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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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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Pete Campbell and Beth Dawes begin an affair during this episode. Vincent Kartheiser and Alexis Bledel, who play Campbell and Dawes respectively, would start dating after this and eventually marry in June 2014. 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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You Can Be Late for 5.8 **1/2
6 May 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Very disappointing episode here.

Megan gets the acting bug back and quits the agency to pursue her dream. Don, as always, is the loving husband who is quite gracious about this.

The demonstrations showing the Cool Whip commercial ad with and without Megan's presence was inane to say the least.

The episode also deals with infidelity when one guy sleeps with his train friend's wife. Are all executives subject to this kind of behavior? The whole thing was utterly ridiculous to say the least.

The writing for this episode was choppy at best. There was little to no excitement as I looked at my watch in anticipation of this bad episode to be over and done with.

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