In Indian Summer, Don and Rachel are in bed together. In the previous episode, Long Weekend, they had slept together for the first time. Here, we see that they have gone on as lovers, and they discuss things that reveal the kind of lovers they have become. (This is one of those wonderful bits of writing that assumes us, the viewers, to have intelligence. We don’t need every detail. We really do know how these things work; what kind of promises are made and felt.)

(Another example of that is in the Wheel, when we find Harry living in the office. I have a friend at work who is trying desperately to watch this show, but is confused by AMC’s suckful out-of-sequence episode-skipping sloppiness, and when he saw this scene, he asked me if he had missed an episode. No, I assured him, he hadn’t. Weiner simply didn’t fill in every blank for us. We don’t know if Harry ‘fessed up on his own or if Jennifer found evidence; all we know is Harry is without his wife and it’s bad. But I seriously digress.)

Don & Rachel. She is so happy, and so struggling. She tells Don it’s hard for her, but she also feels badly because it must be even harder on him.

Don: “I don’t think about it. I mean, I try not to.”

She comments on what a powerful mind he has, because she can’t control hers. Now, Rachel is pretty tough, and I don’t think it is in character for her to assume the I-have-a-weak-woman’s-mind position. I actually think she is defaulting to this because it’s easier (remember, Denial is the theme for this entire series, or at least for this season) than processing that Don doesn’t spend his every waking hour suffering over their situation, the way that she does.

Don: “I just haven’t figured out what to do yet.”

I think both Rachel and I find this a little more palatable.

Next scene, he changes into one of them white shirts, and Peggy walks in during that to present her vibrator copy. (This has an interesting dynamic on its own; it’s another moment where Peggy is caught between two selves; as a young woman she is not sure if she belongs in an office where her GORGEOUS cheating boss is changing his shirt. Also, she doesn’t believe she can bring the necessary candor in telling Don the truth about the weight loss belt. But here is Don, who insists on summoning the professional in her. From her perspective, as we see sprinkled throughout the season, this means tucking her femininity in.)

Don advises her on how to approach rewriting the copy.

“Peggy, just think about it. Deeply. Then forget it. And an idea will jump up in your face.”

And so Don was telling Rachel the truth. This is, genuinely, his process. And it is something we see in Don again and again; Don doesn’t think about the problem at hand. He waits for his answers, and they come.

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