Some things never change, thus proven by last night’s episode of “Mad Men” titled “At The Codfish Ball”. The episode centered around Peggy Olson, Sally Draper and Megan Draper. If you’ve missed the episode, you can read our full recap here.
Let’s start with Peggy. After getting a call from her boyfriend Abe, she runs to Joan Harris for some love advice. Abe wanted to discuss something with Peggy and he wouldn’t take no for an answer. Joan suggests that he wants to propose marriage and that men don’t make time to end things with a woman. She suggests that Peggy prepare herself for whatever answer she’s going to give him and buy a dress. In essence, Peggy is giving herself a false expectation and is all psyched up for the idea of spending her life with Abe. At dinner, Abe shatters her thoughts of marriage by asking if she wants to move in together. She agrees and says “I do” with the look of disappointment. Perhaps she thought that she would be saying “I do” to marriage instead of “living in sin”.
The happy couple invite Peggy’s mother over for dinner to tell her their news. She brought cake because, she also had the expectation that they would be getting married. Once Peggy and Abe inform her that they are only moving in together, she scoffs at the idea and asks for her cake back. She doesn’t want to celebrate them living in sin. She snorts at Peggy that Abe is only using her for practice until he does get married to someone.
At the beginning of the episode, we see Sally is growing up! She takes a call from Glen and also trips Henry’s mother Pauline with the cord. She takes charge of the situation immediately and calls the police. Sally saved the day for Pauline and her broken ankle. This gives Don something to brag about when speaking to Megan’s parents. She asks her father to allow her to watch him receive his American Cancer Society award and he agrees. Megan and her mother Marie take Sally shopping and buy her a dress, boots and makeup for the occasion. Don sees his daughter all grown up and tells her to nix the boots and the makeup. She protests, but does as she’s told. Megan’s father Emil says that Sally will one day “spread her legs and fly away”, to which Megan quickly corrects him: “wings”. Ha.
At the “codfish ball”, it really turns about to be a non-event. Roger Sterling turns Sally into his “date” for the night, tasking her with holding onto the business cards he collects and the quick “go get ’em, tiger”. Things get worse for Sally at dinner, when she stumbles upon Roger being “serviced” by Megan’s mother. When she speaks with Glen again, she tells him that the city is “dirty.”
Lastly, Megan had a great idea for the Heinz account. She thought it up while serving Sally some spaghetti. She suggests to Don that the pitch should be about serving beans throughout time, from the days of the cavemen to the future in space. She suggests the slogan that “some things never change”. Don deems it a good idea, but refuses her suggestion of telling everyone that it was his idea. At dinner with the Heinz couple, Megan learns from the Heinz guy’s wife that they are being fired. She quickly whispers that to Don and nudges him to tell them “his idea”. As it turns out, they loved it and signed on with the agency.
Megan is happy that they kept Heinz, but the next day wasn’t feeling so chipper about the experience. Peggy tells her that she should savor the moment and these things don’t happen often.
What did you think of the episode? What do you think Megan had planned for her future that her father thought she skipped out on? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.