Originally Posted by scowl
I'm still bugged by the inconsistency of the characters this season. Last episode Don and Megan acted like spoiled children which led to a violent argument. Now they're the power couple reading each other minds, acting like they're perfect for each other as if it had Don had never left her in a HoJo's parking lot. The whole argument last episode was pointless.
I disagree. The point of last episode was for Don to realize that he needs to get back to work. The purpose of this episode seemed to be showing him how that can be rewarding from both a work and marriage perspective... before it's dashed on the rocks at the very end.
This episode seemed like a classic example of the idea that, when you're winning, nothing's wrong. And then comes the fall.
Pete got pummeled and humiliated by his coworkers but now his face is fine and he's back doing his job as if it had never happened, so the incident was pointless.
I agree a little bit here, but the reality is we've seen Pete for maybe 3 minutes of screen time since he broke down in the elevator. And I think the reality is that the fight was never going to have consequences. It was just a way to let off some excess steam. The office is and has always been a boys' club/fraternity, so it's not surprising they wouldn't give a lot of attention to something as insignificant as a harmless fight.
The show is having dramatic individual episodes but it's just resetting characters for the next episode. The only characters that are developing are Megan who is now suddenly a genius copywriter and Sally who is being traumatized every time she's in an episode.
I don't think "suddenly" is an accurate characterization. The implication all season has been that Megan is good at her job, but Don would rather she play housewife than be a member of the team. This was just her finally breaking through.
It's like the show has ended Peggy's story as being the focus of the new generation of advertising talent and it's now retelling the same story with Megan. It's like watching the first season again except Peggy's story was more interesting.
I agree that Peggy has taken a back seat. I don't think one episode where Megan has success means we're retelling the same story. The ending seemed to indicate that Megan doesn't really like her job, and that Don can never enjoy the success he once had.