"New Business" Re Mad Men's Megan: Confirmed Evidence of Don's Guilt and Self Loathing | HuffPost
You would think that slowly watching Megan Draper turn into Season 1 a carefree relationship to her own sexuality, and an active, curious. See Don Draper's Complicated Relationship History in 1 Chart elevator with Megan who comes to him in a fever dream and sleeps with him. Megan was guilty of the worst sin a Mad Men character can commit of Megan and Don's marriage as a long-running immigration scam, I can't.
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On the deepest level, Megan is looking for a mature father's love, which she will never receive from one determined to control her completely. To continue her denial about the toll of her choices, Megan retreats into a superficial life, becoming increasingly manipulative and deceptive. We have seen glimpses of Megan's capacity for kindness and sincerity; yet, they are fleeting, overshadowed by her father's seeds of overriding self-defeating ambition and her mother's self-deception and selfishness.
As examples, there have been concerns for Don's children.
"New Business" Re Mad Men's Megan: Confirmed Evidence of Don's Guilt and Self Loathing
More recently, Megan seemed sincere when she told Don on the phone, after his expression of caring, that he did not owe her anything ostensibly because she was momentarily aware of the dance she she had insisted upon, "You support; I take; I reject you". But this attitude is overturned when her mom enters her world once again.
Did Megan's mother become a consummate thief and manipulator because her husband rejected her emotionally and sexually? Or did two individuals, devoid of character, just find each other? Perhaps we will learn more in concluding hours. What is essential to understand, however, is that Megan learned manipulation and passive aggressive behavior from two pros. Her newly introduced sister is so confused and unsettled by the "family" that surrounds her that religion becomes her only source of refuge and sanity.
Introduced as a character to provide comic relief, this woman and her retreat is anything but funny. Plus, if her info is correct about Mama, and Mama is banking on her latest liaison, the "lady" is heading from frying pan to fire. This brings us to the PayOut Scene: Megan does not insist that her mother return what she has stolen from Don, and after blasting him as an "aging, sloppy, selfish, liar" who ruined her life, she accepts his enormous monetary settlement.
This gift is offered because of his guilt, lack of awareness, and a haunting, elusive desire to stop his ever-present "free-fall" by creating some semblance of honestly and decency in his life. When Don hands the envelope to Megan, he had the same look on his face that he had when he took his daughter, Sally, to see his childhood home.
Megan's mother had the same mantra about Don: The bottom line is that Megan knew all about the man she seduced and married. Despite all, she and Don created something rewarding and meaningful, sustained in their personal relationship and professional expression when her loyalty to him was in tact. However, Megan destroyed her opportunities for love and success by not setting herself free from each of her parents.
She remained blind to her father's refusal to let her go and the destructive lessons of her lonely, bitter mother in the use of charm and seduction to take all she could from others. Without detail, the guy Megan sexually rejects in this segment, with her 'holier than thou' look and a final gulp of wine, was a last ditch effort, one she did not want Don to know about.
With the repeated loss of love, security and sanctuary a family can offer, and before facing the emptiness and depletion in the concluding scene, we see Don turn to Diana, feeling again and again that there is something familiar about her. Diana is a brunette beauty, a fantasized version of the mother who died in childbirth, as well as the woman who loved him dearly and maturely, Rachel Menken. But above all, we learn in this segment that Diana is a female parallel to Don, a woman so guilty and soul-sick that she cannot give herself happiness and fulfillment, even though she has tasted its joy as well as its potential to heal.
In his visit to Diana's "home," Don is looking into the mirror of himself. Don's help is requested, so he excused himself from a meeting to help deal with the situation.Don and Betty reigniting old flames (s6e9 Mad Men)
She later worked both the front desk and Don's desk in lieu of a replacement secretary filling his desk. When it came time for Sally to return home with her mother, Sally made a scene, one that neither Don nor Faye could calm.
Sally ran down the hall of SCDP and fell. Megan was there to comfort her. She was unaware that his frustration stemmed from worry that his true identity would be discovered if a thorough background check was conducted. Romance with Don Draper Late at night, while still in the office, Megan admitted that she was interested in the work that Don and Peggy were doing. Because of the crisis with Lucky StrikeDon was forced to work late, so she asked if she could stay and look over the work that he was doing.
They began to talk, with Megan stating that she believed Don was doing the right thing by dumping Lucky Strike, but the conversation soon ended when she kissed him. She implied that she would not have the same problems that Allison had, and they then had a sexual meeting.
Arguing with Bobby at a restaurant, Sally knocked over a milkshake. Don flashed with anger, then watched admiringly as Megan handled the mishap without scolding the children. He asked Megan to marry him.