'Mad Men's' long, strange trip
April 23rd, 2012
11:36 AM ET

'Mad Men's' long, strange trip

[The following post contains spoilers for the April 22 episode of AMC’s "Mad Men."]

So that was weird, huh? Turn on, tune in and drop out, indeed.

Peggy, who was left rattled after a fight with Abe and a misplaced good luck totem, established the air of unease that settled over Sunday's episode.

Her encore presentation to the Heinz delegation fell flat, and when the company’s rep expressed his displeasure, she laid into him in a manner that was reminiscent of Don's confrontation with Jantzen several seasons back.

Peggy, who was ultimately pulled from the account, ditched work and chose instead to celebrate Treat Yo Self ’66 by getting stoned and giving a stranger a handy at a showing of "Born Free." ‘Atta girl.

Uptown, Roger and Jane attended the world's most insufferable dinner party. Then everyone dropped acid and it was trippy and weird – as is LSD’s wont – and the partygoers were rendered only slightly less detestable.

In their drug-induced haze, Jane and Roger decided they didn't want to be together anymore, and it was lovely and calm and ideally how all unhappy marriages should end. Jane did need to be reminded of what she’d said that following morning, but nonetheless stuck to her decision to end the marriage.

With Roger otherwise indisposed, Don and Megan headed upstate to do a little field research on the Howard Johnson's chain of hotels and restaurants.

At lunch, Don presented Megan with a back-scratcher he’d purchased for the kids that was inscribed, "My dad went to Howard Johnson's and all I got was this lousy piece of crap."

Yet novelty gifts and the toxic orange charm of the diner didn’t deter Megan from worrying about how the others were faring back at the office. Don chided her for her concern, and said that one of the perks of being Mrs. Don Draper was that she didn’t have to remain in work mode around the clock.

When Don began analyzing the diner's offerings and brainstorming for the upcoming campaign, Megan became upset. As with many couples, a minor dust-up snowballed into a major kerfuffle over something small, and in this case, it was Megan’s exaggerated reaction to a dish of Velveeta ice cream, which if I’m not mistaken is a popular hallucinogenic in Idaho.

When she called him out on his control issues, Don abandoned her at the restaurant. He returned for her later only to be told by the waitress that she saw Megan leave with several men. When Don returned to their apartment, he discovered that she’d taken a bus back to the city.

They began to argue again and once more it became physical, only this time it didn’t end with Sexy Rugburny Floor Sex™ but with Megan telling Don that every time they fought it chipped away at their relationship.

Shortly afterward, the couple returned to the office as if nothing had happened, though Bert warned Don that his marriage – and Megan’s presence in the office – was negatively impacting his work.

With that in mind, will Don and Megan’s relationship survive the season? Will Megan be made to sacrifice her career for the sake of Don’s position at the firm? Tell us what you think in the comments!


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  1. Hooboy

    Why on earth would Don and Betty get back together. They were the metaphor for the '50s and early '60s. Megan brings in the issue of women's lib, as the show moves into a later period. Don will either have to become more enlightened, or she is likely to walk. Ginsberg is so weird. He's my bet for the jumper, or maybe Laine.

    April 27, 2012 at 9:06 pm | Report abuse |
  2. lori gunn

    I miss Betty and the kids and I also miss Joan when she is not on the show but with so many characters they can't all be on every show. I think the kids are on the next episode. I saw Sally on the coming attractions. I don't like the way Don acts when he is with Megan. It throws off the whole balance of the show. She needs to go soon. I was hoping last night she would go back to Canada. I think Don is eventually going to start hitting her. That is maybe when she will leave him. Either that or she may cheat on him. He is soo controlling and needy when he is with her, I don't recognize him. I liked it much better when he was with Betty. I hope that they get back together.

    April 23, 2012 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Penrose

    As many have intimated (http://www.salon.com/2012/03/30/pete_campbell_1934_1966/), someone dies this season via an open window, but it's not Pete Campbell. I'm predicting it's an unhappy Jane on an LSD trip gone wrong.

    April 23, 2012 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
  4. %

    I don't watch this show. So this is what I've got to contribute.

    [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RWzY1bcTYiM&w=640&h=390]

    April 23, 2012 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
  5. be quiet

    great episode! best of this season so far. The LSD part made me feel anxiety, like being stuck on a bad trip you can't shake. just like Don's bad trip to Howard Johnson's. I bet Don drops Megan and heads back to Betty. Lord knows Betty would have chowed down on that orange sherbert!

    April 23, 2012 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
  6. L

    Did the writer even watch this episode? How could any recap of this episode not include Ginsberg's father visiting the office and his strange, eerie comment about having been born in a concentration camp? I think Ginsberg will turn out to be a changing force this season.

    April 23, 2012 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
  7. martha

    i found the hour rather irksome - where are betty and the kids?

    April 23, 2012 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Darrin

    It was certainly a strange episode. I thought it was pretty cool that they had Timothy Leary at the dinner party. I think Don and Betty eventually get back together so I don't think Don and Megan will last. Pretty interesting start to the season though.

    April 23, 2012 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse |

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