Episode Synopsis: Megan realizes her life’s ambition is to be an adequate actress rather than a good creative executive. Meanwhile, Pete mistakes a fling (with the wife of his train buddy) for something more, taking him one step closer to the brink of totally unstable. Also, Peggy’s devoted so much brainspace to beans that she can’t remember the difference between “Just try it” and “Just taste it.”

 

I am nearly as devastated as Don over Megan’s departure from SCDP. She brought some much-needed style to the office. Case in point: her houndsooth coat dress, paired with sheer white (ribbed?) tights.

Megan’s ability to blend mod styles with an upper-class aesthetic always impresses  me. It’s a short hemline and it’s a bold print, but she still looks pulled together without looking old.

 

Megan leaves work under mysterious circumstances in this gold shift.

So random, but my favorite part of this dress are the pleats. I don’t like shifts because of how they fall around the hips, but the pleats give it a nice shape. Plus, it reminds me of Sally’s outfit from “At the Codfish Ball.”

 

Is there anyone in 1966 with a better outerwear wardrobe than one Megan Calvert-Draper?

She really is the grooviest. I love the 3/4 sleeve on the coat with the tiny camel gloves. Such a great fall look for someone lanky.

 

Megan’s never been one to blend into the office, and that’s never more noticeable than in this scene.

As she plays the role of loving housewife to Don’s grumpy husband character, Megan’s bright dress is a sharp contrast to everyone else in the scene – particularly to the rest of the creative department.

 

Just look at how Peggy, Stan, and Peggy’s fierce bitch face are dressed. 

Stan and Peggy are wearing the same exact brown. Peggy’s wearing blue, Stan’s wearing dark green – two colors that couldn’t be further from Megan’s lipstick red dress. In case you forgot that Megan doesn’t fit in here, the clothes are more than happy to remind you.

 

Does Megan have an early version of Cher’s closet from Clueless? Because that’s the only way she could fit so many fabulous coats into the Drapers’ apartment.

I would be happy if every scene Megan is in features her coming in from outside during inclement weather, so we can see her full array of outerwear.

 

Oh, don’t cry, Megan. It’s okay. Sure, we’ll miss your fabulous work wardrobe and stilted pitches, but now you get to do character exercises in a poorly-ventilated studio space in a third floor walkup!

You might want to leave the big gold necklace and crocheted dress behind, though. Much as we might approve, I imagine that all “real” actors in 1966 are expected to dress like Audrey Hepburn pre-makeover in Funny Face.

   

 

Megan wastes no time in taking off her dress, throwing on some capris, and setting herself up for any number of “barefoot in the kitchen” references.

Oh, Megan. Don’t you know that being satisfied with your life never ends well on Mad Men?

 

Hey, I was right! Actors in the 1960s did dress like Funny Face Audrey Hepburn, pre-makeover.

And another fabulous coat. If Don ever kicks her out and she can’t find an apartment in New York with enough closet space for all that outerwear, I’ll be happy to help take some off her hands.

 

To the other end of the spectrum, the ever-so-practical Peggy, working late at the office yet again (despite the fact that Abe is, presumably, waiting at home for her).

Such an improvement over that shapeless, untucked button-down shirt that she was wearing a few episodes ago. I love when she gets menswear right.

 

Again, hitting all the right notes when it comes to being a businesswoman in a man’s world. It was great to see Peggy put together several great outfits, especially since normally she looks like the female equivalent of Ginsberg.

If you’re going to have her go head to head with Megan, she’s got to bring her sartorial A-game. Fortunately, she did.

 

Unfortunately, she pushed it a little too far in the menswear department when it came time to pretend to be Don’s wife.

I love her, but that’s not a role she was born to play. Case in point: she matches Ken and Don a little too well. She’s one of the guys, not the doting wife. Instead of sweetly saying, “Just taste it,” Peggy’s “Just try it” was a little too confrontational for the part.