Open Thread: New Business

 Posted by on April 12, 2015 at 8:00 pm  Mad Men, Season 7
Apr 122015

“Roger gives Don some unwanted advice. Peggy and Stan disagree over an account’s personnel. Harry asks for Don’s blessing. “

Wild guesses commence! My wild guess is that the “personnel” is the return of Michael Ginsberg.

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  236 Responses to “Open Thread: New Business”

  1. Ladies and gentlemen, I give you Karl.

  2. Roger gives Don some unwelcome advice: “Don, you REALLY need to grow a mustache!”

  3. After the season is over (boo hiss), I think it would be great to have a question of the week relating to top moments of a given subject. An example would be to name the top 10 scenes where a door (elevator, office, slider) played an important role. Or name the top 5 episodes that showed a relic from an actual historic event. Thanks!


  5. Hi all!

    Excited about tonight’s episode, as I got “The Fever” again, since last Sunday.

    Deborah, I would welcome the weekly questions…

    As I was reading a Vulture article about Don seeing dead people, it made me wonder if Matt will do some kind of Dallas dream sequence/Bob & Emily (I hope not, and I’m sure most likely not)….or more “Sixth-Senseshesh?”

    Don died during the explosion during the Korean War, not Dick Whitman. The rest is an Occurance at Owl Creek Bridge!

    Just speculation’, to kill the time…;O)

  6. Ginsburg? He shouldn’t follow Joan into bra advertising.

  7. T Minus 30 Minutes

  8. T Minus 15 Minutes

  9. And Here.

  10. Waiting at the airport, flight delayed. Hope I get to watch before boarding.

  11. Ormond

  12. Betty the Shrink. Full Circle.

  13. Don longing. Again.

  14. “I drink your milkshake!”


  15. Why does Don have a sombrero hanging in his office?

  16. Well, this waitress thing is following true to form.

  17. Don over-compensating for the divorce with the waitress Diana?

    • I think he is overcompensating for missing out on Rachel. The waitress reminds him of Rachel

      • Rachel and every other troubled dark haired woman reminds of of someone who has not yet been truly identified

      • I can’t put my finger on it but Dianne actually reminds me of Suzanne (Sally’s teacher).

        • Dianne reminds me of someone, but I can’t quite figure out who.

          • Dianne sort of looks like Lee Cabot, who was the woman that Don sat next to on the flight from LA to NYC in episode 1 of season 7. I keep thinking that we will see her again and that Don will end up with her.

  18. “I lied to you.”

    That’s Don’s question?

  19. Already?
    Don sayin that.

  20. So Don is going to have her there when Megan shows up?

    • Just another bad timing situation for Don, and I can’t begin to imagine the fun Marie will have in the apartment. Don has no secret that will be safe

  21. Mimi rogers??

  22. But rears his unkillable head, yet again!

  23. We finally get to see who got Clara pregnant!

  24. How long were Jane and Roger married? I seem to remember maybe 2 years?

    • Probably closer to 3-4. Seasons 2-5, more or less.

      • Rajah proposed to Jane from Jane street during the Cuban Missile Crisis, and probably got married 5 minutes after the boats turned back.
        So 1962-1966 was the duration of that marriage.
        Or maybe the divorce wasn’t granted until late in Season 5 which would make it January, February 1967.

  25. Burt Peterson….a man who truly knows how to make an exit and what it’s like to be sacked by Roger Sterling (twice).

  26. I’m sorry, but this waitress Diana plot is just too random. Back when I watched soap operas, when the plots got just too unlikely, a friend would say “they’re making this up.” That’s how I feel about this.

    • I have enough faith in the show to think it ties in somehow.

    • Yeah. Kinda like the Megan story. Someone out of the Blue who DD actually winds up with.

    • It may simply be indicative of Don’s state of mind at this point. He’s gone from debutante to secretary to waitress.

      • Could a hobo be far behind?

        • Don is the hobo. The waitress is who he feels he may belong with. Or, that some part of him belongs with.

          • I truly think that this is EXACTLY the symbolic point of her character in the last two episodes. Don sees her as his counterpart.

            • So does that mean by trying to help or save her, he feels that he is beyond help. Don’s thinking something along the lines of “I’m a lost cause, but maybe I can help her”

            • It’s certainly not her sparkling conversation. Geez.

  27. AWKWARD.

  28. Ok, so Arnold knows and he is still pissed

  29. OK, where did Megan’s sister fall out of the sky from? She’s been a nonentity for years and now gets to go off on everybody?

  30. Yeah, before Don turned up, the Calvets were a storybook family.

  31. Love Megan’s mom.
    Maybe they can Better Call Saul a show about her.
    Just think of it!!
    Maybe not.

  32. Guess we are to be treated to a cameo appearance by one of Don’s former mistresses each week.

    • Bobbie Barrett next week??
      Suzanne Farrell for the finale?
      Maybe she is still in that car with the briefcase waiting for Don.

    • I like this idea. It lets us know what happened to them, and gives us closure. Now, if they would just do that for Sal, I would be happy.

  33. So far, this episode holds about as much intrigue & interest as Megan’s soap.

  34. The waitress has crazy eyes. Not a fan. The whole thing feels creepy.

  35. That driving shot looks like something from Saturday Night Live…. Tunses the Cat!

  36. Megan’s Mom!!!!

  37. Well, this is not going to go well.

  38. Is Elaine, a Russ Meyer girl?

  39. What if you never get past the beginning?

  40. Cut it out, Harry. This is dumb with a capital B.

    • I am encouraged to see that Harry Crane still has the remarkable, intuitive people skills he has demonstrated since the very beginning of this show

  41. Harry…. what a creep you are!

  42. See, I told ya it wasn’t gonna end well.

  43. Oh, shit.
    Megan did something interesting!!!!

  44. You don’t get to sit in judgement of me.

    But you can judge away, huh, Maman.

  45. What is this soap opera and what did it do with MY SHOW!!!!

  46. It just crossed my mind that Don is the only character whose looks/style has never changed since season 1.

    • It’s quite intentional, I think.

    • Oh, I disagree. True, his style–Brooks Brothers, but off the rack–has not changed. But, man, his face shows all of the pain of his decade. The bags under his eyes. The fullness of face that comes from a decade of drinking. Megan’s comments sting in that scene in the lawyer’s office–the one where the lawyer is conspicuously absent. She prosecutes and then he passes her a check for a million bucks.

      He’s beaten. Megan cleaned him out. Yes, her mother swiped his furniture and god only knows what all else. But Megan did not do anything to return it. So, yeah, she’s keeping it. She accused him of being old/aging, sloppy, and selfish. He cannot deny the first two. He chose to give her his fortune as a way to refute that last accusation.

  47. Oh come on!

    Just cut to a diner scene, hit “Don’t Stop Believin'” on the jukebox and quickly cut to black. At least that would be less painful than this ponderous, tedious episode!

  48. This episode seems disjointed. Maybe something will happen in the last 15 minutes to bring it all home.

  49. This episode is fun, why is everybody hating?

    • Yeah, I agree. It’s necessary. It’s about dispensing with “old business” (as in every meeting one has ever attended) so that we can get on with new business. And it’s about how the key players dispense with the old business.

    • Hey, I loved it too except the boring waitress subplot. What could be better than Stan the Man and a thinly veiled Annie Leibovitz type character hitting on both Stan and Miss Peggy. Fabulous.

  50. Harry……………….covering.

    • He’s improved, slightly. He didn’t tell the whole truth, and he’s gotten a bit better about telling a lie.

  51. “She quit her soap and left New York; that was a really dumb idea.”


    • Looks like Megan IS still on a soap opera!

    • And the truth is that Harry, oaf and hustler that he is, is correct. When Megan first met Don, she was a new secretary. He brought her into the agency as part of “creative.” When she wanted to act, he MORE than opened doors.

      What happened for her in Hollywood is a story told by the overwhelming majority of actors who head out there for a career. It takes much more than talent. It takes monied connections, nepotism, a willingness to exchange sex for roles, sheer dumb luck, or a combination of the above.

      He gave her the life that she THOUGHT that she had dreamed and was reaching for. Hollywood did not happen for her, but NOW she is a millionaire.

      And like both her mother and her sister, she’s STILL angry.

  52. I thought we already did the “Peggy’s brush with bi/lesbian character” thing.

    • The life you deserve.

    • But the first time was a genuine pass, not a manipulation.

    • Yes but Joyce never really seriously flirted. Joyce knew nothing was going to happen between them. I was getting a different vibe tonight.

      • Yeah, me too! She discovered the erotic power one gets when a celebrity/artist (even a manipulator like Pima) looks at you in that way…when their entire expression and the specificity and intensity of their focus makes you feel beautiful. It’s the essence of eroticism to feel beautiful like that: in the eyes of someone whose charisma drew you to them in the first place. It is about feeling wanted. And being wanted by someone that you want as well.

        Peggy was aroused. It was when Stan boasted about his tryst that the whole thing got cheapened for Peggy. Although, I do think that in that instant she became aware of how Pima works. And I do believe her assessment was spot on.

  53. This episode is about women, taking control.

  54. “I don’t want anything of yours.”

    All evidence to the contrary.

    …and sounding a lot like Jane.

  55. Megan needs to completely go back and watch the last four seasons.

  56. Anna’s ring

    • Yes! And, in the end–especially in her petulance through this episode–she was no more worthy of it than Don was worthy of her heart.

  57. The life you deserve (sorry, turtle – it was supposed to be a stand alone).

    • Oddly, I suspect Megan will never deposit it. Realistically, they should have negotiated a settlement long ago, so Don writing it is kinda odd anyway.

      • Good point. Although, given the conversation with her sister, I think it gives her a sense of liberation.

        She was very unhappy for a very long time, Megan says of Marie.

  58. Megan gave up everything for Don?
    What’s everything????

    • Her award-winning advertising career.

      Oh, wait. She could have KEPT that.

    • All of those awesome possibilities Jane gave up to be with Roger.

    • She was a secretary when she met him. What did she give up???

      • Yes, but didn’t she also write copy? She was starting to move up in the industry when she left to pursue acting.

        • It IS Roger.

        • Didn’t Don do that for her anyway?

          • What I was trying to say was that Megan had options, and that she wasn’t going to be stuck at the reception desk or Don’s desk for years and years. She could have stayed in advertising and advanced in that field, but she decided to give acting another try. Don helped her when she was in advertising, and helped her get a role in a commercial.

  59. Keen insight, Peggy grows up and sees the world as it is

  60. What is THE worst of episode of Mad Men?
    I’ve never thought of this.
    Is it this one?

    • I can not think of a worse episode…by a long shot. I’m really hoping the great commentary shared on this blog will help me to see the amazing nuances I have missed.

      • I’m hoping the same thing. Someone please talk me into seeing that this wasn’t as bad as I felt it was.

        • Paging Anne B.

          I would PAY to be able to watch an episode with her.

          • I’m trying to see the episode differently, but I can’t get past the thought that its best scenes were the briefest: that shot with Don and Betty, their boys in the background, at the counter in the Francis kitchen; the elevator ride; Don and Pete’s drive to the golf course.

            But it’s not a great one. I think I feel this way because Don turned out to be sleeping with the suicidal waitress from The Affair.


            • I can only see her as Patrick Wilson’s drum-playing wife from Young Adult.

      • this is the worst episode i’ve seen

  61. Maybe this is MW’s way of making us not feel so bad about the show ending!

    • I remember when I loved this show!

    • When Jerry Seinfeld announced that “Seinfeld” was ending, I remember that the episode they showed that week was terrible. I’m suddenly getting that same feeling.

  62. Don doesn’t seem like a fighter. If I remember correctly, he also told Betty he didn’t want to fight with her while they were divorcing. Betty was mad, so was Meghan. He eased them both.

    I hope to see a thread analyzing the two divorces.

  63. One million dollars!! Austin Powers reference??

  64. Srsly, Megan’s behavior here continues last week’s theme of “the life not lived,” as does Pete’s comment about “what if you keep starting fresh and never get past the beginning”?

  65. Don is clutterless.
    Good for him.

  66. C’est si bon – it’s so good.

  67. OK, this thing with Diana didn’t work. Usually when they bring in one-time characters, it’s to teach Don something, and I just don’t see what the lesson was supposed to be. Either that or it’s so ham-handed and elementary I’m not seeing it.

    • As long as this is not another Tomorrowland!

    • I think Wick anticipated you in #68. Dianne is the embodiment of Not Moving Forward, of realizing you can’t just wipe the slate clean all the time.

  68. Dianne is the opposite of “this never happened.”

  69. I wonder if that last scene in the “next week” box is of Don as Betty’s first patient on the couch?!?

  70. Au Revoir Megan

  71. C’est mauvais

  72. Dianne was such a drag! Lol! I wanted those scenes to be over!

  73. Megan’s sister said that Maman packed and ran off with a man in New York.

    Exactly how is this going to set with Roger. Did he ever ask Marie to do that and I am forgetting?

    • I think Roger is the man she ran off with, I mean we are talking 3 hours max here.

      • Roger’s the man for sure.

        My God, Roger! EVERYONE wants to read your memoirs. 🙂

        • I realize that Roger is the man she ran off with.

          What I am wondering is, did Roger ever ask Marie to come with him as a permanent proposition (so to speak) or is this an extended fling?

          OR will Marie cling to some happiness and try to stay with Roger as long as possible, thus souring Roger on whatever they have?

  74. So why was this called New Business?

    • Roger said this to Don in Season 2 (Three Sundays):

      “Don’t you love the chase? Sometimes it doesn’t work out. Those are the stakes. But when it does work out, it’s like having that first cigarette. Your head gets all dizzy, your heart pounds, your knees go week. Remember that? Old business is just old business.” (Thanks to our very own Quotations pages.)

      Betty in Henry’s kitchen: old business. Megan, angry with Don: old business. Don’s elevator encounter with the Rosens: old business. Roger and Marie (and Roger complaining about an ex-wife): old business. A woman in whom Don had sought comfort, turning him away: very old business.

      Hell, even Anna’s ring qualifies as “old business.”

      And yes, I will write a post about this. (If Deb or Roberta doesn’t beat me to it.)

      • I recall a meeting in the conference room, a season or two (or perhaps three) ago. The ditzy secretary, Meredith, was being a stickler about old business and news business, when Roger attempts to chime in about an item concerning an account, in the “good news” category.

        This episode has lots of old business, a little new business and absolutely no good news. You’d think that Megan being handed a million dollar check would be seen as hot diggity damned good news, but she doesn’t consider it so, though she does pocket the check.

  75. So Diana wants to be sad about the daughter she left behind, is that the bottom line? I can’t hear her words clearly.

    • I think that’s all there is to her.
      Another sad drunk to remind Don what he is on the precipe of.
      Oh, well……………..

    • Well, obviously, there is much more to the story than the “grief” of having lost a daughter to a bad flu. That is the sort of grief one works through where one lives. She left her remaining daughter and her husband. So, she is running from something. She is, perhaps, ashamed of what she did or did not do to be a mother in her daughter’s time of need.

      Her parallel with Don is that she is running from Racine in much the same way that he ran from Dick Whitman’s childhood and gloomy prospects. Unlike “true” New Yorkers, they are there because they needed to be someplace else. She flipped a coin with San Francisco as the other option, and Don chased after all of the images. But neither can be content with the “there” of New York.

      • I think she is just one of those people, like Don, who crave stolidity and family life but the actual practice of it leaves them cold. So they run, which leads to more self-loathing, then the attempt to find security again, and the cycle continues. They probably are kindred spirits in some way but the path for a woman to live this way is a little less defined than for a man.

  76. Racine Wisconsin, the home of Johnson Wax, the Glo Coat folks. Maybe Di’s hometown just stirs up too many mixed memories for Don.

  77. “Are you a Private Detective? You look like one.”
    So the waitress already knows that Don is a Dick.

  78. Found this episode to be “challenging” but sometimes these sorts of episodes lead to something else down the road…

    A few thoughts on the cheque – Don basically gave Megan more than she wanted and directly in contrast to what Roger told him to do even after she said the things Roger thought she had already said. But I wonder if Don is realizing “the best things in life are free” and doesn’t want the money (learning that much would be a bit much for MM). From a mean point of view – giving Megan money so she can be miserable too. But a previous poster said he caved with Betty too.

    Really have no idea where things are going. Looking forward to next week.

    • As a guy, I can tell you that Don just wanted her anger to go away, so he came up with a number that all but ensured it would. If you contrast the two, Megan has tons of anger while Don’s level of pain around the divorce seems to be at a much lower level. He is able to openly talk about it with a variety of people, not cut off conversation around it. Don seems willing to admit blame for the failure of the marriage but it almost, to me, seems to be a matter of coming up with a succinct narrative closure – I don’t get the sense he is actually struggling day to day with it and trying to ensure it never happens again. Reminds me of his advice to Peggy which was something like “You won’t believe how you’ll forget it” (sorry I can’t find the actual quote).

  79. Meh episode. Liked seeing Sylvia again … damn she looked stunning. The scene with Pete in the car was well done. I am hoping we have seen the last of Megan and Diane.

    • I think we’ve seen the last of Megan, but I’m not sure about Diane.

      • We’ll see. Megan’s has been on the verge of being counted out many times in the past but has risen off the canvas like Jake LaMotta. I sensed the scene with Diane was final.

        • I might be the only person on the Internet who will say this, but I mean it: I hope we see Megan again.

          Megan has a legitimate chance of being happy. She is one of a handful of people on this show who has that chance. She knows what happiness is (intimacy, curiosity, challenge), and she knows what it is not. She saw what happiness wasn’t between her parents for years — and in the end of her own love for Don.

          I think her anger at Don gave her something to focus on that was not her foundering career. Getting that check from him (whether she cashes it or not) helped her break through that anger. He showed her how sorry he was; she forgave him.

          Megan is going to be fine. I hope she’s also happy. She’s young: if she gets moving on it, she can live happily for a very long time.

          • One of the problems with Megan’s character is she is often morally superior to everyone — in this episode Don, her mother, her sister and Harry. It grows tiresome. And goodness doesn’t often make for compelling drama.

            I never cared for her but the few times I did like her was when MW was willing to show unseemly sides of her. Unfortunately, he never did that enough.

          • Im sorry, but the happiness of the characters is of slight concern to me. If turbulence, and foggy grey limbo offers the most drama, then so be it.
            Did she forgive Don?
            A curt “Send me the papers”, is all she burbled at the end.

            A professional victim, on a lesser scale than her penny opera mom and sister IMHO.

        • Jake was never knocked down in the ring.
          In life?……………………………

  80. Sorry if this has been addressed elsewhere, but I thought there were supposed to be seven episodes in this last half-season but at the end of the show, it said only four left. What gives?

  81. Megan’s reaction to the million dollar check and Don telling her that he wants her to have the life she deserves, made me flash back to a scene in S-5.

    In Far Away Places, in the Howard Johnson scene, Megan doesn’t like the orange sherbet that Don ordered for her, and his reaction: “I know, I’m terrible — making you eat ice cream. Why don’t you call your mother and hurl a strem of complaints at her in French, like you always do.”

    • I’m not sure I see the connection. Is the idea she’s always going to be unhappy? That Don can’t make her happy?

      • I was just suggesting that it’s not an expected response from someone who was just handed a check for a million bucks. Of course, maybe it was entirely expected, given her “all I gave up” to be married to him remark.

        What I’m really wondering is: What did Don mean” by it? A million bucks is nothing from him and that’s what she deserves. Or perhaps, it’s his way of making sure she’s as unhappy as he is, even with all that dough.

        • Thanks for explaining your point. It makes much more sense now. I think Don gave her the money to make her unhappy. When he’s mad and upset, he tends to take it out on those around him. If he can’t be happy, then he tries to make it hard for the people around him.

          • Tonight’s episode may offer some big clues as to where we’re ultimately headed. Don has come quite a long way from his awful childhood and that foxhole in Korea. If I had to bet on what the final message/moral of this tale is, taking into account tonight’s show – from the check scene, to his devoid of furnishings Manhattan apartment, to his not connecting with Di – it all may well be summed up this way: It’s all bullshit and then you die.

            I don’t think he will die in the final episode, but I’m sure he’ll have a crystal clear sense of my summation being accurate and true. That’s really the only logical way for this series to end, with Don being clear on that point and all of us left to make of it what we will.

          • its hard to see how a million bucks will make you unhappy

          • I don’t know if I agree.

            I think it’s possible that Megan was right: Don was enjoying the back-and-forth of the divorce. He wasn’t settling because he didn’t really want to let her go; he didn’t really want to let her go because there wasn’t someone there to take her place.

            I think Don gave her the million-dollar check the way he signed over his Bert Bonus to Midge in season 1: to let her go. To give her a ticket to a life that didn’t have to include him anymore.

            I may be wrong, but this seems more true to the man who called Betty from the new (hotel) office of Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce, and patched things up prior to their divorce. He uses money to solve problems, not make more of them.

            • I quite agree. The finality of a divorce–with all of the money and property and who deserves and gets what (not to mention the movers)–is what truly closes the narrative of a marriage. Don had been lingering in the ethereal limbo of the back-and-forth before being plunged into the darker, hotter purgatory of dealing with all of the business and sacrifice of divorce.

              He’s trying to compensate her “pain and suffering” with the million dollar check (which is always impossible, even when one wins a personal injury lawsuit), but he also just doesn’t want to think about it anymore.

            • And he gave Adam Whitman money as a way of writing him out of his life.

      • It’s also worth noting, another exchange between Don and Megan in that episode.

        Megan: “I feel like I abandoned the team.”
        Don: “You feel bad because you got to take off and they had to work? I don’t. There has to be some advantage to being my wife.”

        I’d love to hear both Don’s and Megan’s list of advantages and see who has the shorter list!

  82. Is anyone else bothered by the fact that Diana has had more dialogue than Pete and that Megan’s sister, another character unseen before this season, had more lines than Betty and Sally together?

    There are only 5, count’em FIVE, episodes remaining.

    • We’ll never see Megan’s sister again, and there’s still five episodes for us to spend plenty of time with the SC&P crowd, and Sally. It feels typical. Not every character is in every episode.

      • Agreed. This is a story still in progress. There have been plenty of episodes in the past where major characters had little to do, but by season’s end all the major characters has had their due screen time.

  83. Though I thought this episode was lacking, it did teach us something, which is that Peggy is the only person on Mad Men who can spot a hustler.

    • The episode felt like a filler, which is strange so early in the season. I agree with you about Peggy. I also find it surprising, because reading people has never been one of her talents.

  84. What is Megan going to do with all that furniture? Doesn’t she already have a fully furnished apartment in California? Also how Old is “baby Gene”? Shouldn’t he be about 7? He looks about 4.

    • I had the same thought. It’s way too much stuff to fit in her apartment in California. It seems silly to pay to move it, only to put in storage. Marie did not think this through at all. You are correct. Gene was born in 1963, so he’s already 7 or about to turn 7.

    • They’ve continued to treat Gene like he’s still a baby (he never talks or walks) and Bobby like he’s still 6 (giving him lines like “I wish it was yesterday”).

      • To me the line, “I wish it was yesterday” doesn’t bring up a six year old. The line makes me think of “West Side Story.” One of the Jets says it after the Rumble.

    • There was a lot tonight about people getting, what other people thought, they deserved. Don and the check. Marie and the furniture. Even Roger and Pete had some thoughts on the topic, via bitter comments about their divorce settlements, with Jane and Trudy respectively.

      Are Harry and his wife on the outs? I can’t remember. He seemed to be piling on too – or maybe he was priming Don with his version of lunch with Megan and just covering his butt – not that it matters to Don, at this point.

      Even Henry alluded briefly to what he deserves. He didn’t want a sip from a milkshake that Don had made for the boys. By God, he’d make a milkshake of his own!

  85. A high content episode and frankly a bit frantic. I felt like Marlon Perkins was chasing me over the savanna!

    Agree with Jodey. A bit busy and confusing and I too don’t get the title “New Business.” But, I’ve learned not to throw out the seeming clinker before letting it soak in a bit. I love Marie but Harry is even worse than I thought. Don, an expert liar now more honest than ever is on the receiving end of lots of lies and deception this week.

    Key quotes to ponder:

    • “She made her choices”
    • “What if we never get past the beginning”
    • “If you’ll promise to be honest”
    • “I want you to be honest”
    • “She doesn’t want to tell you the truth”
    • Stan: “I don’t believe you” Peggy: “which part?”
    • “I’m willing to put my money where my mouth is” (was that Close Up or Ultrabrite?)
    • “She’s a hustler”
    • “I don’t want anything of yours”

    Finally, Don would have needed some golf shoes too!

    • And let’s not forget Dr. Faye’s final piece of advice to Don: “And I hope she knows you only like the beginnings of things.”

  86. Episode Timeframe

    The week of June 21st, 1970. The 24th falls on a Wednesday that month.

    • Oops. Sorry! My listening skills have gone to crap I guess.

      Megan plainly told Don that it was the 24th (the date she was calling him) so the more likely timeframe would be Sunday, May 24th. However, I’m quite confident that the day the movers would be arriving, a Wednesday, falls in the middle of the week, as Wednesdays typically do.

  87. Mimi = Puma, not Pima

    Don: Here’s a million bucks. (His words say that but his face says, “STFU.”)
    Megan: I’ll take your filthy money and bathe myself in ennui.
    Don: I don’t care.

    Dianna does have one thing to be thankful for – Jon Hamm smells better than Mathew McConeghy

    • Frank, I’m only going to say this one last time.
      Will you marry me?
      I mean Jesus, I fell to the floor reading your stuff.

  88. Next week’s episode was directed by Jared Harris!!

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  90. I loved the Francis kitchen scene.
    It was bittersweet. Dad making milkshakes and Betty being beautiful and sharing her new goals with Don. He smiled at her like she was a kid with a dream. And she looked like she wanted his approval and recognition. He still matters to her.
    I loved how when Henry walked in Don reaches for his jacket. “I should be going.”
    Henry offers he should stay.
    It was a sensitive scene.
    When Don looked back it felt like he was looking at the family life he lost and that this was his last glimpse of the boys…Could that be the end of the Francis family? Is that how MW finishes up those characters?
    I’m bummed.

    • My fav. season last night – I got my hopes up with the mention of ‘camp’ in the previously on bit, only to find Betty in the first three minutes and then nothing. 🙁

      Hopefully it’s not the end for the Francis family – we haven’t even seen Sally yet.

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