May 28th, 2012
09:33 AM ET
[The following post contains spoilers for the May 27 episode of "Mad Men."]
Assuming you weren't overcome by the suffocating fog of testosterone that lingered over Sunday's episode, you know that it was the manliest show in the history of shows, with men doing macho, scumbaggy things without taking others' feelings into consideration. Let's talk about what went down.
The effort to secure the Jaguar campaign was in full swing, and all (male) hands were on deck to help land the account. And because only dudes are capable of dreaming up slogans for cars – it says so in the Bible – Peggy was relegated to handling the firm's other business.
She stood by as The Men were rewarded with cool stuff like a lobster dinner after an exhausting afternoon of chain smoking and mailing in lazy pitches equating Jaguars to mistresses.
Peggy's efforts were not in vain, however, as she later came to the rescue of the Chevalier Blanc cologne campaign when the company considered pulling a TV spot. Her spontaneous pitch to relocate the ad's setting to Paris won the client over and she, Harry and Cosgrove promptly marched into Don's office to tout their success.
Her delight was short-lived as Don instructed her to assign the revisions to Ginsburg, who, because he was equipped with a penis, was also dedicated to Jaguar. Peggy protested and Don humiliated her in front of the others by throwing a few bucks at her – hitting her in the face – and telling her to get lost.
Later, after a lunch date with wise old sage Freddy Rumsen, Peggy was inspired to pursue other opportunities. Enter Ted Chaough, Don Draper’s nemesis and turtleneck sweater enthusiast. He offered Peggy a small fortune to come work for him at CDC on the condition that she not meet with any other agency.
Pete and Cosgrove, meanwhile, were charged with wooing Jaguar's porcine representative and head of the dealer's association, Herb the Dirtbag – henceforth known as “H the D.” He told them that SCDP's chances of landing Jaguar were all but dead... unless Joan spent the night with him. Surely, SURELY, the guys would stand up for Joan's honor, right? WRONG.
Pete approached Joan with the request, and while he laid on the guilt pretty thick by claiming that going through with it would be for the greater good of the firm, Joan rightfully told him to go whistle up a rope.
Undeterred, Pete informed the partners of H the D's indecent proposal, but instead of dangling him out the window Suge Knight-style, the others reluctantly agreed to give Joan a suitcase full of money in exchange for whoring herself out. Don was the lone holdout and left the room, disgusted.
Lane later approached Joan privately with another suggestion – go through with it on the condition that she was made partner, an arrangement that would secure not only her future but baby Kevin's as well. Joan arranged a meeting with Pete to pitch the idea and he ultimately agreed to her proposal.
When Pete told Don about the deal, Don fled to Joan's, where he told her not to go through with it. Whether he truly believed it wasn't worth it or because he just didn't want her among the partners is anyone's guess. Unfortunately, he arrived too late, not realizing that Joan had already slept with the human embodiment of a moldering Honeybaked Ham.
Full disclosure: It was at this point in the show that I hit pause on the old DVR to bleach my brain and take a Silkwood Shower. So much disgust on a variety of levels, y'all.
SCDP later received word that it had won the account, and the partners were all very much aware that it was thanks to Joan's sacrifice and not at all because of the efforts of The Men.
While everyone celebrated SCDP's new partnership with Jaguar, Peggy told Don that she was leaving the firm. Any lingering doubt she might have had about her decision seemed to evaporate once Don let it slip that Joan had been made partner.
Don thought Peggy was kidding when she told him that she'd given her notice. She wasn't. And while their parting was amicable and bittersweet, Peggy smiled as she bid adieu to SCDP’s dysfunctional, misogynistic sausage fest and looked forward to a fresh start with Ted and his love of fine cashmere knitwear.
Although stomach-turning, the episode was a good one, no? Tell us what you thought about it in the comments!
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