Don't read on if you haven't watched this week's episode of Mad Men
Last night was Valentines Day on Mad Men,
and February 14th had plenty of love, just as long as you knew where to
look, which unfortunately Peggy did not but more on that later.
episode began with Don Draper in bed, his alarm clock goes off at 7:30
and he sleeps in until past noon. The next scene is him tidying up his
apartment, he's dressed and looks like he's ready to go out but after a
knock at the door we learn that he was preparing for what we can assume
is his regular meeting with Dawn, his SC&P secretary. She gives him
some facts about what's going on at the firm, and as a sweet gesture
brought him Sweet'n Low and Coffee-mate. Don tries to get
her to stay multiple times before paying her, to which she, always the
professional, tries to deny but Don insists. It's a sad scene that
gives us insight into just how lost Don Draper is. The highlight of his
entire day, the reason why he got out of bed, was to meet with his
secretary who can provide breadcrumbs into the ad agency which once had
his name on the door. It's a pathetic attempt to be part of the world
where he was seen as a hero but being on a forced leave with no given
return date, what is he supposed to do?
The Flower Dabacal:
Stan, Ginsburg and Peggy are seen in the elevator, where Peggy is being
her bossy self, (was it me or did Peggy just get under your skin the
entire episode starting with this scene??) is trying to get Stan to work
all night. Eventually it is revealed to Peggy that it's Valentine's
Day and her face falls, but after walking into work Peggy finds a
bouquet on Shirley's desk to which she believes are hers and takes to
her office. When Shirley enters Peggy's office and sees her roses on her
bosses desk, she tries in vain to set Peggy straight, but Peggy is so
in her own head that she cuts Shirley off while convincing herself that
the flowers are from Ted. After calling his office and leaving a
convoluted message with Ted's secretary which is supposed to read as
"back off I don't want to be with you anymore" instead just has Ted
worrying that they've lost a client. Then after laying on her couch
most of the day Peggy re-gifts the ornate bouquet to an elated Shirley,
who had been advised by Dawn to let it go. This seems like all is right
with the world until Peggy then tries to throw the flowers away forcing
Shirley to explain the true origin of the roses. An embarrassed Peggy
then screams at Shirley telling her that she had plenty of time to
rectify Peggy's error and that it would have been a great gift for her
to not say anything. This is Peggy at her worst; wrong and loud about
being wrong. And then just plain ugly to someone that moments before
she was on her pulpit about how she should have bought Shirley flowers
"out of respect."
Yay, we got to see Sally Draper! And she is gorgeous and actually
kind. Whilst the rest of her boarding school 'friends' are using the
funeral of their suite mates mother to go shopping in the city, Sally
seems to be truly upset about the loss and once in the city she decides
to go see her Dad. (Was it me or was the whole lost purse scenario just a
way for her to get away from her frenemies?) Only thing is, she shows
up at the firm that her dad was ousted from. After a brief interaction
with Don's replacement, the ever more despicable Lou Avery, and a
fruitless attempt to speak with Joan she heads to Don's penthouse where
she waits for him to arrive. After Don greets Sally there's a phone
call from a worried Dawn who explains that Sally stopped by the office
and spoke to Lou but she's not sure what Sally knows and that he should
be on the lookout because Sally may be on her way over. Don insists on
driving Sally back to school where the best moment of the episode takes
place. After some heated and horrible comments flung at each other (Don
even stoops as low as to compare Sally to Betty-their mutual enemy),
Sally cuts through to her Dad by saying, "Do you know how hard it was
for me to go to your apartment?" Sally then explains how she's
terrified of running into 'that woman' being trapped on the elevator
with her. Being forced to smell her hairspray and not throw up (great
acting on Kiernan Shipka's part, I mean truly bravo!) this resonates
with Don, who pulls into a diner and him and his daughter have a heart
to heart where he confides in Sally the real reason he hasn't told
anyone about his suspension; because he's ashamed. Understanding that
this a real moment with her father, Sally asks him if he stills loves
Megan? And he says "of course he does" to which Sally retorts, "Why
don't you just tell her you don't want to move to California?"
why indeed? Once they arrive at Sally's school, Sally tells Don,
"Happy Valentines Day, I love you." Which totally discombobulates Don
and you can see it on his face, as he watches his little girl walk
through the door.
Joan Has Finally Moved on Up:
The two doors to her office are being constantly being utilized
throughout this episode with whiny SC&P employees wanting their
secretaries moved around. (Yes you guessed it, Peggy wants Shirley
moved because of her own error, Lou wants Dawn moved because Sally, or
as he puts it something that is taking up too much of his time, came to
the office. After Joan moved Dawn to reception, Bert Cooper "requests"
that Joan rethink her rearrangement because people can see Dawn from the
elevator (jeezzz). So Joan is quite fed up by the time Cutler shows up
to talk Avon and what has been obvious to us for at least one
season is made apparent to him; Joan has two jobs. He explains there's
an office for an "account man" upstairs if she wants it. So finally
Joan is where she should be, but of course, the always selfish Roger
tries to crap on her parade when he sees Joan moving her things.
Because it's always the Roger show and he's still bent out of shape
about losing to Cutler earlier.
Things of Note:
when the CA and NY offices are having a conference call, "WE CAN HEAR
YOU." yells an angry Pete, while Ted holds up a note that says, "Stay
out of it." That was classic.
he is, there's the Pete we're used to seeing, a whiny Pete Campbell. I
loved it when Roger hung up on him mid-rant and Pete's secretary was
the one that pointed out that the call had been dropped.
-Ted saying that they still didn't mention which one of Peggy's clients they had lost.
-Shirley and Dawn's inside joke about how everyone mixes them up
-Dawn trying to prepare her airhead replacement before just saying that she'll take all of Mr. Draper's calls at reception.
-DAWN BECOMING HEAD OF PERSONNEL! Yay!
taking a lunch to, if nothing else, network and hear what's being said
about him around town. Smart but should he just lock in a new job?
Should he at least entertain the idea of moving to California with his
weird was that elevator scene with Sterling and Cutler, was that an
open threat? And do you think that Roger and Don will open up their own
firm, again? Roger is so obviously misses Don, we see it
throughout this episode as he tries to joke with Lou, who isn't having
it, down to the disagreement with Cutler during the conference call.
And it seems he may be the only one that does. Cutler referred to Don
as, "Don who? You mean our collective ex-wife who still receives