Lakshmi’s explanation that she seduced Harry in order to keep Paul from leaving the Hare Krishnas seriously made no sense at all. Hanging a lantern on it by having Harry voice his confusion didn’t help either. I know that the casual availability of attractive women on this show is a running theme, but come on. Was this some kind of joke?
And honestly, the whole subplot about Paul joining the Hare Krishnas kind of grated. I could buy Roger taking LSD, but the introduction of hippie religionists hit the whole “welcome to the late 60s” button a little too hard. (Plus there was Harry’s prediction that Star Trek was doomed to fail, which, wink nudge ha ha.) Although, if someone had to join the Hare Krishnas, I guess it makes sense that it would be Paul.
I did really enjoy watching Joan and Don buddy up in the bar. And the scene where Joan screams at the receptionist was totally delicious to me, which probably just means I’m a bad person.
I’d be interested to hear others’ reactions to Don’s St. Crispin’s Day speech. To me it felt a little forced and unconvinced (although not unconvincing, as it was met, unlike Pete’s speech preceding it, with applause from the staff). As far as I can tell, Don decides he needs to care more about his work after Joan makes him realize that his marital problems are caused, in part, by him just being the way he is; and when he then goes home to a scene with Megan that almost achieves the level of unhappiness and suspicion that characterized his marriage with Betty. Megan then points out that his lack of interest in his work is not actually her fault. But is this really enough to turn Don’s professional malaise around? I’m not sure I believe it.
Okay, and now my dumb questions: What does S&C and E&C mean? Lane says that S&C personnel will get 2% bonuses and E&C personnel will get 4%. And who is the woman Don refers to, who will be unhappy about the bonuses?