April 16th, 2012
01:01 PM ET
[The following post contains spoilers for the April 15 episode of AMC’s "Mad Men."]
Sunday's show opened with a screening of the old drivers ed chestnut, “Blood Runs Red on the Highway,” and it could not have been more fitting for Pete, who had a rough go of it in this episode.
On his quest to obtain a driver’s license, he attempted to woo Jenny, a high school student (ew) in his class. The flirting was coming along creepily until a chiseled meat tower nicknamed "Handsome" (a play on “Hanson,” get it?) swooped in and usurped Pete as Jenny's crush of choice.
Elsewhere, Peggy ran into Ken during her lunch break and he was cryptic about his reason for being at the diner. He later confided that he’d met with a literary agent about turning his collection of sci-fi short stories – written under the nom de plume Ben Hargrove – into a book.
Out in Cos Cob, Trudy was in the throes of planning an intimate dinner party in honor of the Drapers. Citing the soul-shredding experience of a Saturday night in the suburbs, Don tried to get out of it but was ultimately powerless against Trudy’s charms.
At the dinner, Ken’s wife brought up his secret life as a science fiction author, an utterance that would later come back to haunt him.
The evening concluded with another blow to Pete’s ego – the kitchen sink that he’d previously attempted to fix broke once again, and this time it was Don who came to the rescue.
Despite his overall dislike of fun, Don enjoyed himself at the gathering and was particularly enamored at the sight of Pete, Trudy and baby Tammy standing before him at the end of party. On the way home he pitched trying for baby No. 4 with Megan, who seemed lukewarm to the idea.
Back at the office, Pete leaked word of Ken’s literary exploits to Roger, as hating on Ken Cosgrove is practically a requirement for employment at SCDP.
Roger told Ken to cool it with the robots and focus on the job that paid the bills. Undeterred, Ken later rechristened himself Dave Algonquin and continued writing. Don’t let the haters get you down, boo!
At the firm’s regular traffic meeting, Lane announced that he’d befriended fellow Brit Edwin Baker – the PR head at Jaguar - who was interested in SCDP’s services. Lane didn’t typically court new accounts, so Roger was assigned to help him navigate the process.
Lane took none of Roger’s advice at his dinner out with Baker, and the guys decided to swoop in and do the heavy lifting to secure the account. In this case, heavy lifting = lobster and whores. Take note, aspiring movers and shakers.
At Casa de Skank, everyone partook of the bimbo buffet except for Don, who remained committed to staying faithful to Megan. (Give it time, folks, there’s plenty of season 5 left.)
On the cab ride home, Pete told Don that he didn’t appreciate being judged for his actions, and Don used his newfound status as sexual teetotaler to warn Pete not to screw up what he had with Trudy.
The following day, Lane found out about the group's debauchery when Baker's wife called Mrs. Pryce to tell her that her husband was diagnosed with an embarrassing case of Bubblicious Pubis after his dalliance with a gum-snapping prostitute. Enraged, Lane lashed out at the partners for driving the account into the ground, only to have Pete openly question his role at the firm.
He then challenged Pete to a duel (!!!) and the ensuing rumble was two handlebar mustaches shy of good old-fashioned fisticuffs. Pete got the a**-kicking everyone – both SCDP personnel and the viewing public – had been anticipating for more than four seasons.
Later, in a heartbreaking display of emotion not seen since Don’s breakdown in “The Suitcase,” Pete began to sob in the elevator and confessed to Don that he was nothing more than an empty husk of a man. It was a moment of utter despair beautifully acted by Vincent Kartheiser, and a poignant note on which to end the episode.
Let’s hear your thoughts about last night’s show – and no fighting in the comments!
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