'Mad Men' recap: Pairs, pears, and despair Season 4, Episode 4

In this quiet oomph of an episode - doubly moving I thought on second viewing this morning before the sun came up - everyone was feeling his or her age. Don was suddenly so very old, and Peggy so wonderfully young. Pete was finally feeling all grown up, giving his father-in-law a graceful strong arm while clutching his heart over news that Trudy was pregnant. Joan and Caroline were old and married, invisible in terms of advertising; the younger, single secretaries fresh meat. How the hell did this get so sad so fast? Freddie wondered while watching the sniffling focus group as if it were his afternoon soap. That sort of sums up my feelings watching the last four episodes of Don's great unraveling.

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