June 11th, 2012
11:46 AM ET
[This post contains spoilers for the June 10 season finale of AMC's "Mad Men."]
As the credits rolled on the fifth season of AMC's “Mad Men” on Sunday, we were left wondering whether Don would remain faithful to his wife or succumb to the charms of a pair of comely young barflies.
Before we get to all that, however, let's talk about how we left everyone.
In spite of Lane's passing, things were on the up and up at SCD...TBA. An influx of cash from new business and Lane's insurance policy payout allowed the firm to expand, and the partners took a field trip – up one floor, but still – to explore their new office space.
We were treated to a fantastic shot of the five partners against the New York City skyline that might as well have been the teaser promo for the sixth season.
Later, Don went to pay his respects to Mrs. Pryce and given the circumstances, she was understandably icy. She disparaged Lane's memory, citing the photo she found in his wallet of Delores – the blue collar babe Lane flirted with over the phone at the beginning of the season.
Don was also fighting a toothache, better known in 1967 as a "hot tooth." (There's a new excuse for you to throw into the rotation the next time you call in sick.)
When he finally sought treatment, he had a dream of his late brother Adam while under anesthesia, a vision clearly brought about by Lane's suicide.
Elsewhere, Peggy thrived at rival firm CGC. In addition to test driving a new power color – ruby red – she was charged with dreaming up a new slogan for Philip Morris' new cigarette marketed toward young women – Virginia Slims, anyone?
She was even dispatched to tobacco country, where she was greeted by the commonwealth's official welcome wagon: two dogs humping. Virginia IS for lovers, y'all!
Pete still carried a torch for Beth, and he ran into her and her awful husband Howard on the train into the city. She was on her way to undergo electroshock therapy, and later summoned Pete to a hotel for farewell sex before she took the express to Crazytown.
When he went to visit her in the hospital after her treatment, Beth had no memory of their affair. Pete then took the opportunity to confess his deepest, darkest feelings to her, including the impact she had on his relationship with Trudy and the sadness he felt about his life in general.
He later encountered Howard on the train and lashed out at him for dumping Beth at a hospital while he whored about town. The two men fought and Pete got his clock cleaned (again) by a train conductor who demanded he make nice with Howard.
When he returned home battered and bruised, Trudy insisted they see about renting him an apartment in the city because the long days at the office (ha!) were jeopardizing his health.
Meanwhile, Megan continued to have great success in her role as an out-of-work actor. One of her fellow
Desperate for a paid gig, Megan promptly screwed her friend over and asked Don to score her an audition instead.
He was quick to cite the glaring conflict of interest and tried to make her feel bad about her request, saying she'd get more satisfaction from a part she genuinely earned as opposed to him greasing the wheels for her.
Marie Calvet - renowned teller of truths and thrower of shade - was in town visiting, and didn't do anything to lift her daughter's spirits when she told Megan that she was likely not going to make it as an actress. Then she left to rendezvous with Roger, who'd been obsessively booty calling her in hopes that she'd drop acid with him.
All of this frank talk left Megan feeling sorry for herself and in need of a drink or ten. Don chastised Marie for leaving Megan in such a state and she in turn advised him to humor his wife's aspirations so Megan could fail, deal with it and get on with her life.
Marie's sage advice got through to Don, and coupled with Megan's sweet, hopeful screen test, he ultimately let go and did what he could to help Megan realize her dream.
She ended up landing the role in the shoe commercial, and as she stood on set trussed up like one of the Von Trapp kids, Don kissed her goodbye before striding away to seek refuge at the bottom of an Old Fashioned in a bar filled to capacity with temptation.
So that's it – another season's in the can! What'd you think?
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