“Marriage of Figaro” is the third episode of Mad Men’s first season, having an allusion to Pete Campbell’s marriage being finalized from the previous episode where he went on a honeymoon. Once Pete makes his triumphant return to the Sterling-Cooper office as a married man, the fellow ad men of the office chastise him (making quite inappropriate remarks on the roles of women in the process) after which Pete makes a special trip over to Peggy Olsen’s desk.

Pete wants Peggy to be crystal clear that their prior romantic night together (in the first episode “Smoke Gets in Your Eyes”) was only a one-night stand, and that he is committed towards being a faithful husband now that he’s been officially married. Aside from Peggy’s controlled disappointment at something she knew would obviously be the result of her fling with Pete, there is one other large development in this episode of Mad Men involving Don Draper. His secretive past begins to unravel as Don runs into an old army buddy (from the Korean War) that identifies him as ‘Dick Whitman’ on the public transit bus.

Little known to any of the other characters in the story (including Don’s wife Betty), Dick is his legal birth name, and Don Draper is the identity that was assumed following an accident in the war where Dick was ‘killed off’ to escape an undesirable lot in life. Don (aka ‘Dick’) has been absolutely spooked by the fact that a person in his past still knows his real name, and somehow it relates to his current problems with being less than satisfied in his new life as a family man and ad man extraordinaire. While at a social party with Betty, Don opts for anti-social sulking as he further contemplates the choices he made in ‘both’ of his lives.

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The sixth episode of Mad Men, titled “Babylon”, brings the crew at Sterling-Cooper into May 1960, as Peggy Olsen beings her unlikely climb up the corporate ladder past her secretarial beginnings. Peggy is able to impress the ad team with her suggestions, enough to have Don Draper start consulting with her for ad copy and the enigmatic ‘women’s perspective’ with the more female-oriented accounts Sterling-Cooper is involved with.

Elsewhere in the office, Roger Sterling and Joan Holloway keep their extramarital affairs secretive and mutually-non-committal until the white-haired Roger makes a offer to Joan to buy her an apartment. Roger being married automatically puts him off of Joan’s radar as far as a serious relationship goes, and she playfully rejects his offer to escalate their relationship, in the process putting a halt on the physical advantages of their furtive liaisons at the same time.

In coming up with an ad campaign for promoting travel to Israel, Don finds an excuse to call Rachel Menken, who he shares a mutual attraction with. Rachel is brought in to try shooting out some ideas for the Israel campaign, yet mostly serves as an excuse Don uses to try getting closer to her.

Conflicted, Rachel decides to leave Don to his ‘utopia’ of a false paradise full of advertising promises and phony aliases to try and hide the true motivations that guide him.

Don retreats back to Midge, his regular mistress, and enjoys a nigh of debauchery with Midge’s drug-obsessed artist friends in an attempt to forget about Rachel (and Betty as well). The prior discussion about ‘utopia’ that Rachel brought up comes into play in future episodes where Don and Betty seemingly have a great life when viewing things from the outside, but as the original Greek for ‘utopia’ translated as ‘a non-place’, the facsimile of life that Don creates around him has always been bound to shatter.

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