The fourth season of Mad Men ended last night, after 13 episodes of following the rise and fall of Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce.Danielle Robinson, Richard Drew, and Catie Cambria—to provide their takes on all the sex, the clothes, and of course, the drama.
They weigh in on this week's episode, in which the characters wrestle with new beginnings.
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After a blurry one-night stand and a few days in California with the kids, Don proposed to his secretary Megan in a move that left everyone shocked. I barely even knew Megan's name until this week!
For me, it's stunning how much of Don's life is lived on the fly and subject to random fate. If Betty hadn't coldly fired Carla earlier in the episode (a move which only solidified her bad mom status) would Don have even given Megan a second look? Or would he have stayed with steady girlfriend Faye, who must be feeling pretty blindsided now—and perhaps even vengeful (remember she knows Don's big secret!). I loved Faye's tossed off insult—"I hope she knows you only like the beginning of things." It was a spot-on critique, as Megan will doubtless soon learn.