In Hobo Code she was still a party girl (witness The Twist, and also ‘we all work so hard’). By Nixon vs. Kennedy, not only was she a tight-ass, but she had a reputation as such.

Ken: Draper has plenty of booze.

They look towards Peggy, working at her desk despite the party around her.

Ken: (continues) We could ask her to join us. That might soften her up.

So what happened?

Okay. In Hobo Code she finally gets to have sex with Pete again. And I’m sorry folks, goodness knows I am not a fan of Mr. Campbell, but it was kind of beautiful. Evidenced by the tenderness between them afterwards… even from him. (more…)

Don, easing into the Kodak pitch:

…in Greek, nostalgia literally means the pain from an old wound.

Peggy, stiffly entering the Rejuvenator team presentation:

Women lose weight so they’ll feel good about themselves. Healthier, more attractive.

Rejuvenate has a Latin root which literally means the return of youth.

The Rejuvenator give you the flush and glow, not only that you might have after hours of exercise, but certainly as a young girl.

Isn’t it nice to feel that way whenever you want.

Combined with a sensible diet…

the Rejuvenator.

Youll love the way it makes you feel.

Don’s response:

First of all, no Latin. You sound like a valedictorian.

The scene of Peggy’s presentation is endlessly fascinating, line by line, moment by moment (as is well, every scene in this series). Don and the guys force Peggy to be tough and manly, but there is a gentle quality as well; this is by no means a hazing. Peggy herself is dressing more and more like the German marketing researcher, and holds it together well, but there is such a feminine, even girlish quality to her.

As for the Greek versus Latin… is it just another writer’s trick (not Don and Peggy, but Weiner and co.) that is simply music with words, that we are not meant to notice? Is it one more way to compare Peggy and Don?

Are the two moments (and references to ancient languages at the opening of a presentation) unrelated? Please note they both say ‘literally’, so I’m gonna go with No. Are we saying that the same rules don’t apply to Don that apply to Peggy (which is fair; after all, you teach your students to color within the lines, while you yourself can Pollock all over the place). Peggy did present it like a valedictorian… more uppity than Peggy has a right to be. This echoes her date, just a few scenes earlier. Don presents anecdotally. An everyman. And maybe there’s your theme.

In Indian Summer, Don and Rachel are in bed together. In the previous episode, Long Weekend, they had slept together for the first time. Here, we see that they have gone on as lovers, and they discuss things that reveal the kind of lovers they have become. (This is one of those wonderful bits of writing that assumes us, the viewers, to have intelligence. We don’t need every detail. We really do know how these things work; what kind of promises are made and felt.)

(Another example of that is in the Wheel, when we find Harry living in the office. I have a friend at work who is trying desperately to watch this show, but is confused by AMC’s suckful out-of-sequence episode-skipping sloppiness, and when he saw this scene, he asked me if he had missed an episode. No, I assured him, he hadn’t. Weiner simply didn’t fill in every blank for us. We don’t know if Harry ‘fessed up on his own or if Jennifer found evidence; all we know is Harry is without his wife and it’s bad. But I seriously digress.)

Don & Rachel. She is so happy, and so struggling. She tells Don it’s hard for her, but she also feels badly because it must be even harder on him.

Don: “I don’t think about it. I mean, I try not to.” (more…)

Last weekend I took a character/animation voice class with a brilliant gentleman named Bob Bergen. He is a voice you’ve heard hundreds or perhaps thousands of times, most famously as Porky Pig (and Tweetie Bird and Marvin the Martian). Please check him out.

The first portion of the workshop was lecture and Q&A. All aspects of the voiceover business were up for discussion. One woman asked if age was an issue.

Bob assured us that it was not, that nothing visual would ever affect your castability.

Except there was this one time when he didn’t get a role because they were looking for a blonde.


Anyway, I was reminded of the extraordinary voicover casting scene in the Wheel, when Peggy cast Annie over Rita, despite Ken’s better judgment (and of the even more extraordinary voiceover scene where Peggy destroys the very confidence that she was insisting on hearing from Annie). (more…)

Okay, so my sister and I have started this blog, and we have approximately (november,december,january…) eight-ish months before the second season, so what all are we going to do? Watch ’em again, of course. Chew apart the details.

So let me start with the most obvious question… What The Fuck?

Here’s the thing with Peggy being pregnant. I’m not happy about it. It feels like a TV trick. And so to keep it authentic, they will need to write her as kind of insane. Pretty damn insane, or something darn close to it. My concern is that they won’t. write it that way.

But I am reminding myself… these are excellent writers. And they have not let us down in this show. Not once. And it’s not like at the last minute they decided it would be fun to throw this wrench at our heads. They set it up in the first episode… she has sex the same day she gets her pill script.

I don’t know about the chemistry… could she have been bleeding this whole time because of the pill? What does being on the pill do to a fetus anyway?

Watching Peggy take control of her life has been the most applaudable show of feminist awareness in the season, but she certainly has an odd innocence about her. Still, I’m not buying that as enough of a reason to keep her from noticing a baby kicking its hungry legs against her… parts. (Christ, that poor kid took quite a ride with the Relaxi-bator!) And they were very clear that the kid was carried to term. They could have cast a smaller baby, but this one was already skipping rope.