'Going to advertising heaven': Don Draper, partners and staff struggle to cope with unexpected agency move on Mad Men

The Mad Men finally appear to have lost Sterling Cooper & Partners - as well as the respect of all their staff.

Don Draper and his partners discovered on Sunday night's episode that parent company McCann Erickson had canceled Sterling Cooper's lease on two floors of the famed Time-Life Building in New York.

And despite reassurances that they 'won' and were 'going to advertising heaven' with five major clients when they move to McCann's headquarters, the partners seemed to know it was the end.

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New beginning: Don Draper discovered on Sunday's episode of Mad Men that his agency's parent company was moving Sterling Cooper & Partners to headquarters

New beginning: Don Draper discovered on Sunday's episode of Mad Men that his agency's parent company was moving Sterling Cooper & Partners to headquarters

They then found the tables reversed when word of the move leaked out among their staff, with the partners hastily calling a meeting and finding themselves pretending it was good news.

But the loud chatter among staff proved that nobody was buying it, despite Don insisting they were 'proud to announce' the move that Roger Sterling insisted would be 'as smooth as possible'.

'This is the beginning of something, not the end!' Don desperately pleaded to deaf ears as the staff walked way in apparent disgust, leaving Don, Roger, Joan, Pete and Ted standing alone and looking helpless at the end of the episode.

Put up a fight: Don tried to move the team to California in a desperate bid

Put up a fight: Don tried to move the team to California in a desperate bid

Roger appeared to be losing the most, earlier having drunkenly told Don: 'No more Sterling Cooper, and no more Sterlings. Margaret is the only daughter of an only son of an only son.'

He also found out about the company moving in the worst possible way - when a letter came through saying the lease had not been renewed, with him initially assuming it was a mistake.

'Roger calm down, I think you'll see it's all good news,' McCann executive Ferguson Donnelly insisted in an initial call.

Losing it: Roger Sterling took it hard as he learned the news from McCann

Losing it: Roger Sterling took it hard as he learned the news from McCann

When Roger asked if they were 'losing the office or the agency?', Ferguson insisted:

'That's the wrong way to look at it - we're bringing you home.'

'This is my home,' Roger replied, getting a tender hug from Joan who was sat by his side listening in to the call.

Don initially refused to give up.

After word came through that Lou Avery was leaving the California office for a job in Japan, Don told the other partners they should set up shop there.

His plan was to work on clients that McCann Erickson could not touch because of current rival firms they represented, with the partners desperately getting major firms to sign up to the plan.

Nice try: Don refused to give up and started a fevered pitch but was cut off

Nice try: Don refused to give up and started a fevered pitch but was cut off

When they finally met with head of McCann, Jim Hobart, they presented him with a plan to save '$18 million in billing clients that can't go along' - but merely getting a shake of the head from Jim.

'I don't think you understand what's happened. It's done - you passed the test,' Jim told them with a smile, insisting they were getting 'five of the most coveted jobs in advertising' in the move, including Buick and Coca-Cola.

'You are dying and going to advertising heaven.

'Stop struggling. You won. Take the rest of the day off - pop some champagne.'

As the partners gradually left a boozy session in a bar, Roger was the last to go - and admitted to Don that he was dating Marie Calvet, the mother of his ex-wife Megan Draper.

'She's crazy, you know,' Don warned, with Roger smiling as he kissed him goodbye and said: 'You are OK.'

Sealed with a kiss: Roger kissed Don on the cheek after revealing that he's dating his ex-wife's mother

Sealed with a kiss: Roger kissed Don on the cheek after revealing that he's dating his ex-wife's mother

But Don's loneliness was highlighted when he went drunkenly looking for waitress Diana Bower - who had earlier called twice when he was out, but changing her mind about leaving him messages - and found that she had recently moved from her apartment.

'She left her furniture, the manager told us to sell it,' one of the gay men now living there told him.

But the most emotional scenes belonged to Peggy Olson when a verbal showdown with a mother who left her child alone in their offices made her think of the child she gave up for adoption.

Getting emotional: Peggy Olson scolded a mother who left her daughter in the building after an audition

Getting emotional: Peggy Olson scolded a mother who left her daughter in the building after an audition

'I'm here. And … he's with a family, somewhere,' she told Stan Rizzo in moving scenes in her office.

'I don't know, but it's not because I don't care. I don't know because you're not supposed to know, or you can't go on with your life,' she said of the child, quickly putting on a brave face and insisting she was OK.

Peggy is likely to have started the gossip among the staff of the 'swallowing' up by McCann, after Pete told her in complete confidence - and she then told Stan.

Serious doubts: Joan Holloway was convinced that she wouldn't be treated fairly at McCann

Serious doubts: Joan Holloway was convinced that she wouldn't be treated fairly at McCann

She instantly called in the help of a headhunter - who insisted she move to McCann 'for no more than three years', telling her: 'You go to McCann and by 1973 you'll be looking at four times the salary. It's a huge opportunity.'

By the end of the episode, she had told Stan that she planned to do just that, telling him: 'Everything's going to be fine.'

'I'm so dumb I believe you,' Stan replied.

Good news: Roger tried to sell the move as a positive to the staff

Good news: Roger tried to sell the move as a positive to the staff

The biggest drama, meanwhile, belonged to Pete Campbell after ex-wife Trudy called to tell him that their daughter had not been accepted into an exclusive Connecticut school that generations of his family had attended.

'They know who you are Peter, and they know who I am, and they know that we're divorced,' Trudy told him, leading Pete to shout back: 'Greenwich, Connecticut, is built on divorced money!'

They arranged a meeting with the head of the school - which turned dramatically awkward when he revealed that he was a member of a rival family and accused the Campbells of taking 'advantage of the gift of hospitality and murdering my ancestors while they slept!'

'It's some stupid story, it's some 300 years old,' Pete told his shocked ex-wife. 'He's obviously nuts.'

Not buying it: The agency's staff ignored Don as he tried to talk up the situation

Not buying it: The agency's staff ignored Don as he tried to talk up the situation

When the head told Trudy that she should be 'grateful' as she could 'remarry and get rid of that name', Pete then punched him in the face.

'Another sucker punch from the Campbells!' the head cried out as Pete and Trudy walked off. 'Coward!'

Later, Pete asked his ex why she had not laid up a backup school for their daughter, with her insisting that the head of that school was 'a little bit fresh with me'.

'Peter you can't punch everyone,' she told him as he puffed up his chest and asked for the name of the school involved.

Getting punchyL: Pete punched a school headmaster after an awkward encounter

Getting punchyL: Pete punched a school headmaster after an awkward encounter

 

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