August 16th, 2010
03:08 PM ET
Editor’s Note: This post contains spoilers for the Sunday, August 15 episode of AMC’s "Mad Men."
1965 appears to be the year of milestones for our friends at Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce, and this week’s episode contained plenty of those changes. Pete’s having a baby, Ken’s back with a fiancée in tow and Peggy made a friend.
We began with Roger telling Pete to make the Clearasil account go away because it was a conflict of interest with the more lucrative Pond’s account. Clearasil, if you’ll remember, falls under the umbrella of Pete’s father-in-law’s company, Vicks Chemical.
But Pete failed to break the bad news when his father-in-law dropped a bombshell of his own: Trudy, after years of trying, is finally pregnant with the couple’s first child. (Well, Trudy’s first child. Pete and Peggy’s lovechild is still out there, somewhere, waiting for their inevitable reunion. Or maybe that’s just me.)
Eager to keep Clearasil and bring in more business for SCDP, Pete put the squeeze on Mr. Gotrox and pressed him to hand over more prominent Vicks accounts, like cough drops and VapoRub – everything you fondly remember from the feverish sick days of your childhood.
Meanwhile, the Pond’s account continued on its quest to nail down an identity. Peggy’s vision of the product as part of a young woman’s beauty regimen faltered in a focus group when the session devolved into a sad single gal’s cryfest, bemoaning their collective lack of husbands.
Don’s secretary and onetime conquest Allison mysteriously fled the room in tears during the discussion and all but confessed her tryst to Peggy when she tried to console her. Peggy and I shared the same "WTF?" reaction when Allison assumed that she’d also suffered the drunken Rath of Don. I took her assumption to mean that the theory ‘round the watercooler was that Peggy got to where she was in the agency by sleeping her way up the corporate ladder. WTF indeed.
Allison’s decision to quit the firm was cemented after Don suggested she write her own recommendation letter for him to sign. She stormed out of the office, but not before heaving a paperweight at his head and speaking on behalf of women everywhere when she told Don he was a terrible person. Out of the mouths of secretaries comes the truth, it seems. Farewell Allison, your dramatic exit made you the Steven Slater of the '60s.
Assuming Don got the message, will we see him turn over a new leaf? Use a dash more Dick Whitman and a pinch less lecherous cad? I’m not holding my breath.
We also got a new character last night in the form of Joyce, Peggy’s new friend and an assistant photo editor for Life. Internet, I think I’m in love. With her suits and feminist ways, I’m counting on Joyce to spark an ideological awakening in Peggy.
She introduced Peggy to her equally forward-thinking friends at a raucous loft party, and their denouncement of the advertising industry left her unable to defend her polished, perfect line of work. When the party is raided, Peggy ended up in a closet with the seriously hot Abe, and there’s definitely something there. I’m hoping that Peggy dumps Mark – the dullest human alive – in favor of the brooding, be-turtlenecked Abraham.
Yet as I mentioned above, I’m still holding out hope that Peggy and Pete will one day realize they’re meant to be. Peggy was seemingly crushed to hear the news that Pete and Trudy were expecting, and their lingering glances at the end of the episode? Ugh, my heart.
I feel like we’re building up to some meaty mid-season drama, what do you think?
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