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Mad Men was excellent last night. I thought the whole episode was done beautifully.
There has been a lot of chatter about the hidden meaning behind Waterloo and whether or not this means that Don's return to form is only temporary. Honestly? The writers can write it anyway they see fit, so I won't speculate. I'll just appreciate this episode. One day at a time, right?
I thought the scenes, as always, between Don and Peggy are brilliant. Don is completely generous and unselfish in wanting to see his protege succeed on the burger account. Knowing he might not even be at the company, he gives Peggy the opportunity to present. This is huge. She presents despite the great Don Draper being available. She is her own woman. Her fears of never being able to leave Don's shadow are now over. She is valuable in her own right.
It's also nice to see Peggy in a good working relationship with her boss and mentor. For all of the fighting against Don's return, Peggy comes out on top. He, as always, is the one there for her, cheering her on, and paving the path for her. He truly has paved every path for her. Was she always talented enough to do it? Of course. But in the late 60's, as a woman, it would have been difficult. This is no less apparent than with Lou Avery. Lou still sees her as less, as just a woman, as only needing her presence when it suits his needs, for his ends. Don, for all of his shortcomings, is near perfect when it comes to Peggy.
I love the scene where she only gets two beers. One for her, and one for Don. Very fun writing.
Peggy's scene with the young boy was so touching. On the opposite side of her life, Peggy's personal life, it's a mess. She has no one in her life. The boy, which makes her out to be pathetic, is leaving. I, for one, don't think of their relationship as pathetic. Peggy needs this boy, and this boy needs her. Yes, Peggy doesn't have a lot going on in her personal life, but this connection, on it's own, is beautiful. She realizes it, too. It's written more from the standpoint that she is pathetic, and now she loses even this personal connection. However, it is striking that she is so taken aback by his moving on. Perhaps she didn't want this connection before, in giving up her baby, but she wants it now. It's okay to figure things out later in life Peggy. You still have time!
As for Don, there was a lot that went on. I am grateful that with all the back and forth with Megan, the show didn't spend anymore time on that. Honestly, I thought it was over and done with weeks ago. Glad that the nail is finally in the coffin.
Roger creates a big shake-up in order to keep Don, which was inspiring. I hope it works out. What was great, was seeing Don back to his old, self-assured, confident self. He sat in the meeting with an air of authority. He looked to be himself. It was wonderful. I hope he can keep it that way.
Ha, ha, Harry. You lose!
And, now, a couple of my own issues with this show. How is it that Ted can nearly kill his clients, but he has no repercussions, and Don only terribly botches a pitch, and he is crucified? Also, on Ted, he, too, is a womanizer. He got with Peggy. OUR Peggy. Shouldn't the firm be mad about that?
Also, we all always hated Pete for being so slimy. So, how is it that Joan seems to be as slimy, or more so, than Pete? Her arc is not a pleasant one.
Also, for all of Don's horrible fails on the home front, how is he that terrible at work? He's a great pitch guy, takes Peggy under his wing creating a whole world for her, saves Peggy when she doesn't even realize she is pregnant, tries to keep Joan from whoring herself out for a partnership ... I, mean, really? Joan has turned into an ungrateful person. Bert tries to explain this to the viewers by saying Don cost her a lot of money, but, is that enough to throw Don under the bus? Perhaps when the viewers, like me, defended her actions to get the partnership, saying she wasn't a whore, were actually wrong? She just wanted the money, no matter what. Integrity be dammed. Integrity would have kept her on Don's side.
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