Why does Don want Megan at work so badly?
In A Little Kiss, he told her that he didn’t care about work, he just wanted her there because, “I want you.” But Don has never before had a wife at work. Betty was at home.
So assuming he is still reeling from the failure of his first marriage and wants to get things right this time (his fever dream certainly seemed to indicate that), we still have to wonder: why is it so important for him to have Megan at work?
The fever dream made it clear that he worried about his ability to remain faithful. If Megan is out at classes and auditions, there are large parts of the day and night he won’t be able to see her. Is he still worried about being faithful to her, or is he more worried about her being true to him?
Or is it not about that at all? Does he just want to see her during the day so he feels he has control of her? To see her face in the office, and later at home at night, so he knows, ‘This is right, this marriage is working out well.’
If you love something, set it free. If it comes back, it’s yours. If it doesn’t, it never was yours. We all know that famous quote.
But I think Don desperately wants to hang on to her. For a man who has always seemed to cherish his independence and autonomy, he seems very, very afraid.