Mad Men: Season Five – “Lady Lazarus” (Ep.8) [4.5]

5008MadMen_LadyLazarus-headerMAD MEN // One episode ago, Megan is hitting the Heinz winning home run ad, the next she’s lying to Don and sneaking off to acting auditions. And further yet, quits the firm, with Don’s unexpected approval (“don’t want her to end up unhappy like Betty”). Peggy is conflicted with this news. Empty elevator shafts offer some possible foreshadowing for Don or a blatant metaphor. And Dennis Haskins (“Saved By The Bell”) cameos as a chef for Cool Whip.

The most interesting happening now is, of course, Pete’s affair with the ultra sexy Beth Dawes (Alexis Bledel). Pete rides the train with Beth’s husband, who openly admits to cheating. She’s so gorgeous, Pete cannot help but accept her advances, a side of Pete that’s been brewing for the last few episodes. Despite getting stood up by Beth at the end of the episode, as he sits in his car, she appears in the passenger’s seat of the car next to his, drawing a delicate heart in the fog on her window, just the sign Pete needs to keep on with the fantasy. To drive home the episode, Don listens to a master recording of The Beatles’ “Tomorrow Never Knows” from the album “Revolver”, the absolute perfect song to end the almost perfect episode, but not Don’s ideal music as he turns it off after a minute.

[Directed by Phil Abraham] [Original Air Date: 6 May 2012]  09fourhalf-stars

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