By Cynthia Littleton
I’m going to have to sleep on the “Mad Men” finale. The last two segs of this season were so unlike the final hours oflast season. I guess it would have been hard to top the emotional punch of the season three closers so they went in adifferent direction.
Like everyone else at Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce, I’m scratching my head at Don’s sudden nuptials, which were oneof two big reveals in the finale, “Tomorrowland,” penned by Jonathan Igla and Matthew Weiner and directed by Weiner.
I knew there was trouble brewing as soon as he recruited Megan as babysitter for his trip. But I didn’t anticipate this move, even though in hindsight was telegraphed with a neon sign through Anna’s bequest to Don of her engagement ring from the real Don Draper. I guess he took at as a sign from her that he should try to find someone who makes him happy, and Megan was the closest someone with a great figure and a pretty face. Hmmmm.
I should’ve known that he’d go and break my heart. After the opening scene I was really rooting for him to make it work with Faye, a woman strong enough to deal with his deep dark secret and to tell Don to his unshaven face “take your head out of the sand and resolve some of that.” But I did note that Don’s parting words to Faye in that scene,
“I’m going to miss you,” weren’t exactly full of fiery passion.
I expected Betty to be upset at the news of Don’s engagement, but I didn’t expect it to hit Peggy so hard. I suppose she’s thinking of her own status in the marriage department. And I think she got upset when Joan snarked that Don will probably make Megan a copywriter.
The scene between Don and Betty at the house was very good, for Jon Hamm and January Jones. You could feel Betty’s regret and sadness at the loss of the last vestige (other than the kids) of their life together, the house in Ossining. You could see it in the way she was charmed that Don still found his old stash of whisky tucked away in the kitchen cupboard. When she hands him the key and they walk in different directions out of the kitchen — that was probably the most emotional moment of the episode.