It's Peggy subbing in for Megan in the cute-couple act and it crashes and burns. There's no chemistry and Peggy keeps on screeching "Just try it!" instead of the more playful way Megan said "Just taste it!"
Peggy and Don have their first fight of the season. "You didn't want her here!" he yells at Peggy about Megan.
"She thinks advertising is stupid!" Peggy yells back. All the bubbling resent boils over.
"I did everything I was supposed to do ... and you're not mad at me, so shut up!" Peggy says.
Yes, Peggy told Don Draper to shut up.
After Roger (I missed you this episode, buddy) gives Don advice to go home to Megan and "let her know there's a routine," Don comes home just in time to see Megan for a second before she leaves for acting class.
He hands him the next Beatles album ("Revolver") before basically skipping gleefully out the door (again, Megan is soooo happy!). She tells him to play "Tomorrow Never Knows," which is perhaps the most un-Don Draper Beatles song of all time.
He can only listen to it for a moment before turning it off. It's a new Beatles song that represents an uncertain Megan-Don future.
And he doesn't know if he'll be able to stand it.
PETE: MORE DEPRESSED THAN EVER!
Speaking of missing Roger, his one other scene was with Pete, handing him skis before the folks at Head Ski Company requested Pete's talents on a new account.
"You can catch up with some schmo from Lutherville!" Roger says. Ah, "Mad Men" creator Matthew Weiner, so sneaky with your Baltimore-area references (Weiner wrote this episode).
The ski account is the only nice moment in Pete's life this episode. I had begun to wonder why the "previously on AMC's 'Mad Men' clips always showed that clip when Pete talked to that guy on the commuter train about his unhappy marriage.
Now we know why. That guy's name is Howard. Howard sells life insurance. And Howard reveals to Pete that although he lives in the burbs, he got an apartment in the city to entertain a woman he's cheating on his wife with.
Or as Howard puts it, "Like my new tie? You know what a new tie means? I have a spectacular new side dish in the city."
Not icky at all. Pete acts intrigued, especially since that high-school girl from his drivers ed class turned him down.
Coming back to his car from the train, Pete runs into Howard's wife, and it's Rory Gilmore from "Gilmore Girls" guest star Alexis Bledel. She doesn't know that her husband is still in town with his side dish and has locked her keys in her car and asks Pete for a ride.
Look, I feel bad for this woman, but she's perhaps the Most Dramatic Scorned Wife in TV History. When Pete drives her home, she says stuff like "I don't think he'd care if I'm alive or if I'm dead."
Pete walks her into the house and she immediately goes in for a kiss and on-the-floor sex (Pete: you will never be Don Draper how hard you try). On a related note, I don't believe revenge-sex with Pete Campbell counts as sex or revenge.
This lady is sad-annoying. "Your irises are so blue and round. Have you seen those pictures of Earth from space?" Yuck.
Rory Gilmore Beth says that this can never happen again, but depressed Pete turns into obsessed Pete. He calls her at home. He purposefully doesn't take the same train as Howard. But when he runs into him on the train back, he pretends like he has an important life insurance question and invites himself over, much to the astonishment of Beth.
When Howard goes off to get important insurance paperwork, he steals a kiss, invites her to a hotel (she doesn't show up) and runs off.
I don't know what to think about the last scene with these two. Pete spots her and Howard in their car. She blows on the window and draws a heart. Really? She loves him? Is this a game?
Either way, she rolls down the window and Pete looks damn near tears. I give this season two more episodes until Pete either completely breaks down or divorces Trudy or kills himself.
Or all three.