Mad Speculation – Megan Draper
As we count down to the final seven episodes of Mad Men brief speculation on the fate of our favorite characters feels in order. Let’s begin with Megan Calvet Draper whose sputtering marriage to Don appeared to be over when we last saw her. Promo pics for the final episodes, however, confirm that Megan still graces the Mad Men canvas. Her outfit suggests that she will soon audition for Barbara Eden’s stand-in on I Dream of Jeannie or for the highly desired part of faux Jan in the Brady Bunch Variety Hour.
Megan started off as a SCDP secretary who turned Don’s head with a kiss. She had more success with this move than Don’s witless secretary Meredith did in “Waterloo.”
Megan used to be filled with hope – a confident woman who worked side by side with her love-struck husband selling Cool Whip. The honeymoon period came to an end when a run-in with some orange sherbet proved that desserts do not always bring happiness.
Megan left the ad business to take up a promising acting career in daytime soap operas while her husband took the neighbor to bed.
Soon after, Megan made the jump to California where her Hollywood Dreams fell short. She threw some wild Laurel Canyon parties and treated Don to an awkward threesome. In a moment of selfish insecurity she pushed a pregnant Stephanie into the streets. Megan has since morphed into a superficial wannabe actress who spends her days painting her nails in the California sun and planning movie dates with Jill, all the while living off of her husband’s money even though she does not want the actual husband.
During their last phone conversation Don promised Megan, “I will always take care of you.” Don Draper has a thing for taking care of women, obviously a holdover from his childhood. His promise to Megan felt paternalistic and her claim that she did not need him to take care of her was laughable. Megan’s final arc does not look promising. Without Don’s money she is just one bad decision away from starring in Deep Throat or dancing the night away with the Brady Kids.