[The following post contains spoilers for the May 6 episode of AMC's "Mad Men."]
After the excitement of the past few episodes, Sunday's "Mad Men" was kind of a slow burn.
However, if you’re a fan of either "Gilmore Girls" or "Saved by the Bell," it was more like Christmas morning with a dash of your birthday thrown in. But I digress.
After work one evening, Pete met Rory Gilmore Beth, a housewife of the Betty Draper variety with an intense dislike of hobos.
Beth's married to Howard, a scummy insurance salesman Pete rode the train with in the morning. She was also wise to her husband’s philandering ways, and said as much to Pete. Then they had sex, because what else is there to do in the suburbs?
But Beth was reluctant to pursue their affair, so Pete later staged a ruse to go home with Howard for dinner just so he could see her.
He proposed they rendezvous at a hotel, and while she didn’t take him up on his offer, she made up for it by drawing a little heart on a fogged up window when she saw him at the station a night or two later. Everybody knows this is the international sign for “Let’s have sex again,” and Pete appeared satisfied with her steamy display of affection.
Meanwhile, after the stern talking-to from her father at last week’s Dinner We Shall Never Speak of Again, Megan decided to pursue her dream of becoming an actress and auditioned for an Off-Off-Broadway show.
She didn't tell Don what she was up to, though, and some "Three’s Company"-style shenanigans ensued, leaving Peggy caught in the middle and forced to cover for Megan.
She didn't get the part (guess it wasn’t a musical), and Peggy got upset with her for putting her in the position of having to lie to Don. Megan confessed that she wished she could leave the firm, but short of burning the office down and sleeping with Ted Chaough (‘memba him?), Don would never fire her.
Megan’s guilt eventually got the best of her, and she told Don that she wanted to leave SCDP and pursue her passion for acting. Like Peggy, he was incredulous at her desire to quit but eventually gave her his blessing.
This was not to say that Don wasn’t shaken by her decision to leave, likely because her constant presence was the only thing keeping him from wading waist-deep into an ocean of bimbos.
Megan’s departure had an immediate impact on the business. Earlier, word of her professional chemistry with Don had spread, and their ability to make unappetizing products sound tempting had become the stuff of legend.
Delightful frozen mystery substance Cool Whip wanted to get in on the action, and recruited Don and Megan to put on a little show for its executives.
With Megan indisposed, Peggy had to fill in at the tasting, and her back-and-forth with Don was like watching a living embodiment of The Lockhorns. It was so painful they succeeded in scaring Mr. Belding out of the kitchen.
We closed with Megan happily skipping out to her acting class in Drama Student Black with Don stuck at the apartment listening to music he was too old to get. It’s all downhill from here, folks. Quote me.
Tell us what you thought of last night’s episode!
What is it with the Mad Men show now constantly revolving around Megan? I used to love the show and all the different characters, but now the show just seems to be Megan's world' and it is pretty lame. Bring back the old characters please – there were some great storylines there – and make Megan move on! I'm wondering if the actress who plays Megan is sleeping with one ofhe Directors as she seems to be (unnecessarily) in every scene! I want to know how Peggy's baby is doing and how she and Pete cope with working together (with a scene with Trudy of course) and is Roger the father of Joan's baby? What about Betty Draper – how is she going? C'mon – bring back the good ole Mad Men – no more boring MEGAN!
I liked the way the writers indicated the SCPL is losing touch with the world around them – Don says that he knows about the Beatles, a client wanted some music that sounds like a 'Hard Day's Night', and the Fab Four have already evolved as far as 'Tomorrow Never Knows'. Thank goodness Rory Gilmore took some voice lessons since her other series was cancelled – Alexis Bledel almost sounds like an adult!
As an actress Megan should be good but easily bored she is not someone who will stick it out. Singing and dancing could work for her. The open elevator is a sign that following her was useless. She cared more about pleasing her Father than Don. She is taking classes so is gone at night..Lots of auditions...she will win a play but hate it and will want to go to Hollywood. I think Don should out grow her not wilt.she is kinda shallow.
Let her go to grow up.
Romantically only Joan is his equal...Roger not worthy.
Lori G, stop being a lesbian.
I wonder why Don pushed the button for the elevator. Was he going to visit someone he had an affair with before? He is very sad, lonely and pathetic. The only times he was happy was when Megan was around. I think Don is headed for a breakdown and will resort to his old ways. As far as Pete he is headed for a breakdown also. He has everything and he is not happy unless he is involved with risky behavior. I also noticed how much time Peggy is staying at the office now that she is moved in with Abe. She was at the office so late. She will be breaking up with Abe soon. I am so glad she told Don off. He deserved it.
Kyle, I hadn't thought of the elevator shaft scene as you described, that's interesting... I think this season so far has been amazing. Last night, I wasn't crazy about seeing Pete and Beth hook up so quickly. I am loving the slow emergence of counter-culture - smoking pot in the office, Don listening to the Beatles. And Peggy's outburst at the Cool Whip tasting was making me very uncomfortable, I kept waiting for Don to pounce on her.
@Kevin. I think the elevator shaft was forshawdowing Don's decent back into his cheating ways. Without Megan by his side especially at work he will revert back to his usualy self of sleeping with one woman after the other.
As long as Megan is there all day he can justify not sleeping with anyone as she'd know his every move and unintentionally gives him the will power necessary to maintain is fidelity.
Kyle, I totally agree. That is how I interpreted the symbol of the elevator: that Don was approaching a new descent.
Can anyone please tell me what the elevator shaft scene meant....either it was a waste of 30 seconds, or the symbolism escaped me completely.
Pete is headed for rape/jail/suicide. Don is headed for the cheatin side of town
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