Don’s Journey from RFK to DNC

 Posted by on June 5, 2013 at 12:01 pm  Mad Men, Season 6
Jun 052013
 

In learning about RFK’s assassination, Don turned away from Megan, sat on the bed and looked in a different direction.  They’re disconnected.  He’s disconnected.

By late August, with the Democratic National Convention turning into a SCDP Partners Meeting, Don and Megan chat long distance about the events and what they mean.

Interesting that John Slattery directed both.

Is Don really connected once again?

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  9 Responses to “Don’s Journey from RFK to DNC”

  1. I think Don is trying, but it’s another case of slapping paint on the facade before fixing the crumbling foundation of his house (to use Jon Hamm’s own metaphor).

    I think there were clearer connections between this episode and “To Have and to Hold,” the episode in which Joan’s friend Kate visited to interview with Avon. In that eppy, Joan’s mother praised her daughter’s success in becoming a partner in a Madison Avenue firm, to which Joan initially responded “It does sound pretty good” before later admitting to Kate that she’s been there 15 years and “They still treat me like a secretary.” So while I didn’t condone Joan’s power-play in shutting Pete out of the Avon follow-up meeting (I’m more of a Peggy when it comes to protocol), I understood why she did it. The signs were there in THatH — which is also the episode in which Joan struggled to transition from office manager (firing Scarlett for NOT following the rules, despite the fact that Harry values Scarlett) to partner (Harry throwing the source of the partnership in her face in front of Don, Bert, et al).

    THatH had an early scene with Don in bed and Megan in her coat ready to leave for work the day of her first “love scene.” She asks him to wish her luck, which he does, but he looks at her somewhat plaintively as she leaves. Later, after the Heinz disaster (Don loses his “girlfriend” Raymond by “cheating” on him with a colleague) Don goes to Megan’s taping and really treats her the worst we have even seen, essentially calling her a whore because she “kisses people for money.” Now in AToTC we see Don more connected to Megan, at least going through the motions, but I’m wondering if it’s too late from her perspective. Megan does not seem happy in this marriage.

    Also, Don justified his Heinz actions to Ken (who also felt betrayed) by saying that no one was supposed to find out. That’s also true of his affair with Sylvia. I have a feeling Megan IS going to find out. Don’t know how the writers will play that out, but it feels inevitable.

    • CrunchyFrog, I think your THaH comments are spot on.

      Joan has been deflecting Pete’s come-ons all season. How could Joan forget that Pete was the partner who suggested she “service” the Jaguar client? Joan knew that Lane felt unappreciated and unvalued as a partner and surely harbors resentment towards Pete for the ill will he showed to Lane. Rather than punch Pete out in the conference room like Lane did, she took him out of the client meeting. I’m glad the story took this turn as it was great to see Joan give what she gets.

      B.Cooper, while Don may be reconnecting, the connection would only be on his terms (Don sleeps around, Megan quits her job and gets pregnant). While I am still hoping for Don’s redemption, I’d be just as happy with Megan dumping him after she learns about his cheating with (fill in the blanks). Then she decides the best revenge is to go back to advertising, she joins forces with Joan and Peggy and becomes wildly successful.

      B.Cooper, more Not-So-Live blogging…BRILLIANT!

  2. ["B.Cooper, while Don may be reconnecting, the connection would only be on his terms (Don sleeps around, Megan quits her job and gets pregnant). While I am still hoping for Don’s redemption, I’d be just as happy with Megan dumping him after she learns about his cheating with (fill in the blanks). Then she decides the best revenge is to go back to advertising, she joins forces with Joan and Peggy and becomes wildly successful."]

    But Megan doesn’t really find advertising that rewarding for her. Wouldn’t her revenge be a hollow victory?

    • Liz, you are probably right but I kind of love the thought of the women joining forces and winning clients based on talent and unbridled drive. Unlike a lot of Basketcases, I actually like Megan and am rooting for her to succeed either in acting or advertising, or even as a ballerina. While Megan did not find advertising rewarding, I am not sure she is finding acting rewarding either — she seems very conflicted and unhappy. And when Megan was with SCDP, she was constantly under Don’s watchful eye and control. She may feel differently about advertising if she is the big cheese. And you know, I always thought it odd how Megan was working alone at Don’s desk as though it was her office. Maybe that was foreshadowing that Megan could replace Don as the head of the creative team. I come back to the image of Megan handing Don the Beatles’ album to bring him up to date with current music — Don listens for a few minutes, turns off the record player and walks away. The more I think about it, the more convinced I am that there is no way Don will get his mojo back.

      So back to the revenge angle — if and when Megan finds out about Don’s cheating with Sylvia, Megan will go crazy. She will think back to how she confided in Sylvia and will not go away quietly into the night. Since the show will end before the 80′s, a Lorena Bobbitt act of revenge is a bit premature. But beating Don at his own game would be sweet. Brings to mind a quote from Frank Sinatra, “The best revenge is massive success.”

      • How is Megan going to replace Don as head of creative? She’s no longer working there. And I don’t see Ted Chauough/Chough handing the head of a creative directorship to a woman who was barely copywriter not even a year when he’s a the other creative director.

        • I think the premise of Joan & Peggy & Megan forming their own ad agency is no less plausable than Don’s entire story line. When you consider the foundation of Mad Men is built upon our acceptance that Don came out of nowhere to become head of creative, anything is possible, no?

  3. Don’s like a boat without any navigation system: he’s perfectly happy being tied TO something/someone, although that rope is the only real attachment he’ll ever have to dry land. And as soon as he *does* slip those moorings… bedlam. No way to know which direction he’ll drift or if he’ll even get there in one piece. It’s a good thing he wasn’t in the Navy.

  4. Don Draper is a Gemini (born June 1, 1926). No surprise there — Gemini are known for their split personalities. But I’ve always wondered if Don was more of a Leo. According to an astrologer who once did my chart, Leos crave intimacy but guard their privacy.

  5. Of course, is that Don’s birthday or Dick’s?

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