(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!