In “Mad Men” Season 4 Episode 13 “Tomorrowland,” it has been 10 weeks since new business has been signed up at the firm, and things are getting a little dicey. And Don Draper is having his usual problems with Betty.
The meeting with the American Cancer Society went well enough for there to be another meeting. And since heads of corporations sit on the board, there is every possibility of new business aside from the PSAs the firm will likely cut.
While Betty and Frank move, Don is supposed to take the kids to California with him on a business trip. They’ll play in the pool while he does business. There will be a day or two at Disneyland. The hitch comes when Betty, in one of her usual fits of pique, fires the housekeeper whom Don was depending on to help watch the kids.
So Don is forced to ask his secretary, Megan, for assistance. This turns out to be one of those life changing moves.
Meanwhile, quite by accident, Peggy finds out that a panty hose company is very unhappy with its current advertising firm and is desperate to make a change. Peggy and Crane pounce, slapping together a proposal on the fly.
The trip to California turns out better than anyone could expect. Megan, asides from being lovely, gracious, and smart, is not only good with the kids but also speaks French, her being French, it seems. In between business meetings, Disneyland, settling Dick Whitman’s affairs, Don falls in love. Megan, who is staying in the next room, has all the more willing to help ease tensions after a hard day.
And so Don Draper goes on bended knee (figuratively) and asks Megan to marry him. Poor woman, not knowing what she is getting into, says yes.
In the meantime, Peggy and Crane get the panty hose contract. It is a quarter of a million dollar account, and is the first new business the firm has had in weeks. Indeed, Peggy has saved the firm.
Mind, this is all overshadowed by Don and Megan announcing their upcoming nuptials. Peggy is somewhat deflated and commiserates with Joan, who has been given a shiny new title that, alas, does not come with any shiny new lucre. The lot of the professional woman in 1965 America.
Now comes the awkward part. There is the awkward phone call to Faye, who does not take the news of being dumped well. She accuses Don of only liking beginnings. The idea of Don having no follow-through when it comes to women is a shrewd one, something that Megan may learn to her cost.
Then Betty has to be told. Even though this news makes her even more unhappy, she has to accept it with good grace.
And thus ends the 1965 season for “Mad Men.” Until next summer.
Source: Mad Men, Tomorrowland, TV.Rage