Mad Men: Season 5, Episode 8

Lady Lazarus (6 May 2012)

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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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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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Pete asks Beth to meet him at the Hotel Pennsylvania. The Hotel Pennsylvania was actually the Statler Hilton during this time, and in Season 3 while Don manages advertising for Conrad Hilton, Conrad explains that he wants Don to handle advertising for New York's three Hiltons, including the Statler. See more »

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Don is given the Beatles' "Revolver" LP by his wife to broaden his musical knowledge. He puts it on the turntable and places the tone arm at the start of the LP. The song that comes out of the gramophone is "Tomorrow Never Knows", the final track on the LP. See more »

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Peggy Olson: [On the phone] Hello.
Don Draper: It's me. Is Megan there?
Peggy Olson: Isn't she with you?
Don Draper: Yes, we're playing a hilarious joke on you.
Peggy Olson: She left a while ago to meet you at the restaurant.
Don Draper: When?
Peggy Olson: I don't know, after you called.
Don Draper: I didn't call.
Peggy Olson: Oh. Well, she must be at home.
Don Draper: I'm at home.
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References Candid Camera (1960) See more »

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September In The Rain
Written by Harry Warren and Al Dubin
Performed by The Wedgewoods
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tomorrow never knows
26 August 2015 | by (hiding under my seat) – See all my reviews

All I know is the closing montage to The Beatles' "Tomorrow Never Knows" is Mad Men at its zenith. I go back again and again to watch this sequence on YouTube because it puts chills down my back every time. There's so much poetic detail, all so subtly done, but to give one example, when Alexis Biedel (as Beth Dawes) draws a heart in the condensation of the car window, rolls it down, then back up again and everything is wiped clean, it's a crushing premonition of what is to come in her story. It's fitting that they put it all to the greatest recording the Beatles ever made.

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