This episode saw the dissolution of a marriage that probably should never have happened in the first place, and perhaps the beginning of the end for another one. Don told Pete that if he had married Megan in the first place, he wouldn’t be on his second marriage and he wouldn’t have cheated. So while things should be better for Mrs. Draper 2.0, Don treats Megan like an employee at the worst run two-person company ever. How long until she finally quits?
We all know the previews for the next episode never mean anything, but I thought this was going to be a Peggy centric one. She is frantically searching for a pack of candy Don gave her in her underwear, it’s for good luck. Abe thinks she works too much and suggests they see a movie instead. At work, Peggy finally finds the candy in her desk but learns she’ll have to deliver the groups pitch to Heinz without Don and Megan because they’re leaving on a business trip to a Howard Johnson. At the meeting Peggy pitches the ad featuring a group of college kids sitting around a fire eating beans, but the client doesn’t like it. Apparently he expected Peggy to be a psychic and get exactly what he wanted into the ad, even though he was too stupid to articulate his thoughts. I feel it would have been completely justified if she would have reached across the table and slapped him.
Later Pete tells her that she’s off the account, so she leaves and goes to the movies. While watching The Naked Prey, the movie Abe wanted to go see, Peggy smokes pot with another man and then gives him a hand-job. “Would she go down on you in a theater?” No, but she’ll give you some hand action. The employees at SCDP all have their own little ways to unwind, Peggy’s involves occasional pot smoking and anonymous sex. Back at the office, she sees Ginsberg talking to his dad. When asking about his family, he tells her that he was born in a concentration camp. On the phone with Abe she questions his story then asks him to come over.
The previous morning, Roger asks Don to play hookey so they can go visit a Howard Johnson. Don wants to bring Megan and asks him to bring Jane. Roger pouts to Dawn that “it was a bad idea.” Roger just wanted to have some fun with his old friend. Jane drags Roger to a dinner with her psychiatrist where the hostess passes out LSD. Roger hallucinates that the alcohol bottles and his cigarettes play music, and even imagines Don talking to him in the mirror. After a bath, Jane and Roger come to the conclusion that their marriage is over, she almost cheated, but Roger doesn’t even like her. The next morning he says they should start their divorce and he’ll be checking into a hotel. Jane reminds him that everything will be “expensive.”
Going back to the last day, we now see Don asking Megan to leave with him. In the car she frets about leaving the team but he tells her it’s the perks of being his wife. At the hotel’s restaurant the couple are being catered to but Don is looking at it as work, while Megan is really trying to enjoy herself. “You like to work, but I can’t work.” She orders pie but he makes her order orange sherbet instead, which turns into a huge fight about how he thinks she’s trying to embarrass him.
Instead of talking about the fight, Don leaves Megan at the restaurant. He does go back for her, but the waitress tells him that she left with a group of guys. He finds her sunglasses in her parking lot. Panicking when he learns that she’s not in their room, he calls her mom to ask if she called him. He then calls the office, waking Peggy who was asleep on his couch. On his way home he flashes back to a trip he took with Megan and kids to Disneyland, whistling The Beatles’ “I Want To Hold Your Hand,” a song he hated.
He finally gets home to find the door chained, he yells at Megan to open it but she refuses, so he kicks it it. This results in him chasing her around the apartment like Tom running after Jerry. They collapse on the floor and she cries, he tells her that he thought he had lost her. I’m sure dirty, make-up carpet sex happened because they returned to the office all smiles.
In the conference room, Bert tells Don that Heinz wasn’t happy because he let Peggy run the show while he was out with his wife. When Don tells him that it’s none of his business what he and his wife do, Bert reminds him that he runs the show and that work is his business. Roger pops into Don’s office to cheerily tell him that it’s going to be a beautiful day.
I really liked seeing the different angles of that one hallway scene. What started out as a promising morning turned out to be the beginning of a scary and trippy evening. Roger’s marriage ended, Don’s will continue to chug along for as long as it can and Peggy got a release by giving someone else one.