HOO BOY. Before we even get INTO it, you guys might remember in the run-up to this season there was that bus poster ad that featured a “man” mannequin in a smoking jacket sitting in a chair looking at a “woman” mannequin without any clothes on, and at some point in an interview Matthew Weiner said that this ad would make total sense by the end of the season. Well, next week is the finale, and while I think that ad certainly makes a commentary about this show’s complicated struggle between showing real women while also objectifying women, and also whatever other placeholder “smart stuff” you want to throw at it in terms of gender roles, mannequin as cypher vs. human as cypher, or whatever, I definitely don’t feel like that ad somehow sums up the thematics of this season in particular. It certainly wasn’t as good as the Don Draper sitting in a room full of water one. Maybe if it was two mannequins revenge fucking each other on the carpeted floor of a Howard Johnson’s while two men in suits fist fought each other in the background. Oh well. I’m just wasting time because I don’t want to face the reality that SPOILER ALERT is SPOILER ALERT!

It’s interesting how a couple people in the comments mentioned at the start of the season that they thought Pete was going to kill himself. I never really bought into that, he’s too big of a pussy to pull it off. But clearly that general vibe was in the air and people just slightly misread it. Congrats? You guys are like truffle hunting pigs but for fictional suicides. Anyway, R.I.P. Lane. You were a lorry that flew to close to the scone. But your death made for great television and don’t let any of the angels in make believe heaven tell you any differently! Sheesh. Poor Lane. Poor Jaguar. They’re all whore-mongers and their cars don’t even work when you want to kill yourself!

Meanwhile, Don is back, huh? I told you he was back. He’s back! He’s tired of this piddly shit. He wants American Airlines. That speech he gave to Dupont was pretty good. “You don’t make Napalm, you’re a time machine.” Happiness is just a stop on the way to more happiness. Clean the blood out of your mouth and get hungry, gang. YOU AIN’T BEEN HUNGRY SINCE SUPREME CLIENTELE. Oh what’s this, another boring fight with Megan about whether or not he is thinking about her enough or insulting her too much? Move along. We have work to do.

Also, but, so Betty is just the worst mom? I know that kids are a lot of work and very frustrating and that it can’t be hard to compete with a younger woman who doesn’t have the deep maternal ties of responsibility and concern, or whatever, and I thought the conversations he had with Don about killing Sally was very funny and realistic, but when Sally runs home and hugs her and she doesn’t even know how to hug her daughter for a second as if she forgot? And then when she’s like “now you can have babies and one day maybe you’ll have a daughter and you can tell her what I just told you, which is basically just that now you can have babies, circle of life, candle in the wind!” Dull. Bad mom. Dumb old fatty.

See also: the end of the episode, which was very good. Guys, it’s so nice to have a hidden gem like Mad Men to enjoy together. Fingers crossed that no one ever hears about it and it’s just our little secret.

Comments (186)
  1. Isn’t it a pretty ominous thing to shake Don Draper’s hand at this point? Peggy did and she hasn’t been heard from since. Lane Price did it and he ended up killing himself. I guess what I’m saying is we should probably check up on that guy from LMFAO.

  2. I honestly don’t know what I was more haunted by… the image of Lane hanging in the doorway, or Glen’s creepy mustache.

  3. Oh, Sally, holding hands is PLENTY! Especially with CREEPY glen.

  4. “You really eat English muffins?”

    “Yes, but they’re not English.”

  5. :( R.I.P. Lane.

    Good night sweet prince, you’re in heaven now; embezzling with the angels to pay for your lorry taxes.

  6. Jesus, is England really that bad?

    I kid. Anyway, Jared Harris was excellent the whole episode. I have seen some people who said that Don was too harsh on him, which, what? The accountant forged another partners name a stole money. Covering his ass is like, really gracious. I know Don asked Pete to cover his secret identity, but so what? Pete told Bert and he didn’t care because who cares.

    I do think it was interesting how much the speech he gave Lane to try and help him feel better was pretty much a recycled, not very passionate, not heartfelt version of the one he gave Peggy in the hospital. Like, even in life he was still just going through the motions and punching up old, out-dated material.

    BUT WHO FALLS DOWN THE ELEVATOR?!?!?! AND WHAT ABOUT PETE’S GUN?!?!?!?! That’s important, pay attention to that stuff.

    • Don was at first not okay with Joan’s little prostitution endeavor last week, but now that it happened he is okay with it, just a little annoyed they made the decision when he left the room. But he’s not okay with Lane essentially borrowing money from the company that Lane’s own investment saved?

      • I do not think Don is okay with Joan’s actions at all. His tone and ice cold stare right at Joan as he made that comment pretty much confirms he will never view her the same again.

      • I don’t think Don was okay with either of these things. He seemed incredibly upset about Joan’s situation, and (possibly for the first time) NOT because he felt like he had to protect her but because he regards her as a peer. Or he did. Who knows what happens in that handsome, fictional man’s mind?

        • Don’t we think the male partners would’ve slept with that sleazebag to land an account? I mean, Don fired Sal because he wouldn’t put out and slept with Bobbie Gale to get her husband to make squirrel jokes about potato chips…

      • I don’t think he’s okay with it at all. He looked right at her with bitch face when he said that, not any of the people who voted without him. Plus, Joan’s office managing job whether she slept with the guy or not is not untrustworthy because of her actions. She was manipulated by Pete and the partners, other than Don, didn’t back her up giving her little choice between getting her partnership or being scorned for costing them the account. She did a difficult thing. Lane get’s paid to watch the money and make sure it is there and proper and un-embezzled and he used Don to do the exact opposite. And you know if he would have gotten over his stupid pride and just asked Don might have lent him the money. Or even had he told his wife she might have understood putting their kid in a cheaper school. Joan made the best of a bad situation and continues to have to put up with it, while Lane committed the cardinal sin of accounting because of some masculine ego bullshit, and got off without involving the police. That’s different.

      • Sorry to pile on, but no one else mentioned it yet– Don totally goes into Roger’s office and says flat out, “I don’t like how we’re doing business right now.” He doesn’t like how he got the Jaguar account. It’s a tainted victory that cost Don a certain amount of respect for Joan and his partners. He also flat out says that what they’re doing is bullshit, because they couldn’t even give their people bonuses, Lane included, whom he just had to fire.

        Don was not ok with any of it.

    • i get nervous anytime someone on that show waits for the elevator.

  7. “I’m standing on the edge of some crazy cliff. What I have to do, I have to catch everybody if they start to go over the cliff — I mean if they’re running and they don’t look where they’re going I have to come out from somewhere and catch them. That’s all I’d do all day…”


  8. “I don’t want Tumblr, I want Pinterest! “

  9. Poor actor who played Lane. First Fringe kills him off and now this.

  10. Did anyone else have that instant right before Lane tried to start the car when they realized the car wasn’t going to start and started laughing kinda hard? No? You were all worried about that suicidal guy on screen? Fine. You’re all good people. Would you quit lording it over me already?

    • We’ll be awful together. I laughed for like five minutes. And when he had to use his broken glasses as a monocle to fix his stupid, unreliable British car so he could kill himself I couldn’t breathe.

    • As soon as Burt brought the forged check to Don, I was like, “Oh shit. Lane’s going to kill himself. Not Pete. LANE.” Then I got all giddy as my mind thought about what was going to happen for about 30 seconds before everything got real serious again.

      When Lane was in the Jaguar I was cracking up, followed by composure because yeah, on a whole, Lane was not a character I wanted to see go out at all. I’d rather not see any characters commit suicide, to be clear. By the end of the episode I was sans excitement. Just sadness.

  11. Lane’s suicide really messed me up. It was incredibly realistic and disturbing and the reactions by the characters were spot-on. I mean it was so realistic, it brought back messed up memories that I’ve spent a long time not thinking about — not repressing, just not thinking about. And now I want to reach out to a friend from elementary school with whom I haven’t spoken in like… 20 years. (A family member of hers killed themselves when we were kids during a sleepover I thankfully did not attend.) How many TV shows have that kind of effect on people?

    Man that scene was realistic. And so ugly and so powerful. And gross. Because hanging yourself *is* super gross. Don’t hang yourself, kids (and adults). Just don’t.

    • Agreed. I was pretty traumatized after watching that and I don’t even have a personal story about suicide. The reactions that Pete, Ken, and Harry had after they looked in Lane’s office and Joan’s subsequent reaction confirming her worst fears were what disturbed me the most.

      • Yes, I had trouble falling asleep last night because of the whole thing! And I work in the Time & Life building, so then I started to wonder how many people have possibly died/committed suicide here. Could Lane Pryce’s fictional ghost be haunting my office? It would explain why my picture frames are sometimes crooked.

    • It was interesting to see the reactions. Don and Roger were very matter of fact, since they’ve both seen men die before in far more graphic ways, while Pete is a novice. Still, Don obviously felt pang of remorse, especially given how his his half brother died.

      • Why didn’t Lane take that other job? Wasn’t that still on the table? I know he was humiliated and distraught and depressed, but didn’t he actually have another work option?

        Maybe I missed something? (Obviously.)

        • Like, for one, putting this comment where it belongs… not in this thread.

        • That confused me, but I think that’s like an honorary professional achievement, not a paying gig thing. Because otherwise why would he need to do that? Right?

          • I was thinking that maybe he didn’t want to take it because if he did, they’ll find out he was fired and why and it would also be rescinded… But my adrenaline was very high in the final scenes so if I had put it together, it all went out the window because of Lane’s gruesome death. But I remember thinking it explicitly in the Jaguar scene.

          • it was just a professional networking organization, the dude said that he wouldn’t be paid but would get a free trip to a conference. Definitely not a “backup job” he could fall back on if he resigned from SCDP

        • Lane, like a great deal of the characters in the show, want a piece of Don. They want to be considered part of his posse, as it were. And in Lane’s case, he couldn’t let Don know about his failings, for fear that Don would cast him out (which is exactly what happened). I think if Lane had landed in some other agency in America, he might not have been so reticent to leave and go back to the U.K. When he first showed up in the show, it was established that he came here so that he could redeem himself in the eyes of his superiors back home. But it was being caught up in the excitement that was Don Draper that made him love New York, and to say yes to starting the new agency.
          I think that even if Lane did have another legitimate job on the table, he might have gone the same way when faced with his firing from SCDP.
          What I can’t help noticing (and probably neither can Don), is that this is not the first man to hang himself after getting the brush-off from Dick Whitman.

      • American Association of Advertising Agencies

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    • When I woke up this morning I seriously thought I’d dreamed it because of how gruesome it was.

    • The shock was so realistically written and performed it felt way too real.

    • His suicide was extremely haunting. I was disquieted as I went to bed and had a really unhappy night’s sleep trying to forget it.

    • I actually screamed when they showed Lane’s body. So upset the rest of the night.

    • It was incredibly disturbing. I was in bed wide awake trying to remember what the White Walkers looked like, because by comparison, that was the much happier ending of the evening.

  12. wish they’d had a final still that said something like:

    “Lane Pryce, 1928-1971 [or whatever it is]”

    superimposed over a picture of him holding a steak up to his crotch.

  13. I think we can all agree that Lane’s death is just foreshadowing Pete Campbell’s death.

    Huckabeast, is this accurate?

  14. Maybe it’s just cos I’m a car guy (ugghh – calling yourself an “anything guy” is terrible), but the Jag not starting was just a cheap and obvious gag. Haha – british cars come with smoke standard! Stupid. Totally took me out of the Mad Men world for the rest of the episode.

  15. Can someone please give me the top 5 deaths don Draper has inadvertently caused?

  16. How does Sally not have any cooler friends? She’s got Gogo boots!

  17. Bummer episode, but on the bright side, Kenny Cosgrove is officially The Best.

  18. I know it wasn’t ultimately Lane’s first choice as a suicide method to hang himself, but that felt very public and personal in ways that the Jaguar method didn’t. The failed first attempt seemed to play out partially for sardonic laffs but also for the ways that it emphasized the emptiness of what all of them had just forfeited for the sake of Jaguar (a theme driven home by Don’s speeches throughout the episode). Hanging himself in the office ensured that those he was closest with would find him there and be forced to look at him, remove him, smell him (a really distressing detail…Joan’s face when she can’t open the door, but she sniffs the air…). Going out this way was, to my eyes, one of the most active, intentional, and fraught things Lane has done in the last few seasons, which were generally marked by his passivity.

    • Not to mention the huge “Fuck you, Don” that was his resignation letter suicide note.

      The whole thing was super sad, but also I wanted to punch Lan. Like, grow up and take responsibility for your actions! He’s going on to Don at the beginning like “Don’t fire me! What will I tell my wife and child!” Well good job, Lane. Now you don’t have to tell them anything! You cracked the code!

    • Also, the letter of resignation, as opposed to a suicide note really hammered home how much of Lane’s life (and the other partners’ for that matter) is work. They are all dying in that office in one way or another.

      • I have some thoughts about that letter and I’m gonna say SPOILERS now even though the following is all conjecture, but just in case it turns out that I’m right (and I think I am) I don’t want anyone to watch the next episode and then shake their fist at me and cry, “Curse you, Simon Spidermonk, and your damned precognitive abilities!”

        So, SPOILERS, maybe.

        I think that when the Jag wouldn’t start, after all his planning and his little ritual of snapping his glasses in half (which, as a glasses wearer myself, was chilling, because then I knew he was serious), he decided to go out in a different way. It was like, if that’s how the universe wanted to play it, fine, fuck the universe. He didn’t hang himself in the office just because it was close to the typewriter where he typed out his resignation letter, he did it to make a scene, to make an impact. And I don’t think the camera lingered on the shot of him at the typewriter just to give us the creeps. I don’t think it was the only letter he wrote. I can’t remember how much dirt he has on all the different members of Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce… Joan? (I also can’t remember if they changed the name of the agency to include hers and, if they have, what her last name is) but I think that whatever he had, he spilled before he died, and that’s what the last episode is gonna be about. I can’t remember if Lane knew about Dick Whitman but he did go on quite a bender with Don, I think it was last season, so he very well could. He definitely knows about Joan’s recent… thing and he knows about Pete’s infidelity, so… it could be a shitstorm. That is my prediction and if I’m right, in years to come, in my twilight years, I will be able to point out this comment to my grandchildren and say, “See? I called it!”

        • I don’t disagree with this.

          However, he’s British and rather proper and (was) living in the 1960s. And even though it would be a big fuck you to the company… pulling everyone into the mud with him is a more modern move, or at least one that is more suited to Pete Campbell types. Bringing down the company with hearsay and gossip would ultimately reflect poorly on his wife and kid… and I got the impression that he thought they’d be better off without him and this horrible move was actually an attempt to improve their lives.

          Plus he was *so* defeated by the time he sat down to write that very short letter to the company, he didn’t seem to have the kind of energy that it would take to list every horrible thing people from that agency have done. And even if he did? Fuck you letters of that caliber tend to cause adrenaline surges… which may have kept him from killing himself… or conversely give Lane that last amount of hubris to finish what didn’t work before.

          I don’t know. It is a very good theory.

          • You might be right about the adrenaline surge thing, I hadn’t thought about that. I still think he wrote more than that one resignation letter and I think he did so to make some kind of statement, but maybe it wasn’t from the place of rage and revenge I originally suggested. I really feel like he wanted to make some kind of statement with his death but maybe it’s coming more from a place of, I dunno, defeated optimism? Like, he’s hoping that by airing all of the agency’s secrets, no-one will ever have to go down the road he’s going down again, but he doesn’t have much faith in the efficacy of his own actions.

    • And it’s pretty telling that we didn’t get to see his wife’s reaction to his death. Will they show it next week? Probably not.

      • I realize I am like 500 years late here, but in the previews the doorway Don was standing in looked like Lane’s. My guess was that he was going to report the news to his wife.

  19. I suppose I don’t get why Lane didn’t just ask for a loan to begin with. Seemed like he had a pretty good excuse for it. It’s not like he was paying off gambling debts. I guess he thought it was easier to embezzle, but why take the chance?

    Personally, I thought the all of the suicide related scenes were far easier to deal with emotionally than the scene where he got fired. That was gut-wrenching, and as a white collar worker in a perilous economy, cut pretty close to the bone. I mean, I’m not “technically” stealing money from my employer, but I am posting comments on the internet while at work, so….

    • I’ve been wondering the same thing since he forged the check. Why not just ask? I guess his pride ultimately did him in.

    • He said that he shouldn’t have had to suffer the humiliation of begging for a loan when the firm owed him so much. You can take that as self-justification if you want but I think he has a point. If I’d been in his position, I’d rather steal than beg too. I’m not saying that pride is an admirable quality but at least it’s understandable.

      • I remember that line. All he had to say was that he needed a return on his investment in the firm to pay the taxes he owed beause of that investment. There’s nothing shameful about it. It’s just business. Misplaced pride.

    • Remember Lane’s dad beating the shit out of him about his girlfriend and telling him to get his house in order? the English deal with the emotions of pride a lot differently than Americans. Americans, no matter what your personality is, have a sort of optimism by birth that the English don’t. This is the 60s, and not long beforehand, when Lane was probably just starting out in his career, England was on rationing and being bombed. Lane has to be thinking of this when he talks about his coworkers consumerism. His family comes across as quite posh so maybe he didnt have it too difficult, but I cant imagine how it felt for a post war Englishman to walk into the early 1960s American surfer beach party where every teenager had a car and every family had a detached house.

  20. I don’t think Betty forgot how to hug her daughter. I read that as she was utterly taken aback that Sally *wanted* a hug from her.

    Sorry, but I’m disappointed in this season. Full disclosure: I hate/boredom-watch Mad Men (how gauche, I know) but the one thing it did right, subtlety, has gone out the window this season. It’s so self-conscious and self-aware. Blech. When’s the last time any watcher could actually predict what would happen?

    • I know the downvoter are going to tear you apart, but I’m genuinely curious: Why don’t you like the unpredictability? That’s one of the things I think is best about this show. My predictions are always wrong and it’s thrilling every time!

  21. Oh man, so I’m not generally a fan of Don Draper, and tons of things that happen on this show are totally his fault (like Adam’s suicide, and Peggy not even being in the penultimate episode of the season? seriously, if they give Peggy the Betty treatment next season I don’t know if I can watch), but Lane’s death is not on him! You can tell he thinks it’s on him, but the writers were pretty careful not to give him a plausible reason to feel responsible (like if he’d decided to tell the partners, for instance).

    • A little off topic, but I think the person he goes to see in the beginning of the promo is Peggy – I think he was wearing the same tie, so maybe he goes to see her right after he drops off Glen.

    • I agree that Lane’s death isn’t Don’s fault but one thing it has in common with Adam’s death is that if he’d stepped outside his persona and risked being compassionate, he could have prevented it. If he’d wanted to, he could have seen Lane’s desperation – just as he could have seen Adam’s – but he chose not to. Instead, he chose to be Don Fucking Draper. It’s just another betrayal of the man he is at his core and that’s gonna have consequences.

  22. Although I agree with the general consensus that what Don did for Lane was definitely called for and very generous of him (not ratting him out but giving him the opportunity to resign quietly)… me hating Don kind of changed that scene for me (hate in the sense that I find his character endlessly interesting and frustrating and different etc). Like… really Donnie? YOU are going to chastise someone about breaking the rules? About trust? About a lot of things (I realize that this is obviously part of the Weiner design lol – but definitely made me dislike Don just a little more). Don isn’t Don Draper. He’s lied to everyone. Used another man’s identity for years. I’m not a lawyer but I’m a guessin’ that’s breaking a few laws to an employer. And when Pete told Bert about his identity, Bert was like “whatever – does this have anything to do w/ contributing nothing to anyone and not wearing shoes? No? Okay get outta my face.” Bert threw him a bone. Couldn’t he throw Lane one? Doesn’t he owe the universe that much? Not to say I didn’t like his reaction – I loved it, because it was so incredibly hypocritical and crappy of him. But took it a different way I guess.

    • it’s one thing to lie, but it’s another thing to lie about MONEY.

    • you know this is going to come up next episode, but Pete will side with Don, ignoring hypocrisy. Cooper might not though.

      Don’s mishandling of this could also bring Peggy back as he tries to right a wrong and make up for the way his actions directly effect others. then again, as he said in this episode, he doesn’t care for 50%, he’s going for 100%, so I assume he will negatively effect the rest of the characters in one way or another throughout the rest of the series.

  23. Was anybody else really distracted by Jon Hamm’s dye job in this episode?

  24. Did anyone else think back to the sad bit of foreshadowing in the season 5 premiere where Lane is talking to Dolores on the phone and jokingly says he’ll be at the office until he dies? :(

  25. I have to disagree about the scenes with Betty. While I think there are a lot of layers to her response to Sally’s distress, I think, first of all, that the phone conversation with Megan was only partially fueled by passive aggressive feelings. Most women having gone through that part of life and do turn to their mothers, feeling helpless and scared, and Megan understands that. It’s the end of your childhood, in an emotionally heightened, painful, and frighteningly visible way. Sally has been testing her mother, who is already struggling with her own selfishness and becoming a stereotype of a bitter ex-wife. I think she was genuinely taken aback, then understanding, that her pre-teen daughter went so quickly from, “Megan is so much better than you, fatty!!!” to quavering in fear of a scary but standard part of a girl’s life. The only thing you can say to girls is exactly what Betty says, rather lovingly, to Sally. I think she has been trying as a mother this season in a way she never did before. Her health scare, acknowledging her mortality via her metabolism declining into her middle age, have made her re-think her children, at least a little. Betty is still a profoundly sad and emotionally unhealthy person, but I think she’s been trying.

  26. so does Don ultimately tell the partners what happened? Bert Cooper is sort of a doofus, but he’d have to be really dumb to see a suspicious check made out to Lane with Don’s signature that Don doesn’t remember signing, then find Lane’s body hanging in his office two days later, and not realize there’s probably a connection between the two. I don’t think Don would voluntarily tell everyone about Lane’s crime, whether out of respect for Lane’s memory or to avoid having to reveal that he kept it a secret from everyone else, but I also don’t think he’d lie about it if Bert confronted him.

    • I don’t see how he keeps it a secret. The partners are probably going to want to buy out his wife and seeing as how Lane had been operating at a loss, that check is probably going to come up. It seems like the income from Jaguar will be coming in slower than expected so it’s pretty unlikely that Don fix it with his money.

  27. Don: What happened to your enlightenment?
    Roger: I don’t know. It wore off.

  28. Does this mean that next season, SCDP is officially going to become Sterling Cooper Draper Peggy? I wouldn’t mind that.

    • Would the H for Harris (or Holloway, because fuck Greg) not be included in SCDP as well? I thought since Joan was a non-silent partner, she’d get a piece of the agency title too. Or does it not work like that?

  29. Have to admit, once Lane’s fate was sealed with the forced resignation, I was entirely expecting the inevitable offscreen glass-shattering noise of a man throwing himself out a window.

  30. As much as I wanted Pete to kick the bucket, I knew deep down it would be Lane. The poor guy lived his life to please the people in it, and all he got was the shaft. His own dad beat the shit out of him because he didn’t want to come back to good ol’ England. Jeez! Even the universe didn’t want him to die in his brand new gifty Jaguar.

    I also felt Pete should’ve cut Lane’s body down before Don got there. If a body hangs too long, wouldn’t gravity cause it to decapitate? And poor Joan, she had to “discover” his corpse. Who’s going to get the office now? Will it be haunted?

    Is it just me or did Sally’s reaction to getting her period seem weird? Isn’t she supposed to learn what a period is the day of, like 90% of girls in the U.S. past and present? She knew what it was but decided to take a $25 cab ride anyway instead of phoning Betty? Though to be fair that would be just as awkward as a $25 cab ride through New York State.

    • Well, I’m sure Sally knew what it was. Most girls are well informed on menstruation, but the reality of finally getting it might be a very different experience for some girls. Made even more nerve-racking by the fact that she was alone, cramping, in a very public place, without menstrual products, and was hanging out with a guy friend. I think it was just a moment of panic.

    • For what it’s worth, I own the same equipment and thought I was dying of cancer.

      • I experienced something similar. I got mine then later that year they taught us about pregnancy, but the teacher didn’t realize until after the fact that we didn’t officially learn about sex. That’s what you get when 60% of your teachers are nuns.

    • real question, are you a girl? because I think for most people I know, learning about what a period is in school or from your mom or whatever does absolutely NOTHING to prepare you for the real thing. I was a pretty smart kid, and I had had sex ed at that point, but I still thought I was dying when I got mine the first time. Sally’s reaction seemed 100% accurate to me.

      • Are you seriously asking me that? I was terrified when I had mine because I never learned about it until it happened, and I thought I injured myself or something. I didn’t learn about the mechanics behind it until a year later when we read like a paragraph about it in our science book . I was just noting that she knew what menarche was without her having to ask. Maybe it’s where I’m from but a lot of my friends also had it without knowing what it was. It’s very frightening thinking you’re dying and then asking for help (because you think you’re dying) only to hear “Surprise! You’re not dying! You’re a woman now! Here’s your certificate of authenticity.” I think it’s very interesting that everyone else here knew what was happening before it happened. Granted, prepared or not, it’s a scary shock.

        Still, after hitching a ride on Metro North, she shouldn’t have taken a $25 cab ride without letting an adult knows she’s on her way home. God, I’m starting to sound like I think Sally’s real.

  31. When Don and Roger leave through the front door of Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce to go meet with Dupont, Sterling Cooper is on one of the doors with Draper Pryce on the other. When Don leaves, he goes through the Draper Pryce side, opening the door by pushing right in between where it says Draper and Pryce. That would be the last time Don leaves the office with Lane alive. Matthew Weiner enjoys small details.

  32. Joan was the only one to get an actual, vocal goodbye from Lane.

    Bon voyage, indeed…

  33. For every moment that makes me say “oh fuck you mad men” and consider not watching anymore (like that god damn elevator shaft) there are a hundred more that make me think this is one of the best shows on television. This entire episode was pure gold is what I’m trying to say.

  34. Well, there’s only one episode left. I hope it involves Pete getting punched in the face by Alexis Bledel’s cuckolded husband as Lane smiles down from heaven.

  35. OK the Season 5 ad in question:
    Don is on the outside looking in to the objectified mannequin scene in the window. He’s disconnected, as he obviously seems a lot of this season. If not disconnected, perhaps alienated or disenfranchised. Everything that has been going on has been surreal and Don could never have imagined any of it happening.

    • Also, all the department store mannequins are going to spring to life in the season finale, and poor Harry Crane will be the one to witness it as he cowers behind the perfume counter, having not heard his taxi honk three times.

    • Maybe it has something to do with the across the street in the reflection? Something “S. Nicholas.” Maybe it has something to do with Christmas or somebody with that name?

  36. The saddest part of all of this is that Lane missed the Diamond Jubilee.

  37. I waited to watch the episode till this afternoon and, of course, avoided commentary on the episode till now. And I’m glad you Monsters could give me some giggles in the face of intense fictionalized death. I will now take a shower to wash away the he-be-gee-be’s. Long live Mad Men! RIP Lane. Matthew Wiener, don’t you dare fucking die before you give this show some closure.

  38. Hanging with Mr. Cooper Sterling Draper.

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