October 18th, 2010
02:15 PM ET
Editor’s Note: This post contains spoilers for the Sunday, October 17 episode of AMC’s “Mad Men.”
Well, that’s that. What did you think? Were you surprised? I may or may not have needed a good five minutes to pick my jaw up off the floor. Let’s get started!
Creepy Glen dropped by and Carla reluctantly permitted him to say goodbye to Sally before the Draper-Francis clan relocated to Rye. It was sweet and a little sad, and I’m a bit disappointed that he didn’t ask for a lock of Sally’s hair as a souvenir. The actor who plays Glen is show creator Matthew Weiner’s son, so I’m almost certain we’ll see him in seasons to come. Whether or not he’ll be any less creepy is anybody’s guess. In fact, I hope he’s even more peculiar – yeah, I said it!
For those of us on Team Anyone But Betty, you’ll be delighted to know that she was on the receiving end of the finale’s “Oh snap!” moments. Upon running into Glen as he was leaving, he called her out for being a miserable wretch before he stormed off. Incensed, Betty fired Carla, who managed to work in a couple of digs before leaving the employ of the biggest rhymes-with-witch in Ossining.
Henry later took Betty to task for the firing and admonished her for being a spoiled, selfish brat. Fittingly, Betty went off to pout in Sally’s room, though she had trouble making her way up the stairs, what with that cross on her back and all.
Carla, of course, was to look after the Draper children during a combination work/vacation/sad trombone trip to California. In her place, Don recruited secretary and one-time tryst Megan to accompany the family out West. Who did you think he was going to ask? Dr. Faye Miller, the woman he was, you know, officially dating? Of course not.
Before their big trip to the Happiest Place on Earth, Don – with Bobby and Sally in tow – stopped by the Saddest Place on Earth to finalize Anna Draper’s estate. We took one last look around the little house where Don felt most at home when Sally spied the doodle Don painted on the wall months earlier. “Who’s Dick?” she asked. Oh, Sally. If you popped an “a” between those two words I would happily tell you.
Anna’s niece Stephanie later presented Don with Anna’s engagement ring from her marriage to the real Don Draper. You all know where this is going, right? Sigh. We’ll get through the rain together, folks, just sit tight.
Don and Megan hook up on the trip, and the remainder of the vacation is fantastic. Back in New York, Don reflected on the finite amount of time we’re all given, and instead of interpreting Anna’s gift as a wish for him to live his life and learn to love again, he took it to mean, “propose to the first person you see.” That person, of course, was Megan.
But the girl is likeable. Megan is loving, kind and candid with Don, and best of all, the children are crazy about her. This might be because she’s the opposite of Betty, who would delight in grinding down their fragile self-esteem into a fine powder that she could then dissolve into her nightly bottle glass of pinot noir. Ahem, where was I?
So Don and Megan are engaged and it’s the classic boss-marries-secretary scenario, and even though it’s totally trite I hope they make it work. What? I’m not made of stone.
The partners’ reception to the news was warm, if a bit bemused. Roger, of course, had no room to talk. Pete, channeling Emily Post, corrected Lane on the proper way to address a bride-to-be, and Joan indulged Megan in the polite small talk of the newly engaged before a closed-door bitch session with Peggy.
Peggy’s big news that she and Ken had signed a much-needed new account was overshadowed by the engagement, prompting her to declare that no matter what she accomplished in her career it wouldn’t be as important as getting married. Joan said that such was the way of the world and told Peggy about her “promotion” to Director of Agency Operations. Oh, ladies. I want to play “Sisters Are Doin’ It For Themselves” on a loop and get you both a subscription to Ms.
But speaking of Joan, excuse me while I dust off my “I Told You So” shoes, because she’s totally having Roger’s baby. I KNEW IT! We found out while she was on the phone with Dr. Rapist, who, if he’s as bad at medicine as he is at math, the men and women in Vietnam are really up a creek.
Finally, after a painful breakup phone call with Dr. Faye, Don made the trek to the suburbs and was surprised to find Betty waiting for him. I’d put money on Betty having her sights set on reconnecting with Don after her relationship with Henry appeared to be on the verge of souring. Betty was gracious upon hearing news of the engagement, and offered Don her icy congratulations before slipping away into the night with a box containing vials of children’s tears.
So, who is Don Draper – horny, impulsive cad or a man seeking to make a change for the better after clawing his way back from the lowest depths of misery? I’m still torn. What did you think of the finale?
Until next time, friends! I hope you enjoyed this season as much as I did.
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