Mad Men
Lady Lazarus

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I Am Become Death

...and then the thirty-first cross-fade of the episode takes us to someone else who's having a bad day -- Pete, who's waiting alone in a hotel room for someone who clearly isn't coming. He trudges out, but not before petulantly tossing a champagne glass into the wall. I know you're having a self-inflicted bad day, Pete, but that's just rude.

Roger enters Don's office and asks if Don, who's lying on the couch, is avoiding him. Don: "Yes." Roger, with rather a lot of sympathy for him, asks what happened and Don -- the drink in his hand showing that Megan wasn't crazy with her speculation of the day before -- sighs that Megan is following her dream. Roger offers that he certainly didn't get to choose what he did -- his father made the decision for him -- and Don replies that he was raised in the '30s. "My dream was indoor plumbing." Roger wonders if this isn't Megan's journey to having a baby, but Don tells him that he suggested that path on their honeymoon. "She said my kids were enough." You know, I always assumed that Don would snap out of what I figured would be a phase with Megan, but the last two episodes have convinced me that if anyone does the leaving, it's going to be her and her lack of desire to have kids with him could be an unconscious expression that she doesn't think the relationship will last. Don's seeming older and more out of touch and younger women end up running men like that like sleds; she's going to make more and more decisions until one day, maybe, she'll realize she doesn't need him anymore. It's funny that Roger only broke out of that pattern by taking acid and feeling young again. Roger laughs that Jane wanted a baby, "but I thought, why do that to somebody?" Hee. Don muses that it's probably best for Megan to do what she wants, adding that he doesn't want her to end up like Betty "or her mother." Roger counsels him to go home and demonstrate that there's a routine, which will keep them both out of trouble. Fairly sound advice, but Roger follows with "Mona's dad told me that." He leaves Don to consider his next move...

...and sure enough, we cut to Don arriving home to find Megan just getting ready to go to class. Don kisses her without a word and then she presents him with the latest Beatles album in an effort to combat his feeling of being out of touch. She points out a track for him to start with and then is out the door as he puts on the song, "Tomorrow Never Knows," with its invitation to "relax and float downstream," and the assurance that doing so "is not dying." If you're going to pay the kind of money it takes to license a Beatles song, might as well pick one with the lyrics that directly tie into your episode theme. Don reclines in his chair with a drink; as the song goes on to tell us to surrender to the void, we see Peggy puffing on a joint with Stan and Pete saying good night to Howard, getting in his car and exchanging a forlorn look with Beth, who surreptitiously draws a heart on her fogged-up window before rolling it down and erasing it. In class, Megan, along with other students, lies in shavasana, or corpse pose, representing the death of her old existence...

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