Great episode, as usual. It kinda seems that SCDP is going to crash pretty hard on the business side. Roger is borderline useless, Don is happy and doesn't really care anymore, what does Lane do again? (he's good with the books but doesn't bring in clients) and Pete is actually good at what he does but otherwise completely insufferable.
Speaking of Pete Campbell:
Not to bore you with the history of Surgical residency, but it was different back in the 60's. Medicine was hierarchical in that they may have taken 5 interns, 3 got promoted to junior residents, 2 to senior residents and only 1 was chief. All 5 were qualified, but only one made it, always. Greg didn't make chief. So he went military. He wasn't worthless or fired. Now days, everybody who is competent makes it. Back then, not so much. As a corollary, if you meet any surgeons that started practicing in the 50-80's, you know they're BAMFs.
That being said, the show is picking up. I like Don's complacency, it's an interesting angle. Although until Sunday's suare' into the whorehouse, there hadn't been enough infidelity for me. I think it's picking up.
I think we're seeing a Don that is legitimately happy because he stepped out of the suburban hellhole that he wanted no part of. I think he also sees Pete making the mistakes he made and he realizes how foolish that was and he's trying to give some advice to Pete but Pete is too arrogant to understand it.
Sterling on acid was a nice change, as was his simple joy at his wife's notice that their marriage was over. Liked his response to his wife's accusation that he doesn't like her. "But I used to."
Ginsberg: And you assumed I am jewish.
Sterling: This involves a client dinner.
Ginsberg: ....and murder.
Sterling: Stop talking. Monarch sells wine to jews. Now it wants to sell to normal people.
and, after agreeing to get his soon-to-be ex-wife a new apartment:
I feel like one of us should say "thank you".
Man, Lane did some shady stuff. Securing a $50,000 line of credit (worth $355,000+ today) based on a strong 1st quarter from the agency to help cover the $7,500 check he wrote out as Don (~$54,000 today) is downright criminal. We probably won't see him next season.
Don's speech at the end was very important w/o him even knowing. Because of Lane, if the agency doesn't get Jaguar as a client, they could be in some deeeeeep crap.
So what was the hottest part of the episode, Lakshmi or the Jag?
I say the Jag.
And remember the season opener scene when guys from Y&R threw paper bags filled with water on black protesters right outside the building? That was real.
The Jags were pure sex, the Krishna chick was nothing special. It was a trip to see Kinsey back in the fold. I miss that dude.
The dialogue between Don and Joan was awesome, just so well layered and I was hoping for them to hook up the whole time. I miss philandering Don. I'm also amped to see hungry Don starting to reappear.