‘Mad Men’: Is Megan the best match for Don (yet)?

(Spoiler Alert – I reveal all that happened on the premier of “Mad Men.” Don’t read if you haven’t watched and plan to watch!)

“Mad Men” premiered last night after a ridiculously long break, and one of the most compelling aspects of the show is alpha-male Don’s relationship with women.

So the question after last night’s episode, is Megan, the much younger, former secretary, wanna-be Peggy, a good match/wife for Don?

Megan is decidedly of the ’60s and the not the ’50s housewife that Betty was. (Why was Don making breakfast for the kids?) Megan wants to work and wants to learn about advertising but is not above singing a sexy song to her hubby in long false eyelashes. (I thought she needed boots with that outfit – maybe those came later in the ’60s.)

Megan knows about Don’s secret past and it seems like he’s being honest with her (at least for now.) I thought she did a good job talking to him about his “issues” from his craptacular childhood. (No one ever gave him a birthday party.) And I’m glad he felt he could just say, “Look I’m old and tired. Let’s just go to bed.” Although, he probably could have said it more nicely.

However, for all the honesty, she didn’t know him well enough to know that he would NOT want a surprise party. But Peggy did.

Don and Megan’s house seemed decidedly calmer and more tranquil than home life with Betty. (Could Betty have been happy if they had just stayed in the city with the kids?)

Was Megan teasing him cleaning in her underwear or just really cleaning the house? Was there really a sexual power play there? Is she really empowered or just using her feminine wiles to keep him hooked? Would she really withhold on Don or was just trying to tease him?

(Michael thinks that the department store owner Rachel was the best match for Don. She was his equal he felt.)

Other random thoughts/questions from the show:

I loved how they showed Joan experiencing motherhood. It was nice to see a woman exhausted, moody and still large after giving birth. (All the stars somehow lose baby weight immediately.) I loved seeing Joan trying to figure out who she was if she wasn’t lording over the office staff. I also loved seeing her figuring out about leaving the baby to return to work. I loved the scene of her riding up and down in the elevator to calm the baby in her nightclothes and glasses. Joan would never have been seen out like that before the baby.

And poor Roger! Would he have been better off just staying married to first-wife Mona? Yes he has a younger wife but he hates her and she hates him.

So tell me what you thought of the different and new relationships we saw last night on the show. Is Megan a good match/wife for Don? Is there someone on the show that you think would have been better? How will Joan be as a mom? Other thoughts welcome too!

24 comments Add your comment

Heather

March 26th, 2012
1:48 pm

Ok, I am still reeling from this episode. After watching it twice I have decided that yes, Megan is the best match for Don so far. I loved her connection with him the most because it began with him unmarried (Sorry Faye-I really liked you!) and she is up for the challenge that is Don. There are a few lines/scenes that I couldn’t feel good about:
-When she says, “No one loves Dick Whitman, but I love you.” I think it was a harsh statement considering how sensitive the whole thing is..but, they are mentioning his past casually and I like it. He desperately needs someone to completely know him and Megan is working for him.
-When she is cleaning in her underwear, she was pretty mean to him..but like you mentioned I think her anger rolled into a sexual power play. I think her ability to keep Don interested is amazing.
-Megan’s friend mentions that she is a great actress…..I think that she will be tapping into this if she is not already when handling Don.

I’m surprised Betty and Henry are together still, I like them together and hope Betty can get her act together.

I was happy to see Joan feeling such normal new mom feelings-she’s such a strong woman that it’s nice to see her at the typical level. Roger’s reaction to Kevin was interesting, distant but proud.

So many other things, but I will start with that.

PHR

March 26th, 2012
2:07 pm

I’m with Michael on this one. Rachel was the best match for Don. She was definitely his equal and they would have made a great power couple.

I don’t think Megan is going to be around for very long.

Jeff

March 26th, 2012
2:33 pm

Ugh. See y’all tomorrow. Lol.

catlady

March 26th, 2012
3:05 pm

I’m with you, Jeff. Why are we talking about a TV show? (add to it Jessoca’s belly pose, Rhianna’s problems with her boyfriend, watching the royal wedding…) Sorry, Theresa, but I am surprised you want to talk about TV and movies so much!

Theresa Walsh Giarrusso

March 26th, 2012
3:18 pm

Catlady — The Jessica Simpson belly pose gave me some of the the highest page views I have ever had and for a short time placed me ahead of the sports guys — which never happens. You may not be interested in those particular topics but other people are. I love TV and movies. I love analyzing shows and characters, thinking about their lives and their actions. Mad Men is very interesting looking at women and minorities coming into their own on the show.

motherjanegoose

March 26th, 2012
3:48 pm

Um…not interested either…I rarely follow TV shows and seldom even know who the stars are. I would not recognize the characters in this show if they were on my front porch. I honestly did not know who Jessica Simpson was until I read your blog TWG. Maybe those who are interested are at work with will run with it later. We will see! “Tis true…not everything appeals to everyone. I was in Canada for a meeting this past weekend and never even turned the TV on in my hotel room. I could toss my TV and it would not matter a bit to me. I will say that I do not recognize Heather and PHR, so kudos for bringing in some new posters!

jmb

March 26th, 2012
4:18 pm

Like the others, not interested in this topic.

Jeff

March 26th, 2012
4:50 pm

I don’t begrudge TWG having her indulgences like this. God knows I have a few myself. She just has a platform to influence the title of the blog, I don’t. So she is afforded the right to make it whatever she wants. At least it’s something she and Michael seems to both enjoy.

TWG, maybe you can “help me help you”………. I assume your pay somehow is reflected in the number of comments and/or views. Does it help you for us to comment even if it’s about an issue we could care less about? There’s another blog on the site that can’t seem to stay on topic for more than about 10 entries and I don’t want this to become that way.

homeschooler

March 26th, 2012
4:58 pm

I’m not a big TV watcher but ever since I got Netflix streaming a few years ago I find it relaxing to tun on one show that I happen to be “into” at any given time. For a while it was Lost, then 24 and I LOVE LOVE Mad Men. I didn’t read the above because I won’t be able to get back into watching until it comes on streaming, so, I can’t really be in on any ongoing discussions. But what a great show. I definitely want Don and Peggy to get together. Watching her character change and grow has been awesome.
I love getting a glimpse into the lives of these guys in the 60’s. It reminds me a bit of my life growing up. Although that was in the 70’s, I remember everyone drinking and smoking at my dad’s office. The show has certainly given me a new appreciation for the women’s movement which, honestly, I have spent a large part of my life rolling my eyes at. From the stay at home moms being cheated on to the office girls being treated like sex objects, it’s a real eye opener.
I would normally agree that I could care less about pop culture subjects and I really did not know who Jessica Simpson was (actually had her confused with Paris Hilton) but I do love a well made show. Mad Men rocks.

K's Mom

March 26th, 2012
4:58 pm

@TWG, I like the “fluffy” posts. Being a parent is hard and you have to find some escapes. I have never gotten into this show, but know so many folks that love it. Of course they are in the Junior League too so I guess MJG and catlady can add watching tv with Junior Leaguers to their idea of hell. Sorry to harp on that, I am just sick of moms cutting each other down to make themselves feel better and today they are both 2 for 2.

Theresa Walsh Giarrusso

March 26th, 2012
5:07 pm

Jeff — I didn’t think the Mad Men would interest all of our regulars particularly but I felt like applied to the blog in that I am asking about the relationships/the marriages and Joan having her baby. It was a realistic portrait of a new mom. I think if it gets put on the front or as a slider on the front there will be a lot of comments and page views. when that happens people from outside the AJC come in through google search who have an interest in that particular topic. So not everything will appeal to everyone. I do try to stay somewhat related to parenting and marriage and think for the most part I do. I am also trying to attract new readers and commenters through a variety of topics.

motherjanegoose

March 26th, 2012
5:13 pm

@ K’s Mom..did you see my other post, on the previous blog? WOW…some of us have been parents for over 20 years and we know how hard it is. YES everyone needs to take a break from being serious and take a deep breath! We all do this in a different way:

reading books, walking, going out with friends, gardening, traveling, petting our dog/cat OR WATCHING MOVIES AND TV!

FOR ME it would be h3ll to have to spend hours each week watching TV…everyone else might have a GRAND time and that is wonderful for them! If others want to watch TV 24/7 than that is a fine choice for them. Not something I care to do. Each person has things they enjoy and things they do not. NO BIG DEAL. I could not sit at a desk each day nor in a cubicle. Others could not fathom working with little children all day. I have a friend who cannot stand the thought of driving on the interstate and another person I know, who is my age, who does not drive at all. I am sorry that you are irritated with my comments today, it is not my intention to do so.

I am with Jeff on this one: TWG do you need more posts or more posts that agree/adhere to the topic? If you prefer: BUTT OUT IF YOU ARE NOT INTERESTED AND DO NOT POST A THING…I will be happy to accommodate. Please let us know! To me, it is intriguing to see which posts gain the most comments and I certainly do not know how this can be figured out!

Heather

March 26th, 2012
5:15 pm

I have to say, this is the first time I’ve come across your blog and I have enjoyed the visit! I was looking for discussions on the season premiere of Mad Men. While I love Mad Men, I am a full time wife, devoted mom to 2 girls, and full-time student. After looking around your blog it seems right up my alley so I have subscribed to the RSS feed, I will now be following you regularly. Thanks for the post and you have found yourself a new reader!

K's Mom

March 26th, 2012
5:23 pm

@MJG it is not that you have different interests, it is the way the comments were written that seemed to be demeaning to women unlike yourself. If I mistook it I apologize. This blog is one thing I take time out of my day to take a look at, for myself only, yet there seems to be so much judgement lately. Again, maybe I am just grumpy today, but as much I find value in what you and catlady say surrounding education you both can be very judgemental about women who enjoy the softer side of life (clothes, entertainment, shoes, trashy TV-none of these things make you smarter but they do keep a lot of us from going nuts).

mom of 3

March 26th, 2012
5:54 pm

So far you have discussed a book/movie you haven’t read or seen. Now a tv show. I think you are looking for comments so I’m wondering if your are going to be a has-been blogger if your comments don’t get higher. What’s up with this?

motherjanegoose

March 26th, 2012
6:04 pm

@K’s Mom…did you also take offense to those who like to put puzzles together?
I used pretty strong language there:
I HATE puzzles and can barely put one together but my husband and daughter are amazing at puzzles.
Lots of people find puzzles relaxing…JUST NOT ME. Perhaps one of the reasons I am not into TV is because I can barely work our remote control. It is so frustrating to me that I would rather be on the computer or read a book. My kids and husband laugh at me and that is o.k. I AM TECHNO CHALLENGED and not too proud to admit it.

catlady and I are a bit older than some of you. I am not really into material things. While I like nice things, I know that things cannot make you happy. I know woman who have lots of things but are not happy or their life has taken a very sad turn. If you are not happy with yourself, then the things will just put a band aid over your unhappiness. I sit next to strangers all the time in the airplane and and enjoy meeting them and learning things from them. I could care less what they are wearing or who they work for. I just enjoy different people.

I will admit that I do not care for people who are all about what they have, where they live or the car they drive.

Yesterday, I met a man who worked in investments. He told me that a banker he knew told him of Doctors and Lawyers that were up to their #$%^ in personal debt and they were called to say,
“Hey…we are cancelling your credit cards…cut them up…you have no money!” Sad but true. People are running around and trying to buy happiness and ( to me) it is not something you can buy.
Perhaps their spouse has no clue.

KUDOS to TWG for drawing in new readers such as Heather. Some folks here have moved on and perhaps it may come time for me to do so too, as the topics may not appeal to me anymore. We will see. I have been hanging around for over 5 years and generally just enjoy the chat with others here.
Easy to hop on and see what is happening for the day!

Theresa Walsh Giarrusso

March 26th, 2012
6:39 pm

Heather – I am glad you found us and it’s great you’ll be following the RSS feed. That’s an easy way to see each post when they pop up. I try to post twice a day but sometimes it doesn’t happen. We mostly hit parenting, marriage, relationships, health of kids and families. But sometimes I do throw in pop culture. I also like to talk about cooking and meals and family travel.

Mom of 3 — My page views are great. If I wanted to pander for page views believe me I could. Loads of topics I don’t run because i feel like they would be pandering. I try to vary the topics and hit things parents may be thinking about — such as taking their tweens to see The Hunger Games. (I actually had no interest in that topic and posted to help families considering it. Our old Girl Scout leader sent me a note that she was very interested to see what others said on it because she was trying to decide for her kids. So it was helpful to some parents and that’s the goal.

MJG and Jeff — The comments are important to the discussion but you guys should feel free to comment or not — either way is fine.

Lola

March 26th, 2012
10:52 pm

Going back to the original topic, I think Megan will prove to be duplicitous, as her friend pointed out ’she’s a very good actress’ it will start to unravel between her and Don, she’s not what she makes out to be I think and the fact she knows so much about Don/Dick could prove to be a problem for him.
So glad the show is back!

Real Man

March 26th, 2012
10:57 pm

Why don’t you all just shut up, turn off the TV, and go down on your husbands as is your God-ordained duty? Either that or iron my shirt.

shaggy

March 27th, 2012
7:33 am

Theresa,

You go girl. Stand up and run your business. It’s your business.
The “regulars” don’t hold your contract, and I know for fact that if the “regulars” were that only hits you were getting on this blog, you would soon have no blog.

motherjanegoose

March 27th, 2012
7:45 am

@shaggy…you are CORRECT. None of us hold a contract with TWG and she should blog about whatever appeals to her. If it interests others…they will hop on. So far, this post has not had an overwhelming following of those who are actually interested in the topic ( maybe 5) but hey it is a new day and things could change quickly! Over the past five years, the regulars have changed! TWG needs more than just us regulars but we are kind of like staples in the pantry. Sushi might make a splash but it may not last long on the shelf.

missnadine

March 27th, 2012
10:40 am

You know, there are some of us who are regulars but don’t feel the need to out in our 2 cents EVERYTIME a new blog is up. Some of the regular posters act like such know-it-alls. Why don’t you just let TWG post on whatever she feels works. You can be sure that the regular 10-20 posters are not the only ones who read her post.

Don Draper

March 27th, 2012
11:27 am

When Megan has our baby Im gonna eat her placenta!!

motherjanegoose

March 28th, 2012
7:36 am

A missnadine, you are correct! I have always wondered if it is better for TWG to have folks just show up and read the blog or actually post something. Do you know? Would it be better if 1000 people looked at the blog and 20 posted or if 300 looked at the blog and 200 posted? I did not post on Hunger Games, Trayvon or Fighting as those were not topics in which I had anything to share.
To me, this is kind of like chatting with a neighbor …something I enjoy! I do chime in often and have made some personal friends on this blog too!