Mad Men: A Little Kiss

Posted on March 26, 2012

Everyone in this episode, from the civil rights protestors fighting for a better world, to Pete Campbell angling for a better office, to Joan trying to keep her place in the hierarchy, to Megan Draper putting her foot down in her own unique way, was in the midst of a power struggle. The primary theme of Mad Men is change and how people react to it. This episode reminds us that when the sand is shifting underneath their feet, people will claw at each other to regain their footing. Change breeds power struggles.

But let’s take a step back for a second.  Did you sit down last night and, like Tom, turn to your signother to say, “We’re actually going to see a new episode of Mad Men!” in a voiced tinged with wonder and excitement? Did you grin stupidly from ear to ear throughout the entire 2 hours? Is “Zou Bisou Bisou” stuck in your head this morning? How many times did you say “Oh my God!” As in, “Oh my GOD, she knows!” or “Oh my GOD, that apartment!” Or even “Oh my GOD, BABY TESTICLES!” Mad Men is back, y’all, and we’re so happy to see them that it’s a struggle just to give you the long-winded, overblown analysis we’re known for.

And maybe that was the point. Like so many, we spent the week prior to this episode re-watching our season 4 discs and we were struck by how … light this world seems in comparison. The tone throughout these two hours couldn’t have been any more different from last season’s darkened rooms and alcohol-fueled blackouts. If season 4 felt like a morose foreign film of the period then the season 5 opener almost felt like a period sitcom in comparison (that party scene could have come straight out of an unusually sophisticated episode of The Monkees). And in a role she’s never played before, an unsteady Joan stood in for the audience this time, voicing our concerns as she tentatively returned to the world of SCDP, not fully trusting that she will recognize the place, understand the people, or get any of the jokes.

This episode spent its time answering one of the questions we all had going into the season and answering it in some depth:

Did Don get married to Megan? Oh, yes.

And is his life different because of it? GOD, yes.

How many times – and this wouldn’t be fair in real life, but it’s practically encouraged when considering characters in a fictional world – did you wind up thinking “Betty would never do THAT” last night? Betty would never have negro homosexuals at her parties. Betty would never make a spectacle of herself in front of Don’s co-workers. Betty would never wear that dress. Betty would never understand that Don is a twisted little bastard who has a history of tying up his lovers or hiring prostitutes to slap him because he is consumed with self-hatred and that what gets his motor running like nothing else is an angry woman in her underwear, hitting him and berating him (while she waits on him) before finally throwing her legs in the air for a hate-fuck on a new white carpet.

That Megan, she’s got possibilities.

Last season, when Don proposed to her, it felt like a bad idea on his part; an impulse born out of fear and designed to prevent him from dealing with his own demons. Now we come to find out it’s a bit more complicated than that. Number one on the list of shocks last night was the revelation that he not only told her everything about his past, but that she’s so comfortable with the situation she can make jokes about it. What once consumed Don to the point of almost destroying him – and what destroyed his first marriage – is now a passing joke; something to be shrugged over. But this is Mad Men, and one of the primary characteristics of the people who populate this world is that they never really get over the dark parts of themselves; they just move on. So we can stand there wide-eyed and open-mouthed, like everyone else attending that eye-popping party, at the sight of a smiling, seemingly happy Don, but we know that this is still just the surface – and is as much a pretty, glossy surface as his first marriage was at one time. Like Peggy, still the person who knows him best in the world, we’re concerned by his patience and seeming happiness.

Don, drowning in his own happiness, doesn’t really have his mind on work anymore and people are suffering because of it. Don and Megan are both acting in a pretty outrageously unprofessional manner. Even today, the sight of a married couple working in a professional setting can be off-putting to co-workers, but 1n 1966 they barely had the vocabulary to describe a career woman, let alone one who’s married to the boss. Peggy is stuck in a terrible situation, having to serve as a supervisor to her boss’ wife, with no guidelines or clear delineations of power. And because Megan and Don are sexually open in front of a group of co-workers with a long list of sexual hangups, the office isn’t dealing with it in a particularly healthy or grownup way. Enter Harry Crane, who has turned into quite the little sleazeball in the past couple of years. No female character has ever had to deal with a form of sexual harrassment quite so ugly and upsetting as this one. We suppose it’s to Megan’s credit that she didn’t immediately use her standing to get Harry fired, although she would have been perfectly in her rights to do so. Instead, she cast her anger more broadly, indicting the entire culture of SCDP as toxic and too cynical for her free-spirited ways. This was the one time when we saw shades of Betty in her behavior, because that hate-fuck was a Betty-like manipulation to get what she wanted and what she wanted was to be able to say that their work arrangement was making her very unhappy. Once again, Don married a woman and is trying to turn her into his version of the Perfect Wife. Ten years ago, a blonde Grace Kelly in the suburbs was his ultimate dream and he shoved the educated, world-traveling Betty into that role to both their detriments. Today his dream is younger, free-er, with an international flair and no sexual hangups whatsoever. A smart career woman who will flash her tits at him in the office, as opposed to the dutiful robot that was his first wife’s role. But just like Betty, Megan’s not happy in this role and just like he was with Betty, Don ignores her concerns and does nothing to address her needs and wants. It’s a sexier, more fun marriage in a lot of ways, but she’s still Mrs. Don Draper, which means she still has to bear a ton of baggage, even if he is a lot more open about it.

In other SCDP news, Pete is still petulant and whiny, but something new has been added: He’s also Don Draper; or at least, the Don Draper of about 5 years ago, riding the train home to the suburbs and walking into a kitchen that looked eerily like the old Draper one. He’s got the acre of land, the kid, and the wife who spends all day in a housecoat. He’s living the dream but like so many others (and Don before him) he wonders if this is the dream he really wanted. One thing he knows he wants is a bigger office and he tries to shame the partners into giving him Roger’s. It was never going to happen, even if they all agreed he had a point. Roger has little to no power in the firm anymore with Lucky Strike gone, but the one thing he does have is money, and he uses it to get what he wants, paying Caroline fifty bucks to sit outside his office and paying Harry over a thousand to give Pete his office. It’s the last act of a desperate man; something that the Roger of 5 years ago would have been appalled to even consider. You don’t throw your money around so openly to solve your problems, not if you’re part of Roger Sterling’s class and circle. But Roger has no client and even the beautiful young girl he left his wife for has turned out to be simple, stupid, and bitter. He has one thing in his life that brings him a little happiness. “There’s my baby!” And yes, he clearly knows and is clearly lavishing gifts on his son.

Joan, for her part, has made a complete 180. The woman who coolly blew out smoke last season and informed Peggy that she learned a long time ago not to get her satisfaction from the office (a statement that was met with “That’s bullshit!” in response) is practically begging and pleading with the office to bring her back into the fold, into the one place in the world where she feels competent and in charge of her life. Joan, like so many woman of her generation, has found herself turned into a career woman, even though she swore up and down that it wasn’t what she wanted. And why not? Her personal life has never brought her the kind of satisfaction that her professional standing did and it seems to us she’s finally reached the point – spurred at least partially by exhaustion – where she’s going to openly pursue that professional life just because it brings her a measure of happiness. And of course, allows her to spend all day with the father of her child. 

And Peggy is still Peggy; driven, ambitious, and talented; all of it topped off by a social awkwardness that gets her in trouble. It’s amazing to think it, but she’s been at the copywriting game almost as long as Don was when we first met him. You can see that smoothness and confidence in her presentation, but you can see she’s still got that need for Don’s constant support and constant affirmations of her brilliance. It’s something that always plagued the character and it’ll be interesting to see if she’s getting a handle on it. If nothing else, Megan’s little tantrum seemed to have affected her and gotten her to question her own selfishness sometimes.

We’ll have much more to discuss when we do the Mad Style post, but for now, let’s all grin and sing a couple bars of “Zou Bisou Bisou” because Mad Men is BACK. And let’s all hope for a fabulous black secretary to come in and shake this world up even further.

 

[Photo Credit: amctv.com]

    • miagain

      Bill Davis’ apartment from Family Affair… but where’s Mr. French, and Buffy???

      • serenitynow02

        and Mrs. Beasley?

        I loved the Family Affair apartment!

      • luciaphile

        OMG. You’re right. It was nagging at me the whole time that it felt familiar. It’s not the same exact thing obviously, but it totally had that feel!

      • Chickadeep

        Same here! First thing that ran through my head: “It’s Uncle Bill’s apartment!…or at least in his building.” Though Uncle Bill had practical green carpets.

        To this day, the Family Affair episode that stands out in my mind is the one where Cissy gets a phone and Uncle Bill hires a decorator to fix up the girls’ room…that was the first time I realized that you could have more than one phone in a house, and that interior decorators even *existed*!

      • lordandtaylor

        I was alaays amazed that Uncle Bill had double front doors and the door knobs were in the middle of the door. I always wanted those centered knobs…but on Marlo’s groovy apartment on “THAT GIRL”

        • miagain

           And then we all wanted Mary Tyler Moore’s apartment!!
          But I agree with you about the double doors.  I always thought they were the height of sophistication!

          • TheDivineMissAnn

            Mary Tyler Moore’s FIRST apartment.  I wasn’t as crazy about the second one.  Even Rhoda’s apartment upstairs was cool, albeit small.

        • BigShamu

          Yeah….never gonna happen on a public building, not ADA compliant.

      • Geoff Dankert

        THIS. I blurted out during the episode, “Hey, it’s ‘Family Affair!’”

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_2CNDPMVO4W23R5TVC2QMTJ5BZE Heather

      Did anyone get the tension between Megan and Joan? What was that about?

      • 2ndhandchic

         I noticed that too. Maybe Joan isn’t happy about no longer being the office hottie. Joan probably feels uncomfortable with the extra weight after having a baby (even though she looked amazing), plus Megan is much younger.

      • http://www.facebook.com/adamcatkinson Adam Atkinson

        I understood that to be Joan suspecting Megan of being a mistrusting conniver (By this point, her [awful] mother had clearly gotten in her head.), and Megan didn’t want to be around Don right then, so she was just acting strange (yet still playing into Joan’s fear that Megan was up to something anti-Joan.)

        • Cynthia Garza

          Yep.  That’s how I understood the scene also.

        • http://www.facebook.com/people/Katherine-Lavender/553350310 Katherine Lavender

          Yep, I saw that as Megan avoiding Don more than avoiding Joan. & poor Joan had been placed on the defensive about pretty much everything at that point, so didn’t take it very well. Her mother’s comments about Megan not wanting Joan around Don, plus the fact that Megan broke out of the secretarial pool years before Joan managed to, and is married AND to Don AND still gets to work AND is the office cutie… well.

      • http://profiles.google.com/dorothymichael Dorothy & Michael n/a

        Joan hired Megan as a secretary there – then Megan had the balls to marry the handsome Don Draper.  I’m guessing this pissed off Joan, who probably would have liked to marry Roger if she had the chance, but Roger was already married.  I’d say Joan is a combination of jealous and envious of what Megan has now. 

        • http://profiles.google.com/sara.e.munoz Sara Munoz

          Oh, I think you are right. I had forgotten that dynamic. But now I remember the fantastic scene between Joan & Peggy after Megan & Don announced their engagement.
          Thank you!

          • Candigirl1968

            Don’t forget as importantly, Roger’s current wife is another former SC temp.  

      • marishka1

        Megan took the path Joan refused to, and now she is stuck at home with a baby and no career and Megan has everything she (thinks she) wants. Do the math : )

        • FashionShowAtLunch

          I disagree with all of you; what I saw was Megan trying to avoid Joan, and Joan calling her over.  If anything, it’s Megan who’s threatened by Joan.

          • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_2CNDPMVO4W23R5TVC2QMTJ5BZE Heather

            That was my sense too… as someone said, “Would you [Megan] want her [Joan] at your party?” I was wondering if rumors were floating around the office that Don was the father of Joan’s child. Although I’m sure Joan tried to hide her pregnancy as long as possible, when the child was born her co-workers would have done the math and realized that her husband had been out of town 9-ish months previously.

            • FashionShowAtLunch

              Thank you – I was at a viewing party and couldn’t catch all of the dialogue, and I thought I remembered someone saying something like that.  Which signified to me that Megan might feel more threatened by Joanie for some reason than vice-versa.  Perhaps there were rumors, as you suggest; or perhaps it’s just because Joanie is FABULOUS. And Megan, while not without her feminine wiles… well, in a cage match, I’d bet on Joan.

            • http://twitter.com/lareveuse lareveuse

              Don’t forget that right after Joan found out she was pregnant, she took a bus to visit her hubby and make it look like the baby was his. Likely, no one but Roger knows. 

          • marishka1

            Joan made a dig at Megan before she entered the office; she made a dig at her in Season 4 when the engagement was announced; she feels the exact same way about Jane, but Jane isn’t shoved in her face every day. I would bet my bottom dollar that Joan is just plain-old jealous, but would never admit it to herself, and that comes out in sly, bitchy comments. No wonder Megan runs — she can’t handle nastiness (witness her reaction to Harry’s stupid comments).

          • http://www.lindamerrill.com Linda Merrill

             Actually, I thought it was Megan trying to avoid Don because she was mad at him and he was with Joan. Then she turned around to escape and what’s his face who was making fun of her was in the other door. Then Joan called her over. So, Megan was caught in the middle, so to speak.

          • jen_vasm

            It’s Megan’s issue, not Joan’s. Joan does realize something is awry because her mom picked up on the last minute invitation to Don’s party from Megan. I don’t think we have all the facts yet – it might center around the baby as Megan did an about face when she saw Joan and the baby. Joan does not seem to be making bitchy comments re: Megan, though. She had much friction with Jane (for obvious reason) but seems more mellow with Megan, even her comment to the new receptionist that a previous receptionist ended up with ‘getting it all’ seemed more wistful than sarcastic.

            • ohayayay

              ah, but Megan made last-minute invitations to everyone, that was the irony!

            • chelwi

               Everyone got a “last minute” invitation though. There were multiple comments about it. I think it was Megan trying to avoid Don, not Joan, thinking back on it now.

              I do agree with you that Joan isn’t nearly as bitchy about Megan as she was with Jane, so I would imagine the comment she made was more about Jane than Megan.

            • Jennifer Coleman

              Jane was not a receptionist, was she? But Megan did start out as receptionist. And Joan’s comment was actually a gentle joke to the new receptionist about one of her predecessors getting it all. Megan might’ve made last minute invites to all, but I still think there’s more to this story from Megan’s POV.

            • http://twitter.com/ClairRose483 Clair Ellis

              Jane was a receptionist. Pretty sure she was Don’s, could be wrong, and hen Roger stole her or took advantage, however you wanna look at it.

            • Jennifer Coleman

              To clarify – Jane was not at the office reception desk as the woman Joan was speaking to was. Jane was Don’s secretary as you said. Megan started out at the office reception desk.

      • Annie Leung

        I didn’t think Megan wanting to walk away had anything to really do with Joan, I thought she was avoiding Don because he was standing right there and she was still mad at him. This was also just after Harry embarrassed her with his comments and the feeling that Don was right about her “Zou Bisou Bisou” was starting to sink in. Joan was probably a bit annoyed with her because she thought Megan wanted to exclude her from the party because she didn’t get an invite until “last minute”.

      • emcat8

        I guess I might be the only one who thinks the tension was about Joan not being invited to the party, which I think happened because Roger & Jane were going to be there, and most people know there is great enmity between them, regardless of the Roger thing. When I’ve had to come face to face with people who didn’t invite me to something, they always lie or act weird and avoidy. 

        • http://profile.yahoo.com/MJAJM4DY7IOJQBI2LVYIAXJK5M Mick

          Joan was invited, she mentions it to her mother. 

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jessica-TallGirl-Freeman/1043623567 Jessica TallGirl Freeman

      Yes to the entire second paragraph.  I think TLo pretty much summed up what I was thinking about the overall episode.  I was not let down, and it was a great 2 hours to set up the season.  Though what was up with Lane and the picture of Delores.  I did find that odd.  And I definitely have a song headache from Zou Bisou Bisou. Its stuck on repeat, just those 3 words.

      • bluessis

        Lane is sad and lonely. His wife doesn’t make him happy, and he obviously had to do what Daddy said and reconcile with her.  To me, he is the saddest one right now.

        • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jessica-TallGirl-Freeman/1043623567 Jessica TallGirl Freeman

          Agreed. Doesn’t make it any less creepy.  I can understand a man fawning over that kind of photo, but stealing it?  Creepy.

          • Sweetbetty

             And do you really think that Mr. P. didn’t notice that it was missing?  Or is he making note of that and making plans to “use” Lane somewhere down the line with Delores as his manipulator?

        • http://profiles.google.com/sara.e.munoz Sara Munoz

          Lane is sad, and creepy. And racist, apparently. I don’t think this is the last we will see of Delores.

          • chelwi

             They’re all going to be a bit racist. It’s the times. I thought Lane was more open-minded though. He had a crush on that black bunny.

            • http://profiles.google.com/sara.e.munoz Sara Munoz

              Of course, the more I think about it, the more it’s not so cut-and-dried to me. I rescind my opinion on the wallet situation. It’s not that he doesn’t trust the cabbie to return it; why would he care? It’s not his. There were other reasons he chose to return it himself.
              HOWEVER. Racism is so prevalent, that he certainly didn’t mind *appearing* that way. If he even realized he was. 
              Damn this show has layers.

          • http://www.facebook.com/people/Katherine-Lavender/553350310 Katherine Lavender

            I don’t see that Lane is necessarily racist – he might just be a good old-fashioned British snob who doesn’t trust the cabbie, black or white. He did have his “chocolate bunny” phase, and when all the new equal opportunities applicants turned up at the end of Part 2, his only concern seemed to be the fact that they couldn’t afford to hire anyone at the moment. To me, Lane and Pete have always seemed much more open-minded and tuned in than the others at the office – if you want racism, look at Roger.

        • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_YAMNQMUGFM4NNSPAQLZRODSD5I Angela

           …and don’t forget his black Playboy Bunny girlfriend! Who wants to bet he winds up with the new secretary of color?

    • RzYoung

      As i won’t be seeing Mad Men until it comes out on DVD here in the UK I’ve decided to spoil myself, and TLo, you guys are the best people to spoil myself with :) 

    • http://twitter.com/maggie162 Maggie

      Megan may not be Betty, but Don is trying to break her down in the same way.  It will be interesting to see how resilient she is against his emotional manipulations, but it’s utterly clear that (a) Don has not grown or changed as a person in any significant way when it comes to how he interacts with his partners and (b) his inclination towards emotional abuse was not specific to Betty.  

      • PhillyJen

        The problem is I think Don believes he has changed. Telling Megan about Dick Whitman was a huge step for him. But it isn’t the secret that makes him such a terrible partner. The real problem is he hates himself, and because of that, anyone who could be with him is stupid and unworthy of his respect. 

        • FashionShowAtLunch

          That old Groucho Marx (I think?) saying: Wouldn’t want to belong to a club that would have you as a member.  That’s basically why Don can’t really be with women whom he respects very much.

      • Frank_821

        Yes it’s clear he’s still a liar. He thinks he’s happy and telling Megan the truth seems like he’s grown but he still has his demons. Of course in a way it was safe to to tell her. Look how many people know already-Betty, Bert, Pete, Fay. What’s one more?

        But he’s conjured new lies and manipulations. He still keeps the enigma of his personal and professional life. I wanted to scream run Megan run before you turn into Betty!

        • bellesprit

           Megan won’t turn into Betty. Betty came into the Draper marriage with her own set of problems. But Don could easily destroy his somewhat happy relationship with Megan. Megan very well might not tolerate it as long as Betty did.

          • Glammie

            Yep, she’s a different generation.  She’s keeping a career, unlike Betty whom Don didn’t allow to return to modeling.  And Megan didn’t bother to clear the party with Don whereas Betty always did what Don wanted and taking out her anger on the kids.  

            I think Megan may walk or have an affair if Don’s too much of a pain.  

            I do read Don’s women as part of how he connects to the zeitgeist.  Betty was the perfect 50s Grace Kelly girl and now Megan’s the mod/Bond girl update.  (I *knew* she’d be mod.  What I didn’t know was how much her clothes would look like my mom’s.  Never thought of Mom as mod . . . )  Am so looking forward to TLo’s style post.  Peggy, Peggy, what was that frumpy party frock?

        • formerlyAnon

          Don’s expectations and issues will make Megan miserable before she runs. The entertainment (if you can stand to watch) will be how she reacts and what path the downward spiral will take.

      • http://beautyforrealgirls.blogspot.com/ accidental housewife

         I don’t think he’s trying to break her down; nor did I see any emotional abuse. I saw two people who made a highly impulsive decision and are now trying to figure out how to deal with each other.

        I’m not saying Don has turned into a prince, and whether the marriage lasts or doesn’t, I won’t be surprised either way. But I’m not seeing any intentionally bad behavior on Don’s part. He’s more delusional than anything else, e.g., his insistence that it’s a good idea for them to go into work together.

        We’ll see, though. I try not to think too far ahead when it comes to this show. When I do try to predict what’s going to happen, I’m usually wrong.

        • Glammie

          I can predict some things, not others.  I like how Don’s path is never that simple.  He’s finally married a brunette and, in some ways, it ought to work–she’s a bit more worldly and bohemian than Betty, but still a good girl.  However, the lines about her being an “actress” and the drastic change in her look all indicate that she’s playing a part–being the woman Don wants her to be–while there are other indications that she’s not nearly as sophisticated as she’s trying to be.  She’s not Bobbie Barrett.  She’s not really able to handle the attention of being a 60s sex kitten–she was speechless when she heard Harry’s fantasies.  

          She’s trying to be what Don wants, but can she keep up with him?  My guess is no–and that Don probably can’t be happy with one woman because he wants two very different kinds of women–both the sophisticated, smart one and the girlish more naive one.  He’s attracted, but scared by the former; he feels dominant (and manly) around the other, but gets bored by her. 

          In neither case, is he able to see and accept his romantic partner as a full person.  He’s selling the dream and buying it.  Probably part of the reason, he’s close to Peggy, but not sexually connecting to her, is that she’s too real a person to him.

        • http://profiles.google.com/sara.e.munoz Sara Munoz

          Could be. Contrast with Roger and Jane. Similar situation and they are not holding up well at all. 

        • http://twitter.com/ClairRose483 Clair Ellis

          I agree. I don’t think he is trying to break her either. I think he might respect her more than Betty though and probably cares more too, or at least that is what I thought. He is still a huge ass, but I didn’t think he was near as emotionally abusive. Granted this was only 90ish minutes of the season though so…

    • http://asskickingadviser.com/ Ass Kicking Adviser

      That whole second paragraph you just wrote? My answers are yes, yes, yes and, well, you get the picture.  Every time I thought about it on Saturday and Sunday I got a little smile. And it didn’t disappoint.  Two hours of fabulousness. Oh my god is right!

    • VanessaDK

      Never thought I would like Megan so much.

      Very observant about her playacting for Don at the end.  She does understand him!

      • Browsery

        Interesting.  I found Megan childish, petulant, naive, and manipulative.  I do think she wants to make Don happy — the surprise party was evidence of that — but she uses poor judgment.

        I can’t tell so far if she has any advertising industry talent; it’s obvious she got promoted because of nepotism.

        I speak French well with an excellent accent and Megan is getting on my nerves.  She seems pretentious.

        • http://twitter.com/asciident Melissa Brogan

          “I speak French well with an excellent accent” – why, because of Megan’s French? You know that both she and the actress are French-Canadian, yes?

    • sweetlilvoice

      Thank you boys for getting the post out so quickly! I’m so happy MM is back and so full of all the drama again. I hope a black woman does become a secretary but that is a great power move. It’s shows the agency is young and hip.

      My only complaint-why so many damn commercials? I hope the rest of the season isn’t like that and this was just because it was a 2 hour episode.

      • http://profiles.google.com/misslauraschultz Laura Schultz

        because it’s an expensive show and someone has to pay for it

    • NurseEllen

      Spot on, as Lane would say.  And he brings up my question: Clearly, he didn’t trust the black taxi driver to return the lost wallet, especially considering it had so much cash in it, and clearly, he ended up being just as dishonest in his own way by making a pass at the owner’s “girl” over the phone and filching her photo, but why?  Not about power, as you point out.  It was made clear that he was having “cash flow” issues, yet didn’t steal any cash.  Not about being lonely–obviously his wife & son came back from London.  I didn’t get that whole line at all.

      It was interesting that Betty never appeared in the show.  And there were a few shots of Sally, at the beginning when she was still in her PJs, where she looked incredibly grown up (at least from the back).  Don is treating her beyond her years, though, and being incredibly crude to call her mom & stepdad “Morticia and Lurch”.  The kids have to live with everyone, and it’s such an easily repeatable comment, designed to cause insulted anger…….especially because it’s sorta funny.  Just not good.

      I did a big “gasp” when I saw Pete’s kitchen, thinking exactly what you said: that it looked scarily like Don & Betty’s first one.

      Yes. Joan is supposed to be a month or so post-partum but she had on a lot of padding and looked very “stuffed” into that red dress.  Can’t wait for your style take on that.  And the party getups, too!

      • kj8008

         My first reaction of Lane (one of my favorite characters since the all-nighter
        with Don) finding the wallet was how distrustful of the black cabbie. He had a HUGE crush on
        the black Playmate from S4! Thinking about his cash flow situation, I can only assume that it was a money thing, not a racial thing. But, he does have a thing for mysterious, exotic women.  My wife was mortified at how Lane is turning into a creep.

        I agree about the Addams family quip (as cute as it was), but Dan was just saying what the kids are probably thinking anyway.  Sally got a kick out of it.  And she is growing up quite fast!

        • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_2CNDPMVO4W23R5TVC2QMTJ5BZE Heather

          I actually thought the ‘Morticia and Lurch’ comment was funny, rather than cruel, especially considering that crazy-ass house that Betty appears to have moved into (can’t WAIT to see the interior of that thing).

          • ballerinawithagun

            My husband pointed out the crazy looking house immediately when Don said Morticia and Lurch. Good way to bring in other Pop culture of the time besides art and music. 

          • Sweetbetty

             I noticed that a clip from next week’s show included Betty and her dreadful mother-in-law and I’m wondering if she and Henry and the kids had to move in with the M-I-L who lives in a big ole manor house.

        • FashionShowAtLunch

          Racism is complex; it is completely feasible that he would be attracted to black women while simultaneously harboring racist beliefs about the trustworthiness of black men.

          • girliecue

            There must be some sort of cosmic wavelength the Bitter Kittens are on because literally the last thought I had right before I clicked onto this post was “racism is complex.” I was thinking about the old question, “Can a person be a racist and still be a good person?” because it popped into my head last night while watching the unbearably, torturously long-awaited new episode.

            Actually, I’m hoping it’s not just the Bitter Kittens that are on this wavelength and that the world is ready to have a real dialogue about racism and address it in a way that makes a positive difference universally.

            • rowsella

               I don’t think I’ve ever met someone who wasn’t what could be considered racist whether due to ignorance, upbringing, cultural mores/era or just plain don’t know any better (which could be filed under ignorance).  As a culture, I think we evolve and don’t believe we can really judge people’s behavior and social beliefs half a century ago through 21st century lens.  People are multi-faceted. 

        • KuriousKat

          RE Lane: “Not about being lonely–obviously his wife & son came back from London.  I didn’t get that whole line at all.”  
          I disagree: I got the sense he is very lonely. One can be married and feel very much estranged from one’s spouse and son – did you see how he fawned over Joanie’s baby? I think he’s very lonely indeed.

          • Sweetbetty

             I agree.  Lonely at home because of his loveless marriage and lonely at work because he seems to be hiding something that the rest of them don’t know about.  Joan seems to be the only one he can talk to who “gets” him and now he has Delores to titillate him over the phone (for now).

          • girliecue

            Absolutely. He is very lonely, and one gets the sense he has always been very lonely and destined to always be very lonely. His father beat it into him that his life was not his to live, that his purpose in life was to please other people. It breaks my heart because he really is a lovely person. I loved the scene with him and Joan! It’s so rare to see genuine affection between any two characters on MM and it was the only time that day either of them felt at ease. A fleeting vision of Lane and Joanie married flew through my head. It would be perfect because he would be crazy happy with love and adoration for her and she would finally have a man  she could trust and who thinks she hung the moon. Of course, that’ll never happen, and we don’t watch MM because it’s such a feel-good show, but it made me smile thinking of the two of them happy and at ease.

            • Glammie

              We saw more of his wife than we usually see.  I’m kind of hoping there’s more of a story line there that we get to know her a little better–mostl because I like the actress.

              And, yes, there’s some sort of connection between Lane and Joan–but it seemed more camaraderie–both outsiders in their own company.

            • filmcricket

               “Both outsiders” – very good observation. They’re also both in the unfortunate position of having to play the heavy: Lane is the numbers man (never the most popular person in the office) and Joan, as was seen in S4, is now looked on as a nagging mom rather than a sexy dominatrix.

              It’s clear Lane’s appreciation for Joan has grown while she’s been away; at the end of S4 they were polite to each other but hardly cordial. The scene between them was very lovely and I very much hope they just remain esteemed colleagues to one another; Joannie does not need the baggage of another office romance and the show’s gone soapy enough as it is without adding another sexual relationship to the mix.

            • Thundar99

              I’ve said exactly the same thing about Lane and Joan.  I think they’d be great together and hope, even though it’ll never happen, that the two of them do wind up together.  It’s interesting that almost every moment of emotional and intellectual honesty either of them has ever had in the office (with a member of the opposite sex) is with each other. 1) Lane tells Joan he won’t be a push-over to her physical charms 2) Joan (erroneously) putting him in his place when she thinks he’s made the same assumption about her after she receives flowers meant for his wife and now 3) the confession that she misses work along with his affirmation of her value.  I don’t think i was seeing things when I saw Joan give him a couple of appraising looks up and down. Enh…anyway one can dream for the happiness of make-believe characters anyway, right?

        • Browsery

          Yes, I wondered about Lane’s money issues, too.  I hope they’re not setting up an embezzlement plot.

      • luciaphile

         Wasn’t January Jones either having her baby or had just had her baby about the time they were filming this?

        • NurseEllen

          You may be right, but since when did a little thing like an off-screen pregnancy ever intrude on television shooting timelines? Those big crinolines can hide an awful lot, LOL.

          • luciaphile

            Yeah, but if she was at term, or at home with a 1-2 week old baby, they may have worked around her for the first episode.

            • altalinda

              When the cast was on Charlie Rose, Jon Hamm said that they shot the next episode first, and it looks like it’s going to be a Betty-centric episode.

            • FunButNutz

              In Entertainment weekly it said that January Jones’ pregnancy will mean limited appearances from her throughout the season.

            • CarolinLA

              Maybe she’ll use her time off to take acting lessons.  She is dreadful in every role except Betty.  Man, she’s a tough interview too.  Jimmy Fallon had to drag every word out of her.  God that’s hard when you’re the host.

        • Jodie_S

          Did anyone else think that Joan’s baby might actually be January Jones baby, Zander?

      • http://twitter.com/dialmformichele Michele Rosenthal

         I don’t know about the cab driver, but all I had to think about was Lane being beaten by his father to stop him from divorcing his wife. And suddenly his flirtations seem a lot less creepy, and a lot more sad.

        • NurseEllen

          I didn’t get “creepy”, I got more of a “curious” vibe.  Here’s a guy whose life is pretty much plotted out for him, so maybe he just wants a taste of how a normal (for that time) guy operates.  Lane was rather awkward and inept about the whole telephone encounter.  I like your insight about the whole thing being sad, though, Michele.  Very nice.

          • rowsella

             Lane is in a love affair with America.  He is fascinated by American women.  I think his wife spends a lot of money and perhaps he is not pulling his entire salary to help keep things afloat at the agency.  He really wants it to work.  He does not wish to return to GB.

          • rowsella

             Lane is in a love affair with America.  He is fascinated by American women.  I think his wife spends a lot of money and perhaps he is not pulling his entire salary to help keep things afloat at the agency.  He really wants it to work.  He does not wish to return to GB.

      • http://twitter.com/mme_hardy MadameHardy

        My current guess (and it is that) is that Lane isn’t taking his whole salary, because the office is in worse financial trouble than he’s admitting.   My first guess was that he’s simply tight as a tick in all parts of his life, and specializes in spending no money until he absolutely has to.  Third guess… hookers?

        • http://www.lindamerrill.com Linda Merrill

          I had the same thought – that he’s not taking his full salary to cover financial problems. Or, we haven’t seen all his demons. Maybe gambling debts? Clearly, the other partners are doing well – Don and the swanky apartment, Pete and the big house in the ‘burbs and plans to put in a pool, Roger always flinging around the cash. But, I doubt Lane is skimming from the company to cover debts because he wouldn’t be looking forward to have Joan back managing the books. As far as not leaving the wallet with the driver, perhaps he was tempted by the cash in the wallet and maybe needed a little “loan” that he’d replace before he returned it? I’m not sure I saw it as racism, although it certainly could be. I saw it as more of a temptation for him.

          • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_2CNDPMVO4W23R5TVC2QMTJ5BZE Heather

            Interesting. Or, perhaps the other partners aren’t doing so well either, just keeping up the appearance of doing well. Remember that throwing around $$ and actually having/making $$ aren’t the same thing (ie, the US economy circa 2004). 

          • nellcote

            Megan, Roger and Pete’s wife all have money of their own.  They’re not dependant on salaries.

            • http://www.lindamerrill.com Linda Merrill

               Megan doesn’t, just Don’s salary, her’s can’t be much. Roger does have family money true. And so too Pete’s wife, but I still didn’t feel that any of them were feeling any kind of pinch like Lane clearly is.

      • fnarf

         Trust didn’t have anything to do with it. That wallet was an opportunity, pure and simple. He’s got something in mind, and this sleazy little episode is just the beginning. When he was fingering that Social Security card I almost thought Lane was thinking about how to do a Dick Whitman, to escape his obviously intolerable home (and possibly work) situation. But it was the girl instead. That’s how desperate he is, and so ham-handed — really, he’d have better luck propositioning women on the street than calling them up out of the blue.

        But we’re going to see more of Mr Politti, I think. They wouldn’t have introduced this silly storyline unless it was going to turn into something bigger. Is Lane going to do a bunk? Set up a separate identity and embezzle funds? Harrass the girl in the picture some more and get punched in the nose?

        • Sweetbetty

           But it was the girl who started the inappropriate direction the conversation took and Lane couldn’t have known that when he decided to make contact with the owner of the wallet. It may not have been distrust of the cab driver but he did make an honest effort to contact the owner to return the wallet so I didn’t see anything shady there.  But the minute the woman on the phone started sharing unnecessary details of her personal life he had to make the decision to shut her down and make arrangements to get the wallet returned or to play along with her sleazy little bored “housewife” game and we see which way he went.

          I agree that we’re going to see more of Mr. Politti and it should be interesting.

          • fnarf

             He didn’t shut anything down. He suggested she was in her underwear! He tried to finagle an invitation to her house! She didn’t start anything; she may have been a little unguarded at first, but people were less guarded in the sixties. She seems like a naive moll (not a “housewife”), and he was definitely trying something dirty on.

            • Sweetbetty

               I didn’t mean to imply that Lane shut her down; I was implying that he took the other route and played right along with her.  But she opened the door to the discussion of her personal life and let him walk right on in.  I know she wasn’t a housewife in the sense that Betty Draper was but she apparently sits (or lies) at home while her gangster (?) boyfriend is out doing his business so it was probably a little exciting for her, too, to play the little phone sex game.

            • Jenny Hill

              Is it just me, or does anyone else get the feeling that Delores is as old as Mr. Politti? I don’t know enough about the history of photo processing to know for sure, but that photo could be much older than Lane thinks.

      • Browsery

        I’m not saying race was completely irrelevant in Lane’s treatment of the cabbie, but I wondered if he would have trusted any cabbie to return a wallet with that much cash.  I just couldn’t tell.  Such ambiguity/potential contradictory behavior is what makes MM good.

        I wondered if the wallet’s owner would end up being in organized crime or something else untoward.

    • 2ndhandchic

      I was blown away by how different Sally Draper’s voice was! And also, what Bobby are we on now? #3? 4?

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jessica-TallGirl-Freeman/1043623567 Jessica TallGirl Freeman

        I know, I thought it was a dream sequence at first because she didn’t sound like herself.  Our little Sally is growing up, and I can see some issues with her and Megan already.

        • MK03

          Oh yes. Looks like Sally is not digging the new mommy like Don thought she would. Which makes me happy; my problem with Megan last season was that she felt like a Mary Sue; literally everything she touched turned to gold. I’m glad to see her get knocked down a few pegs and that she can’t keep up her perfect facade after 8-ish months with Don.

          • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jessica-TallGirl-Freeman/1043623567 Jessica TallGirl Freeman

            Oh we all know nothing gets past our little Sally Draper, and heading into her tweens and teens she is going to make sure she remains the most important female in her dad’s life.  She knew that wasn’t the bathroom when she woke up, and I’m sure it is interesting to Sally that Megan sleeps in the nude.  We know Sally has some sexual issues since she was caught touching herself at that sleep over last season. It will be interesting to see how Megan being around will affect her. 

            • http://www.facebook.com/mary.nease Mary Nease

              That girl is going to become such a hippy and I really hope we get to see it.

            • formerlyAnon

              I’m thinking we could start a pool on which adult in her parents’ circles she gets caught smoking dope with.

            • http://www.facebook.com/mary.nease Mary Nease

              I’m betting on Peggy. I think somehow, someway, Ally and Pegs are gonna spend some extended time together and become buddies, like sisters or something. Peggy seems like the woman Sally would want to become.

            • http://profiles.google.com/sara.e.munoz Sara Munoz

              My money’s on Harry. He’s turned into a real creep. I predicted last season he had a gambling problem, but now I’m thinking he might be on drugs.

            • formerlyAnon

              I lean toward it being a guy – she’s going to be fascinated with her power over men, men she sees in some ways as she sees her father – and she’s sure to be good looking which will cloud whatever judgement the guy will have about doing illegal drugs with the big ad exec’s underage daughter.

            • Sweetbetty

               I was also thinking when the show opened with Sally getting out of bed and wandering to (supposedly) the bathroom that maybe she was getting her first period.  What do you bet it happens during one of her weekends with dad and Betty has a fit with how it ends up being handled.

            • CozyCat

              Remember when she was seeing the child psychologist and got coaching on how to pretend that she was doing what other people want but really do what she wants?  (or something like that).  Sally’s behavior could suggest that she has taken that advice to heart and is playing some sort of sly little game… 

      • marishka1

        In the New York Times open chat with Matt Weiner and the cast, they did mention that they were on Bobby number 5 or 6, not including photo-doubles (ones that you can’t see his face).

        • http://www.GiftedCollector.com Nancy Abrams

          The new Bobby is MJ Delfino from Desperate Housewives.

          • Glammie

            He actually seemed like a pretty animated Bobby.  Funny, Kieran Shipka has been such a strong Sally, but the Bobbys just don’t cut it.  I see Baby Gene looks more like Betty than the others.  Interesting casting choice.

      • Sweetbetty

         I was waiting for TLo to address Sally’s maturity, especially the voice change. 

    • lordandtaylor

      Hey, I like the Monkees!

      After reading and hearing all the hype for years, I finally took in a viewing of Mad Men. Hmmm. Don’t get the hype. This was yet another 2 hour episode that should have been edited to 45..err..30 minutes. Don’s apartment looks like the bad sets from the Carol Burnett Show. And just what were those mini-banana things all over the carpet after the party. And speaking of party, those guests were complete slobs. Remind me never to invite them to my house.

      Not too sure what you are raving about. But then again, I liked Pan Am…and the Monkees.

      • BigShamu

        Good lord, I was wondering about that also.  With their insane attention to detail, I couldn’t figure out what the hell those were…..of course it might have had something to do with lovely black lace undies….but yeah, what was on the carpet?

        • lordandtaylor

          Did a bit of research (bored at work). The bananas are candy…still available for cake decorations.

          • BigShamu

            Are we talking Banana Heads?  I didn’t realize they came in different colors or at least they do now.

      • twinkiecowboy

        In defense of Mad Men, it’s really not the kind of show you can easily jump on board with several seasons in. A lot of the show’s depth comes from character development and characters’ histories with each other. I would agree that last night’s episode was not the show’s most dynamic, but the first few episodes of every season are usually a slow burn. Totally reasonable if you don’t want to watch it all the way from the beginning, but that probably accounts for some of your dissatisfaction.

        • ballerinawithagun

          We didn’t watch the first season and when we started with the second sesaon, we couldn’t figure out why everyone raved about MM. Then suddenly all the threads began to weave seamlessly together. We also went back to watch the first season. The main reason I love this show is that you have to be completely absorbed. You can’t look at Vogue while watching! It often takes a tag team of my husband and myself to catch al of the inuendo. This also makes me appreciate T & Lo even more when they point out little things that we’ve missed. 

          • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_2CNDPMVO4W23R5TVC2QMTJ5BZE Heather

            During Season 4 I actually started watching with the Closed Captions on and it really helped – my TV has muddy sound and I also often got distracted by the clothes and set design!!

      • lalagigi

        I thought they were lemon or lime rinds from the drinks, but i didn’t watch the show in HD.

      • bellesprit

         I don’t think it’s advisable to try joining Mad Men late in the game without starting at the beginning. Several of my friends have tried this, and it just didn’t take. If you’d been watching from the start, you’d understand our investment & interest in these characters and share the delight in this 2-hour “reunion” with them.

      • sweatpantalternative

        It’s not a sitcom. Would you start a novel halfway through? 

        • lordandtaylor

          Dear TV viwers:
          So I need to wartch four seasons of shows just to come to the same conclusion: groovy clothes and a flat script? It had all the dramatic tension of an episode of “Man from U.N.C.L.E.” But now I can understand where all these 60′s inspired fashions are coming from (I mean you Tommy H!) and why I suddenly want to purchase a straight legged, narrow collar Botany 500 suit.

          • http://www.GiftedCollector.com Nancy Abrams

            It’s impossible to pick this show up in its 5th season, if for no other reason than to understand the short little sentence about Dick Whitman. It is the key to the whole show and is revealed early on in season 1.

            Catch up with the rest of us. Then come back and give an educated opinion.

          • http://beautyforrealgirls.blogspot.com/ accidental housewife

             Yes, you do need to watch four seasons of the show if want to have an informed opinion about it. You’re the 4th or 5th person I’ve heard of who watched the show for the first time last night and didn’t get the big deal, which…. of course you didn’t.

            It doesn’t matter to me if you like the show or not; but as sweatpantalternative said above, would you just open a novel up to any page and start reading? It’s a complicated, densely written show with fully developed characters and long term storylines. If you don’t have the patience to at least try to get the gist of what the show is about, then you don’t have the patience for Mad Men.

          • http://twitter.com/mediapileup mediapileup

             Yes, there were so many moments in Sunday’s premiere that only had resonance if you’d watched the whole series. For example: Pete and Peggy awkwardly standing over the baby, Roger’s announcement of “That’s my baby!”, Roger and Jane’s bickering, Megan and Don’s casual discussion of his true identity, Peggy’s concern at Don’s behavior. The dramatic tension was there, you just needed the full context of watching all 5 seasons to see it.

          • Glammie

            I actually started in Season Two.  I’m an ad agency brat and the recreation of the 60s didn’t interest me–it’s a little too stylized and weird little things are off.  Yes, they all drank like fish, but usually at lunch and in the bars.  You didn’t drink in the morning.  That’s when work was done.  

            But, anyway, I was channelsurfing and found myself pulled in by a Peggy episode.  I realized that I was really watching a series of interconnected short stories–once I accepted that, I got the show.  

            The clothes, for example, change–the groovy clothes look a bit ridiculous because the characters aren’t sure how to wear them.  Joan is sticking to her tried and true va-va-voom styles.  Peggy, who’s always a bit frumpy, is wearing an out-of-date party dress.  Harry’s moved from business suits to modish turtlenecks because he’s spending time in LA.  Pete’s adapted this awful country-club look.  Megan’s playing Euro babe.  ALL of the clothing–particularly when contrasted to the clothing in the previous seasons–is telling us about how the characters have evolved and how they are trying to portray themselves.  

            If nothing else, read some of TLo’s blogs on the styles of the different characters.  

            And early MM episodes in a season do tend to be about set-ups.  If you know the characters then how they are in this episode is pretty interesting.  It’s our first look into Don and Megan’s marriage, for instance.

          • CozyCat

            Look at it this way:  you (may) discover 4 seasons of a great tv show that you love and can watch on dvd to avoid all the excrement that’s on most nights.  I kind of envy you!  (I love when I discover some great BBC series on netflix that I’ve never heard of and get to enjoy many nights viewing it.)

          • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3KCDEX4FOTCFHZP6WLKSOOKUVM Danielle

             How come nobody ever bitches about how you couldn’t just jump into Lost?

        • Sweetbetty

           Exactly why I never became a fan of “Lost”.  I didn’t watch the first few episodes, then saw an episode when I was at someone else’s house who watched it faithfully.  I had to ask annoying questions every five minutes since I didn’t know the backstory and never did try to catch up so that I could become immersed in it, even though everyone around me seemed to discuss it endlessly.  I missed the first season of MM and if TLo hadn’t been blogging it I probably would never have gotten invested in it.  There are still a few episodes of season one I haven’t seen but I’ve managed to become sucked in anyhow.

      • CozyCat

        Try watching from the beginning of season 1.  This episode wasn’t a good one for someone new to the series–the first episode of every season just lets us catch up with the characters and sets up the season.

        It’s kind of like you were forced to sit through a long evening of people reminiscing over their shared experiences.  If you start from the beginning you may fall for the characters the way we have.

    • shopgirl716

      Chills thinking about a fabulous black secretary shaking things up.  How AWESOME would that be?  Loved this episode.  After the crashing bore that Project Runway has become it’s nice to have a really great TV show around.

      • MilaXX

         It would be interesting to see how they handled having a black secretary.

        • formerlyAnon

          Poorly, I’m thinking. Especially the more sexist guys.

          • CozyCat

            Everyone will have a terrible time trying to adopt the mid 60s version of “political correctness”–and then Joan will come back and smoothly handle the whole thing.

            Of course, Don will then stumble into some big account for the black market like he did with the American Cancer Society (and Pete will finally get to advertise in Ebony)

            • Glammie

              Except that Joan has been one of the more overtly racist characters.  Remember how she was about Paul’s girlfriend?  

              I think Pete and Don will adapt–Pete because he really is less of a bigot and Don because Don always has an affinity for outsiders.  Peggy should be amusingly earnest and awkward.

              Lane will be fine and then there’s Roger . . . ooh, boy.  Hope he doesn’t pull out his blackface routine.

      • Jane Doeyes

        I’m wondering if Layne is going to get a black secretary and go all creepy on her. I also thought it would be very interesting if he used this opportunity to hire his old girlfriend as his secretary, seeing as he has all the resumes. 

      • jeeplibby02

        I think that anyone who is expecting a black secretary to come into the office and “shake things up,” is projecting their own 21st-century mindset onto this as-yet-unhired person.  Among upwardly mobile blacks of the era, there was a very strong sense that when one landed a position in a professional environment not previously open to blacks, it behooved one to do one’s job better than anyone else, mind one’s p’s and q’s, and, above all, not make waves.  Young, ambitious black people were told by their elders– parents, teachers, pastors, civil rights leaders– that they had to be twice as good to get half as far.  That was the accepted wisdom (I know people who still believe it today), and I would be very surprised and more than a little disbelieving if she is anything other than focused, highly capable (perhaps, even overqualified for the job, possessing a college degree, rather than a diploma from Miss Somebody’s Secretarial School), and completely above the fray of the antics and goings-on at SCDP.  She couldn’t afford to be anything else if she hoped to keep her job.   

        • formerlyAnon

          As my first ever black friend (we were in 5th or 6th grade and it was maybe 1970?) told me “I get so tired of my grandmother telling me that I can’t afford to be lazy like white people.”

          [And the first black secretary would DEFINITELY have a college degree. In the 1960s a secretarial post with a major business executive was a desirable opportunity for a white girl with a college degree. Maybe not their dream job - but a practical and desirable alternative.]

        • shopgirl716

          Excellent point.  I lived in Miss. for a few years – 2003 to 2007- and I can tell you it’s still the case there. 

    • http://www.facebook.com/hilda.e.westervelt Hilda Elizabeth Westervelt

      It was so dreamy, all of it.  My Significant Other said at one point…”what if the show suddenly turns into a sitcom?”  This was during the party scene.  I replied, “not to worry, the darkness is still there, they are just making a point.”  It was all divine, groovy and very, very swell.

      • http://www.GiftedCollector.com Nancy Abrams

        The party scene reminded me of the Laugh In party skits.

    • serenitynow02

      A happy Don does not bode well for the creative (or financial) fortunes of SCDP, so “true” love probably is hearing the clock ticking already.

      Besides, Megan is quite the handful. She may have held all the cards last night when she was cleaning in her underwear, but you have to wonder how many times she can pull off that power play. And I have the feeling that if the time comes, this one is not going to go quietly into the night…

      Lane was all kinds of weird last night? Sixties phone sex? I wonder where all his money is going, since he clearly has cash-flow problems. And I can’t believe that wallet-man was a one-off; maybe there’s mob involvement coming up for the cash-strapped Lane.

      • http://www.facebook.com/hilda.e.westervelt Hilda Elizabeth Westervelt

        Don’t worry, he won’t be happy for long.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_OSYAJATXUH3QX7ZDDF52GXG4PU Janie R

        Maybe he has his little bunny set up in an apartment somewhere. I got lost on the money thing too. The conversation between Joan and him about the finances of the company was weird. Are we supposed to think he’s embezzling, but it’s really something else?

      • MK03

        I can’t see how Don and Megan won’t end in catastrophe. Don has a well-established history of not putting up with sexually aggressive women (Bobbie, anyone?) or with a woman who’s capable of asserting herself at all. And Megan is a major-league manipulator: Just look at her “I want to do what you do” speech last season, right before she seduced him in his office. And look where she is now. She got what she wanted (or thought she wanted). And considering that she appears to be as childish as Betty, but much more malicious and impulsive, I think she’ll use Don’s secret as blackmail to continue to get what she wants. Like ousting Peggy. And if they get rid of Peggy, so help me Jesus…

      • http://profiles.google.com/sara.e.munoz Sara Munoz

        Yes, I got a mob vibe too. 

    • meowing

      I has a big sad:  this is the first time I regret downsizing to basic cable.  Will have to search all over to find this episode.  Thx, TLo–your reviews may be all the MM I’ll get.

      • http://twitter.com/TaraBurkholder Tara Burkholder

        It’s on iTunes.

        • meowing

          Gracias, will give it a try (never used it before).

      • http://profiles.google.com/sara.e.munoz Sara Munoz

        Also, Amazon instant video. You can watch it online, no download necessary.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1183772509 Jen Hughes

      I may never get Zou Bisou Bisou out of my head.

    • bearnuckle

      TLo, you said that “No female character has ever had to deal with a form of sexual harrassment quite so ugly and upsetting as this one.”
      While what Megan had to put up with from Harry tonight was HORRIBLE, I’d say what poor Joanie was subjected to last season from Joey was even worse. Ugh, he was such a menacing little creep.

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/DBSIHWVY4ECXGNXAXFXJMSCNIE Katrin

        I agree! I think just in this episode there was far worse stuff going on. Pete telling his secretary to put up with whatever Roger wants to do so he can see his fake meeting? Don’s casual comment about Joan’s boobs? At least Harry’s comments weren’t made to her face!

      • MK03

        Or getting raped by her fiancee on the floor of Don’s office…

      • CatherineRhodes

        You’re absolutely right about Peggy and Joey. But wasn’t it great how Peggy stood up for herself and put Joey in his place!

      • http://twitter.com/rgmx Mercy

        Sexual harassment in the workplace has been a theme since the first elevator scene with the creative/sales team and Peggy.  It’s designed to make a modern audiences skin crawl and to set the stage for the morays of time period.

      • http://www.lindamerrill.com Linda Merrill

        Yeah, I don’t think this was sexual “harassment” per se. Harry thought he was speaking privately and was mortified that Megan overheard. He wasn’t trying a power play on her, which is the core of sexual harassment, I believe. The other guy was more of a manipulator of the situation since he egged Harry on. And let’s face it, she performed a saucy little dance just to get everyone “revved” up – she told Peggy everyone would leave and go have sex. She put herself out there in front of her own professional colleagues (not to mention her husband’s) and got a cold slap in the face for it.  Not too many professional women today would do that without impunity.

        • http://profile.yahoo.com/DBSIHWVY4ECXGNXAXFXJMSCNIE Katrin

          Though to be honest, I don’t think Harry was all that worried about Megan overhearing him and hurting her feelings, but about potentially losing his job because he said something like that about Don’s wife.

        • BayTampaBay

          I agree! Megan was not sexually harassed.

      • http://profiles.google.com/sara.e.munoz Sara Munoz

        What about the secretary who got her skirt lifted by Ken Cosgrove at the office party in season 1? The guys were betting on her panty color. That was pretty awful.
        Making fun of the boss’s wife would have been a bigger crime for Harry than sexual harassment.

        • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3KCDEX4FOTCFHZP6WLKSOOKUVM Danielle

           That was Alison, who slept with Ken later on that night.

          • http://profiles.google.com/sara.e.munoz Sara Munoz

            Yeah, she did. :(

        • formerlyAnon

          “Making fun of the boss’s wife would have been a bigger crime for Harry than sexual harassment.”

          That’s what I think. It would certainly carry a greater possibility of real negative consequences. If she weren’t the boss’ wife, in 1966 the only person who might suffer real consequences at work, IF a big deal were made of it, would be Megan.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_UXHOYXPNJJ4MQH6IHYSI3G5ILI M

      I know I will be in the fray here, but I cannot stand Megan.  That song was awkward and felt like padding the episode.  And that scene where he basically forced himself on her on the floor was revolting, even if she was being manipulative.  Here’s hoping he cheats with the new, African American assistant!  Also, poor Peggy.  Forced to work with the boss’s idiot wife. 

      “You don’t throw your money around so openly to solve your problems, not if your part of Roger Sterling’s class and circle.” *you’re

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jessica-TallGirl-Freeman/1043623567 Jessica TallGirl Freeman

        I’ll be in that fray with you.  Didn’t like her last season, and find her down right annoying.  Though I think that is the intention.  

      • FashionShowAtLunch

        I don’t necessarily like her, but I’m finding her WAY more interesting than I thought I was going to.  

        • nosniveling

          I don’t like Megan either, and find the constant PDA’s with her and Don to be painful/boring-
          but she is still 1000 times better than Betty!!  Next week’s Betty-centric show will be tortuous.

          • librarygrrl64

            Looking forward to that simply because I like Henry, and because Christopher Stanley is easy on the eyes. Seriously, his shoulders make me a little swoony. ;-)

            • http://profiles.google.com/sara.e.munoz Sara Munoz

              My favorite scenes with him are with Don. Standing up to Don. Or especially, mowing the lawn in his tshirt while Don watched. 

      • Sweetpea176

        I’ll  be in the fray with you, too.  Don’t like her and never did.  I was so annoyed at her spat with Don — she knew he doesn’t like surprises, then she gets angry at him because he didn’t like the surprise.  And what Harry Crane said?  Disgusting and so out of line.  BUT, she was so clearly intending to make herself into a sex object in front of an audience, that I’d be annoyed with her if she was upset that the boys were THINKING it.  I don’t know, maybe I find everything she does annoying because I find her annoying.

        • http://profiles.google.com/ameliaheartsu Amelia Logan

          Um just because you want to be sexy doesn’t give everyone else the right to say anything about you. That’s the exact kind of sentiment that perpetuates rape culture. Your body is your own, even if you decide to show it off.

          • Sweetpea176

            Um, where did I say that anyone had the right to say anything about her?  In fact, I said that what Harry said was disgusting and out of line.

            • http://profiles.google.com/ameliaheartsu Amelia Logan

              I didn’t like this part: “BUT, she was so clearly intending to make herself into a sex object in front of an audience, that I’d be annoyed with her if she was upset that the boys were THINKING it.”

              Harry was wrong to say it but she was what??? asking for it? That is the definition of victim blaming.

            • Sweetpea176

              No – there’s a difference between thinking things and saying things.  He wasn’t wrong to think sexual thoughts about her — that’s both human and what she had intended.  So what I was saying was that I’d be even more annoyed with her if she was upset over what the men were THINKING.  As opposed to what they SAID.

            • rowsella

               I guess if he had said it to her, it would be very offensive and seen as an aggressive sexual advance.  But since he did not say it to her, and did not know she was within listening instance and was, in fact, in a private conversation with a friend…. I think I’ll give him a pass on it.  If the lady did not want to hear what he had to say, a simple clearing of the throat or “hello” when his companion said “Hi Megan” would have saved her and Harry tons of embarrassment and insult.  Harry would have blushed 10 different shades of red and run off to his office.  People are allowed to have thoughts and even share them with another person they trust.  So long as they do not act on them or use them to intimidate another person, I don’t think it falls into a “rape mentality.”  She did a burlesque to sexually titillate.  That’s why she told Peggy everyone would have sex after her party. 

          • Sweetbetty

            “Saying something” is what freedom of speech is all about.  It may not be good manners and the person being spoken about is free to say whatever they want right back atcha, but saying something about someone is a far cry from forcible rape.  If I walk down the street in a clown costume people are going to say things about me.  If I dance around in front of people lifting my mini skirt, people are going to say things about me too.  One of my favorite Don Draper quotes is, “Actions have consequences”.

            • Shanel Kalicharan

              Freedom of speech has to do with the (American) government censoring you, not commenting on someone’s behaviour. And rape culture isn’t just about the act of rape.

            • http://twitter.com/VeryNotReally Shelly H

              It isn’t, but commenting on how sexy someone is when they’ve gone out their way to be sexy isn’t part of “rape culture”.  Harry was an idiot and made an ass of himself, but he was hardly working himself up to rape her. He was embarrassed and ran away as soon as he realized she’d heard everything he said, and was terrified of being found out by Don.

              Let’s not water down what rape really is about. It’s about power and asserting dominance. It isn’t about thinking the boss’ wife is hot because she did a burlesque dance at the party the night before. If Megan didn’t want attention, she shouldn’t have done something so attention-grabbing. Note, I am not “blaming the victim” or saying she’d be asking for it if someone raped her. Rape is NEVER justified. But actions do have consequences. One of those consequences are that people will judge your actions. And you know what? People have that right. Commenting on someone’s behavior isn’t a crime.

          • http://twitter.com/VeryNotReally Shelly H

            What? There’s suddenly some law that says you can’t comment on someone’s behaviour? Wanting to have sex with a someone who put on a risque burlesque-like show is part of rape culture?

            Commenting on how someone behaves IS a right, unless the thought police have finally come into power.

            “Your body is your own” means no one can touch you. It means even if you act sexy, no one has a right to force you to have sex. It doesn’t mean if you act sexy that no one has a right to judge how you act.

        • kcarb1025

          I like how when Joan clearly intends to make herself into a sex object in front of an audience, and then experiences sexism as an off-shoot, she is a victim who doesn’t deserve any of the horrible horrible AWFUL remarks, thoughts or actions she receives……. But when it’s Megan simply singing a sexy song in a sexy dress in her own home for her husband on his 40th birthday, she should just sack up and ACCEPT IT!

          Hypocrisy and jealousy are really ugly on a person.

          • Sweetpea176

            I don’t see how this comment relates to anything that I said, and I’m not sure how you got to hypocrisy and jeolousy on my part.  I didn’t say anything about Joan, and said that Harry’s remarks were disgusting and out of line.

          • http://www.tomandlorenzo.com/ Tom and Lorenzo

             Don’t go around insulting people because they don’t like the same fictional TV characters as you.

          • http://www.lindamerrill.com Linda Merrill

            I look at it this way: If I walk down the solid yellow lines on a highway and never stray from the middle do I have an expectation of safety because cars are not supposed to cross the yellow line, or am I putting myself at risk because sometimes, the cars will cross the yellow line. Whether or not the car is wrong, it’s not a good outcome for me.

      • MK03

        Oh no, you’re not alone. She REALLY rubs me the wrong way. Ever since she was introduced.

      • librarygrrl64

        Oh, I can’t stand her. I even find the actress a little annoying (not her fault, just a weird personal distaste). But it will be interesting to see where the storyline goes.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_2CNDPMVO4W23R5TVC2QMTJ5BZE Heather

        I don’t like her either…  and I find Betty a much more interesting character (which is not to say I find her sympathetic).

      • http://beautyforrealgirls.blogspot.com/ accidental housewife

         No one forced themselves on anyone in that scene. That was obviously, to me anyway, something they’ve been doing for a while now, and I suspect it’s how they resolve their fights and conflicts. They both knew exactly what was going on.

        • http://www.lindamerrill.com Linda Merrill

           Matthew Weiner was on Terry Gross’ Fresh Air today and he said basically that. This is how they fight and it’s a glimpse into their private lives – where Don likes a strong woman sexually telling him what to do and “punishing” him. When asked how this bodes for their future, in particular if Megan had a baby – Weiner naturally refused to say.

          • http://beautyforrealgirls.blogspot.com/ accidental housewife

            Yep. And it’s not like that particular sexual proclivity is anything new to us.

            I haven’t decided what I think of Megan yet, except that I don’t believe she’s just another Jane. She’s young, and in some ways immature (“Who doesn’t love a surprise?” That’s the kid in her. Plus, the song and dance wasn’t a good decision), but she’s very smart and savvy too. I think the power regularly shifts between her and Don, depending on who wants or needs it at the time. She made it clear to him that he can’t tell her what to do with her money. And while he was the aggressor in their little sex game, she set it in motion. When he found out she’d gone home, he knew he had to go too.

            On the other hand, he convinced her it was a good idea for them to continue to arrive together at work. When she wanted to work late, he insisted she leave and she went with him. It seems to be an odd sort of give and take with them.

            Thanks for the heads-up re: Fresh Air. It airs at 7PM here. We’ll be sure to listen to it.

            • CozyCat

              If you go to the NPR website they have all the “Fresh Air” episodes archived, so you can catch it later if you want.

            • malarkey

              “when he found out she’d gone home, he knew he had to go too” ~ well… but why? That bit actually surprised me. The old Don would have stayed at work, after all, work was more important than his home life. You know, the ‘let the wife stay at home & sulk’ ~ I was surprised he immediately  picked up & went home once he discovered she was gone.

            • http://www.lindamerrill.com Linda Merrill

               I think it’s all part of their sex games. I think when Megan made a point of telling Peggy she felt sick and asked to go home, she knew that Peggy would tell Don eventually. And she was testing how fast Don would come running, which he did.

    • Olggie

      What I kept thinking while watching Zou Bisou Bisou is how Don berated Betty for wanting to wear a bikini – saying she looked like a whore – and here’s his new wife shaking her money maker for their co-workers. Makes me remember how Betty became such a biyotch and makes me apprehensive for this new Mrs. Draper. That Don is still there and he’ll be back.

      • serenitynow02

        Megan is what, 25? That divide between 40 and 25 is going to loom very large in the 60′s and, I think, in the Draper marriage.

      • Verascity

         Glad I’m not the only one who jumped right to Betty and that bikini!

        • nycfan

           I thought the exact same things about the bikini, to the point that I was a little worried about Don becoming violent (guess he saved that for the “make up” sex).  He was so put off by her giggling chat with her young friends (and as always Roger was right on point in his advice on that) and then to see her performance, I dunno, I was a little worried the anti-bikini (it makes you look “desperate” Betty) might launch off the chair and lock her in the bathroom or something.  But he had never been violent, to the point of refusing to spank his son in contravention of Betty’s and societal expectations of the time, but he was a petulant as ever.

          • Sweetbetty

             There was that one scene in one of the early seasons where Don and Betty were arguing and Betty shoved him and he shoved her right back, even harder.  At the time I remember a lot of people decrying that amount of violence from Don.

          • Sweetpea176

            I bet he wanted to launch off the chair and lock her in the bathroom.  But in front of a whole roomful of people, that would  have been more embarrassing for him than the performance itself.  You’ll notice that he didn’t want to have anything to do with her after the party was over.

            • Christy Moravitz

              Remember her comment to Peggy about how everyone would want to go home and _ _ _ _ after the party she had planned :) Except for the birthday boy, that is apparently.

          • MK03

            Don has proven himself capable of some pretty appalling violence. I know I’ve harped on this a lot, but Bobbie, Bobbie, Bobbie. Anyone remember him pulling her head back and forcefully shoving his hand in her, while saying “Do what I tell you to do”? 

      • BobStPaul

         I don’t think it’s quite as clear-cut as that.  As someone in college during that time period, I remember the changes in societal attitudes towards all manner of things that had begun to some extent in 1965, or even 1964, were in full swing by 1966, though they probably didn’t reach their apogee until 1968.  I think Don’s more relaxed attitude towards Megan flaunting her sexuality was more a reflection of the times than anything else.  What had been unacceptable just a few years before had become commonplace (at least in some circles) by that time.

        • Maggie_Mae

          Just a few years made a big difference.  Also, Betty wanted to wear a bikini (not just a 2-piece) to the suburban public pool.  Alas, they did not belong to The Club.  

          Megan did her little routine at a party in their urban, glamorous apartment.  Harry’s response showed that he was far less cool than he links to think he is…..

          • http://6things.blogspot.com par3182

            Plus Betty is a mother. Escandalo!

        • LANDRU3000

          With people smoking pot on the terrace, I wasn’t surprised by a a little “burlesque”.

          • http://beautyforrealgirls.blogspot.com/ accidental housewife

            Or as Ken put it – “tea”. Oh my god, that cracked me up. My husband and I laughed about that for the rest of the evening.

    • http://www.facebook.com/smpflueger Sean McArdle Pflueger

      Joan is a racist so  it will be interesting if they get a black secretary. I love Joan, but it really shows her dark side. No one blames her for cheating on Dr. Rapist, but we do not tolerate racism.

      • Maggie_Mae

        I don’t see her as more racist than most at the agency.  

      • MilaXX

         Joan is a racist?  Did I miss something? I didn’t see her as any more racist in her behavior than the rest of the cast.

        • Sweetbetty

           I was wondering where that comment came from too.  I even stretched to think it may have had something to do with her distaste of the Italian plumber holding her baby.  Maybe it wasn’t just the fact that his hands had been in toilets that bothered her; maybe she doesn’t want anyone who isn’t a pure WASP around her.  But I’m still not sure where the racist judgment came from.

        • http://profile.yahoo.com/M476USE6GD6VEE4RO6JA22VRLI Kriesa

          I’m guessing the remark is based on the scene in season 2 or 3 where Joan is giving Kinsey a hard time about his black girlfriend (and being pretty nasty to the girlfriend as well). Joan definitely had no qualms about making racist remarks in that context, but I’m not sure that it means that she’d have a problem with black people who were not dating an ex-lover.

          I was surprised that Layne seemed so uncomfortable, when he was dating that playboy bunny and seemed positively gleeful that she was black.

          • MilaXX

            That was my take on the Joan/Paul thing as well.
            Lane seem uncomfortable most of the time, except for when he was drunk with Don and was dating the playboy bunny.

        • Kimberly Southern-Weber

           Probably referring to how she treated Paul Kinsey’s black girlfriend.  She made some pretty terrible comments – could have been Joan just being mean, or could have been Joan being a racist.  Either way, was the darker side of Joan.

          • MilaXX

            That was nasty, but I took that as just being mean and striking the lowest blow possible.

            • ldancer

              Joan is no WASP. She’s just a white girl. There’s a class difference. 

    • http://twitter.com/SIxGablesBags SIxGablesBags

       Loved. We had to pause the TiVo to laugh when we saw Pete’s kitchen.  holy crap.

      I’m intrigued by all the money changing hands last night–Roger to Harry, Lane to the cab driver and then the wallet’s owner to Lane,  Lane to his wife, Joan to her mom,  etc.  Lots of green to be seen.  I’m thinking about what that might have been driving at.

      And if Mrs. Price would be so kind as to pass on the name of that real estate agent and decorator, I’d be ever so grateful.

    • kj8008

      Did anyone notice that this is probably the third Bobby in the series? It’s like watching Bewitched!

    • cmb92191

      The kitchen of Pete’s house was unlike Don’s in a few ways:  The cabinets and the wallpaper.  Don”s Ossising house had plaid wallpaper and the cabinets did not have the black rustic hinges like the Campbell’s.  As a sidenote, my FIL’s kitchen had Don and Betty plaid wallpaper in it until the home sold in 2010.  I’m looking at purchasing an older home and see many homes with the Campbell’s cabinets in 2012.

      January Jones was pregnant, so they shot around her.  We could not have another child by Betty, right?  That would be 4!

      Lane: you kinky dog!  The owner of the wallet reminded me of a low tier Mafioso guy.  Could be nothing, could be something.

      Love the reality.  On TWOP, they found a 1966 NY Times blurb which told about a protest in front of the EOE offices on Madison Avenue.  The protestors got hit with water bombs.. hmmm. sound familiar?

        

      • Munchkn

         We had black hinges on the cupboards of the house I grew up in.  The house was built in ’60 or maybe ’61.  I noted the Campbell’s Frigidaire Flair range.  That’s the same stove that Samantha Stevens had on Bewitched and the same stove a couple of friends had.  A Flair range is 60s icon.

    • Scimommy

      Zou bisou bisou
      Zou bisou bisou

      Now, what was I going to say? Oh, right. Did anyone else freak out for a second when Megan went out on that balcony? Could it be foreshadowing of some sort?

      Zou bisou bisou
      Zou bisou bisou

      • http://twitter.com/jerseyemo Edwina

        NY Mag has a great recap of the history of Zou bisou bisou.

        http://www.vulture.com/2012/03/zoo-be-zoo-be-zoo-mad-men.html

      • http://twitter.com/moonheids Heidi

        I did, too! There are no throwaway scenes on this show so I was just waiting for something to happen.

        • dress_up_doll

          I paused at that scene as well. I definitely agree that we’ll be seeing that balcony again or it will be featured with significance in the future.

          • http://profiles.google.com/misslauraschultz Laura Schultz

            sure seems like it. Maybe that opening graphic will actually play out somehow in reality….

            • ccinnc

              I was worried a bit at first too. But you know, when we’re upset, sometimes we go outside to cool off/escape. And that’s one of the things I like about Mad Men – people on the show do what real people do, and sometimes it’s not exciting. Maybe it’s not all foreshadowing.

              Or maybe I’m totally wrong. :)

          • http://beautyforrealgirls.blogspot.com/ accidental housewife

             Chekhov’s Balcony.

            It passed through my mind for a moment. Then I was worried Don would find her dead when he went home. Not that I had previously thought she was crazy, or unhappy enough to kill herself. It just crossed my mind for a second.

      • altalinda

        Yup.

    • formerlyAnon

      Love the Roger & baby screen shot you chose – the image of a man (or woman) fussing over a baby with a cigarette dangling from one side of their mouth is absolutely, primally, right for the time. You’d never see that on t.v. today, unless they were using it to telegraph the ignorance of the character.

    • Dlou 212

      I particularly enjoyed the scene with Pryce and Joan–and forgot how I always wanted them to get together, because they’d make a hell of an odd couple, and Pryce would think he’d won the lottery:  That staid bespectacled boy with such abundance in his hands!  Also, I thought one of the most important lines in the episode was something he said to her.  It went a bit like: Home is important, but it’s not enough.  Radical line to a woman in those days.  And please–what year WAS it?  The office window in the opening scene indicated 68, but that seems too late?  Or no?  Definitely, the 60s are in swing.  One more note:  Peggy doing the Twist.  Ha! 

      • Scimommy

        “…how I always wanted them to get together”

        I thought that was just me!

      • luciaphile

        May/June 1966

      • altalinda

        No, I don’t want Pryce and Joan together, but I did think that it was a terrific scene — probably the best of the episode.

        • ccinnc

           He was genuinely kind and tender with her.  I waited for him to make a move, and he didn’t.  It made me like him, after not liking him so much with the “Delores” stuff.  A complex person, Pryce is.

      • KittenKisses

         “That staid bespectacled boy with such abundance in his hands!” Well done, Dlou, I’ve attracted my boss’ attention by laughing very loudly at that.

    • marishka1

      A couple of random thoughts:

      Pete’s $30,000 fab New York apartment couldn’t have bought them something a little more fabulous in Greenwich than that sad little shabby shack by the railroad tracks? C’mon!

      Loved that Roger now smokes Camels instead of Lucky Strikes.

      Also loved the little squeal of delight Joan let out when she saw Peggy coming down the hall. A friendship has been forged.

      • Logo Girl

        I was also so disappointed how Pete and Trudy abandoned their fabulous sense of interior design. Must have gotten swept away in the move to blah suburbia. 

        • formerlyAnon

          What reads to us as blah suburbia *was* the perfect image of the setting for that married couple, husband commuting to the city, just as the fab urban apartment was the perfect image for the young couple in the city.  Design trends filtered out to the suburbs gradually, and with a time lag. They’re creating the image of a perfect life, yet again – just a different one.

          edited for clarity

          • Logo Girl

            This is true, though I guess I was thinking they did in fact slip back about a half a decade in style, get a relatively less lovely bit of real estate, plus Trudy is now living in housecoats, hence the “blah”. 

            • http://twitter.com/mme_hardy MadameHardy

              We haven’t seen the outside yet.   They’ve got an acre, large for suburbia of that period, and Pete is thinking of putting in a swimming pool.  It ain’t Levittown.  And I think it was their kitchen where I noticed the shining-new top-of-the-line built-in double-oven range.

            • Munchkn

               I referred to their range already, but those Frigidaire Flairs weren’t cheap!  They’re what you’d get if you were remodeling or doing a custom kitchen  -sorta the Wolf of their day.  They had one in that fab kitchen in The Parent Trap.

            • Madame Hardy

              I wish I could like your post twice.  Now I know the name I googled the stove – 
              http://www.danlangdon.com/flair.htm  Frigidaire Flair.  Check out the brochure!

            • rowsella

               And the double stainless steel sink– they were more expensive.  I noticed the double oven/range too.  It was ironic seeing how Trudy had not left him any supper.  Her focus is entirely on the baby.  Pete is feeling neglected and is even miffed because she isn’t taking effort on her appearance.  She likely has the baby on a “schedule” so she knows he will be up in an hour for feeding (or she’ll wake him up).

            • Judy_J

              And poor Pete…reduced to eating corn flakes right out of the box for dinner.

          • asympt

             And Pete hates it.  At the party, when Trudy exclaimed that you could hear the traffic from there even over the party noise–how wistfully he agreed.  She wants what she’s supposed to want, but he’s a city boy through and through, and that in-ground pool is not going to smooth that over.

            • Sweetbetty

               “Green Acres” in reverse :-)

      • MK03

        I know! How depressing was that drab little kitchen?

      • http://profiles.google.com/sara.e.munoz Sara Munoz

        Possibly there has been a falling out with Trudy’s family, and they have been “cut off”.

    • http://6things.blogspot.com par3182

      No matter how light the episode was, Mad Men has me conditioned to expect bleakness – I was fully expecting Megan to jump off that balcony at the end of the first hour.

      The scene between Lane and Joan was superb. But the real highlight of the ep? No Betty!

      • Sweetbetty

         I was thinking of a Megan jump too but decided it was too early for that; there’s a lot more to be explored in the new Draper marriage and a lot more misery to be heaped upon her.

        • Ogden1990

          foreshadowing..

          • BigShamu

            Or just pointing out what a great view of the beautiful city they have?

    • Ogden1990

      Shout out to AMC: please, please PLEASE bring back “brought to you with limited commercial interruptions” — the flow of the episode was nearly destroyed.

      • http://profiles.google.com/misslauraschultz Laura Schultz

        oh good grief

        • Ogden1990

          Laura – the past four seasons were brought to us with “limited commercial interruptions.”

          • BigShamu

            I guess you could buy it off of Itunes if the commercial interruptions are so intrusive.

            • http://profiles.google.com/misslauraschultz Laura Schultz

              exactly. 

            • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1046681022 Paula Berman

               Or get a DVR, then start watching it at 9:20, which is what I did. Fast forward rules.

          • http://profiles.google.com/misslauraschultz Laura Schultz

            and they went through MAJOR budget crises with the networks and the show almost went off the air. This show is expensive. If you want to keep seeing it on the air, suck it up. 

            • http://twitter.com/mme_hardy MadameHardy

              I was watching on TiVo, and there were two commercials I actually rewound for; one (SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTRESS) got watched three times, because we called my MAD-MEN-hating hubster in from the next room.  (Anybody else struck by how totally GAME OF THRONES that ad started out?)

            • BigShamu

              If I remember correctly, Weiner got a huge chunk of change but had to give up more air time for commercials.  However I think Mad Men still has a longer weekly running time than comparable shows.  It’s commercial tv, not HBO.  You pays a price for your Precious.

            • asympt

               It went eight minutes over its two-hour slot.  More commercials without cutting show time.

              TiVo is very appreciated here.

            • Ogden1990

              My DVR was most appreciated. Totally get why there has to be advertising, just noticed some really clunky breaks. I’m sucking it up Laura-thanks for the recommendation.

            • http://beautyforrealgirls.blogspot.com/ accidental housewife

               The breaks were so clunky even I noticed them, and I usually don’t.

              I read somewhere that most people don’t mind having to sit through commercials, and will do so even when they have a DVR. FFing through commercials is one of the best things about a DVR.

    • MilaXX

      I enjoyed the reunion between Lane and Joan, but was a bit confused with the bit with Lane, wallet guy & his mistress.
      Surprised that Joan’s husband is somehow still alive. I swear he’s the original Frank Burns.

      I’ve missed this show!

      • formerlyAnon

        “Surprised that Joan’s husband is somehow still alive.”

        I was disappointed more than surprised. I didn’t want to watch the impending carnage in that relationship. I’m hoping it’s just so she can suffer for a while before she’s widowed and has the perfect rationale for returning to a career. But I’m afraid that would be getting off too lightly for Joan.

        She’s the personification of the woman of the time who achieved  everything she supposedly wanted – good job until a good (on the surface) marriage proposal, then marriage & a child – and now finds it all lacking but sees no commonly accepted path out.  As such, her lot is to suffer if she accepts the status quo, and suffer if she fights to change it.

        • http://www.lindamerrill.com Linda Merrill

           Well, I guess I would counter that she didn’t really get what she wanted. Dr. Rapey there isn’t what she hoped for. It would have been more difficult, and possibly more interesting, to work the issue of a mother who also wants to be a professional if her husband was a nice, successful doctor.  It’s easier for the story that hubby is not nice, not successful and not there. I will say I loved how she is with the baby. It was nice to see how truly maternal a woman Joan is – even as it’s not all she is. A more complex picture on that score.

          • formerlyAnon

            I’ve been thinking since the rape scene that one of the points of her marriage is that it’s archetypically NOT the Happy Ever After the proposal from a young doctor, followed by marriage & baby was supposed to be. Mad Men’s version of the be careful what you wish for lesson.

            Yes, it was good to see Joan with the baby. I’ve always just assumed she’d be a motherly mom – I thought she was motherly – if not in a fuzzy bunny way – to the women in the office. 

    • Joshau Norton

      Not sure if I’m reading too much into it, but with all the baby-centric references of this episode and Megan” feeling sick”, I’m wondering if Draper baby number 4 will be making an appearance.

      • FashionShowAtLunch

        I had the same thought.  God, I hope not, for Megan’s sake.  Don is bound to fuck this up somehow and it will be all the worse for her if she’s knocked up. 

      • StelledelMare

        I was wondering that too especially when she told Peggy twice that she didn’t feel well. I honestly don’t think Don would be able to handle it and I wonder what it would do to Megan.

      • http://twitter.com/mme_hardy MadameHardy

        Me, too.  Women being sick is so often a fiction cue (now that fainting is out of style), and Megan was definitely interested in the baby.

        Don insists on an abortion?

        • ballerinawithagun

          Yes, to all of the above. I think Megan is pregnant. The abortion issue has been covered from one view with Joan’s pregnancy so they may look at it from the another, but Megan may want the abortion, not Don???

          • MK03

            Ooooohhhh, that would be a hell of a twist.

          • LANDRU3000

            I think Don said he was done with all that (babies).

            • MK03

              That doesn’t mean he’ll take any responsibility with birth control. It will, of course, be her fault for getting pregnant because I just cannot imagine Don Draper using condoms. 

            • Sweetbetty

               I still get all squicky when I think of the scene a season or two back where he was just finishing up a nooner with Fay, rolled off of her, zipped up his pants, and said he had to get back to work.  Nope, no condom for Don Draper.

              PS:  I just became aware a short time ago that Jon Hamm admits to going commando in real life and found lots of pictures that prove it.

            • http://www.GiftedCollector.com Nancy Abrams

              In 1966, birth control was easily manageable by women. There were many widely used options, including the pill, diaphragms and intrauterine devices (IUDs). 

            • MK03

              True, but I meant it in the sense that birth control is entirely the woman’s responsibility. I don’t believe that, but it was a prevalent attitude then (and sadly still is today). It would be just like Don to blame an accidental pregnancy on her not using it right, or forgetting to use it. 

        • MK03

          Nonono, she wasn’t interested in the baby at all. Remember how she had to drag herself over to see him, them immediately handed him off to someone else? Then later, Peggy made some remark about “What else would we do with him?” and Megan’s reply was “Leave him on a church step?” 

          • TheDivineMissAnn

            I took the “Leave him on a church step” comment to be a jab at Joan, as most likely people have done the math on Joan’s pregnancy.

          • http://twitter.com/mme_hardy MadameHardy

            You’re right.  Oops.

            • amyfromnj

              I think it was a jab at Peggy. I think she says “better than the church steps I guess.” As Dons wife, wouldnt she know the whole scoop about Peggy? We have to watch out for that Megan. She is trouble.

      • MK03

        That would suck. But I’m not so sure that her little hissy fit at work wasn’t a carefully-crafted gambit to gain Peggy’s sympathy and the planting of the idea in Don’s head that Peggy doesn’t like her. Bitch is nothing if not manipulative…

        • MissMariRose

           Either that or Megan is pissed at Peggy because Peggy correctly predicted that Don wouldn’t like the surprise party. She’s ticked off that Peggy knows her husband better than she does and that’s why she barked at Peggy about her working over the weekend remark, then pouted and asked to be excused.

      • http://profiles.google.com/sara.e.munoz Sara Munoz

        I think that was just Megan being a drama queen.

    • StelledelMare

      While the party scene was very entertaining (and watching Lane and Roger make fun of it was also funny), I still just can’t jump on the Megan train. I don’t hate her or anything but I just can’t find much reason to really like her either.
      But overall, just a spectacular 2 hours. It’s so refreshing to have the show back.

    • http://twitter.com/closetcoach Heidi/Closet Coach

      One little tidbit that struck me as I was watching, and particularly made me think of TLo’s wardrobe deconstruction posts, was the contrast between the comfortable, lacy unmentionables Megan was sporting when she was “cleaning” and the bullet bras and armored girdles Betty, Joan and Peggy were putting on in that scene from Season 2 (3?) with the Decemberists song. It’s another way to demonstrate how much younger and more free-spirited Megan is.

      Also, that scene between Harry and Roger in Roger’s office. (“So is this going to be every month?”)

      A final sartorial observation: The TV industry is clearly having an impact on Harry’s wardrobe; he was much more trendily dressed at the surprise party than any of his male co-workers.

      • ballerinawithagun

        Megan is also French–much better undergarments!

        • Munchkn

           Megan is French-Canadian.  She’s from Quebec.

    • Frank_821

      As disturbing as the story with Lane was, it does reflect back that his wife hates New York and never wanted to be there. Lane loves it and loves his job despite the financial troubles. But they made it clear over the last couple of seasons how lonely he is and how dull his married and family life is. Dont forgot he only reconciled with his wife because his father beat him into doing it.

      That whole scene with Joan was as much for his character as hers. And it’s great someone finally outrightly tells her how important and valued she is as employee. And of course it would be Lane.

      Thinking of that scene, it reminds us Joan has also segmented her life much as Don has. She said it herself. No one visited her at the hospital and there was no “joan” to arrange a proper office gift. Peggy is the closest thing she has to a friend at work

    • http://twitter.com/Tatiana_Putra Tatiana Putra

      I’m surprised no one has mentioned the whole Peggy not wanting to hold Joan’s baby and then giving it to Pete telling him to do something with it. LOVED THAT. and how the secretary finally goes to Joan and says “I don’t know how I ended up with him” metaphor of her taking her job more seriously than her child?

      • Sweetbetty

         And the reaction of Pete when he first saw Peggy holding the baby; “What’s *that*?!”, as if the image of Peggy holding a baby was just too unbearable for him to process.

      • http://essays.tumblr.com/ Nicholas

        I also took the baby to be a metaphor for the men at the office Joan has to handle much the same as her very own son.

    • http://twitter.com/mme_hardy MadameHardy

      Fashion note:  The leg and waistline of those lace bikini pants was all wrong for the 1960s.   On the other hand, you’d probably have to custom-make; I very much doubt that lace bottoms in the right size would be easily findable second-hand.  I wonder how many people are going to buy “Zou Bisou” on iTunes today?

      Isn’t it fun seeing Peggy suddenly behind the times and needing to catch up?  She’s looking a little dowdy again, and the Heinz people were right that the bean campaign had too many old-fashioned touches:  the photography technology was modern, but nothing else. Everybody else at the party was wearing shifts, and she had that gathered-bodice sundress.  And her hair! 

      Speaking of dowdy, when everybody hits the dance floor at the party, Don pulls Megan into a waltz hold while everybody else around him has moved on to face-to-face touchless dancing.

      Did anybody else think Joan’s hair is suddenly clashing with her apartment walls?   I am also agog to see if her husband is baby-clueless enough that he’ll overlook  a baby that’s a month (ish, we don’t know how long she carried and first babies are often late) too old.   Although everybody at the office knows when this one was born, so that won’t wash.

      The office decors were wonderful as a way of distinguishing character:  Roger’s too perfectly modern, Pete’s dull with some Mediterranean touches, Harry’s ghastly Louis something or other desk.  (Harry has lost a HELL of a lot of weight.)

      AND TOM AND LORENZO ARE BACK!  ELEVENTY!!!!

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jessica-TallGirl-Freeman/1043623567 Jessica TallGirl Freeman

        Totally noticed Joan’s hair with the walls.  What a mess.  I thought, who did that?

        • lifetime_student

          I’m sure TLo will address this in the style post, but my theory is that the color clash is an intentional indication that this is not where Joan belongs.

          • http://twitter.com/mme_hardy MadameHardy

            The weird thing is that this is the same apartment, with the same color scheme, that TLo called a perfect setting for her back in the “your husband sucks as a surgeon” episode.  We paused and checked the screencaps to be sure.   Clever lighting?

            • librarygrrl64

              Seems like we tended to see that apartment in mostly evening scenes in previous seasons (because that’s when Joan was home?). Last night’s ep was all daylight scenes, and that salmon looked a lot harsher.

            • CPT_Doom

              Well this is Mad Men, so it could be implying Joan should not be in the apartment during the day – because she’s meant to be at the office. Of course, this season we also have the shift of Don not hiding his real identity from his wife, while Joan will now have to pretend her child is her husband’s not Roger’s, so she’s the one with the secret creating tension at home.

      • Maggie_Mae

        I think that Peggy uses her clothing budget for professional clothes.  Especially for client meetings. 

        For her social life?  I doubt her boyfriend’s set is into micro-minis & go-go boots. They’re are more shabby intellectual, with a bohemian edge…

        • altalinda

          Speaking of the boyfriend, I was sorry to see that Peggy hadn’t shed him.

      • Sweetbetty

         After the pictures we were treated to a short time ago of the MM characters in the new season I was especially disappointed to see Peggy in that white overblouse and checked straight skirt.  If she had at least tucked the blouse in it would have been a big improvement.

        And more than Joan’s hair clashing with her walls I noticed those bright green satin drapes with the red walls.  It looked like it was decorated by Mrs. Clause.

        • judybrowni

          On my tv screen the walls came up more orange-ish and the curtains a shade of blue that were actually a mix in the ’60s.

          • Sweetbetty

             My TV is old and not HD so that could explain why I saw Christmas colors.

        • KittenKisses

          Joan mentioned back in Season 2 (to Peggy about her upcoming wedding) that red and green were her colours.

        • KittenKisses

          Joan mentioned back in Season 2 (to Peggy about her upcoming wedding) that red and green were her colours.

      • judybrowni

        the gathered skirt and close bodice still existed alongside the sleeker shapes in the ’60s.

        I wore a dress with the same silouhette  for a dance in 1963, and later in 1966.

        • http://twitter.com/mme_hardy MadameHardy

          Always great to hear from somebody who was there at the time!  Reading old magazines and fashion books gives me an exaggerated view of what things actually looked like.  Never trust a fashion plate. 

        • Sweetbetty

           I graduated from HS in ’66 and there were plenty of full-skirted shirtwaist dresses worn during those years.  There were also shift dresses, mini-skirts, and other Mod looks.  Not everyone had the money or the inclination to jump right into the latest fashions.  I don’t think Peggy is fashion-forward enough to latch onto every new fad that comes along.  She may be spending more money on her clothes but she’s still rather conservative in the way she dresses.

    • TheDivineMissAnn

      I think Peggy is struggling with the shift in her relationship with Don because he is now married to a co-worker (and one who she was superior to in the office hierarchy.)   I think they had established a personal/business type relationship – buddies or  partners in crime if you will – and that whole dynamic has changed now that he is married to Megan.  If Megan did not work in the same office, I think Peggy would not be so off-kilter. 

      Pete, on the other hand, senses Roger’s weakness and is closing in for the kill.  He would like nothing better than to wield the same type of power Roger has. Not to mention it is an outlet for his frustration of living in the ‘burbs.

      Was amazed to see Joan crying…a combination of hormones, fear of losing her job, and just feeling disconnected from it all.  Not to mention Roger being a complete jerk.  I know they all drink, but is his character being turned into a raging alcoholic who will begin to make embarrassing statements and do embarrassing things to damage the firm’s image?

      • http://twitter.com/Wannabeers Wannabeer

        Actually, I thought Pete was pathetic and the point of the episode was how Roger does his work effortlessly and Pete still makes it looks awkward.  The scene with the guys from Mohawk wasn’t just about Roger outfoxing Pete, it was about Roger out-doing Pete — those guys talked about how much they LOVED Roger.  Hard to imagine any clients loving Pete the same way.  And however it was accomplished, Pete was not getting that larger office until Roger made it happen — the point was that Roger values him, but wants him to know his place.  Pete is still a snivelling little twit.  Useful, but amazingly arrogant ad the most likely of any character to end up in jail (remember the nanny-rape?).

        • http://profiles.google.com/misslauraschultz Laura Schultz

          Pete in jail, now THAT would be an interesting twist….. I think you’re right on.  I LOVED the look on Don’s face when he was listening to Pete rant about getting his own office. Classic.  Pete is completely un-self-aware. 

        • ballerinawithagun

          But Roger going to Staten Island for a 6 AM meeting will be hilarious! 

        • TheDivineMissAnn

          Good points, Wannabeer.   To be sure, Pete is a pathetic and snivelling little twit, but he is turning into a cunning little snivelling twit. Maybe he is turning into what Roger once was. The Coca-Cola appointment at the end of the episode is an example.  Sure, Roger is the guy the clients love, but that means nothing if he doesn’t close the deal.  If he is so loved, then where are his clients?  He had Lucky Strike and that is gone. It seems to me Roger’s life is imploding and I don’t think he is moving as fast as the changes going on around him.  Pete is not a likable character, but I seem him making some waves this season.

        • Frank_821

          Pete is still a petulant brat but he is invaluable to the company. In reality he’s more valuable than Roger. Roger has charm and can effortlessly ingratiate himself to clients-a similar case with Ken Cosgrove. However Pete has vision, ideas and foresight. Yes he has to work 5x as hard to charm a client but he’s smart and has great instincts. He’s earn his place in the company. It’s understandable how frustrated he would be having such a crumby office compared to Harry. He should have a better space/comparable space to meet with clients. Roger inherited the business and when they defected all he had was Lucky Strike. Roger trying to bogart Pete’s clients is beyond disrespectful, it’s desperate. He never would have tried to pull that on Don. It shows he’s not capable anymore of getting his own accounts and he knows it and he’s desperate to maintain his image as the big boss. I saw Roger’s act of bribing Harry as a message to Pete that he still has the power around here (and Pete has none) and he was rubbing Pete’s face in it. 

          As bratty and annoyingly ambitious as Pete is, this isn’t like Season 1. It’s 6 years later and he’s done a huge amount for SCDP with the understanding there would be rewards. He’s earned the right to demand some perks. I personally smiled when he punked Roger with the Coca Cola tease

      • Sweetbetty

         Roger was always the guy with the witticisms but now it seems like he’s pulled out all the stops and just says what’s on his mind no matter who’s there and whose feelings he hurts.  He seems to not care about anyone but himself and that he can get away with anything.  This is sure to come crashing down around him sooner or later.

    • Calinda_L

      Like TLo, I was a definitely surprised that Megan knew about Don’s past, although I guess he’s been coming to terms with it the past several seasons, and he probably thinks his marriage to Megan is a chance to get a do-over after all the problems in his first marriage, which were based in no small part on all of his lies. 

      Big question that I can’t seem to remember for sure: Does Peggy know? 

      I don’t remember him ever telling her (when Anna died in The Suitcase, I specifically remember him NOT telling her the full context), but I wonder if he ever would. I don’t think it takes anything away from the fact that she still knows him better than anyone — maybe that’s why he hasn’t told her?

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3KCDEX4FOTCFHZP6WLKSOOKUVM Danielle

      Exactly what I was thinking on the Pete turning into Don thing (trading places actually – now Don has the fab apartment in the city with the pretty, new wife).  He even got one over on Roger (remember the oysters and “broken elevator” incident?).

    • Musicologie

      Black homosexual guy = UrPaul?

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jessica-TallGirl-Freeman/1043623567 Jessica TallGirl Freeman

        NO, that wasn’t our Ru.

        • Musicologie

          (You missed the joke. ;) )

          • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jessica-TallGirl-Freeman/1043623567 Jessica TallGirl Freeman

            so typical of me.  they always fly over my head.

    • VanessaDK

      Interesting that they showed baby Kevin being changed several times but no feeding and no bottles. I winder if Joan can’t afford formula but they don’t want to show her nursing, or if they are avoiding showing bottles because they don’t want to promote it (never a problem with smoking on thus show).

      • http://twitter.com/mme_hardy MadameHardy

        Her mom was going out for formula and Joan made an acid comment when she took a $10.

      • mamacita32

        Her mom came in when she was changing Kevin and said he needed more formula. She took the baby (and money from Joan’s wallet) so Joan could sleep, remember? That’s how we knew the baby slept in the elevator.

        • VanessaDK

          Of course!  How could I have forgotten that!?!?

      • Munchkn

         Maybe the baby playing Kevin is breastfed and doesn’t take a bottle.  Some moms avoid rubber nipples in the early days because they can screw up a baby’s suck and the mom’s milk supply.

    • Dawn Cozart

      I noticed some odd similarities between the diaper cream on the baby’s bottom, and the shaving cream on Don’s face. Not sure what it meant, but it seemed intentional.

      • librarygrrl64

        And if I recall correctly, that scene (with its baby bottom close-up) directly followed a scene of Roger being a giant ass to one of the secretaries. ;-)

    • siriuslover

      I haven’t watched Mad Men for a long while, but I never miss your posts on it! I feel almost as if I’ve actually watched it, what with the synopsis / analysis and the Mad Style. Though, I don’t think I quite got the feel for the “zou bisou bisou” bit. 

    • altalinda

      Even though Megan can make a joke about Dick Whittington, I don’t think that Don can take the joke.  It seemed like an example of how Megan doesn’t fully understand Don/Dick.

      • Jasmaree

        That’s what made thing song scene so very awkward. It was obvious to pretty much everyone in that room (and in my living room) that Don would not be entirely happy about that. And yet Megan was just oblivious to it all, strutting and singing in french in front of all of Don’s coworkers. Peggy tried to warn her.

    • ldancer

      What really struck me in last night’s episode was how honest everyone was being with one another. People were laying stuff out on the table a lot more explicitly than before.

      And yes, I totally thought Megan was going to leap off that balcony.

      And I want a conversation pit. With color blocking.

      • formerlyAnon

        I remember vacuuming a fully carpeted conversation pit. A PITA, especially if chips were served.

    • MissMariRose

      Sexual harassment is wrong and Harry is clearly an ass.

      That said, even in 2012, a woman can’t make a spectacle of herself like that in front of her co-workers and think that people aren’t going to talk. You just can’t blur the lines between the professional and the private like that. I’m interested to see if Megan learned a lesson from this and how this shakes out in the future.

      • formerlyAnon

        All true. But being married to the boss trumps a normal learning curve, I’m betting. At the least, it’s all got the potential for something way more complicated than the three realistic options for the time for someone NOT married to the boss: she leaves the job, either voluntarily or is fired; she continues to fend off the inappropriate until the guy(s) lose interest in the game; she gets something on the guy(s) that is more damaging than sexual harassment and uses it.

        If she is pregnant, that’ll be how she descends into the unhappiness that is the norm for a wife of Don: he’ll want her to leave the office and whether she leaves or not, it’ll be miserable. 

      • CatherineRhodes

        I completely agree with you. I once owned a company with my husband, and even in today’s world if I’d pulled a burlesque on my husband in a black mini and fishnets on a Saturday night, it would be very hard to be taken seriously in the office on Monday.

        This is not to say a woman’s lust must be punished — oh no, quite the opposite.  Just that there are boundaries of professionalism that must be respected.

        For the record, I like Megan’s character and am pleased by the plot development. After her Maria Von Trapp moment at Disneyland, I thought the season would open with her as Betty II, stuck in the suburbs. This is so much better.

    • kaycem

      I’m interested to notice that y’all didn’t mention pryce’s weird money issue and what may or may not be the cause of it. His awkward skeeziness with the lover of the man whose wallet he found makes me think it isn’t a mistress on the side. But it’s SOMETHING because he’s not only not paying large bills like tuition, but he also used his reward money to ensure his wife could buy groceries because “the grocer told [her] she can’t write anymore checks.”

      • CatherineRhodes

        Yeah, I was thinking that too. They keep talking about how the firm is struggling, but the other partners seem to be able to pay for groceries…

      • BayTampaBay

        Did the grocer tell her not to write checks or did Lane tell her not to write checks?  I thought it was Lane who told her not to write checks.

        • kaycem

          no, the quote was lane’s wife saying (to lane):  “the grocer told me not to write anymore checks.”  it could’ve been “the grocer told me i can’t write anymore checks,” but it was something to this effect, anyway.

    • Judy_J

      I was totally creeped out by Lane Pryce….that whole thing with the wallet and the photo of the owner’s girlfriend made my skin crawl. 

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3KCDEX4FOTCFHZP6WLKSOOKUVM Danielle

         It was so awkward.  I thought it was going to turn out to be a scam.

      • another_laura

        Jared Harris can do skeevy like nobody else in the business.

        • http://profiles.google.com/sara.e.munoz Sara Munoz

          God bless Jared Harris. Have you ever seen “Happiness”?

    • http://twitter.com/mirrormirrorxx Paola Thomas

      Unlike most I’m really NOT on the Megan train. I thought that last season she’d turn out to be a bit of a bunny boiler and am even more convinced now.   As TLo say, she’s worked out EXACTLY how to manipulate Don, through his dick (ha!) and I don’t see her using that power for good over the season. Don’s physical craving for her is already having a detrimental effect on his work, and I was wondering if/when she was going to start using her power to plant seeds of doubt about either Peggy or Harry in Don’s mind.  I suspect we’re going to get to a point where Don actually doesn’t much like her – the party proved she doesn’t really understand his personality –  but is still completely sexually in thrall to her.

      Betty was the wife that Don Draper needed but didn’t satisfy the needs of his inner Dick Whitman (hence all the chasing afer free-spirited sexually available, somewhat dominating brunettes), while Megan satisfies his inner Dick Whitman, but I have a feeling she is going to be very, VERY bad for ‘Don Draper’.

      • http://profiles.google.com/misslauraschultz Laura Schultz

        I think she’s going to go after Joan. Seems like they were building to that…. The fact that she thought Joan might be a threat – Joan and Don have NEVER had a spark and I don’t expect they ever will. 

        • KittenKisses

          But they appear to. Mona pointed out how great they looked together and they seem to have a quiet connection from years of working together that understandably any new arrival would hate. I think it’s more to do with how Megan sees Joan and what she represents. You know, no matter what’s in fashion, what you think is sexy is what was sexy when you became aware of sexuality. Megan may be considered a hot little minx now, but she’ll always see Joan and her Marilyn Monroeness as hot stuff because that’s what was attractive when she was impressonable.

    • CatherineRhodes

      Brilliant analysis and excellent writing. Bravo, TLo.

    • http://lifeandopinions.wordpress.com/ Nels

      You know, if Megan knows about Dick Whitman, maybe she is also in tune with what sort of sex turns Don on. Perhaps when she dropped her robe and began her housekeeping, she was fully aware of what would come next, perhaps she was the one directing where that encounter would go.

      • http://profiles.google.com/misslauraschultz Laura Schultz

        oh she knew….

        • Sweetbetty

           Knew very well…

      • Logo Girl

        Hence Don running home, admonishing Peggy with “you have no idea who she is”. 

    • prettybigkitty

      Ten bucks on Don and Joan having an affair this season.   

      • Jasmaree

        I’ll take that bet. They’ve never had any chemistry. Now, Lane and Joan, however, is a bit different. Although they might just develop a more intense version of the Peggy/Don relationship. Lord knows Joan needs more support around the office.

    • M N

      Roger’s baby can’t sleep unless he’s in an elevator.  Parallels Roger’s rise in the corporate world, and his, “ups and downs” in life.

      This is getting way too good for all of us!

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1046681022 Paula Berman

         And remember what happened to Roger when the elevator broke down ;-)

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/J2VE4NE2FY2BP4QD2XOYKJGLPI Laura

      yes

    • bellesprit

       I rewatched all seasons just before this one started, and there wasn’t any time that Don revealed the story of his past to Peggy.

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/M476USE6GD6VEE4RO6JA22VRLI Kriesa

        Yes, but we don’t know what’s happened between last season and this one.

    • KaileeM

      My SO isn’t as quite into MM as I am, so I had to squeal in excitement to myself! But, man, was it great to see MM back on the air. I missed the characters, the sublime set design and gorgeous clothes. I thought this was a great episode. It set up many, many new avenues for character development and, personally, I can’t wait to see how Joan handles being a working mother, how SDPC diversifies their workforce, how Don and Megan’s relationship plays out, how Peggy handles working with Megan, etc., etc., etc!

      Also, I have to say that the automatic window in Don’s car made me gasp. My first car was a 1967 Thunderbird. It was the first year for automatic windows for Ford. So, Don must be doing quite well (or drowning in debt) to afford a new car and such a gorgeous apartment! The care and attention the set and costume designers give to MM just elevate this show to a whole different level.

    • Logo Girl

      I still can’t figure out if it was narratively perfect, or an cringingly expository, to have Bert Cooper and Abe Drexler arguing over Vietnam. The remark from the sailor was a good way to break out of it, at any rate.

      • judybrowni

        Bert is the old guard, still looking at Vietnam as a “good” fight, with his references as World War II. They were fighting the last war, which is one of the reasons we were stuck in that morass for so long.

        Baby boomers like Abe, who could be drafted themselves, saw Vietnam more clearly. 

        There was that age/youth divide.

        • Logo Girl

          Oh, yes, my parents were “Abes”, I remember these arguments!  I just can’t figure out if it was a brilliant or ham-handed bit of writing to situate us way.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/M476USE6GD6VEE4RO6JA22VRLI Kriesa

      I had the opposite reaction to Peggy’s reaction to Megan’s tantrum: I thought that it showed that Peggy is still extremely self-centered. Megan’s upset really had very little to do with Peggy’s awkward remark, yet Peggy took full responsibility, rather than picking up on the fact that it was really a Megan/Don issue, not a Megan/Peggy issue. I love Peggy, but she’s really very childish in that way of thinking that everything revolves around her.

      • MissMariRose

         Maybe it does have something to do with her. After all, Peggy correctly predicted that Don would not like that party. Many wives would be upset to learn that another woman knows their husband better than she does.

        • Kriesa

           Well, you’re right about that! But Megan not knowing Don is still a Megan/ Don problem. And it’s not even what Peggy was feeling guilty about. Her jab about working over the weekend was a rude thing to say to her host, but nothing to wring her hands over.

          • Sweetpea176

            I think Peggy was covering her butt — she thought that she had said something that had upset her boss’s wife enough that she left the office, and likely figured that Megan would tell Don and so she should do some damage control before that happened.

            • http://profile.yahoo.com/J2VE4NE2FY2BP4QD2XOYKJGLPI Laura

              I think she was apologizing for knowing Megan’s husband better than she did…

          • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=558631967 Ivona Foster

            Megan was projecting a lot of her own issues in that convo; commenting how Peggy wasn’t the only working that weekend. Also, subconsciously perhaps, Megan felt it was “safer” to lash out at Peggy because she’s also a woman about how things are at work. She couldn’t exactly go to Stan or Roger or Don. 

            Peggy had no reason to assume anything else was amiss, she didn’t know about the Harry episode and the “new” Don clearly baffles her so I’m not sure that she would presume to know him (and therefore conclude it was a Megan-Don issue) right now.  

            Honestly, Megan seems so intelligent in some things but then in others oi!

    • KaileeM

       Not just groceries! But swanky new apartments, cars with automatic windows, and pockets that can hold $1,100! There definitely seems to be something going on with Lane’s finances. That will be an interesting storyline…

    • CatherineRhodes

      If anyone’s curious, I just looked up the “CPI inflation calculator.”

      $1,100 in 1966 = $7,729 in today’s dollars (the amount Roger paid to Harry to trade his office)
      $50 in 1966 = $351 in today’s dollars (what Roger gave the secretary to sit outside his door)

      • TheDivineMissAnn

        Day-um!
         

        • judybrowni

          But how likely is it that Roger would be carrying close to $8,000 in his wallet?

          More than likely that Roger would have carried a Diner’s Club credit card for business expenses — and although it’s unlikely hookers took Diner’s Club, back then, hot and cold running hookers wouldn’t come up to the equivalent of 8 thou.

          • CatherineRhodes

            I believe Crane spoke to that point. At first Harry said, “it will take more than you have in your wallet.” And then he asked Roger why he was carrying around so much money.

          • girliecue

            “But how likely is sit that Roger would be carrying close to $8,000 in his wallet?” 

            Maybe not highly likely, but I wouldn’t put it past him to do it just because he can. 

      • bookish

        Thank you, I wondered about that! Roger also said that $1,100 was roughly a month’s pay for Harry…$7,729 x 12 = $92,748.

        • CatherineRhodes

           That seems about right for a high-level dept. head at a NY advertising agency.

          • LaLeidi

             You think so? I think that sounds very low. A friend of mine was paying around that in income tax as a creative grunt at a NY agency around 10 years ago.

            • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_FLKS47RHXPOFWQZYB4MMW43VPE RS

               I’ve been reading Jane Maas and Jerry Farmina Dells books this week, and that’s just about the salaries they were tossing around in the 1970s.  Copywriters with about five or six years experience were getting maybe 40,000 a year and higher execs were making between 90-100,000.

            • LaLeidi

              Interesting. $90K in 1976 = $51K in 1966. I am thinking that either 1) Harry is wildly underpaid; 2) Roger has no sense of how much Harry makes; or 3) the writers screwed up.

            • http://profile.yahoo.com/J2VE4NE2FY2BP4QD2XOYKJGLPI Laura

              10 years ago the advertising industry in NY and everywhere was a whole different ballgame…

            • http://profile.yahoo.com/J2VE4NE2FY2BP4QD2XOYKJGLPI Laura

              10 years ago the advertising industry in NY and everywhere was a whole different ballgame…

    • Cheri Lee

      OH joyous day! Mad Men recaps are back!! How I have missed this show!

    • Chickadeep

      Doubt that’s the case, for purely practical reasons…live babies are almost always played by sets of twins, since the time each baby can “work” is strictly limited (even if they are related to someone in the production). Twins allow for twice the time to get the shot right.

      • http://twitter.com/mme_hardy MadameHardy

        They also often cast premature babies, because baby screen time is regulated by birth age.   A three-month-old preemie can pass for a newborn but has longer working hours.

        • Munchkn

           The baby looked like a premie, too.  Good catch, MadameHardy!

    • Sweetpea176

      Did anyone else think that Joan looked old-fashioned and out of place at SCDP?

      • Sweetbetty

         TLo were noting that even towards the end of the last season.  It’ll be interesting to see if her appearance changes with the times, though she’s sure not made for the shift dresses and Mod fashions of the mid-60s.

        • Browsery

          She could do Trapeze dresses and ladylike suits.

          • Sweetbetty

             Trapeze dresses were not designed for the buxom ladies like Joan.  Lady-like suits are a possibility in every era; we’ll see if Joanie goes that route (though she’d certainly have to have hers custom made.

      • Browsery

        I thought Joan looked too big and bright for the place.  (She looked great.)  But I’ve always thought her manner of dressing was undermining to her aspirations.  Now that she may have realized that work is important for her and she has an impressive title it will be interesting to see if she dresses more like Fay Miller.

        Peggy has certainly cleaned up well over the years.  The first year, Elisabeth Moss had to wear a prosthesis and fat suit to look bigger.  But her clothes, hairstyle and makeup keep improving as Peggy develops as a professional.

    • Christy Moravitz

      The way Don paused and looked in the mirror after lathering up, I took the shaving cream to be Don lamenting his aging. He had a look of meloncholy as he gazed at the white “beard.”

      • Sweetbetty

         I was trying to read the meaning of that scene and coming up empty except for the obvious metaphor of “self-examination”.  Now that you mention the white beard I’m wondering if it’s also occurring to him that lathering your face up with a shaving brush is old fashioned for the times.  Weren’t most men using electric shavers or canned aerosol shaving cream by then?

        • dress_up_doll

          Good point, Sweetbetty. There was definitely more to that scene. I, too, wondered about the absence of shaving cream. As a child of the sixties, I recall watching my dad shave with canned areosol shaving cream. Loved the aroma! WHen Don was presented with the gift I thought it seemed a bit old-fashioned and wondered if he read it that way.

          • CatherineRhodes

            I took it as an acknowledgement of the passing of time moment.

          • Browsery

            Was there a scene in which his father was lathering up in the past?  I can’t recall.

        • Browsery

          That’s very possible.  Good points.  Like most viewers, I’ve grown fond of Don despite his many flaws.  Jon Hamm is so handsome that I think something in me wants Don to be more contemporary, more capable of change than is realistic to expect.  I like that the series is showing how Don is, very, very gradually falling out of step with the times.

          I keep having to remind myself, “Don Draper was born in 1926.”

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1129137319 Paula Pertile

      Great recap, as always – thanks.

      I loved that whole “passing the baby around” sequence. Then the new sec comes in at the end with “I don’t know how I ended up with him …”. Pete and Peggy and their past, shoved under the rug, but also right there up in their faces for a moment. 

      That god awful song – think how sick of it they all must have been, rehearsing, doing re-takes, etc. 

      And that comment Roger made at the party to Don (in front of everyone), something like “you got want we all wanted” (referring to Megan). And his wife giving him a look. *cringe*

      • MK03

        The baby-passing scene made me laugh more than it probably should have. I mean, can you imagine a woman nowadays up and disappearing and letting her coworkers (and the idiots who replaced her) play Hot Potato with her newborn??

    • Geoff Dankert

      Did I see a reference to an upcoming Mad Style post? Squee!

    • Judy_J

      My favorite lines of the evening: Roger (looking at Megan) to Jane: “Why don’t you sing like that?” Jane (looking at Don) to Roger: “Why don’t you look like that?”

      • Linderella

        I also loved (well, maybe not the right word) when Roger complimented Megan as the most beautiful woman he’s ever seen RIGHT IN FRONT OF HIS WIFE. No, that wasn’t it. What did he say? Oh, that Don got the woman they all want? Gah, I thought I remembered it, but now that I’m writing this, the actual line escapes me. Sorry.

        • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3KCDEX4FOTCFHZP6WLKSOOKUVM Danielle

          It was something about being jealous of when somebody else gets what you want.  But if you think about it, Roger married Don’s secretary years before Don ever did.

    • missinmass

      Love the pic of Mommy Baby Daddy, and cigarette. Def. the 60′s

    • kcarb1025

      It’s really sad to see the female claws come out lashing for Megan… for no reason of course, other than she is pretty and thoughtful and smart, sexual and independent.

      Well, I think she’s fabulous.

      • http://twitter.com/DonnaThePirana Donna

        I think people have been making very justified criticisms of Megan. And why is it “female claws” that are a problem?

        • Browsery

          Right.  And Peggy, while probably being the most sympathetic character in the series, is hardly shown as flawless.  I remember a good (realistic) scene in which one of her acquaintances was discussing the problems of the Negro and she said, What about the problems facing women? What about me?

          I admit that Peggy’s approach to life is more palatable to me that that of many other characters:  She’s basically a straight shooter and doesn’t use her sexuality to get ahead at work.

      • librarygrrl64

        I don’t care for Roger, either, and Don can be a real asshole. It’s the manipulation I hate, regardless of looks or independence or intelligence, not the gender. And, in fact, many of these characters, male and female, are downright unlikable a good portion of the time. This just happened to be a very Megan-centric episode and now it looks like she’s here to stay, so people are weighing in.

        • http://beautyforrealgirls.blogspot.com/ accidental housewife

           I am kind of surprised, though, at the strong, negative reaction to Megan. I don’t think she’s a guileless victim here, but I also don’t think she’s a succubus. She and Don are, IMO, equally complicit in what happened between them.

          I haven’t seen enough evidence to suggest that she has bad intentions, so some of the comments I’ve read (not just here) seem extreme to me.

          • Sweetbetty

             Agreed.  I think that Megan is just like everyone else in the show, and in real life for that matter, simply a  flawed human being who sometimes makes bad decisions.

            • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=572633200 Tanzina Ahmed

              And also has no learning curve or pattern recognition skill, given that she spent about a year as a receptionist/secretary at SDCP and STILL couldn’t realize it wouldn’t be a good idea to do a cabaret dance in front of her colleagues and supervisors from there!

              Seriously, is there ANYTHING about SDCP that makes a person think that a sexy little dance would go over well with the workers there?

      • librarygrrl64

        I don’t care for Roger, either, and Don can be a real asshole. It’s the manipulation I hate, regardless of looks or independence or intelligence, not the gender. And, in fact, many of these characters, male and female, are downright unlikable a good portion of the time. This just happened to be a very Megan-centric episode and now it looks like she’s here to stay, so people are weighing in.

      • http://beautyforrealgirls.blogspot.com/ accidental housewife

         If this were another, much larger, very well known board with a high percentage of female commenters, I’d think the lashing out was coming mostly from women. Not here though. The hate and love get spread around pretty evenly, in my experience.

    • Annie Leung

      After watching last night’s ep and the preview for “Tea Leaves”, I get a bad feeling that Jane is going to be stirring up more trouble for Don. She was oogling him throughout the party and since the road in the Sterling/Segel marriage is hitting more than a few bumps, this might be a threat to the newly happy Drapers. A parallel of secretaries who married their bosses, I wonder how this is going to pan out (Megan vs. Jane?).

      • Browsery

        Except Don never liked Jane.  He was always suspicious of her and was angered by having been put in the middle of the mess with Roger, his ex-wife, and Jane.

        • formerlyAnon

          I don’t see Don as ripe for an affair, yet. But I don’t think he needs to like a woman to have sex with her, and I absolutely can see Roger’s wife being little more than a game piece in some kind of male territory marking that might unfold.

    • Jane Doeyes

      I think they’re doing a great portraying racism. Pardon the pun, but it’s not always black or white. Racism is a very complicated issue and often people are not simply racist or not. Layne can have racist feelings towards black men, even though he’s in love with a black woman. And Joan can make some racist remarks because Kinsey’s girlfriend was an easy target and a way to mock him, even if she doesn’t make racist remarks in other contexts. Kinsey himself came off as racist too. Using his girlfriend and the civil rights movement to make himself look better and inflate his ego. I think the writers are doing a great job of showing all the sides to racism, even in characters we know and love. 

      • dress_up_doll

        Very well put, Jane. I almost made the same comment about racism not always being black & white. This is one of the reasons I love MM. Everything is not always as it seems and the writers are very adept at dealing with subject matter with subtlety, intelligence and wit.

      • dress_up_doll

        Very well put, Jane. I almost made the same comment about racism not always being black & white. This is one of the reasons I love MM. Everything is not always as it seems and the writers are very adept at dealing with subject matter with subtlety, intelligence and wit.

    • Dagney

      The Peggy-Megan combo is interesting to watch.  You can get ahead by putting your nose to the grindstone and working hard, or you can get ahead by putting your mouth around the stone and letting it grind you, while working IT hard.

    • EEKstl

      I don’t know what I looked forward to most: The season premiere of Mad Men last night or TLo’s blog today.  They’re now inextricably linked for me, so Welcome Back!!  My hubby and I were right there with ya last night: Megan knows about Dick Whitman!  That 60′s Fabulous apartment! That party – no she didn’t! Kudos to Weiner and Co. for tipping the Mad Men world on its axis just the right amount. I’m not sure I’m getting the Megan Hate.  She’s far more interesting than I thought.  She may have been Maria Von Trapp last season, but I love how she’s gone darker, deeper and quirkier as Don’s onion layers have been pulled away, one by one. I think she really loves him – I also think she’s extremely ambitious and trying to navigate the tropes of being Mrs. Draper 2.0 in the Swinging Sixties, when roles were just as defined for women, just different than they had been in decades past.  I didn’t see Trouble in Paradise last night.  I saw a well-matched couple.

      • http://beautyforrealgirls.blogspot.com/ accidental housewife

         “Like” x 100

      • bellesprit

         You’re not alone. I’m enjoying Megan. She’s an intriguing character, and I like the actress. Megan’s complex, and I look forward to seeing where she goes.

    • Dagney

      Did anyone catch that tiny bit of “oh we know each other but we can’t acknowledge it” between Megan and Peggy’s boyfriend?

      • CatherineRhodes

        I didn’t notice that but it certainly would be possible. Megan seems like she ran with a bohemian crowd.

        • Browsery

          I didn’t notice it, but it’s possible.  Joyce, Peggy’s art director friend, brought up some mutual friends just to look at Megan when she was a receptionist (she was flattered) and Peggy invited her to have lunch with them, but Megan had to decline.  At one point, I thought Megan might be gay, or at least adventurous.  She looked very excited when Joyce, who’s gay, greeted her.

    • FashionShowAtLunch

      How adorable was Peggy’s black dress with the white trim?  Girlfriend looks fab.

      • Sweetbetty

         Speaking of black with white clothing, did that look like a white racing stripe down the side of Megan’s black skirt that she was wearing when she displayed her boobs to Don in his office?  She was moving around too much for me to get a good look but it seemed totally inappropriate. 

        • FashionShowAtLunch

          I believe it was a racing stripe; I thought that dressed the whole look down too much. I was a fan of most of her ensembles last night, but that one didn’t do it for me.

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jessica-TallGirl-Freeman/1043623567 Jessica TallGirl Freeman

        She wore that dress last season as well.  MM wardrobe is always good about being realistic with the ladies and them actually repeating clothes, as they would in real life.  Loved Megan’s polka dotted top, but hated that skirt with it.  Though I would imagine that was the style.

        • Sweetbetty

           I lived through that era and don’t remember racing stripes on clothing.  Seems to me they came into fashion in the 70s when the fitness craze and athletic wear were the big thing.  And even when a skirt with a racing stripe would have been in style it wouldn’t have been worn with a frothy, ruffly blouse like Megan had on.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=572633200 Tanzina Ahmed

        Loved that outfit, but HATED the ugly school-girl throw-back (white button down, UGLY purplish plaid skirt) that she wore later. I really hope she had left those hiddy looks behind her already! I want to see Peggy in nicer, more professional dresses or suited outfits!

    • Cristina Rowley

      Did anyone else notice Peggy and Pete acting a little uncomfortable around Joan’s baby boy? 

      • Sweetbetty

         I had mentioned earlier that Pete seemed aghast when he walked into the scene and saw Peggy holding a baby.

    • Cristina Rowley

      Did anyone else notice Peggy and Pete acting a little uncomfortable around Joan’s baby boy? 

    • judybrowni

      Dark and light: I was struck by how dark (and old-fashioned) the Y & R offices were compared to SCDP. 

      I worked for a fashion magazine in the early ’70s: started in the Graybar building connected Grand Central: smaller wood-framed windows, less light than the more modern building we moved to on Madison Ave, which was flooded with light like SCDP.

      But it also contrasts the Y&R racists, to the (somewhat) lighter racism at SCDP, even if they stumbled backward into being forced into a seemingly more enlightened attitude.

      Contrast the light flooding into Don’s new apartment compared to his Greenwich Village pad. Don’s hip 0s ’6kitchen opens into the light-filled living room.

      Whereas Pete seems trapped in the claustrophobic, cramped and darker, more ’50s look kitchen of his suburban hell. And is nostalgic for the city noises that come with Don’s city digs.

      However, although the character Megan offered some intriguing surprises, and I dug the musical number, I find the actress wooden and tinny: to me, she may inhabit the character, but never becomes the human. Not like Peggy, Don, Lane, Joan, Roger, Harry.

      So I’m looking forward to the implosion of Don’s second (third?) marriage. Can’t come soon enough for me.

    • judybrowni

      Dark and light: I was struck by how dark (and old-fashioned) the Y & R offices were compared to SCDP. 

      I worked for a fashion magazine in the early ’70s: started in the Graybar building connected Grand Central: smaller wood-framed windows, less light than the more modern building we moved to on Madison Ave, which was flooded with light like SCDP.

      But it also contrasts the Y&R racists, to the (somewhat) lighter racism at SCDP, even if they stumbled backward into being forced into a seemingly more enlightened attitude.

      Contrast the light flooding into Don’s new apartment compared to his Greenwich Village pad. Don’s hip 0s ’6kitchen opens into the light-filled living room.

      Whereas Pete seems trapped in the claustrophobic, cramped and darker, more ’50s look kitchen of his suburban hell. And is nostalgic for the city noises that come with Don’s city digs.

      However, although the character Megan offered some intriguing surprises, and I dug the musical number, I find the actress wooden and tinny: to me, she may inhabit the character, but never becomes the human. Not like Peggy, Don, Lane, Joan, Roger, Harry.

      So I’m looking forward to the implosion of Don’s second (third?) marriage. Can’t come soon enough for me.

    • cteeny21

      Did anyone else think that Pete and Peggy seemed uncomfortable around Joan’s baby boy? 

      • Dagney

        Yes.  I saw that too.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/C5DHGDPX5J7BENE4HI6TBQUZHM Kathryn

      Megan aggressively plays the games that Betty passively played.  It makes me so nervous that her fall is going to be even greater.  I theoretically like the person that Megan is without Don…I think.  And am I the only one who is pleased to see that Peggy is still with her quirky, equally as socially-awkward as herself boyfriend?  I love him!

      • MissMariRose

         I like him too, but I think we might be the only ones.

        • Munchkn

           Nope, there’s at least 3 of us!

          • Glammie

            Oh me too.  He’s a bit nebbishy, but bright and that’s about what Peggy can handle.  She just doesn’t have the glam gene, but I think her boyfriend likes her as she is.   

      • MK03

        I love Abe too! 

      • Browsery

        Oh, I like him, too.  For some reason, I thought they had broken up earlier over his disdain for her work.  Maybe that was someone else.  I thought they met at the happening to which Joyce invited Peggy.

    • ryaddictive

      as a copywriter?  that need for validation from someone whose creativity you respect — that never goes away. 

      sadly,
      that’s all she wrote
       

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1582777135 Melanie K. Morgan

      OK, I thought that Joan aborted Roger’s baby, and that this baby was with her husband.  Didn’t we see her at the abortion clinic, waiting her turn?  Did she change her mind?

      • judybrowni

        Yes, she changed her mind about having an abortion.

        Her husband was already out of her reach to knock her up again, especially since he hadn’t managed do so in the first place.

        She may have viewed Roger’s child as her last chance at a baby. Women in their ’30s were considered past their prime for childbirth in the ’60s, and warned that the later they waited the more likely they’d have a retarded child.

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1241487378 Lauren Lynch Fox

          Yeah, she went to the clinic but could not do it. You don’t know that until the last show when she was talking on the phone to her husband saying how big her boobs were . I think we also found out in another episode that she had already had two abortions. I thought it was interesting to see Roger hold the baby with no inkling of emotion. I wonder where that will go

          • Browsery

            I couldn’t tell if Roger was acting deliberately indifferent so no one would suspect or if he simply didn’t care.  But he does love Joan and Kevin (?) is only his second child and his only son so you would think that would mean something.

          • Sweetbetty

             TLo mentioned that Roger knew the baby was his, but I wonder.  When he saw Joan and the baby at the office and said, “There’s my baby”, I took it as the writers using a great bit of irony since it was directed at Joan but indeed it was his baby.  He knew Joan was pregnant and he knew she went to the abortion clinic but later when he asked her how everything went her response was something like, “Fine, we averted at tragedy”.  Roger doubtlessly took that to mean that the abortion had taken place but I immediately sensed that the tragedy Joan felt she averted was the aborting of the baby.  Even though there may have been murmuring at the office about the timing of the baby’s birth no one really knew for sure it wasn’t Joan’s husband’s child and Roger may have been blissfully unaware as well.  And if he indeed doesn’t realize the child is his that leaves the door open for some big drama to come.

      • Browsery

        She changed her mind and then took a train her husband’s base in New Jersey to sleep with him so he would think the baby was his.  Although he’s apparently not a gifted surgeon, he probably can count back from nine.

    • Dagney

      TLo- You are almost right about the things Betty “would never do.”  Consider who Betty was before she married Don, a fluent Italian speaking, cosmopolitan, cool woman, who unfortunately for her, stepped into the wife/mother role, where she should not have been.  Don had what he wanted in the first place and he squashed it.  Consider the bathing suit episode, she made an effort to step back into that woman she was supposed to be, and Don insulted her.  

      Now, he has this woman again so it will be interesting to see how long it is before he tries to box her up. 

    • Mefein

      It’s interesting to see that Pete was portrayed once again as the most progressive (a very relative term) on racial issues, which are surely going to be more and more prominent.  MM has only skirted around them a bit so far.  Remember a couple of seasons ago how Pete wanted to pitch Admiral televisions in black media because he rather innocently thought it just made sense?  It’s really going to be interesting to see where this goes.  Loved the way the SDCP is stumbling into the racial issue the same way they stumbled into taking a moral stand against cigarette advertising:  by the placement of a self-serving ad with a deceptive motive in the newspaper.  Nobody is changing by choice in this era, but leave it to an ad agency to spin it like it was their idea all along.

      Also loved Lane’s stammering white guilt:  “We’re only hiring secretaries, so you gentlemen are free to go …. oh, ah, I mean, you’re WELCOME to go…oh, I mean, you can leave.”

      Finally, it was also interesting to see what the Heinz guy wanted for his advertising campaign.  Beans had been viewed as a cheap, Depression-era food.  Why not modernize it by showing it as the food of choice for college students, with all their “sitting in” and all?  Which just shows how innocently student protests were still viewed.  A couple of years down the road, the last thing Mr. Heinz would have wanted was for canned beans to be seen as the food providing sustenance to the student’s occupying the president’s office in the university uptown!  Better stick with the dancing beans.

      • CatherineRhodes

         You’re so right about the perception of the student protests. In 1966 Vietnam was still in the “advisors” stage. It wasn’t really until 1968 and the Tet Offensive that most Americans really understood what was going on.

        • Nicholas

          I you want to know just how much things are going to hit the fan, read Nixonland. It already gets into the ensuing turmoil at the very beginning. Check out the Enhanced iBooks edition that contains archival video of what transpired.

      • Browsery

        I loved the Heinz guy’s discussion of the resemblance of kidney beans to body parts.

      • Sweetbetty

         I was waiting for at least one of the male applicants to say he was interested in a secretarial position.  A black male secretary; could you imagine!

        • judybrowni

          wouldn’t have happened.

          Jobs were still listed separately in the newspaper as those for men or women.

          Men didn’t attend secretarial schools, or learn typing, for that matter.

          Which is one reason my father retired when they threatened to give him a computer of his own. He, like the rest of the men in his generation, never learned to type.

          Schools still accepted handwritten papers, in college or grad school men had their papers typed by girlfriends, or paid to have it done.

          • Sweetbetty

             Yes to all that, except in my 60s high school there were many boys in the typing classes, but remember that this is the era of change.  I know that a black AND male secretary might be too much of a change to accept all at once, but a few years down the road a black male might have felt empowered enough to push for it.  Just an interesting thought….

          • Mike McGee

            I’m a guy who graduated HS in ’68, and most of us took touch typing in junior high school back then, in Ohio. It never really came in handy for me until the internet arrived on the scene.

          • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1344922354 Eric Scheirer Stott

            Male stenographers worked primarily in male-only businesses, like law offices. Once women entered the workforce at the turn of the century they took over secretarial positions- once businesses realized they could pay them less.

          • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=572633200 Tanzina Ahmed

            Well, Lane did have that British “office assistant” Hooker in Season 3. Then again, the office culture in the UK might have been different from the US at the time… anyone know how prevalent Hookers (hee hee!) were in the US at the time?

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=699820983 Carlos Colón

      Does anyone have an exact list of songs used in the episode by chance? I have Ken Griffin, Gillian Hill & Dusty Springfield but I think there was one possibly un-original bossa nova piece when Joan is fighting with her mom… anyone know?

      • Browsery

        No, but did anyone else find the use of incidental music at times to be a bit jarring?  For example, in the early scene with Sally, I was really distracted by it.  This happened a couple more times during the program.

        • Sweetbetty

           Usually a connection can be found between the music in the closing scene and what’s happening but I couldn’t make a connection last night, nor with the opening music and Sally.  I’m often not good at that, though, so if anyone can enlighten me I’d appreciate it.

          • Browsery

            Normally, the music doesn’t register with me that much on a first viewing (with the exception of the closing song, if there is one, which as you said is always used to underscore the theme of the episode).  So when music jumps out at me, it’s usually because to my ear it doesn’t work.

    • Gwendolyn Spencer

       Did anyone else feel that Megan’s character feels slightly bipolar even a bit unsettling at times?  I found her as an addition a little uncomfortable, perhaps she is meant to be an epitome of the 1960s which we just entered in the show, while Betty is supposed to represent the 1950s, but gosh I wonder what Don Draper’s 1970s wife will be like then!

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1241487378 Lauren Lynch Fox

        How old do you think Megan is supposed to be? around 26? I thought it was interesting how uncomfortable Don was in his own house at that party while she was Miss Party Girl. You could really see the age gap.

        • Lattis

          A little moment that I loved in last night’s episode was when Don was standing with Roger at the party looking at Megan on the sofa laughing with her friends (all around her age). Roger looks at Don’s expression and tells him that that he shouldn’t try to figure out what they are laughing about. He says, “They’re not laughing at you.” The expression on Don’s face as he watches Megan is one of complete puzzlement. I loved that.

          To me it was like the age gap made flesh. Don and Roger are on the other side of something that they’ll never understand. Maybe that is true of every generational divide – but I think it is especially true of the people from the “Roger – Don” generation in comparison to their children. I think their children seemed incomprehensibly silly to them. And the awkward thing for Don is that he married someone on the other side of that divide. Don’t know what he’s going to make of that. 

          • Browsery

            Don was born in 1926.  Roger is what? Eight, 10 years older?

            • BayTampaBay

              I think I once saw where Roger was born in 1917 making him the same age as my deceased Grandmother. Don was born in 1926 and Pete Campbell in 1937 making Pete the exact same age as my mother.  I am the same age as baby Gene.

          • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=572633200 Tanzina Ahmed

             Good point about the moment in the party– Don and Megan seem to have nothing in common in terms of the social group they’re comfortable with.

            I can’t wait until D&M end up going to a real work party– I wonder how they’d handle each other in that situation? Eyeing each other suspiciously for future infidelity? Embarrassed by each other’s immaturity/stodginess?

        • marishka1

          I don’t think she is quite that old. Last season, during “The Suitcase”, Peggy turned 26. Megan commented to her, in the ladies’ room ‘You’re 26? That’s still pretty young. Well, you’ve done pretty well yourself.” Like she didn’t believe 26 to be young *at all*. So she might not have reached it yet, herself. I’m thinking as young as 22, maybe 23.

          • Browsery

            I seem to remember her saying in a previous episode that she was 25. And here’s the confirmation from Weiner.

          • BayTampaBay

            According to Wikipedia, Peggy was born May 5, 1939.

        • http://beautyforrealgirls.blogspot.com/ accidental housewife

           She’s 25, according to the Fresh Air interview with Matt Weiner.

          It’s a very good interview, and he gives nothing away about the rest of the season.

      • sashaychante

        YES!  I think there was some indications of what is to come with Megan.  “She’s quite an actress”…her friends comment about her to Don.  Megan seems really emotional, especially compared to the emotionless Mrs. Betty Draper.

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=572633200 Tanzina Ahmed

          I wouldn’t call Betty unemotional though– if anything Betty’s tragedy is that her natural feelings of sorrow, rage, and despair were always suppressed in her, leading to act out in increasingly unhealthy ways, especially against her children. I feel sad for Betty more than anything else– she strikes me as one of the most depressed characters on television today, however badly she acts.

      • Browsery

        YES.  I definitely wondered if she was unbalanced.  Her reaction seemed out of proportion to what had happened at the party and the following day at work.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=572633200 Tanzina Ahmed

        I think she’s pouty and insipid and is using her position as Don’s wife to do things she could NEVER do when she was a humble receptionist/secretary at SDCP: come to work late, leave whenever the hell she wants, yell at her supervisor, and so on. (Unless anyone thinks she somehow spent a year with Joan and pulled those shenanigans with her!)

        I ultimately think Megan’s as childish as Betty– just in a completely different way. Then again, that seems to make her a good match for Don, who’s quite the big baby as well!

    • CarolinLA

      Wouldn’t it be great to see Lane’s Playboy Bunny black girlfriend come back into the picture?

      • CatherineRhodes

        Yeah, I thought maybe she would be one of the applicants in the lobby, and there would be a moment of recognition when she handed over her resume.

        • Browsery

          Playboy bunnies probably made much more than secretaries.  

      • dress_up_doll

        I’d absolutely love nothing more than to see her return. However, Lane’s dad didn’t exactly seem thrilled about his leaving his wife. Imagine the ass-kicking Lane would get if he actually took up with the bunny chick.

    • CatherineRhodes

      Remember too that Pete knows the truth about Dick Whitman. (He found the box and tried to blackmail Don in Season I or 2.) Did Pete’s reluctance to attend the party have anything to do with his knowledge of the pretense?

      • MissMariRose

         I thought it had more to do with his dislike of Roger and his feeling that he isn’t appreciated at SCDP.

        • CatherineRhodes

          I definitely agree with you. Just thought there might be a little subtext as well.

        • Browsery

          I think Pete became much more tolerant of Don after learning that Don, unasked, put up the 50K required of Pete as a junior partner to secure the loan the firm needed to meet its payroll and expenses.  That happened at the end of Season 4.

    • sockandaphone

      last night’s episodes were SO GOOD. I was grinning like an idiot the entire time. So glad to have this show back.

    • makeityourself

      Okay, how in the world did Joan navigate that pram from her apartment to the office? Unless she lives within walking distance, she would have had to get a cab, collapse that big thing into the trunk while holding the baby, or maybe the cabbie got it into the trunk for her, then she probably had to maneuver through a set if revolving doors . . . I’m exhausted. I’m not implying that it wasn’t “real,” I just want to know from some city-dwelling ’60s era moms how they managed it.

      Loved the scene with Joan and Lane. With a three-week old baby keeping her up all night, Joanie looked immaculate and expressed the loneliness I too felt while on maternity leave. Good writing, ad always.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1241487378 Lauren Lynch Fox

        and those prams did not collapse! My mother, who lived in Philadelphia and had a similar pram in the 60s said she used to chain it like a bike outside….and it was stolen anyway. I thought the very same thing! what an effort to get yourself looking great and get to that office. I felt the same way on maternity leave too, but I was so happy they did not turn her in to someone like Pete’s wife in the house coat!

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1241487378 Lauren Lynch Fox

          I did have one more thought about that scene. Did it strike anyone funny that the pink dress fought so much with her red hair? I thought it showed that she was not really her old self.

          • judybrowni

            The old ideas of what colors “went together” went out the window in the ’60s.

            So, red hair with pink wouldn’t have been seen as a problem.

            • Browsery

              I think that there were still very clear ideas of color combinations that “clashed” back then.  Maybe it didn’t apply to hair.

              I find some of the combinations in fashion today a little starting because I was conditioned to view them as poor taste.  It sure makes putting outfits together easier. Long may it last.

      • formerlyAnon

        My mother & mother-in-law both had stories about the chore of hauling a baby carriage (they didn’t collapse flat as today’s do) up & down the stairs in walk-up city apartments. An apartment where there was room to leave it on the ground flour (and the super/other tenants didn’t complain) was highly desirable.

      • judybrowni

        Had the same thought: how the hell did she get it in the cab, no less the elevator?

        In that period, it might have been more realistic if she carried the baby in, or lugged it in a light woven bassinet with a handle.

    • rainwood1

      I really enjoy reading your posts, T Lo, because I enjoy them more than the show.  There, I said it. The whole episode seemed so grim despite all the light and mid-60′s “Laugh-In” fashions (which no adult I ever saw actually wore).  I felt like Megan when she said that everyone was so cynical and smirked instead of smiled and that she wasn’t sure she liked anybody.  The men of SCDP are all still assholes, each in their own way, and Peggy is the only one of the women I feel I can relate to or root for.     

      I’m interested in seeing how the show progresses because they’re now at a point where I was old enough that I  remember what it was like.  Maybe that’s what makes it seem so grim.  The show has  the angst and the strife, but none of the joy of the mid-60′s.  I like to remember the joy.      

    • kmiller1k

      Did anyone feel a bit of a parallel to the scene in Smash when Julia and Michael are standing in the studio and she says no but he proceeds anyway and she let’s him and Megan telling Don no and yet he goes after anyway and she responds like Julia? Last week there were many comments about the Smash scene being inappropriate but I haven’t read any comments about Megan saying no and Don being over the line.

      • Glammie

        Different time period–also, these two have worked out some kind of consenting sexual relationship with its own kink already.

        • bellesprit

            Agreeing with Glammie. Megan was so clearly working him. These were roles they had played with before.

      • Sweetbetty

         This is obviously a dance Don and Megan have rehearsed and performed before in other circumstances.  She knows it drives him wild with desire and he knows she doesn’t really mean “no”.  We already know he likes to be punished before sex by his interaction with the slapping hooker on a past Thanksgiving Day in his lonely bachelor pad.  Betty never caught on to, or didn’t want to be a part of, such role playing but Megan picked up on it and you can bet she uses it to her advantage every chance she gets.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1241487378 Lauren Lynch Fox

      Why no Betty? and what was with that funky house? I thought her husband was in city counsel something?

      • Browsery

        I didn’t read it, but there was an article on the web in which J. Jones explained why she was isn’t in the season opener.

        Her husband is the Director of Communications for Nelson Rockefeller, the governor of New York.

        • judybrowni

          january jones was also very pregnant during the shooting of the early episodes.aracter

          and the character henry was supposed to be wealthy.

    • KAJO11

      And…. why all the comments about Pete losing his hair? Is he going to have a disease or cancer or something? Is Peggy going to have to track down his son to save his life? Or they probably weren’t that medically advanced in the 60′s?  Just curious that they talked about his hair 4-5 times and they showed him pick it off his shoulder as well…

      • Browsery

        I noticed that Pete looked a bit puffy.  But I figured that’s the aging process.  I saw Vincent Kartheiser in a film when he was in his early 20s and it’s still hard for me to accept that he’s the same actor who plays Pete.

      • http://www.GiftedCollector.com Nancy Abrams

        It was baby spit-up that he wiped off his jacket. His friend called it dandruff.

      • judybrowni

        no minoxidol in the ’60s — some men started a receding hairline early.

        they had vincent shave his forehead for the effect.

    • rumcg66

      Loved the episode, and loved your review.  One thing is bugging me though… I’ve read in a few places that this season opens about 18 months after the end of last season… is that right? Because if that’s the case, Joan’s baby should be almost a year old.  So it can’t be more than about 9 months at the most.  

      Otherwise, I’m even more excited now for the season than I was before the episode aired.  Yay!

      • Kriesa

         I read 7 months after the end of the last season… that seemed about right to me (Columbus Day weekend 1965 – Memorial Weekend 1966).

        Maybe they meant that the season 4 finale literally happened almost 18 months ago in “our” time (ie October 2010 – March 2012)?

    • Janie22341

      The man who trusts men will make fewer mistakes that he who distrusts them.

    • Browsery


      No female character has ever had to deal with a form of sexual harrassment quite so ugly and upsetting as this one.”

      How did Harry Crane harass Megan?  She made a spectacle of herself (great scene — Jessica Paré sang and moved well, and looked lovely, but the whole thing was mortifying) and Harry discussed his fantasies out loud, not realizing she was there.  

      It’s creepy, insulting, and sexist when men in offices even today rate the female staff, but in this case, Megan contributed to her being considered as an object of titillation.

      • harlowish

        I agree that Harry didn’t really harass Megan, but that sexist dude (can’t remember his name) did.  He encouraged Harry to talk about his fantasies while Megan was standing right there.  His main intent may have been to embarrass Harry, but I think he enjoyed embarrassing Megan and “putting her in her place”, as well.

        • Browsery

          Ken Cosgrove, who is not without his flaws, but is basically a good guy, did try to warn him.  I think he was hoping that Harry would not be overheard or would stop before Megan got close. Cosgrove is less sexist than Harry, who is very vociferously macho, although weirdly, very nice in his own way.  In a previous episode a a handsome, young temporary artist said Harry was an “old queen.”  The artist was later fired for something incredibly offensive he said to Joan, but I’ve always wondered if his comment about Harry was a throwaway or a real insight.  Harry has always seemed to be really into the ladies.
          It’s impossible to flip the situation because of gender dynamics and power, but even in 2012 if my woman boss’s husband stripped to his Speedos at a birthday party and did a teasing song and dance you can bet people would be laughing about it for weeks.

          • http://www.tomandlorenzo.com/ Tom and Lorenzo

            Harry didn’t “laugh about it.” He stood in the office and loudly described his fantasy of putting her feet on his shoulders and fucking her while she screamed out his name.

          • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=625481017 Devilicia Reinededemon

            Good heavens–you make it sound like she did a striptease in front of the whole company.  By 1966, you could see that sort of routine on the Ed Sullivan show.  This WAS the age of French Ye-Ye and Bridget Bardot after all; and it wasn’t like she was singing it or flirting with anyone else in the room.

            • BayTampaBay

              I agree.  I do not think Megan made a fool of herself with her song and dance.  This was not an “office party” but a party in her home with the gang from the office.  There is a big difference. She personally paid for the party and can therefore do as she likes.

            • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=572633200 Tanzina Ahmed

              Brigitte Bardot was *not* working in an office environment and she did *not* have corporate co-workers the way Megan did. I work in a professional environment and I would never do what Megan did if my colleagues and supervisors were at a party– not even if it was an “informal” party. If she didn’t realize that she was making as spectacle of herself that everyone from Roger to Lane to even Joan who wasn’t even there would laugh at her later, she’s a total idiot.

              Bottom line– Megan was unprofessional and people gossiped about her later because of it. Actions have consequences, particularly unprofessional ones!

        • Andrea Rossillon

          I don’t agree that he was trying to put Megan in her place– he just opened the door for Harry to be an ass, and Harry walked right in.

          I’d like to defend Stan. He’s definitely kind of a douchebag, but he does change his mind, and he doesn’t always have to be right. He gives Peggy a hard time, but the nature of his poking at her has changed–he used to be more ugly, and now I think he just enjoys aggravating Peggy in particular. Peggy doesn’t seem to despise him, either, the way she did that other guy whom she ended up firing.

      • FashionShowAtLunch

        “Megan contributed to her being considered as an object of titillation.”

        And the award for victim blaming goes to….

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=572633200 Tanzina Ahmed

          Megan herself said that after the party, everyone would go home and “have sex.”

          She basically did a burlesque in order to sexually titillate her guests– not realizing that doing so was grossly inappropriate in front of her and Don’s colleagues, co-workers and supervisors.

          Harry’s comment was gross but even beyond him, Lane, Roger and even Joan (watching Lane do his little imitation) clearly found  Megan’s act to be pretty risque and inappropriate. Harry shouldn’t have made the comment he did in the work-place… but seriously, Megan’s little song and dance routine was very ridiculous.

    • Jennifer Coleman

      Watching Mad Men new episode after 8 zillion years? Heavenly.
      Reading a TLo Mad Men review of said new episode? Orgasmic.

    • sashaychante

      BEST MOMENT OF SHOW: Roger singing Frere Jacques to Don.  I was rolling on the floor. 

      Totally good show.  That’s what Megan gets for marrying a man 15 years her senior ;)

      • Sweetbetty

         Tied with that moment:  The dialog between Roger and Harry in Roger’s office when Harry thought he was being fired for what he said about Megan.  Two men talking about entirely  different things and not a false word in the entire exchange.  Then Roger wondering what it was that Harry actually did do.  Hilarious.

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1344922354 Eric Scheirer Stott

           and even though Roger has no clue what Harry did he knows it gives him leverage.

      • BayTampaBay

        Dude! I married a man 15 years my senior and we are very happy.

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=572633200 Tanzina Ahmed

           But did you parlay your marriage into landing a cushy job at his work-place where you could stroll in at 11 AM every morning and leave whenever you wanted to when you were feeling “sick”?

    • cindy kazanjian

      Thanks for a great recap!  I look forward to more every week.  Thank good Mad Men is back!

    • Thundar99

      I both disagree and agree with your comment.  Megan can do whatever she wants at a party she’s throwing in her own home. Was it a bad choice to do it in front of co-workers? Perhaps, but in Don’s case these are the closest things to friends he has…who else was she going to invite to his party?   I didn’t perceive Megan as being sexually harassed since Harry hadn’t directed his remarks to her face…but as he wasn’t in a locker room but a place of business…it’s a slippery slope. my point of view is when 

      • Browsery

        The key is that it was essentially a work party.  Your co-workers are not necessarily your friends. In MM-world, they almost never are. Megan clearly did not understand Don’s feelings about his colleagues and subordinates.

        Harry was crude, but he didn’t realize she was there, and he also had not received the lecture about not making fun of employees’ wives (a lecture that Don found necessary to give in the year 1966).  Obviously today, most men, with exception of Herman Cain would realize that kind of talk is verboten.

        What I liked is that the director managed to convey the creepy, awkwardness of the presentation without making Jessica Paré look bad.  She was great.  But you could still understand how cringe-worthy her display might come off IRL.  You could tell Don was absolutely mortified.  Joan understood this upon hearing it, saying it would have been interesting to see “such a handsome man blush.”

        • Lattis

           You could tell Don was absolutely mortified.

          I loved when Lane Pryce told Joan (when she asked what Don’s reaction to Megan’s singing was) that he saw Don’s “soul leave his body.” That made me laugh.

          • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=558631967 Ivona Foster

            Lane was so cute retelling it. Honestly, Megan seems very  intelligent- how on earth did she not consider that would go over bad. Not to mention, she is the boss’s wife – she had to already presume that they are joking about it behind her back. So why would you give them/ your co-workers more fodder? That’s just stupid. 

            • Browsery

              Exactly.  She’s high-spirited and still young, but she’s supposed to be smart and she was savvy enough to get Peggy to vet the list of invitees (without picking up that the whole party was a bad  idea).

              But she strikes me as a bit of a willfully naive hypocrite.  She’s apparently been in the acting world, which is not for innocents, and has worked in an ad agency for a while.  She’s gotten her position through nepotism.  But she’s upset that the people around her are “cynical”?

            • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=572633200 Tanzina Ahmed

              Seriously– she’s naive to the point of being unbelievable. She’s worked at SCDP for at least a YEAR as a secretary/receptionist. She should already know the culture of SCDP and  know that:

              1) The company has gone through very hard times and let go of a lot of staff after Lucky Strikes left

              2) The remaining staff, especially creative staff, are already over-worked and stressed about their jobs

              3) Don isn’t helping matters by going MIA as a boss and not giving a sh*t anymore about work quality after his marries

              4) No other juinor copywriter would ever be allowed to come late and leave early and yell at her superviors the way she yelled at Peggy. This is only “allowed” because she’s Don’s wife and everyone knows that he’ll can anyone who says an unkind word about her.

              5) The work culture of SDCP is up-tight and work-obsessed anyway

              So given all that, what’s up with the Pollyanna act? Is she just stupid enough not to notice the tensions around her or is she so entitled that she thinks she deserves the respect of her colleagues simply for showing up and doing work once in a while?

              Ugh, the more I think of her and her entitled attitude, the more I dislike Megan. She’s nothing like the competant, tolerant, well-adjusted character Ia actually liked (and felt pity for) in Season 4!

            • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=625481017 Devilicia Reinededemon

              I think it’s more that she doesn’t really CARE

            • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=572633200 Tanzina Ahmed

              Megan appears to want to have it all at this point.

              She wants to do whatever she wants at work– take off when she’s feeling “sick,” yell at Peggy if she feels upset with her*, plan a party and more-or-less force people to come, and even alter work (ie. coupons) at her whim.

              *And about that– you think Megan *ever* dared to treat Joan the same way she treated Peggy when Megan was still a receptionist/secretary? After Megan became Don’s wife, she certainly seems to have learned that she can push back on her “supervisor” in ways that would never have been condoned previously.

              But at the same time, she wants the respect Peggy gets from work and is upset when people gossip about her or don’t “appreciate” her efforts enough. (How dare Peggy question her work-ethic when she strolls in at 11 AM and leaves before 3!)

              I wonder if Megan will eventually learn she can have one or the other– but not both at the same time. Or is that too much maturity to expect from any Mrs. Don Draper?

            • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=572633200 Tanzina Ahmed

               I still see absolutely no evidence Megan is intelligent. Seriously, none whatsoever.

              She’s pretty and appealing and she got married to the big boss of an ad agency and parlayed that into a cushy job as a junior copywriter, where she can come in any time she wanted to.

              But how does that show she’s intelligent in any way? Because I keep hearing people describe her in those terms and I don’t understand it in the least!

          • Browsery

            Me, too. :-)  I love Lane’s dry wit.  His scene with Joan was another highlight.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=558631967 Ivona Foster

        She threw a party because she wanted a party and Don’s birthday was just an excuse. If she had thought it through she would quickly conclude it was a bad idea. She wants a different lifestyle from Don and that will be a detriment in their hasty marriage. 

        • BayTampaBay

          Exactly! I think the story line of their marriage will be about lifestyle choices.

    • Nolalala

      Excellent run-down guys. Thank you!

    • Pennymac

      *Grimaced confession* I never watched Mad Men before I gorged myself on past season catch up over the last few months. Last night was the first “real time” episode that I’ve ever watched.

      SMITTEN BITTER KITTEN!  (Thanks for yet again expanding my television preferences, TLo, and my blessed PUFs!)

      • Carrie Bradshaw

        PUFs?!

        • Pennymac

          Precious Unborn Fawn

          • Carrie Bradshaw

            Ohhhhhhhh lord. Right. I’m horrible at acronyms. 

          • Sweetpea176

             I think it’s Previously Unborn Fawns.  *fangirl*

    • StillGary

      I liked how DON AND MEGAN HAD MAKEUP SEX AFTER THE HF ON THE CARPET!

    • BrightsideSusan

      Very excited for day, very happy to finaly see the episode.  Squealed a few time – mail genitals on TV!  My husband watched with me and interrupted with questions so I am glad I recorded it to re-watch. 

      I think Don is happy and more patient.  He was not happy about the party and put up a good front as long as he could and she kept pushing at him – I don’t hink it was “abusive” of him tShe is just young and energetic and he was showing his age.  Can’t wait to see what’s up with Betty next week.

    • Lynn Landry

      The party scene, to me, reminded me of THE PARTY with Peter Sellers. I was hoping for a painted elephant at some point and soap suds in a pool. But, oh well.

    • michelle shields

      I couldn’t watch last night and had to record it. My husband made me promise not to watch until he came home. Pure torture!
      Favorite line of the night for me?
           “Give Morticia and Lurch my love”

    • Sweetvegan

      Someone probably already mentioned this, but the best scene was when Peggy was pushing the baby carriage and Pete said, “What’s that?!” He was terrified that it was his & Peggy’s baby! But if he’d done the math, he would’ve realized that their baby is now 4 or 5 years old.

      • Sweetbetty

         My thought exactly; he was having a panic flashback of what could have been.

      • Browsery

        I don’t think he thought it was their baby.  He was just freaked out by a baby being in the office.  “Do I look like I’m wearing a skirt?” he curtly responded when he was asked to the wheel the baby carriage.

      • BigShamu

        Actually I don’t think it was that.  Pete’s got a baby at home and perhaps the little Mrs. is asking Pete for some help taking care of the baby which I’m guessing Pete does not see as his job.  Having a baby, any baby at his workplace where he’s already having issues (I deserve a better office because of the amount of clients I bring in) would just push another of Pete’s many buttons.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_MN3NQ262BP3YF2RQJ4DYQQBDMA Shalia

      I don’t know if this has been said yet, but…  WHY did Pete have to trade offices with Harry?  I mean…  I know why based on size, but Pete is a partner.  Harry is not.  Why on earth does a partner have a worse office than the TV guy?  That makes no logical sense at all to me.

      • KittenKisses

         It was mentioned at some point, that TV advertising is the largest percentage of money made by the company. And I think that was back in Season 2 or something, hence why Harry got a lackey.

    • LesYeuxHiboux

      Poor Joan, it’s her lot to spend life wiping men’s asses for them.

      How did Roger and Pete end up being my favorites? Never would have guessed that. I laughed at just about everything Pete said, and it was cool to see Peggy treated as and equal. Megan did her a bit of a favor that way, sucking up all the accusations of sleeping her way to the top.

      Not having her teeth altered may have been the best move of Jessica Paré’s career. She is so gorgeous, and memorable.

      Am I the only one who missed seeing Betty?

      • Browsery

        Megan has slept her way up to the coupons.

        One of the things I love about Mad Men is my ability to be entertained by characters like Roger and Pete.  In real life, I would resent them.  Roger is elegant and scathingly funny.  I like that Pete is allowed to be proper, articulate, sensitive (in his limited way), even slightly feminine without his masculinity being called into question.  I’ve known men like that and I never see them on the screen, small or large.

    • rosiepowell2000

      [" It’s a sexier, more fun marriage in a lot of ways, but she’s still Mrs. Don Draper, which means she still has to bear a ton of baggage, even if he is a lot more open about it."]

      It’s a “sexier, more fun marriage” because it’s new.  Can we all say the same about Don and Megan after they had been married for ten years?  And did she become a copywriter, because she married one of the bosses?  If so . . . ew.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=558631967 Ivona Foster

        Not sure what Megan is, Peggy did make that comment about doing coupons herself for two years which sounded weird since  she was given Jolie to work on almost right away.

        • Browsery

          We don’t know what else Peggy was doing as a secretary before she got Jolie.  I believe it.  It’s not in her character to lie.  It is in her character to let people know how hard she’s working or has had to work to get where she is.

          • lee66132000

            Megan is a copywriter.  She became one, after being married to Don for several months.  It’s called nepotism.

    • emcat8

      Your keyboard to god’s ear on that last point. But judging by some of the things I’ve been hearing about the characters or color in the film version of Hunger Games, I fear we may never get there.

    • filmcricket

       This hypothetical secretary might not have to do anything herself, though. I agree with you that it’s highly unlikely anyone hired would try to rock the boat – Peggy is an anomaly in that office, having worked her way up from the secretarial pool to creative and being (now) unafraid to tell people what she thinks. But the office would be changed by having an black secretary just as the boys-only dynamic of the creative meetings was changed once Peggy joined the team.

    • filmcricket

       This was supposed to be a reply to jeeplibby below – man, Disqus sucks.

    • emcat8

      I remember having that exact same argument with my dad and my uncles a few years down the line. So, a bit of both, maybe? True and fits the narrative, but expository and didactic for the audience?

    • emcat8

      OMG, Roger’s wife in that scene, I was shrieking. Death rays! I thought she would grab a canape fork and stab him.

    • emcat8

      That’s a good point, about the joy. I was at the same point in 1966, able to really start to understand and see the world around me. There was so much happening, so much change going on, and though people were scared of it in some areas, I do remember a great deal of excitement at things as well. And most people were not at the stage where Vietnam had begun to cast a pallor over lives; many people still didn’t really see it for what it was.

    • Louisa Vahtrick

      I looked through all the comments and saw that no one mentioned that there is something weird with Pete and Trudy’s baby… that little girl should be a lot older by now yet Pete had ‘sick-up’ on his shoulder on the train and Trudy went to bed when Pete got home saying “Name… (can’t remember what name she said)… will be up in an hour.” My hypothesis- something happened to their first baby. Trudy says “You have a house, a wife, a baby…” so they can’t have two children already. 

      • SorayaS

        It’s nearly midnight where I am so I hope this doesn’t come out as gibberish but as far as I understand 7 months have passed since the last episode. Trudy gave birth in the last couple of episodes which is most likely 1-2 months before the events of the last episode. So the baby could still be well under a year old.

        Joan was nearly 3 months pregnant in the last episode so I believe her baby is about 1 month old?

        • http://profile.yahoo.com/M476USE6GD6VEE4RO6JA22VRLI Kriesa

          Yes, I believe that little Tammy would have been born at the end of summer 1965, which would make her about 9 months old now (beginning of summer 1966), still in the spitting up stage.

          Joan and Roger got mugged a few episodes earlier (mid-Summer ’65), so Joan’s baby should be a couple of months old now.

      • Browsery

        The first baby’s name is Tami.  Considering how high-WASP Pete is, I’ve always found that a weird a choice.  Maybe it’s short for something like “Tamara.”

        • BayTampaBay

          It is the female version of “Tom”.

          • KittenKisses

             Or the male version of Tommy in Scotland.

        • 3hares

          I believe it’s short for Tamsin.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=558631967 Ivona Foster

      Phiew, finally saw the episode :) Have to say, my favorite part of the episode was Joan and Lane. I love how well they work together, and that fact he treats her as an equal. He would never do that little dance anywhere but behind the closed doors of his office, and in front of Joan.  Cannot wait for your Mad Style post

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=625481017 Devilicia Reinededemon

        Yes, I think there relationship is just about my favorite on the show.  They seem to humanize one another in a way that they won’t allow themselves to be with the others.  

    • http://www.facebook.com/SerenityEarth Serenity Jones-Peace

      You know you brought up a good point with Joan. My mother was born the same year as Joan, and it never occurred to me that she might not have wanted to be a working mother. Everyone works. Hmmmm…. has me looking at her different. I just hope Roger leaves his son a huge inheirtance

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=625481017 Devilicia Reinededemon

      Here I go expecting Megan to be rather drippy and tiresome, then WHAM!  that whole psychosexual cleaning in her knickers scene?!  

      Girl gets a Hot Damn! from me for that alone…but she is also doesn’t seem to give a rat’s hairless BEhind what people think or play the Betty Draper bitch card.  I am loving the Franco-American toothsome tease this season. I’m also  pretty sure I’m going to have to hit ebay on a vintage pattern search as I so need to make a copy of her sexy-arm-coverage cocktail dress.  Gorgeous.

    • formerlyAnon

      My family moved a lot, into a series of brand-new suburban homes, throughout the ’60s. That brochure brought so much back! (Though we never had such a fancy schmancy stove.)

    • SVLynn

      Ah, glorious, a TLo Mad Men post, I know Roger, well all the guys on here are horrible to women and total jerks, but I would love for he and Joan to end up together in the end. He is an idiot, as she’s the only one who truly makes him happy. Don’s new marriage can’t last, she’s exposing his inner shell for all to see. Love the Roger one liners! Is the kid playing Bobby the same child? Looked so different to me, and the youngest one seemed like he aged quicker than Joanie’s newborn, although I know Weiner would never make an error like that. And I agree, I was so ridiculously happy watching it, what a show!

    • lee66132000

      Roger would never make Joan happy.  And Joan would never make Roger happy.  They are too fucked up in their own ways.  They are at their best as lovers and nothing else.

      “Betty would never wear that dress. Betty would never understand that Don is a twisted little bastard who has a history of tying up his lovers or hiring prostitutes to slap him because he is consumed with self-hatred and that what gets his motor running like nothing else is an angry woman in her underwear, hitting him and berating him (while she waits on him) before finally throwing her legs in the air for a hate-fuck on a new white carpet.”

      Betty was very lucky to divorce Don, if he is really like that.  Ugh!  And if I sound prudish, I’m just being me. 

    • BayTampaBay

      I just read something on another site that I found very interesting:  Mad Men is set time wise almost exactly in the middle between “Downton Abbey” time and today.  The 60′s do not seem like that long ago.  Ida Blakenship was almost the exact same age as Lady Sybil Crawley. 

    • LuLusLemons

      Did anyone else think about Joan’s dinner party, which she treated like a presentation for a client and where she was forced to sing and perform, when she reacted to Lane?

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1241487378 Lauren Lynch Fox

        You know, I have been thinking of that too. 

    • Eleonore Condo

      “No female character has ever had to deal with a form of sexual harrassment quite so ugly and upsetting as this one. ” except Joan who was raped by her fiancee…

    • amyfromnj

      O. M. G.

      Someone just brought this to my attention. When Peggy is rolling Joan’s baby stroller into her work area/office she says to Megan “what am I supposed to do with him?” and MEGAN says to her “Better than the steps of a church I guess”.

      I completely missed that both times I watched it, but I just watched that scene again on mute and YUP that is what she said. Don has no idea what he is in for. Did anyone else hear, or rather miss that like I did?

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1555680075 Stephanie Lucas

      Sorry if this has been bandied about already (15 pages of comments..hoo boy) but I just had a lightbulb go off …has anyone suggested the possibility that Stan is gay? Wow …this would be something

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Katherine-Lavender/553350310 Katherine Lavender

      I wonder what Don was like in the first flush of love with Betty – so many of us seemed shocked that Don is drifting around being “kind and patient” and apparently not caring about work. But in the very limited insight into the beginning of his relationship with Betty, he seemed just as goofy and head over heels. What do people reckon? Is Megan really the one, or is this just the effect that marriage (and re-marriage) has on Don?

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Katherine-Lavender/553350310 Katherine Lavender

      I don’t see a drastic change in her look, really. At work perhaps, but that’s what happens when you go from new-girl-on-the-desk to the partner’s wife. If you’re young, confident and keep up to date with trends like Megan does, it’s not surprising that her skirts are becoming so short! & if you look back to the scenes in California, the first time we get to see her out of work clothes, she wears a bikini at the pool, and for her night out wears a short black mini dress, with a cut out and rhinestone detailing. Pretty similar to her party outfit really. I reckon Megan is dressing for her, not Don.

    • maya s

      OK, i know i’m behind on my Mad Men TLO reading – but how could you review the entire episode without mentioning or showing the scene with Peggy and Pete with the stroller and baby (a secret SCDP bastard!) between them, looking all awkward?? was it just too obvious?

      and another thing, maybe i’m alone on this, but i kind of got the impression that Joan isn’t too psyched about being a mom. maybe it’s the exhaustion, or the general feeling that what she thought she wanted in life – anything domestic and familial – is not really making her happy, and that baby is part of it? motherhood doesn’t seem to be fulfilling her at all.
      it was just strange how that baby made rounds in the office and Joan wasn’t concerned about it at all, while sitting talking (and being more concerned about) business in Lane’s office!

    • http://www.facebook.com/colette.pointe Colette La Pointe

      It’s amazing that Don was OK with her doing that dance in front of everyone when a few seasons ago he was calling Betty a whore for wearing a two-piece bathing suit.