In a brilliant juxtaposition, the final episode of "Mad Men" for the season features the moon landing with Don's and Peggy's insight into what it takes to become whole. We have hope that the series will wrap next season with redemption for these two wounded complex characters.
The visual electricity comes from Neil Armstrong's taking his first "small step" on the moon. Everyone is watching that. Despite all the political upheaval in the U.S., here was a moment to be proud to be an American. Also born is the meme of heroism coming from science. Sure George Washington was a great military leader but there is a shifting to the veneration of the scientific method.
In contrast, Don puts his feet on the ground. He listens when his estranged second wife tells him not to follow her to California. Unlike the usual behavior of an alcoholic, Don resists "taking a geographic." Then he gets it that creativity isn't the only card in his deck. He can add the joys and sorrows of being a simple human being. He allows Peggy to present to the fast food chain. Perhaps by the end of the series Don will even be in a reciprocal relationship with a woman. He will be able to care about another human being.
Meanwhile there is Peggy. Emotionally she has been dragging her blue collar ethic Brooklyn background like a bag of rotting fruit. Analogous to Don's boozing, her ambition has kept her from self awareness. The results have ranged from bad relationships with men to not being treated well professionally
In this episode, Peggy gets it that the normal things in life can be satisfying. She breaks open to a possible life with the handyman. They could care about each other. Kids would be nice too. And she wouldn't mind if they interrupted her while her being was focused on work.
The question, of course, is if these two characters can continue with this internal paradigm shift. That will be up to the writers for next season.