Originally Posted by gwsat
Although Greg's decision to volunteer to spend another year in Viet Nam was an admirable one, at least by 1966 standards, he handled it miserably. The guy was such an entitled, self-centered a**hole, he didn't understand that such a decision was a family matter, which required consultation with Joanie. Sheesh, what a twerp!
I wondered last season if we would ever see Greg again, thinking he might not make it back from Vietnam. I was wrong about that. In any event, I suspect either we've seen the last of Greg because Joanie won't have him back, or we'll see him only briefly to visit the baby whom he believes is his.
I watched Episode 3 again today with my grandson and am now convinced that the murder scene was Don's fever induced hallucination, not the real thing. First, Don Draper of all people would never leave a door unlocked in a New York City apartment. Second, at the end of Don's dream Andrea's leg was sticking out from under the bed but was no longer in sight the next morning. Finally, Don's wife came home within an hour or so after Andrea left and spent the night in bed with Don. Works for me.
I think the entire encounter, apart from bumping into her in the elevator at work, was a fever dream. In other words, Don's old flame never even showed up on his doorstep. He didn't actually turn her away the first time or kill her the second time because she was never there at all.
Take a look at this interesting article on Slate from Friday that discusses how a clever viewer noticed they used backwards footage, a la David Lynch, of Don getting out of bed to answer the doorbell when she first "arrives," to subtly suggest this was a dream. You also see the same footage in correct sequence after Don supposedly throws her out the back door. The extreme consequence from the second encounter in context suggests at least that Don was dreaming her return visit, and this backwards footage suggests that no visit at all took place outside his fever dream. (Am I the only one who watched the choking scene and was reminded of McMurphy strangling Nurse Ratched in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest?)http://www.slate.com/blogs/browbeat/...wpisrc=nextbox