“THE OTHER WOMAN”
Let’s begin by me saying I am partially withholding information as I have known from a couple of spoilers that have been readily available to UK viewers of Mad Men on the channel that carries it, Sky Atlantic HD, about what is going to happen with a couple of characters this episode. Although I did not see a clip that is pretty integral to the plot, there was also a Radio Times preview summary of the episode there were many savvy UK viewers that each gave the in-depth description of said preview scene. As you can imagine nothing shown in that preview scene was available for us viewers in the ‘Next Week on Mad Men’ clip at all. Still with that information in the back of my mind, I am willing to decipher the clip without spoiling it.
Jaguar is still obviously in the game with Don giving a previous pep talk that this is essentially what SCDP is going to be working on for the remainder of the holidays through the New Year. But what to say about the preview clip?
Don looking out the window of his office just smoking a cigarette. Immediately it appears this in the same time frame as the next clip of Pete calling all of the senior and junior partners into a closed-door meeting in Pete’s office.
Judging by Don’s facial reaction to being asked to close the door, this looks very impromptu and perhaps involves the sensitive nature in the tactics of how to win the Jaguar account, according to Pete Campbell.
“You have to stop being afraid.”- Joan
Clearly she is serving as the office’s Lucy van Pelt and is giving Lane advice. Given that Lane forged Don’s signature on a check and that Joan was phased out of the partner meetings regarding the Christmas bonuses, perhaps she knows what is up. She has to know by the books that Lane’s push for bonuses even before the Mohawk Airlines account stalling was probably something that should not be on the table. Or he could be opening up to her on a personal matter. She does not seem mad at him but warm and encouraging so I think at first she does not know about the forgery or his very interesting math about the Christmas bonuses.
“Let’s stop playing games.”-Trudy Campbell
Uh-oh. Does Trudy know about Beth? Does she know at least something is up with her husband’s behavior recently? Is she tired of his persistence in looking for new clients which seems to border on stalker-ish by his own admission? This seems like a different kind of Trudy than we have ever seen, especially this season. Something is up and she is not taking Pete’s BS at all. Go Trudy!
“We want to know why you want to pull the ad?”-Ken Cosgrove
It appears Ken is talking over an inter-com at the SCDP offices. Is it a client or somebody within the company? Is it Jaguar or some other account that they cannot afford to have problems with at that point?
Peggy is there and I am sure as a part of creative who needs to know what was wrong with it to fix it and I guess it is good to see her on an account again after her work with both Mohawk under Ginsberg’s name got stalled and getting buried in Heinz beans. So even in what seems to be a bit of a distressing situation, Peggy is there with Ken and not physically near a client to strangle him for not liking the ad a la “Far Away Places” Peggy.
“He just came right out and said that?”- Bert Cooper
This seems to be the closed-door meeting in Pete’s office given that in the background of where Cooper is sitting, there appears to be a photo of Trudy.
Something seems to be going on with Jaguar where Pete has the most direct-line of communication than anybody else in the company so I am guessing he is the one giving this news. Bert sounds a bit surprised. What could it be? I do not think the account itself is in danger but there is something very specific that involves the account that was communicated to Pete about what the company needs to do to win the account.
A woman’s hands cover Don’s face who appears to have falling asleep and gets awakened.
Now given that this episode is called “The Other Woman”, everybody was guessing/fearing/theorizing that somebody in the office is having an affair and given the direction of the Calvet-Draper union, could Don possibly cheat again remains an interesting question. But this appears to be innocent.
You notice that he is at the SCDP office and that this Don is working overnight with creative. You can tell he is with creative because there are boxes of chinese food all over the table and we have already seen creative with Chinese and they are total night owls. I think it is Peggy covering his eyes to wake him. For her this has been her everyday life for months where work is her home. You notice somebody in the background there and I believe it is Ken (Ginsburg would have to have a fashion makeover and Stan’s linebacker build does not fit the description either) since he and Peggy are buds so he is also working late to fix the pitch or brainstorm the Jaguar account.
It could also be Megan surprising Don since the blouse does look a bit like the paisley number she had on for “Dark Shadows”. She could be getting out of class and visiting knowing that her husband is working late and quite possibly be giving him a ‘break’ with a little relaxation. **cue the train going into the tunnel and fade to black**
“A wife is like a Buick in the garage”- Megan Draper
Now people are speculating that could Megan already be so defeated by not getting any acting gigs that she could be giving him another pitch a la Heinz Beans.
But I just sense that this pitch will annoy her. In fact, I can probably finish the pitch she is reciting, “A wife is like a Buick in the garage. The Jaguar is like ‘the other woman’ you take on the road”, or something of that nature. That has to annoy her in my mind, giving that she knows the man she married. Unless she is trying to help him and what would make her husband happier than her helping him out like the Heinz pitch? Again, these two have the strangest aphrodisiacs. Babies, cleaning, breaking things, fixing things, and successful business pitches. Maybe these two can make it?
But a part of me loves that they are calling back a Roger Sterling neologism when he hit on Betty in the Draper home and when is confronted by Don he says, “Sometimes you park the car in the wrong garage” and that John Slattery and Jon Hamm both do car ads. So a callback and being meta. Love it.
But back to Megan saying this. She looks like she is in nightwear talking to Don before they go to sleep. Given their last advertising-related discussion went off like a led balloon, I think this could also lead to a bit of friction. It might not even be Don’s pitch but something he green-lit but Megan could easily see this as Betty Draper Poisonous Smog Monster level of passive aggression.
“What are you hoping I can do for you?”- Don Draper
The look on Don’s face makes me think, “This is a woman he is talking with!”. He would never talk like that to a guy. He has that stupid flirty smile on his face with that leading question. I believe he is in his office and that this is during his ‘living in the office’ night given he has on the same neck tie as the previous clip after being awoken. So I can easily see the woman who wakes him being Megan with him being surprised and they go into his office and then….. **cue train going into the tunnel and fade to black**
What Also in the Original Airing Promo:
Ken and Pete at a dinner together which can mean either Cynthia and Trudy are friends or they are at a client dinner. Guessing by their exchange, I believe it is the latter. Ken says, “Was that what I think it was?” to Pete’s “Yes it was!”. Pete’s uncomfortable smile means it is business. Lane also has a clip in the partners meeting where he gives a pep talk saying, “Go on!” That this fell on deaf ears in all likelihood could point to his little meeting with Joan. There is also Pete knocking on Joan’s door? Have we ever really seen those two interact? Hmm…
The Jaguar account will have conditions that I am not sure people will be comfortable with. Peggy may have some rescuing to do on an account that finally lets her out of her creative abyss. There is a photo of Don and Peggy with him appearing to look happy for her and she is not dressed like a Catholic school-girl so she appears to be dressed to impress so I am hoping Peggy is victorious in some fashion this episode.
Lane will not be found out and exposed… yet.
Pete will be in trouble with a lot of people.
Megan and Don will have some alone time in his office but she will be looking at the ads and be colored unimpressed by the message of the Jaguar ad and challenge Don on it.
Jaguar is never going to want to having their product on Mad Men ever again.
How did I do last week, you ask?
It was not Christmas but around early December/Pearl Harbor Day.
Megan did take Don to a play which insulted him and he made a jab at her for leaving the agency for being against advertising with him looking miserable and while their Christmas dinner was not ruined, we did have Megan’s sad spaghetti.
Harry is not leaving but we saw Paul again and I guess to see Kinsey again we needed more Harry. Whatever. Nobody saw that Krishna turn coming, however.
Very little Peggy this episode as the clip was her only scene discussing Paul’s fanfic… I mean spec script for Star Trek.
Nailed Joan’s relationship with Greg coming to a conclusion and that she would open up about it. It turned out to be Don.
Now Don and Joan did pose as a couple but nothing happened so I will not eat any hats but he did make that sardonic couple line to Pete. Don was talking about the bonuses but he wanted them withheld until the party but nobody is sure who he was talking about. Joan? Peggy? Megan?
Lane is in deep shit, indeed.