Man. I wish that happened to me every time I whined. I’d be a millionaire many times over.
When Kenny tries to come comfort Peggy and assert their pact, she just tells him to GTFO. She’s less harsh with Freddy Rumsen – another familiar face, another baby lookin’ man! – when she meets him for lunch. He tells her to get out of SDCP, get more money and respect – and not just to throw it in Don’s face, but because she deserves it. Don just can’t see that, although he’d take the same path if it was his career.
Peggy does get another offer, from Chaough’s firm – I believe we’ve heard of this guy before as Don’s nemesis.He flatters the shit out of Peggy – about her creativity, soul, underappreciation – and he doesn’t give a shit that she’s a woman. He even bumps up the salary she asked for by a thousand dollars, and offers her the title “copy chief!” That’s irresistible. We don’t see it, but Peggy agrees on the spot.
Peggy’s choice to leave awkwardly coincides with the Jaguar news, and with Don’s realization about Joan, so he’s understandably distracted when she asks for a serious talk. First he thinks it’s about Jaguar – “I can’t put a girl on Jaguar!” – then he thinks it’s about a very timely demand for a raise. Even when Peggy says she’s leaving, Don doesn’t take it seriously; he thinks she’s just driving a hard bargain.
The emotions Don goes through when he realizes Peggy is really leaving are quite interesting. First he’s angry, and tells her to leave now without two weeks notice. Then he’s sad, and he holds and kisses her hand for what would be a very awkwardly long time if this scene weren’t so meaningful. Peggy tears up when she says goodbye to Don….
but by the time she’s packing up her things and left – without a word to anyone – she’s smiling.
Perhaps this is what the already-gone-down elevator of the previous episode was referring to – Peggy’s already taken off, and Don missed the boat. Boat-elevator. Mixed metaphors. You know what I mean.
Even I can analyze the metaphorical stuff going on this week. Jaguar is woman; men want to own her; they get yucky when they can’t. Don wants to lock Megan up in the kitchen – or at least the creative office. Herb Rennet is perfectly comfortable renting Joanie for a night. Pete doesn’t even get to be part of this metaphor because he’s such a douche – this week, whining to his wife that he needs an apartment in the city ‘for work.’ Mhm. Just a note:
look at that ogre baby. it gets its “only a mother could love” quality from Dad.
Our two most interesting girls moved in different directions today, using different calculations for the importance of money versus respect. Peggy uses her passion for her work, while Joan uses men’s passion for her boobs; Peggy gets out while maintaining her integrity, while Joan moves up in the firm by making a terrible compromise. This was a really sad episode, both for Peggy’s departure and the horrible memories we have of past seasons of the way Joan has been treated by men, from Roger to the Layne cartoons to the Greg rape. Peggy seems strangely freed by her apparent lack of sexual appeal at the office, but also envious.
Do you think Peggy is really leaving the firm/the show? Why are we seeing these old characters all of a sudden? What is Layne going to do about his check? And WHERE THE HELL IS BETTY??
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