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Joan does this for Greg, and Megan for Don. Sally fears the kind of man who would kill several nurses in a Chicago massacre, while Don has a fever dream about shoving a former mistress’ corpse under his bed.
Andrea (played by Mädchen Amick, known to many as Shelly on “Twin Peaks”), a writer who freelanced for Sterling Cooper six years ago, is the latest old flame of Don’s to meet Megan. After the elevator run-in, Don reminds Megan he was divorced during his flings with Allison and Faye Miller. Andrea was another story, but not to worry, he says.
Megan shows her resistance to denial with the line: “And that kind of careless appetite – you can’t blame that on Betty.” In promising <a href=”http://www.louisvuitonoutlet.com/LV-jewelry-c-66-b0.html” title=”louis vuitton jewelry”>louis vuitton jewelry</a> to be faithful, he at least makes an effort to combat a long-standing addiction to lust.
Don comes down with a fever that, via a dream, serves to invent at least part, if not all, of Andrea’s impromptu visit to his home. She wants to restart their affair, but he turns her away. Soon, she appears at his bedside and won’t leave until they have sex. He gives in, but afterward, feels so guilty he strangles her to death. It turns out the dead body was no more than a passing hallucination, and Megan was caring for him throughout his turbulent sleep. Scared straight, he tells her, “You don’t have to worry about me.”
Furthering speculation that Sally might develop an eating disorder, she rejects a tuna salad sandwich because it contains relish. Pauline, looking after her while Betty and Henry are away from the “haunted mansion,” enforces a harsher style of discipline than Sally’s accustomed to. Late at night, neither can sleep. Pauline’s rationalization of the slayings only makes Sally more scared. She refers to a butcher knife as her “burglar alarm.” They each pop a barbiturate called Seconal and the arguing stops. When Betty and Henry arrive home the next morning, Sally hides under the couch and Pauline is still out cold.
The firm’s new overreaching copywriter Michael Ginsberg takes on a starter account, Butler Hosiery, and nails the pitch. The execs are sold on the idea, until Michael lets slip about the “Cinderella” approach that Don passed on. They prefer it. Michael is already walking on hot coals, but seems oblivious. Don’s not the easiest man to read — Michael hasn’t even a clue.
When it comes to preparations for the Mohawk campaign, Roger’s made none. Pete says the executives expect a walk-through soon. Roger emerges from his Philip K. Dick-esque lair to assign Peggy the job a man <a href=”http://www.louisvuitonoutlet.com/Women-louis-vuitton-shoes-fashion-best-online-discount-black-g-1167.html” title=”Women louis vuitton shoes fashion best online discount black”>Women louis vuitton shoes fashion best online discount black</a> (Michael) was specifically hired to do. She rakes in a bribe of $400 cash, agreeing to stay late and whip it up. But Peggy doesn’t know if she has what it takes to be Mohawk’s “man.” She doesn’t want to know that feeling, at least.
Dawn sleeps in Don’s office to avoid a possibly dangerous trek to Harlem. As a kind gesture, Peggy lets Dawn stay with her for the night. In a moment that feels influenced by the social mechanics of “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” Peggy ponders leaving her purse so close to where Dawn is resting. She instead grabs the empty bottles of beer and trusts the polite, understandably reserved secretary.
Greg returns from Vietnam and meets the baby he’s under the impression is his son. (It’s Roger’s). He reveals that he has to spend another full year abroad, instead of transferring to a domestic base. At dinner, Greg’s mother tells the full truth: He volunteered to go. The next day, Joan decides she wants him to leave and never come back — deriding his devotion to the military as a feeble attempt to compensate for what he lacks as a man.
He storms out — maybe to meet the boys for a drink, maybe to read some Hemingway.
- “Mystery Date” leaves us with the hope that Don is taking those key steps to becoming a better man. He’ll probably forget the nightmare by the end of the day, but his promise to Megan feels sincere. In the dream, he foolishly submits to temptation. And even though the show wasted our time with the age-old dream cliché, it appears he learned something.
- The closing number, “He Hit Me (It Felt Like a Kiss)” by the Crystals, is a 1962 pop song that essentially endorses domestic abuse. It reflects Pauline’s attitude on the slayings — that the women dressed in a way that naturally stirred the assailant’s desire — and it ties into when Greg rapes Joan in the office in season two’s “The Mountain King.” The slayings, as well as the commercial for the Mystery Date board game (embedded above), call attention to the kind of man that women should avoid. In Mystery Date, he’s known as the dud.
- One of the benefits of establishing Don as a complex, evolving character is that, in this stage of the seasoned series’ run, the ordinary ordeals of getting a cold, turning 40, etc. are developed in a consistently compelling way.
- Joan’s mother Gail is still a houseguest of hers for some reason. She mostly offers pessimistic advice based on sour experiences with her own husband. The restaurant scene illustrates her sense of detachment. After Greg is compelled to come clean about Vietnam, an accordion player visits their table, prompting <a href=”http://www.monsterbeats-v.com/” title=”cheap monster beats headphones outlet”>cheap monster beats headphones outlet</a> Gail to comment that Joan in fact plays the accordion. Side note: If Greg and Joan officially split, the writers will have found a way to dodge the otherwise melodramatic outcome that is bound to arise from an extended stay in Vietnam.