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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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6 May 2012 (USA)  »

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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: [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 A Hard Day's Night (1964) See more »


A Beautiful Mine
Written by RJD2
Performed by RJD2
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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.

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

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