'Mad Men' gets down and dirty
April 30th, 2012
01:38 PM ET

'Mad Men' gets down and dirty

[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.

Tell us what you thought of last night’s episode – spread your wings and fly to the comments!

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  1. tribecagal

    You forgot to mention one of the best scenes, Megan's supercilious father asking Pete at the awards dinner "And what is it you do all day?" Pete twirled him around his finger engaging him in conversation about his work, compliments and flattery then dryly responded "That's what I do all day". Brilliant!

    May 4, 2012 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
  2. barrr

    I tuned in to see if Megan's parents had a Quebecois accent, and should have been upset the show wasn't sure to be accurate in that regard but I was frankly relieved to hear a Parisian one. It just suits the show more.

    May 1, 2012 at 6:59 am | Report abuse |
  3. Rachel

    WOW!! As the characters all sat at the dinner party stunned, you could see the writers now have AT LEAST 4 0r 5 new stories to develop for the season. Impressive.

    April 30, 2012 at 11:26 pm | Report abuse |
  4. missy

    John Slattery is married to George Clooney's ex wife and she also plays his character's ex wife on Mad Men.

    April 30, 2012 at 10:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tanuja

      Wow, these are fabulous pecutris!My favourite one is the one where Abel's smiling with his eyes closed and Marleigh is pouting you could add some great conversation bubbles over their heads!

      August 11, 2012 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |

    auh g. Just passing bye.

    April 30, 2012 at 8:11 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Valerie

    I was hoping Roger would spark a romance with Megan's mother as a mature woman but to end up getting a BJ by her was soooooo disgusting.

    April 30, 2012 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Pebbles Flintstone

    I love Mad Men but have to admit that I miss the old naughty Don Draper. 🙂 I don't like the domesticated story line with Megan and Don.

    April 30, 2012 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Zeph

    "The cat that swallowed to canary"

    I think I just shot milk out of my nose.

    April 30, 2012 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Eileen Remor

    Love MAD MEN! The show is fabulous this season. Though I have a question – are we supposed to forget that Peggy has a child? Like when we were supposed to forget about Chuck on Happy Days? 😉 Wouldn't it have made perfect sense when Peggy's mom expressed her disapproval of Peggy "living in sin" with Abe, that she also throw it in Peggy's face, that she had a baby born out of wedlock?

    April 30, 2012 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • kmy3

      I thought the exact same thing! What ever happened to the child? Isn't he/she being raised by her mother and sister?

      April 30, 2012 at 9:11 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Meatwad

    I hate that guy and his Lincoln commercials

    April 30, 2012 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • John W.

      You "hate" him? One of the most easy-going, likable guys on television. so what did he ever do to deserve your hatred? My guess: envy.

      April 30, 2012 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Meatwad

      No envy, but botards like you deserve no explanation

      April 30, 2012 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • kmy3

      Do you hate John Slattery or Roger Sterling? Personally, I really like him as an actor, I don't know enough about him as a person to make a decision. I first saw him on Desperate Housewives and loved his character.

      April 30, 2012 at 9:13 pm | Report abuse |

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