This week’s episode we’re treated to the dreams of a sickly Don Draper, a child’s realization that the world isn’t that nice a place and women showing power in the professional and personal lives.
Don and Megan: One morning heading into work the two have a chance meeting with Andrea (Mädchen Amick), a former lover, and it stirs up a lot of thoughts in Don’s head. Megan brings up the idea of how Don’s “appetite” for women not necessarily bothers her or her position as his wife, but as to how it reflects on her as a person being perceived by others. She’s with the man who used to cheat on his previous wife with everything wearing a skirt, and which woman could that not bother (other than those he was sleeping with).
However more than that comes the eventual fever dream of Don’s follow-up to his elevator moment with Andrea. Andrea appears at Don’s door and propositions him and it gets to the point where Don eventually strangles her to death. Now this could all be a manifestation of Don’s fears, now having to once again deal with being in a serious relationship without yet being at the point where he was with Betty in seasons gone by or it could be him dealing with those sexual urges in a way that will make sure that he will be faithful to Megan, at this point I’d like to observe it as him making steps for this woman he obviously loves dearly.
Ginsberg: One week in the firm and he’s already making waves. He completely kills with a brilliant pitch for a campaign to sell women’s shoes only to undercut it with his psychologically twisted interpretation of Cinderella that ends up convincing them to go in a new direction, therein selling them twice, which upsets the big man, Don. He’s proving already to be a great addition to the cast and I can see something will be brewing with Peggy as I imagine if things go well with Ginsberg Peggy will begin to reside on the fringes of the firm.
Peggy: After extorting a wad of cash from Roger’s pockets after being asked to work late on a secret project so as to try and have a footing in the war he’s been going on with Pete over Mohawk Airlines. In this moment we see that she doesn’t only value herself but has the “balls” to know how to push the big boys without fear of it being taken the wrong way. She’s basically proved how her character has overcome every stereotype of the working woman in the 1960s of America, which has always been the point of her character in the show.
Joan and Greg: After a long year of being on her own and having a child, Joan’s husband, Greg, is finally returning home from the war. This is the moment she’s been staying up nights holding her son thinking about and it doesn’t turn out too well when she’s told by Greg that he’s going to do another year in Vietnam. She manages to swallow that hard pill when she first believes it to be a mandated order, but when she later discovers that he volunteered she pretty much does what any main female role in Mad Men does, show her power. Joan dismisses Greg from her household and her life which was one of the most cathartic moments the season has offered us yet. As Joan stares Greg squarely as he threatens her that he won’t be back if this is what she wants we all get a sense of peace before considering the consequences of this course of action.
Sally Draper: With her mother and step-father away she’s stuck at home with her grandmother. A difference of ages is shown as her grandmother and her constantly knock heads about ways of life and discipline. Which leads eventually to a frank thought on parenting which I think has been discussed by each and every age to ever come about, as time has gone by there are changes in society that the older generation has felt need to comment and critique. Then we get to the sleeping pill (or whatever that pill is) and we cut to the next morning with the grandmother knocked out (we can see her still breathing) and we also see Sally under the couch sleeping, or possibly not alive anymore. I don’t know but I feel the show has definitely made that idea by the way they shot, and I feel that it’s something that the writers want us to think was in the show but we’re going to find out nothing bad really happened.