Prostitution and guilt are big themes in this week's Mad Men, and I have to admit that I found the second episode of season six more interesting and exciting than the season premiere. Don and Pete are both cheating on their wives with various consequences, and we find out that Megan has been dealing with a sad event in silence.
Over on the business side of things, Peggy may be snagging some business from Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce, while an icky client makes a return to gross out the whole office. The five maddest moments of the week? Just keep reading.
- Megan admits she had a miscarriage. The awkward friendship between Megan and Don's mistress Sylvia reaches a new level when Megan has Sylvia over and confides in her that she'd had a miscarriage two days earlier. She also admits that she felt horrible for being relieved over losing the baby, but she doesn't get much sympathy from Sylvia, who says she doesn't understand how Megan could consider not having the baby. Megan does, however, get sympathy from Don, and now I'm wondering if they might have a baby. Here's Don's non-answer to how he feels about having one: "I want what you want. Is that what you want?"
- Go, Trudy. Pete is so bad at trying to be like Don. He gets himself a new mistress to entertain in his Manhattan apartment, but he dumbly chooses a neighbor to cheat with, and she promptly shows up at the Campbell house bloodied by her husband for her infidelity. Trudy, on the other hand, is the best. After chewing Pete out for being so indiscreet, she gives him a set of rules about how they will function in the future — not divorced, but with Pete's behavior strictly enforced. She tops it off with my favorite line of the week: "I will destroy you."
- Dick Whitman, the Vaudeville Show. How weird are the scenes about Don's young life as Dick Whitman? Instead of a flashback, we get theater-like scenes of his life as a teen, and we learn that he and his pregnant stepmother went to live with her sister in a whorehouse. Is Don remembering his own life this way because he's so detached, and is it that memory that makes him slump down outside his own door at the end of the episode?
- Herb: still gross. The disgusting Herb (the Jaguar client who forced Joan to prostitute herself to get his business last season) shows up, and he's unwelcome, to say the least. I love that Joan insults him and takes a drink in Don's office, I love that Don can't help but look anything but skeeved out in his presence, and I love that Herb's plan to get Jaguar to spend more on local markets fails. However, I assume that we haven't seen the last of Herb and the war Roger hints at may come to pass.
- Peggy the spy. Remember Peggy's cute calls with Stan? Those may end when Stan finds out she may be getting the Heinz ketchup account that SCDP has to pass on. If Peggy does take the account, it's really Stan's fault for having a big mouth, and I guess something like this was bound to happen eventually. But I hope they don't have a falling out — I love Peggy and Stan's relationship.
What did you think of this week's episode?