Since so much of the episode dialogue and almost all of the Megan thread talks about the Drapers relationship, I asked the mods if it made sense to start a Don and Megan thread.
So to start things off:
We seem to see Megan strictly through Don's lens and her one-dimensionality is a big topic of discussion in the Megan thread.
But more and more, we are seeing a blurring of professional and personal lines in Don and Megan's relationship and it's putting stress on the marriage.
From the Megan thread:
The discussion in the episode thread has touched on how Don and Megan are blurring the personal/professional lines in their relationship and how that affects them. But they are also starting to touch on the timing of the wedding and when Megan was made a copywriter, etc., so I thought I'd bring my thoughts on that over here.
We're making the assumption that Don and Megan were married pretty quickly. Makes sense to me. They return from California over Columbus Day weekend and Don proposes that next day. A Christmas/New Year's wedding/honeymoon to Acapulco makes sense, timing wise. Most likely, Don and Megan kept their own apartments for appearances sake (this was the 60s) but more likely, Megan pretty much moved in with Don in his Village apartment.
It also makes sense given Don's comments to Megan around Memorial Day that she'd only been a copywriter for 3 months, that she was promoted only after she officially became Mrs Don Draper 2.0.
But....what did Megan do between Columbus Day and after New Year's? Was she still a secretary? DON'S secretary? That would seem even weirder than her being a junior copywriter. And are they only just now blurring the personal/professional lines since Megan has duties other than secretarial?
I don't have any answers, just questions.
Maybe she took the time off after the engagement announcement to start looking for the apartment and then came back after the wedding as a copywriter?
I thought it was interesting that when Don announced the engagement, he said " it shouldn't change things around here..."
From the episode thread:
saw Megan say she wanted to be a copywriter, but when the actual ad-talk started she moved it into a romantic encounter with Don.
I was thinking about this when Megan snarked at him in the HoJo's. Yup, Don has definitely been selfish in not considering, or even trying to find out what Megan wants, but Megan herself is making it very confusing. Granted, this encounter happened before they were romantically involved, but it's the standard SHE set. She says she's interested and Don immediately goes into work/mentor mode. After Allison, I don't think he immediately went to "wow, here's a chance to boink a sexy babe". I really think he was trying to clue her in on how the process worked. But she immediately changed it over to a sex overture.
Don treated Megan with the Heinz thing just being one more example of Megan feeling like he was making her decisions for her. The things Megan herself says about copywriting have been rare and vague imo. I do think Megan does, in some ways, want to be a copywriter. But the two times Don actually has sat down alone with her and started to do his thing, she (not he) moved the conversation to their romantic relationship instead.
A very apt description of Megan's part in blurring the relationship lines.
In fact, part of me wonders if she's the only one blurring the lines, since she's the only one who sees them. Don sees her as his wife, his possession and has never seen her as a person with her own identity. So as far as I can see, though it doesn't excuse his behavior, he hasn't blurred any lines.
Edited by rogaine2233, Apr 24, 2012 @ 10:24 AM.