**Warning this post does contain spoilers about the season finale which aired October 17, 2010**
Before we delve into the Mad Men's season 4 finale (titled "Tomorrowland") and the role of Megan (Jessica Paré) lets talk about an earlier episode from the season...episode 4 "The Rejected."
In episode 4, Don's previous secretary Allison (Alex Alamanni, pictured above at far right) has a breakdown while doing a product study for Ponds.
Allison is one of the single woman on the office staff who are poked and prodded about their singleness. Allison's breakdown comes from the feeling of rejection she has from Don after a one night stand that Don completely wants to push under the rug that apparently means nothing to him.
After 20 episodes, this episode is Allison's last, and instead Don becomes connected to his market researcher, Dr. Faye Miller (Cara Buono) who incidentally is conducting the Pond's Study.
When Allison leaves, Don of course needs a new secretary, and he is given one whom there is no fear of physical relations. He receives Miss Blankenship (Randee Heller) who for her time as Donald Draper's secretary she is really quite the comical element.
Joan's move to bring on Miss Blankenship is appreciated by Don helping him focus.
Of course, Miss Blankenship dies...so another young thing takes her place. Which brings us to Megan who becomes his secretary.
Megan had been included in the Pond's focus group from episode 4. I have circled her in the picture above. Megan is the least emotional wreck of them all, at that time the front desk secretary talks about her French mother's beauty routine is simple getting the water to just the right temperature and patting her face.
So when Megan becomes the secretary in episode 9, who's to guess by the finale (episode 13) Don would be popping the question...not to mention after Dr. Faye Miller has been a love interest the bulk of the season in what seems like a generally stable relationship.
So...is Megan Calvet (soon to be Draper) just the thing of season finale's? Is she here to stay?
I will definitely be paying attention to credit positioning when season 5 premiers to see if Jessica Paré's name gets regular billing. If not, I will assume something extremely wrong occurs early on that breaks off the wedding.
But of course, I feel like the writers have given us a great deal of indication that Don's wants to settle down a little bit, and his promiscuous sex life has waned from a fast-moving 10 to something...not quite zero, but not quiet full steam ahead with any offer that comes his way.
So Megan, I must say, I was curious of your character arch from the moment you became the ambitious secretary, and the invitation to Disneyland got my head spinning early on in the finale, but by the time of the proposal I really wasn't sure what was going on. In fact, we were watching saying "Is Don having a dream?"
But now, we will wait and see what the reality of your character is. Hello, season 5. What will you do!