'Mad Men' Recap: Don Draper Couldn't Be Sorrier

don draper restaurantEver since Don first asked Megan to be his second wife at the end of season 4, we saw the writing on the wall. He could pretend and play the Good Husband role for a little while, but he was never going to be faithful. Or at least devote his full attention to the new Mrs. Draper. He'd lie to her, and it would all go down in flames. And that's pretty much exactly what happened on tonight's ep, "New Business" -- which was ironically about tying up a lot of old business.


At least in the case of the actress and ad man who once shared a swanky Upper East Side apartment. After being separated for what Don called a "long" time, Megan's flying back to NYC to pack up her remaining belongings with her mom, Marie (whose appearance made for some fantastic comic relief -- kinda j'adore her with Roger!) and sister to bring back to L.A. She also has plans to have a business lunch with Harry, who she thinks might be able to help her get a better agent and, in turn, more work, because apparently, she hasn't been having much luck out there in Hollywoodland.

All too obviously psyched by the fact that Megan is no longer Don's wife, Harry's intentions were far less professional. He even told Don this much ahead of the lunch! And once he sat down with Megan, he fell all over himself, gushing that Megan should be "the biggest star in the world right now," given that, in his opinion, she looks like the love child of Ali MacGraw and Brigitte Bardot. That said, he's ready to do business -- but by business he means take her up to a hotel room. Ugh.

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But THEN! When she tells him she's not interested, OMG. He insinuates that maybe she's not making it as an actress because she's reacting poorly to casting couch propositions. Wow. It was hard not to give her a standing ovation as she got up, polished off her wine, and walked away from the table wordlessly. And we thought Harry was a nice guy! (Well, you know, when compared to the skeevester or phony likes of his male colleagues.) Eeesh.

'Course that wasn't even the most intense part of the day for Megan, who later meets with Don in what was clearly their lawyer's office (though the lawyer was nowhere to be found). It seemed like they were going to sign the divorce papers, but instead, they had what can only be described as a terribly craptastic conversation. Megan tells Don he's a liar, an aging, sloppy, selfish liar who ruined his life. Yow. Don's response? She should have the life she deserves, and with that, he writes her a check for a million bucks (that's about $6 million today, oof!). She thinks he's kidding, but he's not, and what's more, he says he's sorry.

While she may not tell him he's forgiven, it's easy to believe that he actually isn't lying about that. In fact, Don seems very sorry all around right now. Sorry that his second marriage fell to pieces, sorry that his kids have a whole life and home that's just dandy and milkshake-filled without him and with Betty and Henry, sorry that his latest love interest (infatuation? hookup buddy?) Diana, the waitress, is depressed and running away from and then directly toward the grief she feels over the death of her daughter.

Standing there in the middle of his empty apartment, he also couldn't look any sorrier. Sure, money is no object now, but that's not what's going to save Don. What will, if anything, remains to be seen.

How did you feel about the way Megan's return went down? And what do you think is going on with Don and Diana?

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