It’s been a shaky couple of weeks quality wise for the classiest show on TV, but it hit its stride once again, as interesting new developments have left the Sterling Cooper partners helpless, and Joan’s professional future uncertain.
Besides, they’re going to be much better off at McCann. Sure, it's pride crushing but they are going to have accounts like Coca Cola. They eventually accepted their fate and saw it as a good thing, and Don, Roger, Peter and Ted are going to very successful. Joan? Well....Perhaps not. Despite being set in a time when women were oppressed, Joan is one of the strongest characters in the show, but that doesn’t mean she’s invincible to the sexism of the time. Things were going well for her until this meeting, when it was heavily implied by Jim that there wouldn’t be a place for her at McCann. This comes at a time when, as she states in the previous episode, she has the job she’s always wanted. There’s no doubt that by the end of it, she’ll be back on top and (hopefully) have a happy ending, especially given her new romantic venture, but to think that maybe she won’t have a future in advertising is heartbreaking. Joan is too important to be left in the dust at the end of everything.
To be honest though, it seems like they’re trying to tie up the early series as much as possible. The start of the season saw the death of Rachel Menken, then last week, Creepy Glen Bishop (Who did not get any less creepy during his time on the show) cropped up again, eighteen years old with horrific hair and fashion sense, and revealed that he’s shipping out to Vietnam, and now we get a throwback to Peggy’s son. It’s quite cool actually, and shows a lot of care for the program as well as serving a nice treat for fans who have been dedicated since the very start.
The end is dangerously close...three episodes left people. Is that enough to set up a magnificent ending?