This week’s episode gave me the two things I wanted most: Kiernan Shipka as Sally Draper all-grown-up, and more Christina Hendricks as the always amazing Joan. That’s where my focus is this time around.
Joan’s storyline starts out in LA, as she basks in the life of a fabulous account executive and partner. She’s loving her job and things take a romantic turn when she meets a mysterious stranger, Richard. They enjoy a night together, he speaks of his grown children and his divorce, and asks if she is married. She says no, but admits to once having been. She returns to New York. He flies in to surprise her for dinner, where probing questions sour his interests. Joan assures him that she is not married, but does have a four-year-old son, Kevin. This stops the tryst in its tracks later on, as he’s free as a bird and doesn’t want to raise kids anymore. This leads Joan to yell at her babysitter that she’s ruining her life. Her sweet son’s voice softens her slightly.
Richard thinks better of himself and brings her flowers. Joan admits she lives with her mother and has been married twice… and there’s still the kid. Richard has made a 180 and says he’d like to meet Kevin and her mother. What I found weird is Joan saying she’d chose him over her son… that doesn’t sound right, or like Joan. I’m actually a huge Roger/Joan shipper, so although I love seeing Joan happy, I don’t have hopes in this relationship.
Sally Draper has grown to be so smart, and resents the way both her parents act. Glen, who admittedly has grown up a lot too, visits inciting more odd behavior between him and Betty. He’s 18 and shipping off to Vietnam. He makes a move on Betty, who I literally give credit to for stopping it… but only because I have no faith in Betty. Sally’s reaction to Glen’s enlisting stops her from enjoying a day with him and leaves her in tears on the phone trying to wish him goodbye. Sally’s going away too, though– 12 states in 12 days. Don takes her and a few friends out to dinner. One friend gets flirty with Don, and Sally calls him out on it. I actually thought Don was better behaved than usual… I guess I don’t have much faith in Don either.
Let’s talk about Don, because it’s kind of his show. I mean, everyone sort of thinks he’s a mess like his penthouse. Against all odds, his wine-stained and empty place sells! It looks like Don is going to have to move on… physically and otherwise. I don’t want Don to lose his magic. Maybe a new environment will reinvigorate him.
And before we close, let’s talk about how badass Peggy was saying to Pete, “you can’t fire one of my men!” You chase that dream of being the first female creative director, Peggy!
What did you guys think of Sunday’s episode?!