Megan Draper set out for a new life when she quit her job at Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce to resurrect her acting career. As the title of the episode "Lady Lazarus" suggests, our friends on Mad Men are adapting to new lives. Don lets Megan pursue her acting dream, but he's lost at work without her. Pete has morphed into the sad Don of the past, cheating on his wife and sneaking around. Megan is going back to acting class and auditions, finding time to play the housewife in between.
The episode borrows both its title and themes from a Sylvia Plath poem ("Lady Lazarus") about rebirth. Lazarus, of course, refers to the man Jesus raises from the dead in the Bible. In Plath's poem, which uses allusions to Nazi Germany, the narrator almost dies three times. The first is an accident, and the second is a failed suicide attempt. Plath did commit suicide in real life, and her "Lady Lazarus" poem reads in part:
The second time I meant
To last it out and not come back at all.
I rocked shut
As a seashell.
They had to call and call
And pick the worms off me like sticky pearls.
Is an art, like everything else.
I do it exceptionally well.
Finally, the third time, she is reborn like a phoenix: "Out of the ash / I rise with my red hair / And I eat men like air." The rebirth is not wanted, and she hopes to eat the men who continue to revive her.