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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Did You Know?


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 »


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 Candid Camera (1960) See more »


Tomorrow Never Knows
Written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney
Performed by The Beatles
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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.

That's all I have to say but IMDb demands 10 lines of text, so here you go.

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