And speaking of Roger, it was interesting how weak he became when backed into a corner, lying to his colleagues and turning once again to his soul-mate, Joan. Over the course of a season Sterling has gone from an advertising world "legend" to a company punch line. As Cooper correctly observed, Lucky Strike didn't take him seriously, as he never took himself seriously. A key theme of this season has been the crumbling of the old icons.
And then there was Peggy, still saddled with the loathsome director Stan, who allowed her to make an entire Playtex presentation with smudged lipstick on her teeth. But I was most surprised by Peggy's nonchalant reaction after the truth was revealed. I was expecting fireworks but Peggy simply shrugged the incident off, displaying a maturity in the face of pressure not shown by her (male) colleagues. I can't wait for the day when Peggy gets to call the shots...
Catie Cambria (fashion publicist at Donna Karan New York): Isn't it delightfully ironic that the only one who seems blissfully unaware to SCDP's crumbling is Peggy? The episode opens with her fresh off the beach, looking lovely and undone when the scorned Abe appears in Joyce's car. She beds him and refuses to let him to leave until she has him again, and even submits to having sex with him in the office after she hears the news about Lucky Strike. Where is the anxious, workaholic Peggy we know and love? Regardless, it's refreshing to a see a character on this show do something unexpected, especially since this episode reminded us that Don will continue to be Don and Roger will continue to be Roger.
We all knew after last week's episode what the Beatles fade-out music and Don's longing glance at Megan signified. I was only surprised by her brazen pursuit of Don after-hours, and how quickly he submits to it. Megan talks about herself as "artist," though her description of makes her sound more so like a dilettante. Megan usually seems like the pretty, helpful secretary; in the scene with Don, she never seemed less pretty or more desperate. I even felt her clothes, which are usually impeccable, looked cheap and garish (the orange and hot pink blouse made me cringe.)
Roger continues to shirk all responsibility and come crawling back to Joan, who at least for now states that she "can't do this anymore." Roger has lost both Lucky Strike and Joan, and it's fitting that he ends up at home with his young, silly wife and bound copies of his memoirs, all that he has left. He sits there, his eyes and soul seemingly vacant, unable to summon emotion or courage.
And isn't Don the same way? He has sex with Megan in his office, and then heads home to find Faye waiting, apologetic, and with a new account for him in the wings. Barely a word of gratitude or remorse passes through his lips.