"Tomorrowland" is an extremely appropriate title for the season finale of Mad Men — and not just because Don is taking his kids to Disneyland. It's also an indicator of Don's newfound optimism, as he looks ahead to the future with rose-colored glasses (he even does a cannonball into the pool!). The reason for his sunny disposition? Love. And the decision he makes as a result is jaw-dropping.
Don's not the only one thinking good thoughts; things are getting better for Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce as well. I can't really divulge much about the episode without giving away spoilers, but allow me to say this: the finale is a nice close to an already fantastic season. For details about the biggest shockers of the evening, just read more.
- Meet Mrs. Draper No. 3: Is Don a hopeless romantic? He takes the kids on a business trip to California (they can see Disneyland; he can attend meetings), but unfortunately, Carla can't help babysit (more on that later). So in her place, Don asks Megan. She quickly becomes (as Don notes) a regular Maria von Trapp, even teaching the children to sing in French. Don gets so swept up in it that he proposes to Megan, and she says yes! It's no wonder Don's smitten; Megan is basically the anti-Betty. She tells Don that she could never be an actress because of her teeth (Betty was a picture-perfect model), and when the kids spill a milkshake, Megan just shrugs off the accident, whereas Betty would've had a conniption. But poor Faye. When Don and his new fiancée return to New York, he breaks the news to Faye over the phone. I like Megan, but she's just another woman who doesn't know the truth about Don's identity. Megan tells him what he wants to hear, but at least Faye told him what he needed to hear.
- New business: When a model gives Peggy a tip about a pantyhose manufacturer that's not happy with its ad campaign, she swoops in to claim the client for Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce. She goes with Ken Cosgrove to the company to pitch them ideas and lands the first client since the Lucky Strike debacle. Her win is unfortunately overshadowed by Don's engagement news, which makes Peggy vent to Joan. First the CLIO award; now this. It's just one more incident where Don's stolen Peggy's limelight.
- You're fired! Betty is on the rampage after Glen shows up to bid farewell to Sally before the family's move. Carla takes the blame for Glen's visit, and Betty retorts by letting the nanny go. Not to worry, because Carla is perfectly capable of defending herself. She gets in a jab before she leaves, telling Betty "someone has to watch the children." Ouch. And Glen gets in a hit too, saying "Just 'cause you're sad, doesn't mean everyone has to be." Hurts to hear the truth, doesn't it, Betty?
- Lovers quarrel: Henry lets Betty have it after she fires Carla. She argues, telling him he's not on her side, to which he replies, "No one is ever on your side, Betty." The two have their first truly serious fight, and Betty is finally coming to the realization that her new life isn't so perfect. In fact, she seems to start longing for her old life with Don. When he comes to the house to meet the Realtor, Betty "happens" to be in the kitchen to have one last drink with her ex, confessing to him that things aren't doing so great. He responds by telling her about his engagement. Betty may have been looking for a reconciliation, but Don definitely puts the kibosh on that.
- Baby on board: I knew it! Joan walks into Pryce's office, where he announces that she's being promoted to Director of Agency Operations (just a title change, not a wage increase, unfortunately). But that's not the big news. She's also sporting a stomach bulge that definitely isn't just a lunch bump. She later calls Greg on the phone, and he mentions a baby. Looks like Joan decided to keep Roger's child after all, but either Greg can't do math, or Joan is lying to him about how far along she is. She's visibly upset by Don's news of his engagement; not only has he stolen her promotion thunder, but he's also marrying his secretary, which brings out Joan's own animosity toward Roger. Speaking of Roger, I'm curious to see how he reacts when Joan's baby arrives.
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