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Tuesday, 8 May 2012
MAD MEN, 5.8 - "Lady Lazarus"
For Don, it was great to see him acquiesce to his wife's desire to leave, although in a later scene with Roger (John Slattery) he made a comment suggesting it was more a decision to ensure Megan doesn't end up "like Betty or her mother." But the loss of Megan from the workplace also leaves him in a shaky position. Megan meant two things to Don at SCDP: she was a reason he's remained passionate about his job and office routine, but she was also a vital link to the youth of modern America. They also worked well as a duo (youth and experience), as evidenced in their Heinz pitch last week and, this week, their play-acting of a married couple in a Cool Whip commercial. The Drapers could sell ice to Eskimos...
Overall, this was another impressive instalment of what's become a brilliant year for Mad Men after such a long hiatus. Megan's become "lady lazarus", reborn from he "death" of advertising (will she meet a hunky actor closer to her age at drama school?); Pete's luck still hasn't changed (although I have no sympathy knowing he goes home to Alison Brie); and Don's now staring down from the precipice of obsolescence without his guiding hand. Just how long will he maintain his status as top dog of Madison Avenue, as the times change and his tethers to the mushrooming youth market snap?
written by Matthew Weiner / directed by Phil Abraham / 8 May 2012 / Sky Atlantic