Yesterday two high-profile suicides were covered in the media. As we know from experience and research, the suicide meme is contagious. Why else would NYU become the setting for the above-average student suicide rate. Scientists label this "cluster suicides."
Therefore, as "Mad Men" enters its final season next month, we can assume that the cagey writers might boost viewership by having the distressed Don Draper take a leap. The real action in the ratings would come as key characters like Peggy Olson reflect on that suicide. After all, suicide has been called homicide. Those checking out are seen to be communicating a negative message such as "You didn't care."
Through that reflection Olson could be saved from becoming the brittle Professional Woman. There is a difference between Leaning In and losing one's humanity. The second half of the series' finale could focus on Olson commuting in on Metro North from Darien, Connecticut. There she has two little ones. They are cared for by Olson's stay at home husband. He's a totally genuine person who tames Olson's ambition from being self-destructive.