Yes, an adulteress deserves sympathy with a dom like this (side note: I’m pretty sure every one of Don's mistresses should join a support group of some sort). And with a Patrick Bateman-esque scene like this, Don's face just became a whole lot more punchable than Pete's.

Don, you're best when you're dashing and, as Ted's bedridden partner more or less put it, charming. We miss you. Please be debonair next week and flirt with Joanie.

(Side note: The trapped-in-a-hotel plotline was especially unsettling after the Cleveland kidnapping story that hit last week. Not that Weiner could predict that would happen when he's incorporating tragedies from the past into his show. But still. Cringe.)

Don's next victim is Ted. His former(ish) arch rival and now co-partner. The man who stole office wife Peggy away from him. It. Is. On.

Ted starts a creative meeting with a casual rap over Fleishmann's margarine. Word association? No wonder the SCDP creative sit there blankly.

Don, meanwhile, is caught up with his tryst and shows up 40 minutes late to the meeting. Don adjourns the meeting and tells Peggy to schedule the next one. Ted, pissed, calls him out on his lateness and Don storms off to his office.

In Draperland, booze and two glasses is an olive branch. Ice also substitutes as bread to fill up the stomach and stay sober.

This is how he tricks Ted into getting bumbling drunk before 4 p.m. He then leads Ted into the conference room. Humiliation is what drives him.

Peggy, pissed, sits a stumbling Ted down. He promptly puts his head on the table and insists he's "fine." Surest sign if someone's drunk or not.

The next day, Peggy's waiting for Don in his office. "I hoped he'd rub off on you, not the other way." Don, the manipulator extraordinaire, insists Ted has everything he wants (cough, Peggy, cough), and that she's unjustly taking Ted's side.

Peggy makes an accusation that I was speculating recently: Don merged SCDP and CGC so that he could finally have Peggy under his wing, and thumb, again.

Don denies it, of course. But when he welcomed back Peggy, his eyes lit up with adoration and his smile was filled with restrained anticipation. Welcome back, Pegs, indeed. Now it's Don's turn to feel the pangs of unrequited love.

Add that to the fact that he never lets petty squabbles fizzle out, and it's not beyond Don to be calculating and spiteful. He spares Peggy the spite, for now, and reserves that for Ted.

Ted fires back. Preparing a meeting with Mohawk, Ted offers to fly to visit the clients. Because why wouldn't Ted have a pilot license and a plane? Ted: 1 Don: 0.

It's storming as they take off. The plane is shaking and Don is petrified. Ted assures him it will be sunnier above the clouds. Ascending into the sunlight, Ted puts on his aviators and smiles. Don's still just as shaky as the turbulent plane.

It's not just the rickety plane that's making him nervous. As submissive Ted regains his confidence, Don loses his sense of power and becomes lost in a maelstrom of fear and helplessness.

Gleason was onto something when he quoted Sun Tzus "The Art of War": "If I wait patiently in the river, the body of my enemy will float by."

Don's world is filled with chaos -- and not just what's in the headlines. The more he struggles against it, the more he's caught in the undercurrent.

We see Don swirling in anxiety as Megan plans their next romantic excursion. Then there's the dread on his face when RFK's assassination is on the news.

As for the assassination, I was surprised with how they built up the suspense of the assassination in this episode. This season in general has hinted to the younger Kennedy's death (e.g. Peggy's profession of love for him last week.)