Standing in a hospital waiting room, Lane Pryce is talking with Don Draper after learning that he is staying in America because his replacement had his foot run over by a riding lawn mower.
It is S3E06, and the perfectly titled “Guy Walks Into an Advertising Agency.”
Guy Mackendrick (Jamie Thomas King) is the ad man from London who gets aforementioned foot mangled and has his career ended. No golf, no sales. So it goes.
Back to the books.
Lane says to Don that he’s been reading a lot of American literature and that he is thinking of Tom Sawyer.
“I feel like I just attended my own funeral. I didn’t like the eulogy.”Lane Pryce, S3E06 (Guy Walks Into an Advertising Agency)
Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Tom Sawyer is an established American Lit classic, and tells the story of young rapscallion Tom and his adventures, sometimes with his buddy Huckleberry Finn. I won’t go into the whole plot, but, they live in the south, Tom cons a bunch of kids to paint a fence, there’s a murder, tons of racism and at one point the boys watch their own funeral as everyone is convinced they drowned in the river.
Oh, and, yes I am very proud that I got to use the word rapscallion. Simple pleasures.
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