Suicide and vacuousness have been themes this season culminating in the loss of Lane Pryce. His absence is felt everywhere. Especially in the board meeting, where we see Joan taking over his responsibilities in her blue suit. Her office clothes are becoming more and more like menswear, and yet still deeply feminine. It makes her look strong, and she is taking her role of partner serious. I cannot wait to see how Tom and Lorenzo interpret this fuller.
Melancholy, doom, and gloom have been mentioned throughout this episode especially with Pete Campbell by both his wife and his mistress. Where does this leave him in life? What will make him happy? Maybe next season when he has his apartment in the city he will be happy.
Later in the episode Megan is very depressed over her lack of work as an actress, even her husband won't give her a commercial. She proceeds to get very drunk and tell Don her deepest darkest thoughts. All while her mom goes off to have a romp with Roger Sterling.
Don is haunted through the episode by his dead brother. He finally interacts with him while at the dentist and under the influence of nitrous. Drugs have definitely infiltrated the world of Mad Men. Roger is obviously on LSD at the end of the episode.
This episode was the first time in a long time we've heard Don Draper order an old fashioned. Does this mean he has returned to his old ways? By giving Megan what she wants, can he take what he wants from life? Matt Weiner has a lot to tackle next season, and we are all looking forward to it.