|Greg lights one last cigarette for Joan, before she finally lights a fire under his ass.|
"He Hit Me" through the credits worked some magic, coming on the heels of Joan's own dealing with domestic abuse. The Crystals original was engineered by the legendary Phil Spector, someone who's no stranger when it comes to domestic abuse, and was written about Little Eva ("The Locomotion"), who served as a babysitter for the married Brill Building hitmakers Carole King and Gerry Goffin.
The title, "Mystery Date," manage to operate thematically as well. The title was pulled from a TV commercial Sally was watching, done for the classic game of the same name, but it also tied together several scenes. There was Don's fever dream of Andrea (played by Madchen Amick of Twin Peaks fame), Greg knocking on his own door, and Peggy's unplanned sleepover with Don's receptionist Dawn.
Speaking of Peggy, was there a better scene last night than the one of her and Roger? Count your money, Peg! (In today's dollars, that $400 would amount to around $2700 -- Roger routinely carries that amount in his wallet!)
Serial killer Richard Speck describing the strangling of his victims.
Don's fever dream scene (video below) was quite a bit to take in. Luckily, it seemed obvious that it couldn't be real, but for a moment I was thinking "Don needs another secret?" Besides the spectacle of Don strangling a former lover, the scene had elements that tied it back to what was going on elsewhere. Pushing Andrea under the bed with just the one shoe poking out acted as both as another reference to Cinderella and a kind of reversal of the one survivor in the Speck massacre, where the nurse survived by hiding under the bed.
Delving into Richard Speck's life provides a treasure trove of material in the misogyny/violence/sex sphere, especially how his final days played out. But that's a post for another day (ie, to remain in my head).
Previously: "Tea Leaves" (Episode 5.03)