April 30th, 2012
01:38 PM ET
[The following post contains spoilers for the April 29 episode of AMC’s "Mad Men."]
Good news everyone! Those “adult content” advisories that ran throughout Sunday night’s episode? Completely justified!
But before we get to what scarred Sally for life, let’s talk about what else happened last night.
Glen returned – all grown up and 50 percent less creepy – and it was sort of sweet to see that he and Sally had maintained their friendship over the years.
Their catch-up phone call inadvertently resulted in Pauline’s hospitalization, so Sally and Bobby soon found themselves in the city with Don, Megan and Megan's parents, who were visiting from Canada.
The impromptu family gathering gave Megan an idea for the Heinz campaign that SCDP was so desperately trying to keep. Don loved the pitch, which fortunately for him came just in the nick of time. At a client dinner later in the episode, Mrs. Heinz hinted to Megan that they'd decided to take their beans – and their money – elsewhere.
Megan tipped Don off to the impending defection and the two flawlessly transitioned into the pitch for Megan's multi-generational ad. Heinz loved it and Don was turned on by Megan’s ad biz prowess, so they celebrated by doin' it at the office.
The following day, while the rest of the office rejoiced at no longer having to find a way to make beans sexy, Megan downplayed her role in the deal despite a sweet pep talk (and a hug!) from Peggy.
Peggy, meanwhile, had her own problems to deal with as her relationship with Abe seemed to be at its breaking point. He appeared frustrated by her commitment to the firm and lack of time for him, so she was concerned when he asked her to meet him for dinner on an evening that he knew was a particularly busy one for her.
She consulted Joan for guidance, and as we ladies are wont to do, they analyzed it to death. Joan said that Abe was probably going to propose and suggested Peggy buy a new dress to accompany her new ring.
Peggy showed up to dinner looking uncomfortable and ridiculous, like she was an actress playing the role of a girl desperate to get married. The dress (pink!), the pearls (also pink!), the hair (helmety!) - all of it was so out of character for her, and it showed.
Abe proposed ... that they move in together. Peggy appeared to be both disappointed and relieved. Relieved that she didn't have to confront the idea of being a married woman in the ‘60s and disappointed, well, because how did you break that kind of news to people back then?
She agreed to live with Abe and felt validated when Joan expressed support for her decision to become a pioneer for unmarried cohabitants. Peggy’s mother, however, was not nearly as supportive, and urged her to become a crazy cat lady rather than the poster child for couples who lived in sin.
Elsewhere, Roger and Mona met for a post-Jane postmortem and Roger told her all about his eye-opening LSD trip. The experience inspired him to mine for new business at an upcoming American Cancer Society dinner honoring Don for his anti-tobacco letter, and he asked Mona to dig up a bit of background dirt on some of the board members.
As everyone got ready for Don’s big night, it became apparent that there was growing hostility between Megan's parents. Her mother was resentful toward her father’s professional failings and her dad hinted at his wife’s flirtatious nature. Unfortunately for all of us, Mrs. Calvet set her sights on Roger.
At the dinner, things went from bad to worse. With the schmoozing in full effect, Don chatted up Ed Baxter, an executive with Dow Corning who also happened to be Ken Cosgrove’s father-in-law. Baxter was brutally honest with Don – while everyone in attendance was appreciative of his talents, they'd never work with him after the letter that portrayed former client Lucky Strike in a bad light.
Across the room, Megan's father expressed his disappointment over her marriage to Don and told her that Don was holding her back from doing what she wanted to do, which I assume was either acting or a career as a lounge singer in Frenchiest Quebec.
With Roger attending the dinner stag, he’d appointed Sally as his "date" for the evening. He was perfectly charming and gentleman-like until Sally walked in on Megan's mother servicing him in an adjacent dining room. Everyone eventually returned to the table with the same look of abject horror on their faces.
Except for Megan’s mother, who looked like the cat that swallowed the canary.
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