Once upon a time, I think Joan really loved Roger. Now, it seems she can easily see through him.
Roger: “We created a baby!” Joan: “Yes, and now it’s some other lucky girl’s turn!”
Unsurprisingly for a woman trying to make it on her own in the 60′s, things aren’t going so hot for Joan, She goes out to reception expecting to get flowers, and instead is served with divorce papers by Greg. Naturally, she FLIPS at that dumb receptionist, even throwing a model plane at her face!
“you wouldn’t like me angry…”
Don sweeps in before Joan fully bites her head off, and takes her out for a comforting visit to the Jaguar showroom. When the dealer won’t let them take it for a test drive alone – it only seats two – Don whips out the checkbook and buys it. Don and Joan then hit the bar, in what is by far the best scene of the episode. It’s very strange to see Don being so gentle and kind. I guess that’s how he is with women he hasn’t slept with. He tells her how lovely she still is, and how she’ll start over the find someone new like he did, and reminisces about when he first came to the office and she ran it with an iron first.
This scene is sweet, but I felt an unspoken question from Joan the entire time they were talking about marriage and divorce and affairs: Why didn’t Don pick Joan, instead of Megan? This is the same question she confronted when Roger chose to marry Jane. Always a secretary, but never the bride. I’m not sure that Don entirely gets that Joan feels that way. I imagine he would never even consider Joan, both because of Roger and because she’s not pliable enough for him.
premium, 100% sexual tension
When Don gets home, Megan’s not in the most pliable mood herself. He was already a douche the night before, when they went to see a weird abstract play her friend was in which just happened to describe advertising as puke-worthy.
i couldn’t get a shot of all the black turtlenecks, but oh, they’re there.
Megan is PISSED that he is coming home late, and drunk, and without calling.
sally also taught megan a few new faces.
She obviously thought he was out cheating. Megan even throws a plate of spaghetti at the wall. Don reacts in that way that makes me want to kick him in the balls, and completely erases on all the sweetness from the Joan scenes: “You like to get mad, that’s what gets you going.” Ewww. Yes, they do have hot angry sex from time to time, but I’m not ready to say Megan is making up excuses to get mad. Don is clearly still angry that she left the agency, as though he lack of passion for advertising reflects badly on him. Megan points out that Don loved advertising long before she met him, and then he sits like a naughty little boy to eat the other plate of spaghetti while Megan watches. This statement seems to be what turns things around for Don, and gets him inspired about Jaguar again.
The next day, Joan does get flowers – delivered by Roger, but from Don. He signs the card “Ali Khan,” which makes little sense to me. Ali Khan married Rita Hayworth, the hottest redhead movie star of the time.
However, by the late sixties they were long divorced. I get that Don’s calling Joan a movie star, but given that every cultural reference on this show tends to have deeper metaphorical meaning, I’m not sure what’s going on beneath.
I couldn’ t give two shits about the Harry and Paul storyline, and I don’t even know why it was included. Harry and Paul have both proved themselves disgusting selfish pigs. Don’t remember Paul? He used to work at the firm before it was rebooted. He did it with Joan and told everyone, and later dated a black lady and became a pretentious hipster. Don didn’t bring him along to the new agency, choosing Peggy instead.