Mad Men 7.4 and 7.5 – Sometimes Your Wife Suggests a Threesome

Jim Cutler (Harry Hamlin) and Lou Avery (Allan Havey) in Episode 5 Photo by Michael Yarish/AMC

Jim Cutler (Harry Hamlin) and Lou Avery (Allan Havey) in Episode 5
Photo by Michael Yarish/AMC

Last week (The Monolith) and this week (The Runaways), the dominant emotion was fear, mainly fear of being not needed.

The Computer (aka the Monolith) threatens to wipe out the creativity of the office and eliminate jobs. Marigold (formerly Margaret) no longer needs her parents, husband or son to be “happy.” Peggy is afraid of not being respected enough, especially now that she got a major raise and Don has to report to her.

Don is afraid that his greatness has been forgotten even though he sits in an office that wouldn’t exist if it wasn’t for him.

This week, Don realizes his wife no longer needs him. She has a whole life in LA that doesn’t include him. She throws great parties, dances sexily with a man in a way that reminds me of her Zou Bizou dance she did with Don a few years ago. Then she co-opts her friend into a threesome with Don. From their behaviour it appears that this is not the first time they’ve done this. AND, it appears that Megan and Amy are very comfortable together in a way that suggests that Megan may not even need a man in her life to be, er, satisfied. So she really doesn’t need Don at all, and hell – she doesn’t need any long lost semi-nieces from Don/Dick’s past showing up and bragging about how much she knows about his past, and making Megan feel like she doesn’t know him as well. Who needs that? That prego beotch can leave any time.

Holy shocker – Ginsberg cut off his own nipple as a token of love/I’m not gay even though the Computer is trying to make me gay. I’m sure Peggy’s noticed his mental illness since the beginning and hoped his creativity would be more obvious than his illness. I don’t know how else she could have reacted to that. He’s not a Miss Blankenship that you can throw an afghan over and wheel down the hall.

I too – like Ginsberg – was surprised to see Jim Cutler and Lou Avery talking in the Computer room – and wearing such odd clothes! Cutler was wearing a suit in the same colour as Avery’s cardigan. And Avery was wearing a weird green sport coat. Maybe these are their weekend clothes? It’s like seeing your teacher outside of school in jeans. What on earth could they be talking about? I get Ginsberg’s homosexual suspicions. Cutler’s always been more interested than usual in Bob Benson and Ted Chaugh than he needed to be. But Avery? Never in a million years.

Betty – thinking she can run for office. I suppose the 60’s was the start of women doing just that so it’s not a new idea. Plus her friends are all getting jobs. Maybe she’s tired of being part of the “dynamic duo” as Sally called it.

Holy balls on Don! Can’t believe he showed up uninvited to a client meeting with the cigarette company, putting it all on the table and offering to step down if need be. He certainly showed Cutler and Avery that he wasn’t a lame duck. Hey…I’m trying to remember….was the “gay” Computer room scene with those two before or after Don’s impromptu drop in? I think it was after. They want Don gone so it makes sense that they would conspire to do so. I have to watch it again.

Finally – things are heating up on Mad Men!

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