This episode could have been called "Females in Fear." It seemed like the theme this episode was violence against women and women being frightened. I gasped and cried out loud when Don had his fever dream of killing the persistent floozy and said out loud "is this a dream?" It wasn't lost on me that having strangled her like Speck did with his victims, he stuffed her under the bed in a manner similar to that in which Speck's one victim managed to escape; and then of couse the next scene showed Sally hidden under a piece of furniture in exactly the same way.
A second viewing turned up even more examples of men and situations that can go either way (other than the mystery date, the sleeping father, the ex-hookup [Don] and the murderer.)
Even in the elevator Don says to Megan "stand over there if you think you'll be safer." And Stan putting the pantyhose over his face in this season's best attacker fashion right before showing such avid interest in the murder scene pics, ick.
He Hit Me And It Felt Like a Kiss over the credits was just perfect.
There were a lot of frightened women in this episode, and a lot of sleeping or disturbed nights: Dawn sleeping at the office because she was afraid to go home on the subway; Sally unable to sleep because she read about the murdered nurses; Pauline staying up with her sharp "burgular alarm" and getting a fright whennSally crept up one her; Peggy hearing noises in the darkened office and getting freaked. Cinderella was scared by her -heh- mystery "date"/pursuer while Sleeping Beauty is rejected as ad material. And batty Grandma's rumination on discipline showed that she must have been in constant fear of her father even when he
was apparently asleep. Oh, yeah, and satisfyingly, Joan finally called Dr. Rapist on "you know what I'm talking about," but even then it ended with her lying on the bed but being unable to sleep, despite saying earlier "I barely slept at all" (that night.)
The women don't get to sleep much, even in the dead of night, but the men do, even in the office (Don, Roger.)
Edited by Libby1975, Apr 9, 2012 @ 12:18 AM.