which only confirms my original opinion about Megan. She might not do it maliciously, but she's an opportunist and a user.
This is a quote from one of my posts on the episode thread. NewYawk
posted a disagreement. I thought I'd expand on that over here.
As I said, I don't think Megan is necessarily malicious. But I think she embodies the season's theme of "every man for himself". She's opportunistic and IMO very conniving and a manipulator.
The old saying goes "it's just as easy to fall in love with a rich man as a poor one" and I can almost hear MME Calvet telling that to Megan as she got ready to launch herself into New York. If you look like Megan, I imagine you have no shortage of men wanting to date you. Yet she comes to SCDP apparently unattached. She worked there for....6 months?..more?..before becoming Don's secretary. Even by the time she was assigned to his desk, she had to have a sense of how erratic and moody he was. The secretaries gossip. I'm sure she knew a lot of his backstory (well, the public part of it, anyway).
So she knows he's a womanizer and now a divorced man. And knowing all of this, she makes a play for him anyway, late at night in the office when they are alone. She puts forth an "interest" in copywriting, yet when Don goes into mentor/teacher mode, she puts her hand on his arm and makes it clear she's not there for the education. And Don, remembering the disaster that was Allison, actually resists at first. Yet she picks up on this cue and she assures him that she won't get emotionally involved.
Yet, she totally contradicted herself weeks later when they went to CA by telling him it's all she thought about. And she systematically auditioned for the part of Mrs. Don Draper...and landed it.
So when S5 opens, we find they are married and he has elevated her to copywriter. Megan may or may not have a huge interest in the job, she may be on the fence, she may be just playing along. We really don't know. But it's quickly obvious to her that if she's going to stay married to this man (to whom she perhaps did fall in love, because as MME Calvet says...), she's going to have to actively manage him and his dark side to make sure that all the emotional and verbal abuse he dished out to Betty, did not come her way. And she has to play the part of his mistress to keep him interested so he doesn't stray.
But Don's never a guy to do anything halfway so it's also quickly obvious to Megan that the guy insanely NEEDS her..to the point where he wants her at work and at home with him...24/7. At first, it's annoying to her that he won't even leave her alone at work to try to learn/do the job. That comes to a head in Far Away Places. Then she hits a lucky note with the Heinz business and she and Don tag-team to save the account and OH MY!!!! does that make Don Draper hot for her! So if you're Megan now you're thinking "shit, I am really trapped in 24/7 with this guy...he wants to be a professional power couple and of course totally entwined with me at home. When do I just get to be ME?"
Between those thoughts that could have been running through her head and her father's lecture, Megan sees a way to regain some independence and space from Don. And pursue something that she dabbled at before, but could not make a living supporting herself. It might be "all she wanted to do since she was a little girl" or she might again be putting on a good act for Don. I think Megan's enough of a realist to know that very few succeed in acting but now, with Don supporting her, she has a chance to play at it again..maybe have some success...and most importantly, GET SOME SPACE from Don.
I don't blame her for wanting space. I would find it suffocating married to the guy the way he is now. But this just might be the point where Megan makes her most strategic error. Don is adrift without Megan by his side 24/7. Whether he adjusts or falls into the void remains to be seen.
Also remaining to be seen is how Megan reacts to her newfound independence and how that affects the marriage from her point of view.
Does she love Don? Probably, on many levels. The guy is movie-star handsome, rich and powerful and most of the time, treats her very well. But it's got to be exhausting to stay 2 steps ahead of his dark side and to have to know you must manage that every day or it will eat you alive.