“I don’t care about your marriage, or your work, or any of that. As long as I know you’re with me.”
Whoa, Don Draper. You’d better have a flak jacket on underneath that tuxedo because you’re about to face incoming missiles from all sides: your wife, your lover and your professional family.
This was the rope-a-dope episode of “Mad Men,” one that meandered along with great character bits until just about halfway through when … wham! Betty hears the keys to Pandora’s Desk rattling around in the dryer and she unlocks more of a mystery that she ever bargained for. I love the way this mammoth plot development was played so randomly — what if she hadn’t done laundry that morning? — and without any hint (at least that I caught) that it was coming.
Leave to Don Draper to engender not one but two psycho femmes with cause to come after him with both guns blazing. I found the scenes between Don and his latest extramarital squeeze, school teacher Suzanne, to be kind of creepy, frankly. She’s nuts, folks, and it’s only a matter of time before it all spills out of her upstairs apartment and onto the sidewalks of Ossining and the halls of Sterling Cooper, for Betty and the neighbors and the office chipmunks to see.
At first as this episode unfolded I was having a little trouble buying the Suzanne-Don relationship, which we’re seeing in full bloom for the first time in this seg, “The Color Blue,” penned by Kater Gordon and Matthew Weiner and helmed by Michael Uppendahl. Suzanne’s a budding feminist, artsy/craftsy type who’s probably headed to Stonybrook or Haight-Ashbury in the next four years or so. What does she want with a married Mr. Establishment type (even one that handsome)? She oughta be dating Ken Cosgrove. But then I saw how they were hinting at her brewing discontent with the relationship and it made more sense.