Today I’m suffering from PMMS – Post Mad Men Syndrome. Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past 17 months, you know that last night was the Mad Men season five premier. Two hours! As one clever Twitter user noted, Don Draper and Tiger Woods made their comebacks on the same day… which could be a coincidence. Or maybe not.
Some questions were answered right off the bat: Don did indeed marry Megan the receptionist. He seems to be suppressing his hound-dog ways, channeling a happy 1960s husband and father. The fact that Megan has been promoted to the position of copywriter, despite her lack of applicable experience, may have something to do with this. Don can now chase her around his desk, and order her to flash her bra, at will. With Don, as we know, where there’s a will…
Megan’s probably thinking “if he must stare at cleavage at work, at least I can make sure it’s MY cleavage.”
There are other advantages to having your husband as your boss. When he waltzes out the door at 5 p.m., leaving a pile of work for his subordinates, you get to leave too while casting a long, sad glance back at the rest of “the team” (i.e. Peggy) that says, “Hey, what can I do? He’s my ride home!”
Megan is going to be a lot of fun, because it’s evident that Don’s narcissism and manipulative tendencies are already making her a little unbalanced. When angry at Don, she cleans their apartment in her sexy black bra and panties while he watches. You know, to PUNISH him. This occurs the morning after she shimmied and serenaded him, Brigitte Bardot-style, in front of their colleagues.
Roger Sterling is still a womanizing lush, with a vicious wit. When Joan arrives at the office to show off her (a.k.a. Roger’s) newborn son he shouts, “Where’s my baby?” before cheek-kissing Joan, who looks like she might faint at the prospect of her baby’s paternity being revealed. He also skillfully talks Harry Crane into trading offices with Pete, for a mere $1,100. Poor Harry never knew what hit him.
Aside from Megan’s promotion – and the fact that she still hasn’t had her teeth fixed — the biggest surprise may have been the fact that she knows Don’s true identify. It was subtle. During his post birthday party sulk he reminds her that, unbeknownst to the world, he’s actually been 40 for several months. And later, she references Dick Whitman, which REALLY pisses him off. This means there are now three women who know about Don’s sordid past – Faye, Betty and Megan. All are, or will be (sorry, Megan!) women scorned. Sneaky Pete Campbell also knows the score.
A few questions were left unanswered:
- Where’s Mom of the Year, Betty Draper Francis? Little mention is made of her, and I’m curious to see the state of her marriage after two years.
- How are the Draper kids faring, post divorce? Viewers got a quick snippet of Sally Draper as she smiled sweetly at Megan over breakfast. Still waters run deep with that kid, so it’s hard to tell if she likes her pretty new stepmom… or if she’s planning to kill her in her sleep.
- “Is it just me, or is the lobby filled with Negroes?” asks Roger Sterling. Is it just me, or have we not heard the last of Civil Rights encroaching on Madison Avenue this season? There was something very poignant about those graceful, earnest black women handing over their resumes for a job that didn’t exist. It was hard to tell if any of the partners felt a twinge of… anything… at that moment. But we all know Sterling, Cooper, Draper, Pryce will not integrate voluntarily, unless it helps sell cigarettes or baked beans.
We shall see.