Here's something interesting: a GQ interview with the writer/producers of Far Away Places
where they briefly talk about Don and Megan's relationship:
GQ: What was the key moment for you with Don and Megan's story?
Maria: Certainly a moment we discussed at great length in the room was Megan eating the orange sherbet.
André: That was the key to that story.
Maria: The idea that here's this beautiful, vivacious young woman who's completely different than Betty Draper in so many ways, and Don's just utterly enamored of her, yet wants to control her so desperately that he's even telling her what to eat. And this experience of having this ice cream, the fact that she doesn't like it really hurts him deeply. And that this is a story that was going to be about showing the audience just how deep his love for her and his attachment for him goes.
André: At an iconic restaurant. [Laughs]
Huh. I saw the episode completely differently from these two. Like so many on this thread, I don't see Don's feelings for Megan as actually being one of love
-- at least of the companionate and compassionate variety-- at all. I certainly believe he wants to possess
her to the point where her veering in the least off-script as being something that can set him off horribly, even violently. But I can't see this true love the writers insist on-- and I don't even see that much attachment from Megan either. She seems more... playing along with Don, while not quite understanding just how deep his dysfunction goes just yet.
I can't shake off my feeling that Don and Megan are more play-acting at their version of the "ideal" marriage than actually being
married. And the fact that the writers seem to take for granted my viewing Don and Megan as a true couple is... unsettling. Now I'm wondering if the signs of a relationship disintegrating aren't actually
meant to signal that at all! In which case, maybe Don and Megan are in the end-game of the show after all?
Something that struck me is how similar Hamm and Pare are, too. Both tall, lean, dark, with longish faces and good cheekbones. I'm sure it's totally incidental - but it can sometimes be oddly unsettling when Megan and Don are in scenes together.
They totally look as though they could be a father-daughter combination, especially since Don has been looking craggier than ever this current season (you could drive a volvo underneath his eye-bags of late) and Megan acts less like a 26-year-old than a gawky 20-year-old. Eurgh, now I have another reason to be uncomfortable with their scenes!
Don is not Donald Trump or Rupert Murdoch - he is a big fish in a small pond. I doubt if he is known outside of industry circles and if he is it is because of his promiscuity, not his advertising genius. It sounds like Henry is more famous than Don and if there was a missed opportunity for a scandal, it was Betty's divorcing Don and immediately taking up with Henry.
He's still well-known enough to be the face of his entire company, to be interviewed by the New York Times, to be the cause for the buying-out of SDCP, to win a Clio, and so on. I'm with the other posters when I say that I find the lack of gossip to be rather mind-boggling. There was barely even a vocabulary that existed in the 1960s to describe working married women, let alone working married women who won their new jobs by marrying the boss and then put on a cabaret act in front of the entire office.
Realistically, Megan and Don should be haunted by Zou Bisou Bisou-- and not just in a "Oooh, the sleazy guys at the office can't stop thinking about my hotness" sense either. What she did would be gossiped about endlessly in today's
workplace-- in 1960s conservative America, that's the sort of thing that should become an industry legend! I can easily imagine Don's rivals at other agencies-- especially ones that courted him before but failed to get him-- yukking up over as much endlessly.
But I guess the show doesn't have time to deal with something that interesting when we could go round-and-round exploring Don's dysfunction and deep, deep love for a hastily sketched Franco-Canadian instead. ::sigh:: What frustrates me most about these two is even when there's something interesting to explore about their situation, the writers seem determined to wheel away from as much.
Why, why for the love of God, are they making the writing decisions that they are? Their reasoning completely eludes me at present.
Edited by Mariagonerlj, Apr 28, 2012 @ 12:45 AM.