From the second Megan said “Start with this one” as she gave Don the Revolver album, I knew it was going to be the final track, Tomorrow Never Knows, and I was thrilled. I couldn’t think of a better way to cap Lady Lazarus. Tomorrow… encapsulates all the change swirling around Don and everyone at SCDP. And one change prevalent in this episode was the power of saying ‘NO!’.
Megan says no to SCDP, she will follow her dream to be an actress instead. (Good for her!)
Beth says no to Pete Campbell, and means it. Even when he blatantly kisses her in her own home with her husband only a room away, she is adamant and quite smart about letting their fling be a onetime event.
Peggy says no to Don when she blows up at him in the test kitchen. We’ve seen them argue before in The Suitcase, but this time, Peggy won. (Yes!)
The Beatles say no, saying “No, we’re not just the happy, silly mop-tops from A Hard Day’s Night.” Tomorrow Never Knows was their doorway to psychedelia, with a great cacophony of hypnotic drum beats, bird cries and a message of ‘surrendering to the void.’
Don says no to Tomorrow, cutting it off before Lennon can sing “That ignorance and hate may mourn the dead.” Don has had enough of that. He doesn’t want to surrender to any void or listen to the color of his dreams.
Will Don ever listen to the rest of Revolver? He’d probably like Taxman and Good Day, Sunshine. Will more characters say ‘No!’ to their circumstances? Or will Don just stick to his guns and “play the game ‘Existence’ to the end“?
Tomorrow never knows.