At the beginning of last night's "Mad Men" episode, Megan Draper comes up with a big idea. After whipping up a bowl of spaghetti for Sally, who doesn't like fish, Don's new wife has a thought: She's making the spaghetti as her mom did before her, and her grandmother did before that. The scene could go back to the years of the cavemen, she says excitedly, or be adapted for a family scene on the moon.
This could work for the Heinz ad campaign, she thinks. And Don agrees. Multiple generations passing down a simple family ritual. It's a pretty picture. But all is not as it seems.
Sally's mother is nowhere to be found. Megan's mother is terribly unhappy. And Peggy's mother is horrified by a daughter who is about to embark on a life of sin.
Peggy and Joan aren't that different after all. Peggy had a child out of wedlock and hid the evidence. Joan is raising a child born from one frantic night on the street.