Mad Men Recap: All about Megan’s lush francophone mother, Peggy’s half-proposal and yet more terrifying experiences for Sally!

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Last week was filled with bad times for couples, from Abe’s frustrations with workaholic Peggy to Don and Megan’s Howard Johnson row to the LSD-enhanced breakup of Roger and Jane. It was not a good day for love. This week, we finally get a peek at who created Megan: dad is a Marxist scholar while mom (played by Julia Ormand) is a glamorous lush. Just the kind of characters to put the fun in dysfunction…

Poor Sally… »


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When we see Glen in the opening scene we are…
So overjoyed! We’ve been waiting for the return of creepy Glen, and with him comes the promise of some amazing Sally hijinks. We learn so much from their convo: He’s at some sort of boys’ school (reform?), he’s going through a breakup and Sally and he are just buddies, not BFGF.

When Grandma Pauline trips and falls, all we can think is…
How if this happened today, we’d be watching: “Drunk lady who smells like toilets trips – hilarious!!!” on YouTube uploaded by SallySpoonful67. Judging by the similarity between the noises Pauline made and the subject in this video, we’d bet it’d be pageview-laden!

When Roger has drinks with his ex-wife Mona, we can’t help but wish…
There were a Real Housewives of Mad Men spin off with Mona. She’s got the tan, heavy makeup, sparkly dress and droll one-liners: “I thought you had married Jane because I had gotten old, then I realized it was because you had.”

When Sally lies and says Pauline tripped on one of Gene’s toys, what she’s really saying is…
Lying without blinking is still such a Sally thing to do. Can’t wait to see how her lying escalates when she hits the teen years: “Those aren’t my Quaaludes, they’re yours!”

When Pauline says: “Good night, animals” and then passes out, we’re thinking…
Don’t burn a hole in the “exquisitely decadent” carpet, please.

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When the guys say to Peggy about Abe: “He’s too good-looking for you,” what they’re really saying is…
We like your boyfriend, but we’re too macho to say that aloud.

When Megan and Don go to bed and he’s reading James Bond, all we can think is…
Jon Hamm would make a tantalizing James Bond. Later, when we see him in his tux, we feel all the more certain.

When we see Ginsberg in his new cardigan-and-tie combo, what we’re thinking is…
This guy is 45 years ahead of his time as the prototypical Brooklynite. He is also the kinder version of Robbie from Dirty Dancing.

When Roger and Don have a tête-à-tête about the American Cancer Society dinner, we see that…
Roger still loves the chase of charming new clients, while Don still sees himself as the popular girl that shouldn’t have to try hard to charm anyone.

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When Peggy shows up for dinner wrapped like a present and tied with a bow our reaction is to…
Physically recoil. Peggy wears five outfits this episode and all the others show her to lovely advantage. That grey dress with the red slash is so sophisticated, and the green and blue perfect-housewife dress for dinner with mom looks like something Michelle Obama would wear. This pink dress, on the other hand, is what we picture an eight-year-old Peggy imagined for her engagement dinner. But did an eight-year-old Peggy picture a guy asking her in his beat-up leather jacket and a serious case of flop sweat and actually not asking her to marry him at all?

When Raymond’s wife breaks up with Megan in the bathroom…
We can’t believe she used the “I hope we can still be friends” line. Later you can tell she really wants her husband to stay with SCDP so the double dates don’t have to end.

When Megan sets Don up to lure Heinz back by sacrificing her credit for the idea, and then they get frisky in a cab over their triumph, what we’re thinking is…
They’re like a pair of sexy secret agents working together, like Rollin Hand and Cinnamon Carter from Mission: Impossible completing the impossible mission of getting the beans back on board.

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When Peggy tells Joan about moving in with Abe, we’re grateful because…
Joan gives her approval and even makes it sound like a good thing. We love how Peggy cares what Joan thinks about her love life even though Joan’s marriage bit the dust. Are these two too old for a slumber party?

When Ken scolds Harry: “You weren’t even there!” We laugh because…
Oh, Harry. Even when he’s given only one line in an episode, it’s still at his expense.

When Peggy is excited for Megan, it’s very gracious and sweet, but it makes us wonder…
Why isn’t Megan happier? Is it because she’s wearing a weird dress-and-sweater combo that looks like it’s made of two of the itchiest fabrics every created? Let’s hope so.

When the girls come back from shopping, all we can think is…
Megan looks like a Balenciaga model in her plaid coat and black cap.

When Sally comes out dressed like she’s a mini Nancy Sinatra, we’re wondering…
Did she borrow those boots from her mom after she played Emma Frost in X-Men: First Class?

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When Roger tells Sally who everyone is and makes her his co-conspirator/card carrier…
We couldn’t love him any more and in 10 years will we see Roger hitting on Sally?

When Pete smarms Megan’s parents we see…
That he is actually pretty amazing at his job. But isn’t it odd that the only person who makes Emile laugh this whole trip is Pete Campbell? Shudder.

When Katherine tells Peggy to get cats if she’s lonely, what she’s really saying is…
“Cats won’t break your heart.”

When Roger zeroes in on Megan’s mother and she tells him she thinks he is full of life and ambition, all we can think is…
No one can resist Roger. We’re surprised he didn’t tell Marie about his LSD trip to impress her, though.

When Sally sees Roger getting serviced by Marie, we think…
Poor Sally’s all tipsy on Shirley Temples and now knows how most men expect a night out should end.

When Glen answers the phone in just a parka and Sally sums up life so well, all we can think is…
Sally’s memoir is going to be so great someday.

Mad Men airs Sundays at 10 p.m. on AMC. Tune in next week when Sally gets a velvet catsuit to wear with her white boots and insists everyone call her Sally Peel.