Last night we saw a mostly procedural episode, as the bow string was drawn back for the events we're all expecting around November 22, 1963.
Don's philosophy as he talks to Miss Farrell, is that it doesn't matter if what you see as blue and what I see as blue are the same, only that if everyone agrees to see the same thing, he can work with it. How fitting considering that he is holding on to a shared fantasy of his life. He sees himself as Don Draper, and so does everyone else, so all is well...
except Betty's found out about Dick Whitman and Anna Draper. She doesn't know what she's found and that makes things worse. She becomes increasingly more blue, submersing her misery in the bathtub (in the blue bathroom) and finally going to Don's crowning night in a lovely blue dress. Except I couldn't help noticing that the bathroom was turquoise and the dress was aqua; of course if we all agree it's blue, all the better.
In the meantime it looks like Sterling Cooper is for sale again, Bert Cooper's tired of it all, and Roger has to put on a smiling face as he crowns Don the upcoming prince of the new company. Pryce doesn't know what to do and in the meantime, Kinsey struggles because he had a great idea and lost it.
I didn't get a lot of deep meaning out of this one, I'll admit, because I think that a lot of plot points needed tending if they're to be ready for the season finale in three weeks. Don needs to figure out what he'll do with Miss Farrell, and there's the question of what will become of her brother.
He's got to talk to Betty about his past, and I hope he's just honest with her: He had a terrible youth and woke up to an opportunity to start life fresh with a dead man's name. The dead man was married and his wife understood, and was happy to grant a divorce so the new Don Draper could marry the woman he loves.
In the meantime, is Peggy still sleeping with Duck? Did Sal survive the night in the park? What will become of Joan? Will Pete ever be kind to his wife? Will Bert ever retire? Will Hilton stay with the agency? What will Roger's daughter do when her wedding is overshadowed by a nation's mourning?
The answers are racing toward us so quickly, they seem to have a blue shift.
Edited by Stuart Sweet, 19 October 2009 - 08:05 AM.