'Mad Men' Season 6, Episode 5 Recap - 'The Flood'

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Everyone has their hair teased nice and high and their old fashioneds at the ready, right? Great! Let's start this recap.

Peggy is touring a giant apartment on the Upper East Side, which she is thinking about buying for $28,000. (It's now worth $310,0000.) Movin' on up. Also, this real estate agent promising Peggy her apartment will quadruple in value when the Second Avenue subway is finished —any day now! — is just too much for me to handle.



Onto Bobby Draper (Is this Bobby Draper? How many kids have played Bobby Draper at this point?) His uneven wallpaper is driving him crazy, so he tears a piece off.

Hello, Megan Draper!


She and Don are on their way to an advertising awards ceremony — and she's wearing an eye-searing rainbow metallic brocade gown and a fur stole, while Don is in a tux.



But we don't get to see much of it, because it's time to check in with Ginsberg. His dad just sprung a surprise blind date on him — so out the door he goes, with a woman his father introduced him to 30 seconds earlier.

At the awards ceremony, Megan runs into Peggy, who finally gets to wear something pretty — a pink and green cocktail dress with a waist-high bow. Megan congratulates her on her new apartment. Team Megan and Peggy.


Oof. Ginsberg's date is off to a rough start. First, he orders soup. Then he asks his date if she likes kids, and then he tells her he's never had sex — "Not even once." But, luckily, she seems to find all of this endearing.


And...we knew this was coming soon, right? Martin Luther King has been shot. Everyone is speechless, as the news sinks in. Except Henry Francis. "They're going to burn the city down," he says, as he runs out the door. Ugh, this guy.

I'm having a hard time buying some of the characters' grief, though. Like Pete, for instance. On the verge of tears, watching the news, drinking alone, calling his wife. It just doesn't ring true.

Know what does ring true, though? Don totally ignoring Megan when she asks how his secretary, Dawn, is doing.

"Man knew how to talk. I don't know why, but I thought that would save him. Thought it would solve the whole thing," Roger Sterling says about Martin Luther King Jr. Is Roger talking about himself, too? We see what you did there, Roger.

Pete is all over this opportunity to feel morally superior to someone. He yells at Harry Crane for carrying on with his workday, as if nothing had happened. But, then again, if Pete Campbell is disgusted by you, maybe you need to get your priorities straight.

Awkward Joan and Dawn hug! Someone needs to gif this.


Dr. Rosen and Sylvia are in Washington D.C., and Don is getting nervous, because of the riots going on down there. But he doesn't have much time to think about it, because he forgot to pick up his kids! "I guarantee you'd go to Canada on your knees to pick up your girlfriend," Betty says, when she calls to remind him what a deadbeat dad he is. Which girlfriend, though?

Poor Ginsberg. His dad insinuates he's gay, and then follows that up with "The animals went two by two. You, you're going to get on the ark with your father." Then Papa G. offers to buy him a sandwich. An apology sandwich.

Don and Bobby go to see Planet of the Apes — twice! — because "everybody likes to go to the movies when they're sad."

Henry is running for office — I didn't catch which office, I was making snacks — and, he tells Betty that she'll be in the spotlight more. She looks sufficiently freaked out.

Back at the Draper house, Don's bangs are slightly askew so you know he's wasted. Megan is angry, because Don left Sally and Gene with her all day, when they really wanted to spend time with their father. Then, Don drops this bomb:

"I don't think I've ever wanted to be the man who loves children."

Oof.

He continues, "You want to love them, but you don't. And the fact that you're faking that feeling makes you wonder if your own father had the same problem."

Now time for a sneak peek at next week's episode! Which...tells us nothing about next week's episode.

And, that's it! Was this the darkest episode this season? Will Mad Men go on for so long that the series finale will cover the debut of Mad Men? Let us know!

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