'Mad Men's' murder mystery
April 9th, 2012
12:48 PM ET

'Mad Men's' murder mystery

[The following post contains spoilers for the April 8 episode of AMC’s "Mad Men."]

Divorce! Murder! Sleeping pills!

With its share of “Did that just happen?” moments, Sunday’s episode of "Mad Men" was more daytime soap than primetime drama.

We opened with an awkward elevator encounter between Megan, an ailing Don and Andrea, one of his past conquests. This wasn't the first time Megan had met one of Don’s former flings, and she expressed her concerns about his adulterous past. He assured her that he was committed to their marriage, and went about his mission to germ up the office.

Andrea later showed up at Don’s apartment in an attempt to seduce him but was promptly shown the door. She returned a short while later from her hideout in the service stairwell, and Don gave into temptation. (Gross, because you know he's contagious.)

Afterward, when she chided him for his philandering ways, he strangled her and stuffed her under the bed, which back here in 2012 resulted in a flurry of text messages of the “WHAT THE HELL JUST HAPPENED?!” variety.

Alas, Andrea’s visit was simply a fever-induced manifestation of Don’s fear of failing Megan.

Elsewhere, Sally was stuck with Pauline at the Haunted Mansion™ while Henry and Betty were delayed in Buffalo. The two got off to a rocky start but eventually bonded over the gory details of the Chicago nurse slayings and Seconal, making Pauline my pick for 1966’s Grandmother of the Year.

In SCDP news, we finally got to see loveable weirdo Michael Ginsburg in action, and he’s good! He impressed Don – and the clients – during a pitch for a shoe campaign but derailed soon after with a bizarro, fanfic-y retelling of “Cinderella.”

Ever on the quest to get a leg up on Pete, Roger asked Peggy to whip something up on the DL for the Mohawk campaign to play up the fact that they were the only airline in operation during a mechanic’s strike.

Peggy balked at the measly $10 he offered her for the job and hustled him for all the money he had – $400, which today is equivalent to something like $30 million.

Upon leaving work for the night, Peggy discovered Dawn sleeping in Don's office. She was too frightened to return home because of rioting in Brooklyn’s Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood and Peggy insisted she spend the night at her place. Everything was going swimmingly until an awkward moment where Dawn caught Peggy nervously eyeing her purse before going to bed.

Last night’s most shocking development involved Dr. Rapist, who was back in New York after a year’s tour in Vietnam. After meeting baby Kevin and reuniting with Joan, he told her that he was going back for another tour. “Don’t let the door hit you in the a**,” said everyone.

Between Joan and Dr. Rapist’s parents, the mood was tense at a homecoming dinner celebrating his return. It became even more uncomfortable once Joan found out that he’d volunteered for the second tour. Much to our delight, she later sent him packing, and at last, our long national nightmare is over! Farewell, Dr. Rapist. You were loathed by many and loved by none.

What did you think of last night’s episode? Do you think Don will keep his promise to Megan?

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  1. Mark

    Mad Men fans: check out the Mad Men "Mystery Date" recap on The Peachtree Dance here...


    April 12, 2012 at 8:50 am | Report abuse |
  2. JTM

    What if the murder was REAL ...
    and the young Mrs. Draper helped to cover it up?

    April 11, 2012 at 5:23 pm | Report abuse |
  3. danlb

    I agree—the seventh grade vocabulary on the part of the writer needs to go. Get someone else. Teens don't watch Mad Men.

    April 10, 2012 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |
  4. ProperVillain

    Can CNN please get someone else to write these weekly articles? Someone with a vocabulary that goes beyond 7th grade lunchtime trash talk? Someone who isn't trying to be Perez Hilton, one of the worst "writers" in known history? Please CNN...

    April 9, 2012 at 6:41 pm | Report abuse |
  5. susan

    what was on the note that Dawn left Peggy?

    April 9, 2012 at 5:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Fred

      The note said thank you for your hospitality and sorry to put you out.

      April 10, 2012 at 10:11 am | Report abuse |
  6. Ben

    What is Minneapolis. ?

    April 9, 2012 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Ben

    I'll take state capitals for $200 Pat Sayjak.

    April 9, 2012 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |

    No, I do not think he'll stay with Megan at all. It's obvious there's a real difference in their ages and how they view things. He's already been slightly annoyed with it on more than one occasion. The fact that Betty's unhappy in her marriage, and with Don feeling a little uneasy in his , its beginning to APPEAR as if the writers are beginning to show the possibility that these two characters might be coming back together again in the near future. Also, when Don told Betty of his engagement she seemed hurt, and it wasn't easy for him either, and he seemed rather shook when he found out about the possibility of her having cancer.

    April 9, 2012 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
  9. @1:36

    She didn't pinched you hard enough. she should have pinched you harder where skin came off then brough down a hammer on your toes..lmfao

    April 9, 2012 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Possum

    : ) : )

    April 9, 2012 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Pamela Sue Martin

    I gotta say...Pauline rocks! I was born in 1966 and neither of my grandmothers were like this woman. However, I remember plenty of old bats like Pauline including old ladies from the church, great aunts and scary friends of my grandma. Too funny! Even her glasses bring back memories. One of them used to pinch me every time she saw me, "just to keep me on my toes". 🙂 LOL I think it would be child abuse today but I survived. 🙂

    April 9, 2012 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jeff

      Weren't you Nancy Drew on the Nancy Drew/Hardy Boys Mysteries? You were cute !

      April 9, 2012 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Possum

    My tummy hurts. Sometimes it does that after lunch.

    April 9, 2012 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
  13. A123

    Although I watched the scene with Andrea while screaming "WHAT THE HE**?! OMFG!!!!!!! WHAT IS GOING ON?!?!!?!?," I kind of wish it wouldn't have been a dream 😛

    April 9, 2012 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
  14. yea

    Why is it the writers of these threads can use certain words but if we do, our comment don't post? I sure in the he!! don't know!

    April 9, 2012 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |

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