The story of Lazarus, as we know (fine… as Wikipedia tells us, because we are Jews), is the story of one of Jesus’ followers who Jesus raises from the dead after being in a tomb for over four days. This week, our titular “Lady Lazarus” is Megan, who (this was slightly foreshadowed last episode on Megan’s talks with her dad) has had enough of the advertising game, and decides she wants to bring her acting career back from the dead.
She starts the episode by receiving a message from someone named Jack Shapiro (for her maiden name, no less), and immediately she starts acting shady. She makes a call from a payphone, she lies to both Don and to Peggy about what she’s doing, and comes home late enough that Don feels compelled to call the office, twice, although her shadiness was worth it to hear Peggy yell “PIZZA HOUSE” into a phone (which is absolutely going to be the new recording on my answering machine).
As it turns out, she’s not off boning some dude or running off to a French-Canadian socialist commune (my money was on the former, but I would much have preferred the latter), she is instead sneaking off in the night, to audition for an Off-Off-Broadway play (I really hope it’s for “La Cocina,” about the Mexican chef who has a hard time enunciating the difference between seltzer and salsa). How cliché.
I have a question: How invested are we in Megan’s attempt to become an actress? I mean, even though she never did seem to truly fit in to SCDP (she seemed to work in Don’s office, which must have been pretty awkward), and the show has done a good job at fleshing out her character this season from “Don’s new secretary” to someone who has gotten her own arc and development. Yet still, this feels stale to me. Maybe it’s because I’ve actually grown to like Megan over the season, and I don’t want to see her fall into a failed actress/next Betty type, as Joan so astutely brought up.
I also think the idea of her becoming a successful actress also sounds lame, so I do hope that Matt Weiner has something different planned for this story. Her quitting was interesting, as it highlighted her relationship with Peggy and the way Peggy had grown to respect her since she started working as a copywriter, but I can’t help but think that this move is the beginning of the end for Megan Draper.