Episode 3 - The Collaborators
17 April 2013
I'm not sure what to make of this episode. For once it felt like it was more of a plot detail piece than something which told much of a standalone story. Peggy is going after Heinz Ketchup which could cause conflict. We get more info on the Jaguar work along with a lot about Don and Pete's marriages.
After saying that he wanted to stop last episode Don seems pretty committed to his affair. It seems like he gets consumed by them. The uncomplicated release of emotional\sexual gratification becomes his hobby. He can compartmentalise the act in part because he had to do the same when realising how his mother paid for them to live in a brothel when he was a teenager. Sylvia seems so taken with him that he can steamroller her guilt and apprehension along with his own. He and Meagan looked fairly happy in Hawaii and yet now he slumps in front of the door as if going home is the last thing he wants to do.
Meanwhile Pete is finally able to be Don and seduce a neighbour's wife without the issues it brought him last season. Except that he is almost instantly caught and Trudy ends their marriage. I haven't got enough of a sense of their marriage to really take much from their swift separation. I can only see it in contrast to Don who has always been much smoother and whose wife took much longer to find her resolve than Trudy.
The way Don ruined the Jaguar meeting deliberately was entertaining but also odd. He was forced to say the opposite of the campaign he sold them on and I wondered if it would concern him that the Jaguar men might now look at him as a fool.
There was plenty of interesting stuff in the background as Meagan deals with a society which frowns on abortion, Peggy learns to lead, Vietnam heats up and Joan gets to react disgustedly to Herb's presence.
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