After last week's "Mad Men
" stumbled a bit by grappling with a major historical event, "For Immediate Release" rebounded in high style to deliver the season's most thrilling, entertaining and finest hour yet.
Opening with the possibility of Scdp going public and ending with a merger between Scdp and Ted
Chaough's Cgc -- yes, folks, Peggy and Don are co-workers again -- this was a hour packed with bombshells (Pete catches his stepfather at a whorehouse!), explosions (Joan's fury over Don dumping the Jaguar account) and killer one-liners (did we mention Julia Ormond
's return as Megan's mother?).
There was so much hot-blooded ad agency action, Don didn't even have time to reflect on how miserable he is ... on the inside.
[Note: In the spirit of showrunner Matthew Weiner declaring that this season is about Dr. Arnold Rosen telling Don, "People will do anything to alleviate their anxiety," we're tracking the happiness of key characters week by week.]
The "Mad Men
" happiness index, week five:
1) Don (last week, #8): From the very start, "Mad Men
" has been a show driven by Don Draper's unhappiness, but if there's