1. What exactly is this life’s purpose that Emile scolds Megan for abandoning? Emile’s speech about Karl Marx and abandoning “the struggle” to embrace wealth that is “bad for your soul” makes it sound as though Megan used to be some sort of revolutionary who lost her way, and Megan, who is chastened by her father’s words, seems to agree. But didn’t Megan come to New York to become an actress?
(Also, everyone keeps referring to Megan and her family as French, rather than Canadian. Are they French or Quebecois? My ear isn’t good enough to tell.)
2. I suppose it was nice that the women in the office were so supportive of each other in their moments of vulnerability, crisis and success. Joan gives Peggy a sweet little pep talk before her dinner with Abe (although I cringed at that a little, since you could smell the disaster a mile off), and after the disappointing revelation, she was tactful, sympathetic and encouraging; and Peggy’s happiness for Megan after her victory with Heinz was sincere and lovely. But really, no cattiness at all? These are women who haven’t especially liked one another, and in this episode they are hit with news about their co-workers that must rub their own sore spots — Joan, whose husband recently left her, is asked to lend an ear when Peggy wants to talk about her boyfriend issues; and Peggy, who suffered a major professional setback when Heinz fired her, learns that Megan just landed the account. I expected some jealousy, some snideness, a few little jabs at least. Although the feminine solidarity was nice to see, it was a bit odd.
3. It was funny to be reminded that there was this brief moment in history when an old WASPy guy in a three piece suit would take LSD and tell everyone that they should try it too, and then be totally shocked to learn that his colleague’s father-in-law is a Communist.
4. It will be interesting to see how Ed’s revelation — that no one will ever trust Don again, after the Lucky Strike letter, and that Don may as well get out of the business — will play out. Things have been too easy for Don this season — for the first time, he has a marriage and a domestic life that seem to work and to make him happy. Does this mark the beginning of the end for his remarkable professional success? On the other hand, it may be worth noting that Ed is an executive at Dow Corning, which, as Roger points out, makes much of its money killing the Vietnamese and destroying the environment. So, maybe Don’s indictment of a business that profits from death hit Ed a little harder than most, and Ed’s grim predictions are overblown. After all, beans never killed anyone, and Heinz still likes Don.
5. It’s a little odd that Betty is entirely absent from an episode about mothers and daughters. I assume that’s because she’s busy “reducing” off-camera, and we won’t see her until she’s skinny again.
6. But forget all of that, because, OMIGOD, BLOWJOB.