May 7th, 2012
10:17 AM ET
[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
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.
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