Just another day at the office for Don and Megan Draper.

Just another day at the office for Don and Megan Draper. (Frank Ockenfels/AMC / April 30, 2012)

It's time to meet the really, really bad parents.

Look, no mom and dad are perfect. They make mistakes. They miss ball games. But Megan Draper's folks (played by guest stars Ronald Guttman and Julia Ormond. Julia freaking Ormond) fight loudly in French, cheat at an American Cancer Society Ball and basically make their daughter feel like crap.

Also making her daughter feel like crap, in a particularly non-French but more brutal way, is Peggy's mom.

Sigh. I want to give my parents a call and just have them say something nice to me.

Lets start with Megan folks, who are visiting from Montreal (yet have really, really, really French accents) to see Don get the Most Ironic Award of the Year from the American Cancer Society. Remember that anti-smoking PSA SCDP did just to stick it to Lucky Strike for ditching them?

Things start out slowly (this really was a slow burn of an episode, ultimately fulfilling but still), Megan's mom is full of life and flirty with Don ("She touched you six times in an hour," Megan later notes, which Don simply dismisses as her being very French). Megan's dad is uber-professorial and does not enjoy the pair's home ("It's exquisitely decadent," dad says) or Don's profession ("He's a Communist or a Socialist or a Maoist or something that makes him hate me for what I do," Don tells Roger, apparently blind to the fact that hardcore advertising folks may turn people off). 

Don does, it should be noted, appear eager to please his father-in-law as he laters reads an English-French dictionary in his office. The evolution of Don continues.

Holy tension. Throughout the entire episode. You'd think Megan's parents visiting would cause the ultimately fight-turned-rough-sex session for Megan and Don, but it actually brings them together.

Sally and Bobby Draper (Bobby finally has a line!) are staying with Don since Henry's mother tripped and broke her ankle. Sally was talking to Glen Bishop (creepy Glen, back in full force and gone through puberty) at the time but rushed to her side later even she lies later about grandma tripping over her phone cord.

Megan cooks the kids spaghetti and the next day has a brilliant idea that she gets in the shower (where all good ideas come from). She remembers that her mom used to make her spaghetti, so what about an ad for Heinz Beans showing moms throughout time serving their kids Heinz (from cave moms to modern-day), ultimately ending up with a lunar mom serving her lunar kid beans?!

I'm assuming when we do end up on the moon, we won't be eating beans, but this is one good idea. Don loves it, particularly in light of Peggy's epic Heinz ad fail of 1966.

"My god, get over here," Don tell her. Nothing turns Don Draper on more than a good advertising pitch. And Megan.

I loved how this episode showed the power of Megan and Don working together, as opposed to, say, fighting like cats and dogs at a hotel. Megan's one smart cookie, but she faces Don's old habits of discounting his conquests as mere objects, ignoring their smarts (except for Peggy). There's also the pressure of Megan being seen by co-workers as "the boss' wife," as Michael Ginsberg snarkily calls her.

But later, at a dinner with Raymond, the Heinz guy, and his wife, Don and Megan work like a charm together. When Raymond's wife hints that he's ready to bolt from SCDP, Megan goes to work, seamlessly yielding to Don to tell Mr. Heinz "your big idea."

Don's pitch is eloquent, he gives Megan credit for one part, they work like a dynamite team. Sold!

"Oh god, I want you," Don tells Megan in the cab afterward. Here, it's, as always, hard to tell what Don really, deep down, likes: Megan's beauty and youngness or her budding copywriter talents. The lines are blurred in true "Mad Men" fashion. You want to think he's attracted to both qualities, and the writers here do a good job at making you really think hard about it and still not being quite sure.

Everyone's in a good mood before the American Cancer Society ball. The ladies go shopping and get Sally a dress because she wants to go to the ball with her "papa." "Papa" said the French way.

How can Don say no to that (though later he tells her to loose the make-up and boots because Sally was thisclose to looking like an "Austin Powers" dance girl).

"Every father should get to see their father as a success," Megan's mom notes.