Don’s young wife, Megan, is proving to be as complicated as the rest. One minute standing up to Don the way no woman has while presenting herself as an artist with integrity, the next stealing a job from a friend and calling in favors from Don to fulfill her desire to become an actress. Megan is at once a gracious stepmom, a damaged daughter, a selfless caretaker, and a spotlight seeker.
It is a credit to “Mad Men” that the show can offer a vision of history that’s not simply a series of discrete events and advances, but a messy, often uneven lurch forward. The allure of the women of “Mad Men” isn’t just that they show where we’ve been, but they highlight where we are.