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Lady Lazarus 

TV-14 | | Drama | Episode aired 6 May 2012
Megan convinces Don that she should give up her job at the firm so that she can pursue a career on Broadway, while Peter has a fling with an acquaintance's wife.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Betty Francis (credit only)
Lane Pryce (credit only)
Sally Draper (credit only)
Henry Francis (credit only)
Bertram Cooper (credit only)


Megan has been lying to her colleagues, including Don, about her whereabouts at certain times of the day. She is caught in the lie by both Don and Peggy. She is able to make up a credible enough excuse to Don, but Peggy confronts her on it. Based on that discussion, Megan decides to come clean to Don about what she's been doing. Don's reaction surprises her, which leads to a major change at SCDP. But Don's true reaction may actually be closer to what she had anticipated based on an encounter Don has with Peggy. Meanwhile, Pete is still feeling more fulfilled at work as clients, without even having met him, are giving him gifts. But he is feeling more and more restless at home, especially after he learns that his train commuting colleague Howard Dawes has embarked on an affair in the city. Taking a cue from Howard and given the opportunity, Pete embarks on a wannabe affair of his own, the "wannabe" part based on the insecurities of the other party. Written by Huggo

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Did You Know?


Don summons an elevator, but the doors open to reveal only the abyss of an empty shaft. In a June 2012 interview with the New York Times, Matthew Weiner seems to imply that this was an actual malfunction on the set that was retained or recreated for the finished scene. ("In my mind, that actually happened. The elevator wasn't there, which we know happens all the time. I thought that was an amazing cinematic representation of his emotional state.") But this reading might be taken out of context; Weiner may simply have been restating a simile with doors he drew for a just-prior question about Pete Campbell. At any rate, the empty elevator shaft fits with the death imagery that is sprinkled throughout the show and also symbolizes the new void of Megan's departure (per same interview). See more »


Pete asks Beth to meet him at the Hotel Pennsylvania. The Hotel Pennsylvania (the hotel's original name) operated as The Statler Hilton during this time. It was not until 1992, after several change-of-hands, that the hotel was renamed to its original name, Hotel Pennsylvania. See more »


Peggy Olson: That takes a lot of guts.
Michael Ginsberg: I'll tell you what takes guts: never having money for lunch. She owes me, like, $15 at this point. What am I gonna do - ask Don? Call her? I think it's clear why she left.
Peggy Olson: That's not why.
Michael Ginsberg: Well, why?
Stan Rizzo: Come on, reality got her. You work your ass off for months, bite your nails - for what? Heinz Baked Beans.
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References A Hard Day's Night (1964) See more »


Tomorrow Never Knows
Written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney
Performed by The Beatles
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Acting, Beatles, and Campbell the Want-to-be-Draper
8 May 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Let's have a show of hands of people that assumed Megan was cheating on Don at the start of this episode. I'm going to assume the majority of you raised your hands. And why not? It is not like Megan's behavior is something foreign to "Mad Men." We have seen Don act this way dozens of times when he was cheating around on Betty in the earlier seasons. And with that said, Don had it coming to be cheated on, don't you think?

Well, in a way, Megan was cheating on Don, just not in the usual, sexual way. Taking acting auditions behind Don's back, Megan slowly started crawling back to her first passion. And suddenly, the last few weeks has started to make a little more sense. This is why Megan was so upset when she landed the Heinz account. This is why she snapped so quick on Don when they visited the Howard Johnson. Megan was not happy with her job at Sterling/Cooper/Draper/Pryce. Maybe it took her father reminding her to realize it, but Megan truly wants to be an actress.

And it makes some sense. This is what Megan was pursuing prior to working at SCDP. She has an undying love for acting…and drama, obviously. And most of all, she seems to be pretty talented. Sure we never get a glimpse of her auditions, but as she acts out an ad back and forth with Don, we can tell that she may in fact have some acting chops.

What is incredible about Megan's decision to confess this to Don is that Don has such a welcoming reaction to it. If you remember, Betty gave up her modeling career when she married Don and started a family with him. But things are different with Megan. Once again backing Don's comment to Pete several episodes ago, Don may have never been a cheating scum bag husband if he had met Megan first. He seems to truly care for her and is willing to make sacrifices for her.

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