I feel like Mad Men just started up again, yet here we are at the end of another season. Let’s hope we won’t have to wait an eternity before the next season. I’ve already seen mixed reviews of the season finale on Facebook and Twitter, but I’ll say right up front that I liked it. It had everything I enjoy: Don acting crabby, people drinking too much, Pete Campbell getting punched in the face (twice!), but I’m getting ahead of myself here. Let me backtrack.
Don has a toothache and is being really stubborn about going to the dentist. This annoys me as it only take about two hours of your life to go to the dentist twice a year. (Don’t put it off, people. You will probably spend more time this year watching those annoying Siri commercials. Go to the dentist! Lecture over.) Not only is he suffering from his tooth pain, but he keeps hallucinating that he sees his dead brother. I guess Lane’s hanging himself is really doing a number on Don’s head. It must be hard to have not one but two people hang themselves after a disappointing conversation with you. I feel bad for Don.
Eventually he goes to the dentist who has to pull the tooth. He has one last hallucination about his brother when he’s knocked out on the gas.
In his finest moment, he brings Lane’s widow a $50K check. Rather than telling her that Lane gave the company that money to keep them afloat, he presents it as “help” from the agency. That’s probably a smart move, but she is angry and rude anyway.
Pete runs into his train buddy and his wife on the train. You remember. The Gilmore Girl he had an affair with? Beth? She is
moving in with her sister going to a mental institution for electroshock therapy. Again. She wants one last rendezvous with Pete before her brain is erased and he obliges. It seems like he really cares for her. I almost pity him, but then I remember his wife at home. Anyway, once her brain is fried, Beth doesn’t even recognize him. Pete blows up on the train and gets punched by Beth’s husband and then the conductor. His wife rewards him by letting him get an apartment in the city. That’ll make his future affairs easier.
Peggy is doing okay at her new job. She has more responsibility and is in charge of naming a whole cigarette brand. You’ve come a long way, baby. She runs into Don in the movie theater and they finally seem like peers to me. It’s a nice moment.
Megan is a sad sack. Her acting career isn’t panning out. Plus her French mom is visiting and acting like a total le bitch. I love how snotty she is, lounging around the apartment, hating Don, hating Megan, hating her husband. She likes Roger though and sneaks off to meet him in a hotel room.
Megan begs Don to get her an audition for the Butler Shoes commercial that SCDP is making. It’s a national commercial with a Beauty and the Beast theme, and Don says no way. He can’t ask the client to cast his wife. He has a point. Megan is bummed and gets way too drunk and depressed in the apartment by herself. Eventually he relents and she gets the commercial. I assume she’s playing the part of the beast because her costume is hideous.
The agency has more money than they know what to do with all of a sudden. My, things change quickly on this show, don’t they? So it looks like we are in store for some new offices next season. Joan seems to be in charge of this project and I hope they let her decorate the new offices. We’ll see. At least they will have lots of windows.
The season ends with a couple young ladies hitting on Don at the bar as he sits alone and smokes. Will he cheat on Megan? Will Roger quit the agency to follow the Grateful Dead? Who will punch Pete in the face next? Leave a comment and let me know what you think.