The next morning, Don finally goes to the dentist and finds out his tooth was actually a big deal. He could have lost his jaw. When Don goes under, he sees his brother Adam again, this time as the dentist: “I’m gonna do you a favor, and take it out, but it’s not your tooth that’s rotten.” He also makes a hanging joke.
too soon, bro.
In what is in my opinion the best scene of the episode, Peter sneaks in to the hospital to see Beth, pretending to be her brother. She plays along, but Pete quickly realizes she doesn’t remember him, which is crushing. She’s all sweetness and sunshine now, and just wants some company.
Pete tells Beth a little story about his “friend,” and this exchange is so good that I want to share a lot of it word for word. His “friend” got involved with another man’s wife, because “he needed to let off some steam, he needed adventure, he needed to feel handsome again, he needed to feel he knew something” that young people didn’t know yet. He thought the affair would be no big deal, but when it was over he was heartbroken, and “he realized everything he already had was not right either, and that was why it happened at all. And he realized his whole life with his family was some temporary bandage on a permanent wound.”
little connor’s finally growing up!
Wow. That is some insightful stuff from Pete. Kudos to Vincent Kartheiser for taking such a deeply unlikeable character and making him sympathetic again and again. I guess Pete really is becoming more self-aware, and realizing that the problem comes from within him, not his circumstances (ie, it’s not the tooth/family/job that’s rotten). I’d love your comments on this scene.
Another nice moment took place in the movie theatre, when Don and Peggy have their first run-in since she left SCDP. Peggy’s loving her new job and working hard on the new cigarette; she’s visiting the Virginia factory via her first plane ride! Don’s glad, but still hurt a little bit, by Peggy’s success; he knew she’d succeed, and wanted her to, but never thought it would be without him.
Pete runs into Howard on the train. Since his wife’s gone, he’s out to tomcat. Pete’s disgusted; when he mentions Beth is in the hospital, Howard immediately realizes it’s Pete Beth’s been have an affair with. (I assume he knew there was some unnamed guy.) Pete and Howard get in a fistfight, which is broken up by the conductor. Pete just can’t let it go, and calls the conductor a fat piece of crap and pushes him. This gets Pete punched again, and thrown off the train.
When he gets home, Pete blames his injuries on a car crash. Ironically, this persuades Trudy that Pete really does need an apartment in the city.
it’s okay. i’ll have that pool boy soon, anyway.
The last few minutes of the show were a short series of scenes. Don watches Megan’s screen test, where she looks gorgeous and insecure, with glassy eyes (emotion or drinking?) The remaining partners visit their huge new office space.
Megan appears as Beauty from Beauty and the Beast on the set of the commercial; looks like Don did get her the part.
Don walks out of the set to the theme of “You Only Live Twice,” a great Bond movie where 007 fakes his own death in order to go deep undercover on more awesome missions. We see Megan get smaller in the background as Don walks away.
In the final montage, we see Peggy in bed by herself (maybe in Virginia?) with dogs humping right outside her window. Okay, I don’t really get that, although I have noticed we haven’t seen Abe or much Peggy-related humping at all lately. Pete’s alone listening to music; Roger’s naked and evidently tripping as he stares out his window. I’ll spare you those screen shots.