If the last episodes of this season are as brutally awesome as this one, then Don Draper should run for president of the United States, not Jon Hamm, Don Muthafuckin' Draper !
In other words, good episode !
The problem is Don goes from stoic to outright panic. It's such a big contrast.
Maybe that's the point ? people who seem completely confident and in control of themselves can break down from one minute to the next, I really loved Hamm's performance on this one, it reminded me just how vulnerable someone as talented and succesful as Don can be.
While I think Roger has genuine affection for her, he's not above thinking of himself in that situation.
I think he played it very well given the expectations, he didn't chicken-shit at the situation and actually granted Joan a lot of leeway (sp), reminding her that in the end it was her decision, pretty good Mr. Sterling !
I've always thought of Roger as a good, decent guy who unfortunately never realized that getting dragged into an amazing and lucrative business may not be a good idea, even when it seems like it is perfect.
Pete makes his slimy return.YEAH
No really, ENOUGH Peggy !
He bites the bullet and takes one for Don at the end, but Pete's favours come with a price and he'll be coming to collect some day. Maybe by the end of the season.
I don't know what to think about this situation, on one hand Peter worked his ass off in getting the NAA account into the firm, and now he has to deal with Don's problem.
I can't criticize Don or Pete because I just can't throw someone to the wolves just like that, but Don needs to realize that his past will come to collect with bigger bills each time, and that some people will get hurt.
Sally gets to see the Beatles. I was convinced Harry was going to screw up and not be able to get the tickets, but after all Sally's been through she deserves a little something.
Isn't she a little young to see The Beatles ? I know it's not Cannibal Corpse or anything, but how old can she be ? 12 ? 13 at most ?
I knew they would lose the Lucky Strike account by the end of the season, though.
It was foreseeable indeed, I knew that the moment I saw Lee Garner Jr. in that table I thought "fuck".
By the way, was that a cyanide pill that Roger put in his mouth
And then came the assault. This was one of the most upsetting scenes on this show, in my opinion, because I've come to like Layne. The scene was so brutal, that it actually distracted me from the rest of the episode. It lets you draw your own conclusions about Laynes' past.
What kind of an influence must a man have on a another that he can do what he does to Lane and not expect to get beated to a pulp in return ? I kinda asked Lane to get up and smack him, but really, can Layne get enough heart to even do it ?
I was surprised Don admitted to Faye about his past. I still don't know where these two will end up. His glance at his secretary at the end suggests she'll just be another notch on his belt.
Somebody needs to take Anna's place, given her character outburst in the previous episode and her honest caring for Don, I think she is a fine candidate, I can see the point of her character now.