Two 1966 movie reference are allegories for the domestic tribulations experienced by Don/Megan and Roger/Jane in in Far Away Places. One film, The Naked Prey, is a study in savagery that takes place in Africa. Born Free, set on the same continent, takes a much softer view of surviving in the wild. Abe mentions The Naked Prey before getting into a heated argument with Peggy at the opening of the episode. Later, Peggy has a drug induced encounter with another man while watching a screening of Born Free.
That both of these films are part of Peggy’s storyline establish her as a focal point for the relationship struggles of the respective married couples depicted in the episode.
The Naked Prey follows a group of men on safari who are killed in horrifying ways after insulting a local tribe. Given “The Lion’s Chance” by the tribal leader, the main protagonist, Cornel Wilde, is and let loose to be hunted by a band of warriors. Peggy’s argument with Abe (who brings up The Naked Prey) links the film to the marital spat between Don and Megan. As in The Naked Prey, Don spends a good amount of the story hunting for Megan. At one point, Don angrily chases her through their apartment like the warriors who chase Wilde’s character.
Born Free, as its famous musical theme would indicate, is a “feel good” film about the challenges a lion must face to survive in the wild. Peggy’s brief encounter with the man at the movies is initiated through drug use and presented as a much less emotionally volatile experience. This is similar to how Roger and Jane’s LSD induced breakup unfolds.
It’s worth noting that at the peak of their respective domestic “battles,” both Roger and Jane and Don and Megan are shown lying down on the floor next to each other in similarly composed high angle shots. Of course, as with Peggy’s Born Free encounter, Roger and Jane deal with their domestic situation in a pleasant and detached manner. Like the magazine ad featured in the episode, Don and Megan deal with their marital differences in a diametrically opposed fashion.
Interestingly, while Don and Megan resolve their dispute (for the moment), Roger and Jane seem destined to part company. By calling Abe near the end of Far Away Places, Peggy seems to be choosing the former approach. However, a final shot of Peggy taken from the conference room pointedly shows her walking in the opposite direction of Megan (and, presumably Don). So, it’s not yet clear how the relationship dialectic presented in Far Away Places will ultimately synthesize for Peggy.