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Lady Lazarus 

TV-14 | | Drama | Episode aired 6 May 2012
Megan convinces Don that she should give up her job at the firm so that she can pursue a career on Broadway, while Peter has a fling with an acquaintance's wife.

Director:

Phil Abraham

Writers:

Matthew Weiner (created by), Matthew Weiner
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jon Hamm ... Don Draper
Elisabeth Moss ... Peggy Olson
Vincent Kartheiser ... Pete Campbell
January Jones ... Betty Francis (credit only)
Christina Hendricks ... Joan Harris
Jared Harris ... Lane Pryce (credit only)
Aaron Staton ... Ken Cosgrove
Rich Sommer ... Harry Crane
Kiernan Shipka ... Sally Draper (credit only)
Jessica Paré ... Megan Draper
Christopher Stanley ... Henry Francis (credit only)
Jay R. Ferguson ... Stan Rizzo
Robert Morse ... Bertram Cooper (credit only)
John Slattery ... Roger Sterling
Alexis Bledel ... Beth Dawes
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Storyline

Megan has been lying to her colleagues, including Don, about her whereabouts at certain times of the day. She is caught in the lie by both Don and Peggy. She is able to make up a credible enough excuse to Don, but Peggy confronts her on it. Based on that discussion, Megan decides to come clean to Don about what she's been doing. Don's reaction surprises her, which leads to a major change at SCDP. But Don's true reaction may actually be closer to what she had anticipated based on an encounter Don has with Peggy. Meanwhile, Pete is still feeling more fulfilled at work as clients, without even having met him, are giving him gifts. But he is feeling more and more restless at home, especially after he learns that his train commuting colleague Howard Dawes has embarked on an affair in the city. Taking a cue from Howard and given the opportunity, Pete embarks on a wannabe affair of his own, the "wannabe" part based on the insecurities of the other party. Written by Huggo

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Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 May 2012 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

Don summons an elevator, but the doors open to reveal only the abyss of an empty shaft. In a June 2012 interview with the New York Times, Matthew Weiner seems to imply that this was an actual malfunction on the set that was retained or recreated for the finished scene. ("In my mind, that actually happened. The elevator wasn't there, which we know happens all the time. I thought that was an amazing cinematic representation of his emotional state.") But this reading might be taken out of context; Weiner may simply have been restating a simile with doors he drew for a just-prior question about Pete Campbell. At any rate, the empty elevator shaft fits with the death imagery that is sprinkled throughout the show and also symbolizes the new void of Megan's departure (per same interview). See more »

Goofs

Pete asks Beth to meet him at the Hotel Pennsylvania. The Hotel Pennsylvania (the hotel's original name) operated as The Statler Hilton during this time. It was not until 1992, after several change-of-hands, that the hotel was renamed to its original name, Hotel Pennsylvania. See more »

Quotes

Peggy Olson: That takes a lot of guts.
Michael Ginsberg: I'll tell you what takes guts: never having money for lunch. She owes me, like, $15 at this point. What am I gonna do - ask Don? Call her? I think it's clear why she left.
Peggy Olson: That's not why.
Michael Ginsberg: Well, why?
Stan Rizzo: Come on, reality got her. You work your ass off for months, bite your nails - for what? Heinz Baked Beans.
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Connections

References The Birds (1963) See more »

Soundtracks

Tomorrow Never Knows
Written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney
Performed by The Beatles
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Season 05

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Lady Lazarus

The emotions does travel unflinchingly among the viewers and is probably the only reason why the audience is left on the edge of the seat despite of walking on such a wafer-thin concept, the tone is adaptive.


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