Originally Posted by DJ's left nut
Eh, he was excited about the Hershey meeting. He wanted that business (in my mind Don the businessman wanted that business more than Don the guy wanted them not to advertise). And then he immediately sent Ted to Cali, something we know Don wanted. I really think that was meant as a coming to Jesus moment...I just thought it was ham-fisted.
I think Don wanted the challenge of pitching to Hershey. His hubris wanted the shot. And then he won. So he decided to blow it up. Because he could and that's they way he wanted it.
Don's locked into his past. And he's wrestling with every aspect of that past, it seems to me. Including keeping Hershey the same as it ever was. This whole season has been about falling down and looking back. Don's trying to reconcile his past and his present.
At least that's the way I see it. I should watch the episode again, but I really think Don's decision to send Ted to Cali was motivated more by Don's reflection of his own mistakes than anything Ted was doing.
It was, again, Don making all the decisions and doing what he thinks is best. But I do also think that in his own mind, he was being a good guy. I don't think any of it was malicious, just arrogant and self-centered. I also think he never thought for a minute Megan would leave (is she gone for good?).
Don doesn't see the the consequences. He doesn't understand the weight he throws around.
Again, just one person's take on those scenes.