Hands and Knees. Remember that crazy California trip Don and Pete took in season 2, when Don inexplicably disappeared? Well, North American Aviation comes back to haunt him: This time, the feds are sniffing around. Pete purposely blows the account to save Don's secret. And man was he pissed. If that news weren't bad enough, Lucky Strike tells Roger they're leaving the agency. Plus, one of the most brutal moments on the small screen in recent memory: Lane's father beating him with the cane. Could have easily killed him.
Chinese Wall. Despite Roger's attempt to buy some time, news of Lucky Strike's departure inevitably leaks—and everyone's questioning the future of Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce. Speaking of the future: Looks like there isn't one for Roger and Joan. Did anyone else think he looked borderline suicidal?
Blowing Smoke. Yet another blow to the agency, as Philip Morris feigns interest for a cigarette targeting females, then pulls back. Don makes a drastic move, running a full-page ad in The New York Times divorcing Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce from the tobacco industry altogether. This only continues the downward spiral, as Bert Cooper resigns and Faye (along with many others) loses her job. Well, Faye, we all know Don can inflict far more damage than that.
Tomorrowland. Not quite as strong as the season 3 closer, and certainly not as uplifting. But … wow! Don marrying his secretary? How Roger of him. Wish I could say I saw it coming. Yet remember a few episodes back when Faye leaves Don's office but we focus on Megan applying lipstick? There was the subtle hint. Every woman is fair game with Don Draper. Poor Dr. Miller: talk about a woman scorned. Best line: "I hope she knows you only like the beginnings of things." Who would've thought Betty firing Carla would set off such a chain reaction? Meanwhile, Joan has news that may trump the new Drapers. And wasn't that last scene with Don and Betty in the dark kitchen perfect?
So, what are your thoughts on season 4?
Mad Men recaps: season 4, episodes 6-9
Mad Men recaps: season 4, episodes 1-5