In addition to sexism, Joan is dealing with excruciating pain caused by an ovarian cyst. Bob Benson escorts her to the hospital and tells some white lies to get her in with a doctor quickly. Maybe he is just a nice guy, maybe he has a crush on Joan or maybe (and most likely) he recognizes the power Joan wields in the office. Either way, his act of kindness is rewarded and Joan saves him his job.
The anxiety Pete is feeling about his position at the firm isn't resolved so neatly. He fears he no longer has a seat at the table – literally, at a partner meeting (but he doesn't think twice about taking the seat of Ted's secretary). Adding to his troubles, his mother, who appears to be suffering from dementia, is now crashing at his place (her own apartment has gone by way of "Grey Gardens").
Pete being Pete, he rudely brushes off her most lucid moment when she tells him Robert Kennedy has been shot (an event foreshadowed all season long). The episode finishes with Megan watching the newscast in tears as Don gets ready for work.
Friend and Lover's "Reach Out of the Darkness" plays out the closing credits: "I knew a man that I did not care for / And then one day this man gave me a call / We sat and talked about things on our mind/ And now this man he is a friend of mine. / Don't be afraid of love."
When it comes to staking out friendship with Ted or rekindling his love with Megan, will Don take the song's advice?