Episode 6 - For Immediate Release
13 May 2013
I didn't like this. I felt like I'd skipped pages in a book.
Peggy's relationship with Abe has always seemed like it wasn't her top priority. But I didn't get the vibe she was so attracted to Teddy Chaough. Now of course attraction can come in many different forms and I'm sure that there's all sorts of excitement and validation wrapped up in that for her. But last week she seemed excited by Abe seeing a future with her. This week she's picturing Teddy instead of Abe just like in a 90s sit com. In the end Don waltzes in to push her back down the pecking order and remind her that she can't escape him.
How did that all happen in one episode? Maybe next week the rest of the SCDP partners will be furious at Don and there will be major rows over the new merger. But for now it seemed like a bizarrely swift and flimsy story to push all 'our' characters back together. You know me, I'm a stickler for logic and reality. The idea that these two independent firms could just agree to merge over one evening felt implausible. The fact that Chevy agreed to do business with a hastily welded together firm seemed equally unlikely. To blast through all of that and leave Peggy numbly writing the press release was such a flat ending. Of course Mad Men has done things like this before. The formation of SCDP (313) and last season's elevation of Joan to partner (511) both took place in just one episode. But this was by far the worst offender. The public offering opportunity came out of nowhere too.
I was somewhat surprised to see Don give Jaguar the boot. I understand his disgust with Herb and the way the deal was secured but they were the big prize which got the agency back to a respectable level. Again I was left to question if Herb has the power to scotch the whole deal without consultation. I did like Joan's reaction and Pete's for that matter. Don has a history of making decisions without consulting anyone and they both called him out on it.
But even the acquisition of the Chevy meeting didn't seem to me to be given the attention it deserved. Roger has spent the last two seasons looking for a way to make himself useful, he finally does, and all we get is one little dig at Pete.
Speaking of whom I once more find myself a little confused. I can sort of imagine Trudy keeping the door open to reconciliation. But I don't know enough about her and it felt a little odd that she would encourage Pete the way she did. However the idea that her father would be so disgusted with his son-in-law that he would expose his own secret shame was an interesting decision. And of course Pete screws himself thoroughly by bitterly telling Trudy who certainly won't pick him over her father at this stage.
What is with Bob Benson? Offering to pay for Pete's prostitution expenses? Wouldn't that creep you out more than flatter you?
By any shows standard this felt abrupt and manipulated. On Mad Men it was jarring.
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