Spoilers! Where did Season 5 of Mad Men leave off? We recap the highs and lows before the return of Season Six
Mad Men returns to our screens tomorrow night, but you might be a little foggy on where we last left Madison Avenue’s finest. So let’s cast our minds back…
…to Don busting Lane for cutting himself an advance cheque. And forcing him to resign!
And he resigns, alright:
No Lane, no! Rest in peace, Pryce. Don seems to feel a bit bad about it, but as nobody else knows he’d booted Lane out of SCDP, he’ll probably roll on just fine.
How are the family Draper? Well, Sally doesn’t want to go skiing with Betty (who’s still an ice bitch, still married to Henry Francis) and escapes to Don & Megan’s in Manhattan. Later, when the coast’s clear, creepy quasi-boyf Glen takes her on a hot date to the Natural History Museum:
But then she gets her period and runs home to Betty to have a you’re-a-woman-now moment:
Hey didn’t this whole ice-queen-as-cosmic-menstrual-guide happen in some other TV show?
So it did.
Meanwhile, back at SCDP, the big news is that they’ve landed the new Jaguar account!
Peggy got tired of being overlooked and resigned, headed for a top job at a rival agency. Don was sad to see her go:
We later see her at her new agency. She has been tasked with naming some new Cigarettes for Ladies, and is dressed like Santa Claus:
And Don and Peggy bump into each other when they both go to clear their heads at the cinema. It’s nice:
Joan is now a junior partner at the agency after, well, after she slept with the guy from Jaguar. In exchange for a percent of the business. Oh, Joan!
Then her asshole husband served her with divorce papers from afar, she got drunk with Don, and nothing happened, but it was sweet.
Pete Campbell looks like this pretty much all the time:
He’s got a bad case of wife-and-kids-and-commuting ennui, shot through with the-woman-I-was-having-an-affair-with-got-electroshock-treatment-and-can’t-remember-me blues. Also, he still has a terrible personality and a face you wouldn’t get bored of dropkicking.
Business-wise, things are booming. They’ve got the cash for a whole new office floor:
Don, hungry for more, wants to pitch for the business of enormo-corp Dow Chemical. It’s run by Ken Cosgrove’s father-in-law, and Ken doesn’t this like it, but in the end he allows it in exchange for Roger’s promise to put him on the account instead of Pete. With that settled, Don goes to pitch them like a BOSS:
“You’re happy with 50 percent? You’re on top and you don’t have enough. You’re happy because you’re successful… for now. But what is happiness? It’s a moment before you need more happiness. I won’t settle for 50 percent of anything. I want 100 percent. You’re happy with your agency? You’re not happy with anything. You don’t want most of it… you want all of it. And I won’t stop until you get all of it.”
And the Dow Chemical guys are all like:
And that’s where we left that.
Back at chez Draper, Megan and Don have not been seeing eye-to-eye. Megan almost landed a part in a play that would have her rehearsing in in Boston for six weeks, and Don threw a minor fit. But when Megan’s friend asks Megan to recommend her to Don for a commercial he’s producing, Megan instead asks for an audition of her own. After much bad feeling, he gets her to meet the producers for a screen test:
And boom, she nails it, and gets the part:
But Don’s still huffy about it:
And where did we leave Don? Drinking in a bar, alone, when…
And with that, we leave him, like Schrödinger’s Adulterer. Don’t do it, Don! (We bet you do do it.)
Also, there was this:
Sally: Growing Up
Betty: Less Fat, Still Mostly Evil
Don: Alone/Not Alone
Mad Men returns to Sky Atlantic, Wednesday April 10, at 10pm.
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