Before one can start new business, one must settle old business.
Matthew Weiner and company make a point of echoing Cutler’s flippantly opportunistic nature twice over before the episode concludes.
The more overwhelming intimation of the title is the idea of making plans in general, and the unwavering fallibility of said activity.
It’s easy enough to say that this is the most substantial and refreshingly untamed episode of Mad Men’s seventh season so far.
The purgatorial mood that Matthew Weiner and his crew conjure here sets the stage for Don and company’s final season-long cocktail hour.
Don’s Hawaiian “experience,” as he calls it, is so intense and unsettling that it creates a noticeable breach in his disposition.