Don's return to SC&P was not without pain, though, as the once-proud gunslinger was forced to capitulate to a series of stipulations from his fellow partners, each perhaps designed to cause the man that melted in front of Hershey to do so again.
Don is back, against Joan's better judgement and much to Peggy's chagrin, and will work under the surly, "adequate" Lou Avery. There will be no drinking in the office, no veering off-script in meetings, and virtually none of what made Don Draper the creative dynamo that he was for SC&P throughout most of the 1960s; the question is, will this new, seemingly adaptable Don be able to exist in this environment?
After a trip to California that saw his marriage to Megan enter its next phase of entropy, Don appeared at Roger's door. With hat in hand, Don was finally ready to fix his work life. Roger would do the rest, appealing to Bert and Joan's practical side, and shouting down Jim Cutler.
It was nice to see Roger go to bat for Don, as I've always liked "Mad Men" best when Roger and Don are on the same page. But did Roger set himself up for failure by trusting his old partner? It sure seems as though a war between Sterling and Cutler is brewing, and the current setup with Don working under Lou seems untenable. Something has to give, here.
"Field Trip" took its name from Betty and Bobby's visit to a farm, where all was going well until Bobby stupidly traded his mother's sandwich for some gumdrops, which Betty then spitefully forced her eldest son to eat. Aw. And Betty was seemingly doing so well, too.
Betty is aware that her children don't like her, as she confided to Henry Francis, later. But is she aware of why she's less than an ideal mother? As we see with her ex, it sure seems as though "Mad Men" is telling us that people can change. But does Betty have the fortitude to fix things with her kids? And will we get the opportunity to see that before this series ends its run?