Mad Men Recap: Pete, Megan and Rory from Gilmore Girls all “just taste it!” Meanwhile, The Beatles’ Revolver has us thinking deep thoughts

Whenever they do the “last time on Mad Men” at the beginning of the episode I try to predict whom the episode will be about. This one hinted at another Pete-centric hour, and did not disappoint—he’s certainly taking the tailspin reigns from Don this season. Last week we only had a glimpse of Pete when he charmed Megan’s dad, otherwise we were treated to Roger charming his date Sally only to cheat on her (all too adultly and adulterously) with Megan’s mom, Megan and Don winning back Heinz and Abe and Peggy taking a leap of faith and living in sin. What sins will we see this week?

All the sinners’ sins after the jump! »


When Pete asks Howard the adulterer: “aren’t you worried you’re going to get caught?” What he’s really saying is…
“I don’t want to get caught either when I eventually get an apartment/mistress downtown.” Little does Pete know that the answer is much simpler: don’t get a mistress in the city, get one that lives in the suburbs. No apartment necessary.

When the Chevalier Blanc exec says he wants music that evokes: “the chaos and the fun, that sort of adolescent joy” of The Beatles, what Don is really thinking is…
“I better not have to go to another rock concert with Harry.”

When Roger offers Pete skis as an account perk/peace offering, what we’re really wishing is…
Roger could handle the head account and spend a weekend flirting with ski bunnies in Aspen in a future episode. We’re sure he’d make some excellent Swiss Miss jokes in the lodge and his beautiful snowy white mane would look excellent windblown on the slopes.

When Peggy asks Pete: “Are you a really good skier, like famous?” What we we’re thinking is…
For Peggy, that’s some pretty decent humour.

When Pete meets Beth (a.k.a. Rory from Gilmore Girls) in the parking lot what we’re thinking is…
That headscarf totally says, “drive me home and do me.” Also, why is Howard’s wife not way, way older?

When Peggy lets slip Megan’s lie to Don when he calls, what we really think is…
Megan is in the East Village singing “Zou Bisou Bisou” in a secret lounge act.

When Peggy yells “Pizza House” in a Chinese accent when Don calls again, what we’re wondering is…
Where is Peggy getting her pizza from, Mickey Rooney in Breakfast at Tiffany’s?

When Pete stares deep into Beth’s eyes and says: ”I’m listening to every word you say.” What he’s really saying is…
“I tell people what they want to hear for a living.”

When Peggy gives Megan the side eye in the bathroom and the two have it out, what we’re thinking is…
Why aren’t there more girl talks and arguments in the SCDP bathroom? Prime gossip space! Also, with no more Megan at the office, we wonder if Don’s communication issues will get all the more precarious.

When Megan and Don do their Cool Whip bit in the meeting, what we’re thinking is…
“Just taste it!” “Just make out!”

When Megan wakes Don to tell him she misses acting and he tells her it’s okay to resign, what we’re thinking is…
Megan is smart to wake him up and have this conversation. He’s too dazed to put up his walls and has a real talk with her. We love his line: “Sweetheart, sometimes we don’t get to choose where our talents lie”—it is such a gentle way to say, you may not be a great actress but you’re great at advertising and while that’s not your choice, you shouldn’t ignore it.

When Joan asks Don about Megan’s resignation: “She’s not disappearing is she?” What she’s really asking is…
“Are you guys breaking up?” Side note: We also see that it must be October as there’s Halloween decorations on the wall by her office. Dear Matthew Weiner, please show Sally trick or treating in a wildly inappropriate outfit next week.

When Ginsberg asks Megan about whether they give actresses clothes and shoes to wear, what he’s really thinking is…
“Please don’t let me have a Harry-esque slipup before she leaves.” Also “My hands are clammy.”

When Harry updates Pete on Megan leaving and Pete goes off on a melancholic tirade, what he’s really asking is…
“Do they make a Hallmark card for how you feel when the wife of the guy you ride the train with has sex with you and then doesn’t want to see you again and all you can think about is the weird thing she said about your eyes and the earth from space and how you feel insignificant?”

When Don looks down into the empty elevator shaft, what we wonder is…
Is Matthew Weiner trying to make his promos come true? Be afraid Don.

When Ken dances in the office to “September in the Rain,” what we’re thinking is…
Ken dances like the sci-fi–loving square that he is. And why is Stan torturing us by not dancing? He knows we know he’d look great jiving out in his tight pants and shirt (that have all gone long sleeve since it’s fall). Stan, you tease.

When Peggy says to Joan about Megan: “I think she’s good at everything. I think she’s just one of those girls.” What we’re thinking is…
It’s not so much that we think Peggy is jealous, just maybe a turtle who is a little fed up with the hares running circles around her in the office rat race.

When Pete shows up for dinner and Beth’s face is like a trapped bird when she sees him, what we worry is…
Could Pete be really smitten with Beth and her damsel in distress act? Is it just the thrill of the chase or should we worry that our favourite caftan-wearing, motivational speech-giving housewife could be in for some future heartbreak?

When Phil from Cool Whip (a.k.a. Mr. Belding from Saved by the Bell) is bummed there’ll be no witty husband-and-wife banter, what we’re thinking is…
We get it, Phil. Peggy is no Megan in the acting department, she’s not even a Jessie Spano. If they were smart they would’ve brought in Joan to fill the gap, she pretty much is the human equivalent of dessert.

When Peggy gives it back to a frustrated Don and stands up for herself, what we’re thinking is…
Sure Don is having the argument he wants to be having with Megan with Peggy, but we’d kind of rather him have it with her than Megan because they’re getting along so well right now. Sorry Peggy.

When Megan gives Don The Beatles’ Revolver album before heading to class all we can imagine is…
Don and Megan going to India with The Beatles and their ladies to study some Transcendental Meditation. They could even inspire The White Album song “Why Don’t We Do It On The Road” after Don tells the group about him and Megan having sex after Pete’s dinner party. After the trip (we mean that in both senses of the word), Don comes back to SCDP with a beard and shaggy hair and pitches a Cool Whip commercial where hippies are tripping out and floating on clouds made of the non-dairy dessert to the tune of “Tomorrow Never Knows”: “Turn off your mind, relax and float downstream. It’s not whipped cream, it’s not whipped cream.”

When the montage plays to that very same Beatles song all we can think in rapid fire is…
Don really loves relaxing in that chair. No more Megan means all the more pot for Stan and Peggy! Do we want Pete to get Beth? Do we feel sorry for Beth, or is Beth unlikeable? Is Megan taking method-acting lessons from Lee Strasberg at the Actors Studio with future famous people? How could Don not love The Beatles? Maybe he just doesn’t know how to turn off his mind and relax?

Mad Men airs Sundays at 10 p.m. on AMC. Tune in next week when Don attempts to get better at French and embrace new music by listening to the Barbra Streisand album Je m’appelle Barbra, on repeat.