Who got scrooged on 'Mad Men'?
May 21st, 2012
11:55 AM ET

Who got scrooged on 'Mad Men'?

It's Christmastime in New York and surprise, everyone's miserable!

Well not everyone, exactly, just Lane. When confronted with jail time in the U.K. for failure to pay back taxes, he went to extreme measures to pay off his debt to Her Majesty.

After persuading the firm's banker to turn on the ol’ cash spigot to the tune of $50,000, Lane played off the influx of cash to the partners as a surplus and suggested the money be parceled out to SCDP employees as Christmas bonuses.

While everyone was on board with the idea, it was suggested that the bonuses be handed out at a later date, causing Lane to become unglued. Under mounting pressure, he came into the office late one evening and forged a check to cover his debts.

Further complicating matters was Mohawk Airlines. The company suspended its advertising budget due to a strike, and to offset the strain of the impending financial loss to the firm, Bert decided that the partners would forego their bonuses. Does anyone know how to fashion a noose? Because that's where it seems poor Lane is headed.

In other firm developments, Jaguar ventured back into the stateside advertising game with its tail between its legs (see what I did there?) and began sniffing around for Madison Avenue representation.

Don was recruited to get a feel for the product and, still eager to capitalize on the magic of the husband-wife tag team, he enlisted Joan to accompany him to the dealership.

The timing could not have been better as Joan was in desperate need of a midday getaway after Dr. Rapist served her with divorce papers. We also got confirmation that Roger knew baby Kevin was his when he reassured Joan that he’d help support the baby.

Anyhow, Don and Joan eventually ended up at a bar where they drank to moving on. You thought they were going to end up in bed together, didn’t you? Psych! Admittedly, it’s almost always more satisfying to watch them interact as friends, so way to show some restraint, y’all.

Don was re-energized after their afternoon together and he later announced to the firm that they would work through the weekend and the upcoming holidays to secure the Jaguar account.

When he finally returned home, Megan laid into him, likely because she realized that when left to his own devices he’d have no trouble easing back into his old habits. They fought – again – and blah blah blah, there are only three episodes left so just cheat on her and be done with it because DAMN.

Elsewhere, the award for the episode's best storyline went to Harry, who met up with SCDP alum Paul Kinsey, who’d become an influential op-ed columnist for The Economist. LOLJK! He’d actually joined the Hare Krishnas, which pretty much made my life.

Paul wanted to meet with Harry in hopes that he’d be able to help further his writing career and pitched a script that he'd written for an episode of "Star Trek" that was well, terrible.

Later, Paul’s girlfriend Lakshmi surfaced at the office, and she and Harry had sex. Free love and all that, you know. Then, rather than bask in the afterglow of the support beam, she instead warned Harry to stay away from Paul and instructed him to tell Paul that his script was awful.

Harry chose a different route and handed Paul an envelope full of cash and told him to GTFO out of New York and pursue his dream of writing in Los Angeles.

What did you think of last night’s episode? We’ve only got three episodes remaining - any predictions for how the season will end?

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  1. vineyardgal

    Jennifer Smith, you are the best recapper EVER!

    May 22, 2012 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Jack (Baby Jack) Clauss

    peggy really get,s around.

    May 21, 2012 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Michael Calaizzo

    Peggy knows that the Buffet plan really sucks and she will vote right.

    May 21, 2012 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Gloria

    This is what I think: Peggy and the jewish creative end up in bed together (I hope!). Meghan contemplates leaving Don. Lane gets caught and fired or throws himself out of a high window – splat.

    May 21, 2012 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |

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