Tuesday, February 09, 2016

Megan Draper from Mad Men Demonstrates How to Make a Man Fall in Love with You

While the world watched the Super Bowl over the weekend, I was catching up on all the seasons of Mad Men I missed. That meant going back to Season 4 as a refresher.



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?

Nope.

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.


He's mesmerized.



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?

64 comments:

  1. Cleaning up after milkshakes was high on my list.
    Kidding!
    I knew I wanted my wife before she did. And she knew we'd get married before I did. (It was a fair trade-off.)
    Guess he was just waiting for the right balance.
    And sorry, never watched the show.

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    1. That's sweet...and yes, the right balance is everything.

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  2. I hated this romance but I did not love Mad Men the way my husband did...I mostly read while it was on.

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    1. Interestingly, the first time I watched the first five seasons, I didn't like her. And I liked Betty (his blonde wife) much more. Rewatching season 4, I saw how mean she became before she gained weight. I guess the weight gain was to make her likable to audiences? Before that, she was turning into a bit of a shrew.

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  3. It wasn't the cleaning up the milkshake that got him. It was that he was used to Betty who would have flipped her lid and Megan was so calm and sweet. HE didn't like the song and dance at the party. He didn't like the party at all. He didn't really even like Megan. He didn't like any of them.

    He was in love with Peggy. But she wasn't the "image" and he was so damned damaged he couldn't just relax and admit it and by the time he maybe got there, she'd moved on, anyway. And she'd figured out he would have destroyed her like he destroyed all of them.

    Mad Men is classic, deep literature in television show form. Nothing is surface. Nothing is that simple. Don loved the idea of Megan, but she wasn't an idea, she was a person and he could never really understand that.

    And Megan thought she could fix Don and she couldn't and she hated him for that. Betty wasn't evil. She was a sad little girl acting out for attention and hurting everyone around her.

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    1. Mine was just a small glimpse of three episodes of a very complicated show. And a big ^^^SPOILER ALERT^^^ to anyone who hasn't seen it yet!

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  4. I have never watched Mad Men but since I lived though the sixty's and all the "revolting" that went on as a young housewife, the TV depiction of the era probably would have bored me. :)

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    1. It was fascinating to see Peggy's rise from secretary to head copywriter to a position at an opposing firm. The lack of diversity was amazing...all white male except for her. And they finally got an African-American secretary in season 6...ONE. Amazing!

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    2. Stephanie....one TV series that did fascinate me about that era was The Astronauts Wives Club that revealed a whole lot about how women acted and were treated and what really went on in the race to the moon. I think you would enjoy it also. It's an amazing part of our history no one knew about at the time.

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    3. I wanted to watch it--I'll watch for it on Hulu Plus and Netflix. Unfortunately, if a show doesn't end up there, I won't watch it.

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    4. I read the book available on Amazon after I watched the show and really enjoyed it also, it has some great old photos in it. It was written by a LIFE magazine reporter embedded with the wives for quite a while who got some great scoop.

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  5. I could not get into that show, and I tried really hard.

    He dumps January Jones?? When did she get mean?? I only got through like 3 episodes... I guess if there are no zombies or aliens or Vikings or apocalypses, it just doesn't do it for me.;)

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    1. Right, Mich? I loved her in season 1. And I liked the theme of her living this "housewife" lifestyle but being independent. She got a little cranky after the divorce, I guess? And LOL to zombies! I used to be into action-adventure stuff. Not at all anymore. I think I burned out on it.

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  6. Thanks for the review on Mad Men as I never watch the show but I find it a bit cliche just from the review. I must be getting too old for romance but i agree that balance is a good thing.

    Have a great day Stephanie.
    JB

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    1. This was just meant to be a fun take on a very small part of the show...not at all the show as a whole. It was actually, looking over all six seasons I've watched so far, just a very small plot...almost a subplot, since it's all about Don Draper and his journey.

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  7. I guess there was no such thing as marrying your best friend in the 60s? Sometimes I wonder if marriage wasn't a sham back then, tying people down to form a perfect image of husband/wife and how a family ought to be.

    I was married to my best friend for 27 years and we went to the justice of the peace to tie the knot. Not even a thank you from my parents for saving them the cost of a wedding. lol

    I never watched Mad Men, but it does sound interesting.

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    1. I can't speak from experience on the 60s, but if I based it solely on what I've learned from the show, "proper marriages" didn't seem to be about partnership at all. However, as the show progresses, you can actually see things changing. In the beginning it's all about that, but then you see couples getting divorced and independent women. Peggy, for instance, is in her late 20s, never married, and ends up moving in with a guy. She's okay with that but she's worried what her coworker (who's divorced with a baby) will think of her. Her coworker says, "Good for you!" but her mom doesn't like it. I think the 60s was a HUGE era of transition. The women back then took a stand so that we can enjoy the freedom from judgment we see today. (At least for the most part--there are still 50s-style people out there who believe life was better when women "knew their place.")

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    2. I used to LOVE reading old Harlequins about romance in the workplace. Those were the best. I probably don't have the patience for it anymore, but I can tell you I stayed up often to finish those things. In the Harlequins, the girl always gets the guy and that's the end of story. :)

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    3. Me, too. Those were my favorites. I will say if you want a romance, Mad Men isn't it! On Mad Men, girl gets boy, boy cheats on girl, girl leaves boy in screaming fit of rage, boy sleeps around until he finds the next girl he'll cheat on...

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  8. I have never watch Mad Men. Seems like too many affairs.

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    1. LOL, just for the purpose of the small part of the show I depicted in this post. Although if you go solely by what the show depicts, the illusion of the "happy marriage" where the man goes to work and the woman stays home and takes care of the family was just that. Those men were cheating like crazy!

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  9. My favorite jacket is lime green. It's a Columbia rain jacket.

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    1. Lime green and the 60s certainly go together...

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  10. I never watched this show and now I don't need to. I know what happens. Sounds like fun though.

    Watching this was way better than watching the Super Bowl. Just saying.

    Have a fabulous day. ☺

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    1. Not really...what I described was just about three episodes in season 4. There were three seasons after. But season 6 is kind of losing me. Hope it gets better!

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    1. Just a small glimpse of a very complicated show...

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  12. I watched a couple episodes but then couldn't take all the adultery. Looks like it's continuing in one form or another! But your post on it is hilarious, much better than watching the show was for me.

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    1. Yeah, someone seems to be always cheating. I'm trying to think of one couple on the show that didn't. I can't! I know people cheated in the 60s, but I have a hard time believing every single man at an ad agency would.

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  13. I might have to check the show out. I watched the Sopranos for the first time about a year ago. I was surprised it was so good. So much television is so bland. Even the few shows I watch have a lot of banal dialogue.

    I say I have no time to watch televison. Actually, I have no non-interrupted time. A small interruption and I am doing something else.

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    1. I worry about the violence with The Sopranos. That's always my problem with anything mafia related. Inevitably, someone's going to be tortured. I couldn't even watch Scandal because one of the main characters tortures people as a hobby, I guess. They KEPT showing it and I just couldn't take it. I stopped watching in the middle of one of those torture scenes and never went back.

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  14. I haven't watched it yet

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    1. I watched seasons 1-5, then went away and when I came back I seriously couldn't remember where I'd stopped! It's weird, even rewatching it, I could only remember some basic things.

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  15. I'm still on season 1. The wife isn't mean yet, but she's so whiny and clingy, I won't be sad when she gets tossed over. How sad am I?

    When we were first married, my husband had issues with me being too independent. Not to the point of trouble, but he felt unneeded. I suppose men are used to feeling needed, so I made it his job to always make sure there is gas in my car. I hate pumping gas anyhow, so it's a win-win! Now, I can mow the lawn without him feeling emasculated.

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    1. Peggy's the "likable woman" character...and Joan. They show the struggle women had to fit into a man's world. Women and minorities still have those struggles in male-dominated fields, sadly--it's just less blatant. And the DRINKING! I don't know if people really did drink all day back then but wow. I'm completely hopeless when it comes to fixing things around the house or operating a riding lawnmower...so no problem with that. I don't even like to kill bugs! I do get my own oil changed and my car washed and such...but I just take it to a place where they do it quickly and I can be on my way.

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  16. I don't watch Mad Men, but he seems to be wishy-washy about who he wants to be with.

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    1. He has...issues. To say the least! SPOILER ALERT: There's a very complicated backstory involving his time in Vietnam. I don't think that comes up in season 1, so I posted spoiler alert, but it really wouldn't ruin it for anyone going into it with that. It actually might make it better, knowing there's a reason he behaves the way he does. The writers of the show weave in some pretty complex themes. People love delving into the "deeper meaning," kind of like back in the "Lost" days.

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  17. I tried watching this but got bored. Same with The Americans..Military Husband loves that show. I need a lot of action and ass kicking to keep my attention. Hence Marvel.
    Lol

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    1. I watched Army Wives until it got boring. I liked the first season, but it started to feel like a soap opera after that. I did love the themes of it. I've never heard of The Americans.

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  18. I haven't seen it.
    And who ever falls for someone becauseo of 'one' thing. I hope that most of us are less superficial than that.

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    1. It was a building of things...I summed a lot of it up in one paragraph but it was fascinating to watch. For every question he asked her, she seemed to have the perfect answer.

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  19. I didn't watch the Super Bowl either, but don't have streaming on Netflix either. I'd have to rent to the DVDs of each season. I ddi this in 2014 with Season One of "Orange is the New Black," and a year later with the second season (four discs each). I have Season Three queued, but it hasn't been released. I read the book in the summer of 2014 and had to seethe show after all the hype.

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    1. I did that a few years ago with Lisa Kudrow's show about being a therapist online. Web Therapy, I think? Our library had it for rent. I loved the first season of Orange is the New Black but couldn't get into the second season...to much about the secondary characters. I liked it when it was a show about a normal woman going to prison, not about a bunch of prisoners.

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  20. I've never watched Mad Men. It's one of those series that I meant to see but I've never gotten around to. Now you've made me wonder even more about it.

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    1. Give it a try. I felt like it really got good around Season 4-5. Season 6...hopefully gets better. I'm only a couple of episodes in. I'm interested to see what happens, but I feel like they may be getting a little too "abstract" with those storylines.

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  21. I didn't watch Mad Men but I should, it's exactly the kind of stuff I like to watch!

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    1. The whole thing's on Netflix now, beginning to end. Watch while you can! I'm a little annoyed Netflix keeps taking down things--I guess they lose the licensing rights. I learned 75 percent of the way through watching all the seasons of SNL that it can go away without notice!

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  22. Nope, missed Mad Men entirely. And the Super Bowl.

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    1. The Super Bowl was on...I just only paid attention to the commercials, as usual!

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  23. I feel like I should watch Mad Men. It's been on my "to watch" list for a while now.

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    1. There are shows I'm curious about like that...I tried watching Gilmore Girls. I was actually disappointed I couldn't get into it.

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  24. This show never grabbed me, but then most don't. I do like that it was written with the Sixties as the setting.

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    1. And SO authentic! They worked hard to make sure every single piece of clothing, hairstyle, and furniture item was 100 percent authentic.

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  25. I watched Mad Men all the way through twice. The milk shake thing was important because Betty would have gotten all upset over it. Don only wanted Megan when he could control her. Then he lost interest and tried to control the woman in his apartment building. January Jones as Betty was fat for a while because she was pregnant. They made a fat suit for her so she would look fat all over, but it was too fat. She didn't gain much weight because she's January Jones. I always thought it was a shame that she was relegated to the sidelines--until she shone in her illness and depression at the end of the series. Great acting. She could have been me. I used to be blonde and skinny. I'm still blonde.

    Love,
    Janie

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    1. Yeah...I'm not quite to the end yet, but I did know about Betty's fate. It doesn't ruin it knowing that. I'm halfway through Season 6 and I realized I've already seen this season but I only remember parts of it. I remembered the whole Father Abraham thing...that song is once again stuck in my darn head!!!

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  26. Never watched it but the romance sounds fascinating.

    When the kids were little, our son spilled a milkshake on a total stranger. Yes, total embarrassment.

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  27. Hi Stephanie. This sounds like way more fun than watching the Super Bowl. :-)

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  28. I have not seen this show- but have heard such good things about it. I loved reading your thoughts and finding out more about it. Sounds interesting!

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  29. I have seen some episodes and from the little I have seen, it is brilliant. I did see the episode where she dances and sings to him...you wonder what kind of idiot he really is because she is everything one think of as a cool sexy 60's chick

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  30. Haven't seen this but heard it's good. Might be fun to revisit the 60s again. Saw your comment about Netflix's habit of dropping series before you can finish. For not much more you can have CDs mailed with seasons missed. So far it's worked. We did this with Downton Abbey and Warehouse 13.

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  31. I got through the first season of Mad Men and have definitely been trying to finish it. LOL Maybe another show got in the way and my limited attention span had me forgetting about it until now. Thankfully, it's a long weekend, so I can do some catching up of my favorite shows. :)

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  32. I love that show. I'm watching the final episodes on Netflix now. Don had some interesting relationships. I liked Megan until she was in California. I didn't care for the character twist there. Her mother is hilarious as a character though.

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  33. I loved that show. And I still love the show. I rewatch it a lot. I really enjoyed the first season and his marriage to Betty. I agree she was a meanie, but I always hoped they would get back together. Megan was OK. 😊

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  34. Having been a young girl in the 60s I loved the show. Not so much for Don and all his romances but more for the look and feel of the 60s! It was fun.

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