In season 5 of Mad Men, Gilmore Girls‘s Alexis Bledel played a sad suburban housewife that Pete Campbell couldn’t resist. Last season, Don Draper had an affair with his neighbor’s wife, played by Freaks and Geeks star Linda Cardellini. So it made some sense that last night, during the season premiere of Mad Men, the mysterious beauty who shared a red-eye flight with Don was played by none other than Neve Campbell — also known as the star of Party of Five. If Don Draper doesn’t have a specific type, Matthew Weiner does.
Campbell plays a young widow returning home after depositing her husband’s ashes at their final resting place — Tom Sawyer Island at Disneyland. (Pebble Beach golf course, his first choice, didn’t work out.) On the flight home, she and Don engage in boldly intimate conversation about their spouses as if they were long-lost friends, and there’s more than a little flirtation back and forth.
She falls asleep on his shoulder, and when the plane begins to descend, she makes him an offer… one that the old Don Draper wouldn’t refuse: a ride home with the promise of romance. Don graciously declines… this time. But it might not be the last time we see Campbell on Mad Men. The actress and her character seem like too much fun for a one-and-done cameo. Campbell spoke to EW about joining the Mad Men team in its last season, keeping secrets, and that dreamy sequence with Jon Hamm. He came down and gave me a big speech about the importance of keeping things hush on the show, and keeping things entertaining and fresh for the audience, which I completely respect, and how much they need people to not say a word. And then I had to sign a waiver as well.