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    I wondered why Don kept seeing his dead brother. He kept showing everywhere and in the dentist's office when I saw that mark on jis neck--he hung himself too--I realized that Lane's suicide must have got Don thinking of his brother who died after being rejected by Don. It seemed Don almost told Joan the real reason why Lane died, but he's keeping it to himself.

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    Alison Brie is an amazing actress. She can go from little Annie Adderall on Community to "I'll destroy you" Trudy on MM and I'm buying it. Pete needs to guard his pieces and parts.

    One bother...in Don's flashback to going to some apparent whorehouse when he was a teen, who was he with? His birth mother died in childbirth and in previous flashbacks his step mother was a hard woman, and not likely to have kin who ran houses of ill repute. I feel I might be forgetting something.
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    I found that very puzzling too. Don was in his teens and with a pregnant woman we know couldnt be his mother. Probably his stepmother after his father died? At any rate, it seemed to me that being with the Doctor's wife brought those memories back for Don! And what are the odds that both Pete and Don would be carrying on with women who live near them--that their wives know? It wasnt clear to me if Trudy was guessing Pete was involved with their neighbour, or that woman had told her!

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    I think Trudy found out about Pete - it was beyond suspicion. As soon as she showed up at their house beat up, and her husband screamed from off camera "let Campbell take care of you" I knew that Pete was not smooth enough to handle it in a way that Trudy would not find out why she'd been beaten up.
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    I was a little exhausted from all the adultery going on last night. lol Man, those guys are some horny little doggies. Roger wasn't even involved.

    My favorite line was from Joan when she told Herb that he had parts he hadn't been able to see in a long time! Go Joan.

    Why is Don's office so much smaller than it used to be? Roger's is still spacious. Peggy's office is as large as Don's now.

    I think the writers want us to be as disgusted as possible with Don. IMO, they have succeeded. There is really no reason he has to be in this affair with the doctor's wife. I wonder if the doctor is the one that Megan saw with her pregnancy. Once again, they toy with the idea of whether Megan had a miscarriage or an abortion. I couldn't tell for sure, but I think she had an abortion by the way she talked to the doctor's wife.
    At least my question was answered as to why the place Don and his gf were meeting in this place that was so downscaled. It's in the maid's quarters.

    Did that doctor perform the abortion? This was before Roe v. Wade, so could it have been a legal abortion?

    Well, Pete's got just what he wanted. He's not too happy about it though.

    Another favorite line from Don. "Sometimes you just have to dance with the one who brought you." That's a fine one coming from Don. lol

    Do you think this doctor has a gambling problem? Why is he strapped for money?

    The flash backs from Don's childhood confused me. It doesn't mesh with what we have been shown about his childhood from previous seasons. I want to make sense of that.
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    The scenes we're seeing right now of Don's childhood are from an age range that we have not seen before. So clearly, we're being told there's more to the story than we were aware of. At the end of last season when they had to take clients out for female "entertainment" Don said he'd grown up in a whorehouse -- it appears that this season we're going to learn some of the details of that segment in Don's messed up childhood.
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    Here's a link about Don or Dick's background. It doesn't mesh with what we are seeing now on the show either. Hmmm......I hope they can explain it.

    Don Draper - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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    I think there's something about Sylvia (dr's wife) that reminds Don of those days he spent in a brothel. Maybe she looks like one of the women there. When you compare Don to the other men he works and deals with, he really isnt that over the top sexually! It seems as if every man is on the constant hunt for sex. Are men still that desparate or does it get watered down with porn and stuff?

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    Quote Originally Posted by cablejockey View Post
    I think there's something about Sylvia (dr's wife) that reminds Don of those days he spent in a brothel. Maybe she looks like one of the women there. When you compare Don to the other men he works and deals with, he really isnt that over the top sexually! It seems as if every man is on the constant hunt for sex. Are men still that desparate or does it get watered down with porn and stuff?
    Many married men do not let that stop them. You never know either. Very little shocks me anymore.

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    I don't see how that Wikipedia link contradicts anything we're seeing about Don's past. That summary is based on a few very small clips we've seen in the past through Don flashbacks. Now, we're seeing a new flashback. Somehow I think that if Matt Weiner is careful enough in the details of the show to place references to Bye Bye Birdie throughout the season where Don and Betty split as hints to what is to come that he's detailed enough to know what has been revealed about Don's childhood, and not allow it to contradict what he'd be revealing now. Before the season started, he said in interviews that we'd be getting a lot more information and reveals about what makes several of the key characters tick. It looks like that is exactly what he's doing. What makes this show great is that it constantly evolves - the time as it did in history, the characters, etc. I think it would be really boring if they never expanded past what we learned in the first season. I also think it would be very boring if they spelled out everything carefully and clearly at once, rather than doing slow reveals. The writing and production on this show is just as strong if not stronger than the acting. That's why it's a great show.
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