise Toni and Lane's evening. He orders Lane to allow Toni to go ahead, while alone Robert asks one more time for Lane to go back to London to which Lane refuses again. Robert then strikes Lane across the head with his cane, and then stands on his arm eventually forcing Lane to say "yes" to coming home, to sort his family out. He tells Lane that he cannot live in between infidelity and fidelity, Robert eventually leaves leaving Lane wounded.

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A stolen glance between Roger and Joan.
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The next morning Pete stops by Don apartment revealing he is in the clear, but as a result of Don's inability to live in the open they will have to terminate their business with NAA.

Roger follows up with Joan asking her whether she should be at work, during her fragile state - assuming she went through with the abortion. Joan assures Roger she is OK and that life goes on. He looks at her and tells her she is beautiful.

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Pete shares some news, Hands and Knees.
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During a partners meeting, Roger explodes at Pete for losing the NAA account, and Lane tells the partners he will be leaving for London for a month and that Joan will be filling in as Financial Chief. As Joan reads off all the consolidating companies, Roger lies saying everything is OK with Lucky Strike.

The episode closes with a cover of the Beatles song "Do You Want to Know a Secret" as Megan hands Don the Beatles tickets.




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