This week’s episode of Mad Men was just bursting with goodies. The London office decided to pay a visit to New York,announcing a restructuring and the idea that most people forget that Roger Sterling actually works there. Lane,the latest transplant from England is informed he did so well trimming the fat that he was needed in Bombay to do the same. I am glad we do not have to see him inform his wife about the impending move. Sally Draper was convinced Baby Gene was her grandfather come back as a ghost,so of course she was terrified of the baby. Betty was the cold hearted mother she always is and felt that to the perfect cure for sibling rivalry is a brand new Barbie. Don is on his continued track to maturity with him getting over Sterling’s idiotic moves and is this close to becoming a truly caring and nurturing father. Joan quit her job,after ten years at Sterling Cooper,to stay at home to support her terrible husband Greg after he received his surgical residency. Unfortunately the couple didn’t bank on Greg “not having any brains in his fingers”and being passed up for the residency. Joan needs to continue working to keep them afloat,but wouldn’t dare ruin her pride by informing her company,who so needs her,that she would actually like to stay.
But,the most important plot development occurred during the goodbye Joan celebration,after the restructure announcement courtesy of the British boys. Picture the entire office drunk on crappy champagne,thankful to have their jobs for at least a few more months. Enter a John Deere riding mower,courtesy of Ken Cosgrove’s latest account acquisition. And you get this…..
Yeppers,that ditsy secretary Lois,took off on the mower,running over the new CFO Guy MacKendrick’s foot. And per Sterling,“just went he got it in the door”. Everyone freaked,except for Joan,who as always took command of the situation and practically saved his life. Sadly,the same couldn’t be said for his foot. Lane gets to stay in his position because apparently missing a foot is cause to give up your career in the 1960′s. Some people think this is a foreshadowing for assasination of President John F. Kennedy,which just so happens to share its date,November 23rd,1963,with the upcoming nuptials of Roger Sterling’s daughter. Some think this could be foreshadowing the effect of the Vietnam War,since the group were earlier discussing the lack of the draft and then they are covered in blood. The gory scene might not be a great signifier for a either developing political change,but it will mostly likely mark the end of the free spirited days of Sterling Cooper,you can bet on that. All things point to the demise of Roger Sterling in this week’s episode and the overwhelming maturity of Don Draper. Thanks to a chance encounter with Conrad “Connie”Hilton earlier in the season,Don has just secured a deal to work with Hilton Hotels. And hopefully the contract was signed before Guy’s blood was shed on the office floor. After this episode,I am incredibly anxious as to what’s going to happen to darling Joan,what the future holds for Mr. Sterling and to see what other effects the missing foot will bring unto Sterling Cooper.