But listen to the color of your dreams
It is not leaving, it is not leaving.
–The Beatles, “Tomorrow Never Knows“
In the Season 2 episode of Mad Men A Night to Remember, Betty needs, finally, to confront Don. She wakes him in the middle of the night. It’s a stark moment of deep revelation (discussed in my video essay for Season 2), made more so by Betty’s pale, unmade-up face. It’s the beginning of the end of Don and Betty’s marriage.
At the halfway point of last night’s Mad Men, Lady Lazarus, Megan wakes Don in the middle of the night. Her vulnerability is accentuated by her unmade-up face. It’s a conversation that will change their marriage.
Betty confronted Don about his lying, and though he claimed to love her, he lied all through it. Megan confronted Don about her own lying. Don, somehow, was open to listening, although only in pieces. At first they speak at cross-purposes; he truly believes that she wants to be in advertising and will be happy doing it. He sees her talent. Nothing she says persuades him, but, remarkably, she holds her ground.
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