Mad Men, for those who don't know, stars Jon Hamm as a 60s-style advertising executive. In Season 4, he was newly divorced from his beautiful but horribly mean wife.
It's okay, though, because (spoiler alert) just when you think, "I don't think I can stand this woman anymore," the writers decide to make her fat and depressed in Season 5, then reduce her to nothing more than a recurring character.
In the meantime, life goes on for Don. He sleeps with one secretary who is your classical 60s good girl. She never quite recovers from the fact that he slept with her and didn't make an honest woman out of her. She ends up losing it and quitting on him.
This is followed fairly immediately by a blond woman, who is a smart, beautiful, independent woman but not quite it for him. She doesn't take it well when he dumps her for another woman...
That woman is Megan, a stunning brunette who wins his heart in a way none of the others could. Well...in the beginning, anyway. What Megan did is a study in the "wow" factor. As in, "Wow, now that is a woman a man could fall in love with." Like the good girl two pictures up, Megan was a secretary at the ad agency.
Of course, she looks like a model at first glance. But outside of that, her beauty is something that just grows on you over time. It grew on Don, too. He had a brief affair with her, then went back to dating blondie up there. Did Megan throw a fit? Run out of his office crying?
Megan did this.
Like nothing had happened. Unphased. So he asks her to watch his kids on a vacation that looks like it's straight out of a 60s postcard.
She suddenly turns into Maria Von Trapp, watching his baby at the pool and teaching his kids some strange German song.
Then his daughter spills a milkshake. As he's losing it, she grabs some napkins and cleans it all up. That somehow leads him to propose. As though figuring out you can clean up a milkshake with napkins is something only she could have done.
Megan was independent yet feminine. And she always seemed to know the right thing to say. Not quite clingy but still somehow letting him know she was interested. Plus she did this weird song and dance at his 40th birthday party that everyone thought was the best thing ever. I thought it was just a little weird.
Perhaps most interestingly, the very thing he found so "fascinating" about her is the thing that bugged him the most once they got married. She was too independent. Typical, right?
Did you watch Mad Men? What did you think of this romance?