SPOILER ALERT: this post discusses AMC's "Mad Men," season 5, episode 6.
Mind-altering flashbacks and a little trip - it must be 1966. In a Mad Men first, we got to see the same day through the eyes of three different characters: Don, Roger, and Peggy.
Peggy was doing her best, initially, to maintain her team spirit when Don pulled Megan away right before a client presentation. Peggy did a fine job in the presentation and the client, the Heinz Beans honcho, was buying into it. Until the end. He still wasn't convinced it was the right concept. Peggy told Mr. Beans she had given him exactly what he wanted. "Stop writing down what I ask for and start thinking about what I want," was the clients response.
Classic! How many of you are presented with that similar challenge?
In a move typical of Don, she got right up in the client's face and challenged him. Unfortunately, only Don can make that work and she was pulled off the account. Off she went to the movies for the afternoon and soon found a handy companion in the seat next to her. Upon her return to the office she walked into a confrontation with Ginsberg and his father. Ginsberg later revealed he was born in a concentration camp and was adopted when he was five. Knowing this about him really affected Peggy, perhaps she was thinking about the baby she put up for adoption.
Roger and Jane dropping LSD certainly was a trip. He was a good sport about the entire experience, since it was clearly something Jane wanted to try. She just didn't want to go alone on this little adventure. Even though each of them had their individual experience they reached an essential truth about their marriage - it's over. Of course, Jane couldn't remember that particular discussion the next morning. Surprisingly, Roger did and was delighted to remind her. Yes, it will be expensive for Roger, but he's looney-toons over his pending freedom.
Don dragged Megan away prior to the Heinz meeting for an impromptu overnight at a Howard Johnson's for client research. Don seems to be unaware that Megan enjoys her job and wants a career. She is not content to be a trophy wife or even "Mrs. Draper" at the office.
She wanted pie; he ordered her orange sherbert which she neither wanted nor liked. I loved watching her shovel the orange sherbert in her mouth and his look of horror as she did. In a huff, he drove off and left her standing in the parking lot. This spunky lady was gone when he returned. Good for Megan. He slowly crumbled during the seven long hours waiting for her to come back. Driving back home, he remembered when they first fell in love and drove home from Disneyland. By the time he got home she had locked him out and wanted nothing to do with him.
Of course, they made-up and went back to work as happy-sappy as ever. Bert Cooper is clearly not happy with the recent client confrontations and told Don to snap out of it and get back to work.
Seems that, lately, everyone has shades of Don Draper but Don himself.