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Mad Men’s Megan: Spoiled brat!

- June 11th, 2012

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Mad Men is the kind of show that usually requires deep analysis, but please allow us to be shallow as we make this observation:

Megan Draper – what a spoiled little brat!

(Spoiler alert – up-to-date plot points are discussed in the ensuing sentences.)

Mad Men wrapped up its fifth season Sunday night on AMC, and Megan – played by Canadian actress Jessica Pare – was not at her best, maturity-wise.

Remember back when we first met Megan last season? Even into the early parts of this just-completed season, despite her youth, Megan often was the calming voice of reason for her older husband Don Draper, played by Jon Hamm.

But consider what Megan did in the season-five finale.

Her acting career was tanking. An acting friend of hers asked Megan if she could influence Don to get her an audition for a commercial. But Megan didn’t ask Don on her friend’s behalf, Megan took that information and asked Don for herself. Then when Don correctly said that he didn’t think it was appropriate, Megan went into a major pout, lashing out at both Don and her mom, played by Julia Ormond.

In fact, Ormond’s Marie Calvet – who still seems as if she’s from France, not Quebec – had a couple of the best moments in the finale, first of all calling Megan an “ungrateful little bitch,” then commiserating with an agitated Don by saying, “I know it’s hard to watch, but this is what happens when you have the artistic temperament, but you are not an artist.”

So what happens in the end? Don caves, and the little princess gets exactly what she wants!

Hopefully Megan is seen as a representation of 1960s youth, and not Quebec youth in general. Then again, if Don and Megan ever had a daughter, and that daughter had a daughter, do you think Don and Megan’s grandkid currently would be on the streets with the students in Montreal, protesting against university tuition hikes that she surely could afford to pay?

Wow, how the heck did I work my way to that?

Back to the simple point: Grow up, Megan Draper. As her mom Marie observed, “Not every little girl gets to do what they want. The world cannot support that many ballerinas.”

bill.harris@sunmedia.ca

@billharris_tv

 

 

 

 

 

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