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episode 11: the chinese wall

How is it possible that we are already talking about Episode 11? I am not ready for this show to disappear for the season in a couple of weeks.

Episode 11: The Chinese Wall

Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce employees resort to scuttlebutt after an agency-wide meeting is called.

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tomfoolery815
Oct. 4th, 2010 03:47 pm (UTC)
Great episode. Oh, where to begin?

"Lee Garner Jr. never took you seriously because you never took yourself seriously." Bert's known Roger since he was the heir apparent, so Bert knows whereof he speaks.

Roger acts like he's earned what he has instead of having inherited it. He's writing a book because Ogilvy wrote one, as if an autobiography was the latest status symbol of the giants of the ad game. There, at the end of this episode, he knows Bert's right; he's got a trophy wife too blissfully unaware to know something's actually seriously wrong in Roger's life, and too naive to know that she should expect far more than "To my loving wife" as a book inscription. Plus, he's got a former lover who's no longer interested in being his woman on the side; Joan nailed it when she said he's his "port in a storm," and not in a way that makes her feel good.

There's a reason Bert didn't tell Don to knock it off when he said Pete would'nt have let Lucky Strike get away: Don's right.
tomfoolery815
Oct. 4th, 2010 03:58 pm (UTC)
So why, do you guys think, did Don have sex with Megan, other than the fact that she's really hot and she assured him it was just about sex?

He seemed to think Faye was at his apartment door to dump him, so are we to conclude he presumed, when she left his office, it was over between them? It's not a bad presumption for Don to make, actually. He'd asked his girlfriend to do something against her principles, which is a pretty lousy thing to do. A professional woman like Faye? It's easy to picture him thinking She is done with you, Don. (Hmm, when he talks to himself, does he address himself as Dick or Don? Probably Don, right?)

It's good that he seems to feel bad about Faye having set up the meeting with Heinz while he was ... barbecuing with Megan. I don't think "We were on a BREAK!" will be a good enough explanation for Faye if she ever finds out.
tomfoolery815
Oct. 4th, 2010 04:15 pm (UTC)
-- Poor Peggy and her Catholic guilt. Stan, not Lucky Strike, was her punishment for making Abe her right-hand man. (Joan Osborne, anybody?) Stan's an utter asshole, putting his ego ahead of the needs of the company. Here's hoping he's a casualty of the need to cut back at SDCP.

-- Poor Pete. Just became a father, and no one at work cares. That was the coldest round of new-dad congratulations I've ever heard.

-- Ray Wise! I wish he were in a more significant role than Kenny's father-in-law.

All right. There's more to say, but it's your turn.
gatsbyfan
Oct. 5th, 2010 01:14 am (UTC)
Roger acts like he's earned what he has instead of having inherited it.
And that's just it. He really serves no purpose. His whole purpose for the longest time was to keep one client happy. He couldn't even do that. What is going to happen to him? I almost felt bad for him.

Bravo Bert for calling Roger on his attitude. Don can get away with stuff because he delivers. Even Pete delivers.

How sad was it to see Roger hiding out in a hotel pretending to be in North Carolina?

So why, do you guys think, did Don have sex with Megan,
Don had a day when no one wanted what he was selling. He lost his client and his girl friend wasn't going to help him. Of course he's going to sleep with Megan. She comes along and compliments him and says it's just sex. Why wouldn't Don sleep with her? She was what he needed at that moment.


gatsbyfan
Oct. 5th, 2010 01:18 am (UTC)
-- Ray Wise! I wish he were in a more significant role than Kenny's father-in-law.
Yes, we need more of him!

Poor Peggy and her Catholic guilt.
Exactly. Didn't you just love her lallygagging walk into the office? She's on a sex high and doesn't have a care in the world. Next thing she knows work is a mess.

And Stan is an asshole. I understand why he did it... but this isn't the time that SCDP can afford to blow a presentation. Suck it up and get her back when she's not in front of a client. Kudos to Playtex guy for trying to tell her that she had lipstick on her teeth and for not letting that factor into his decision. (Yes, there are people that shallow. I'm been in meetings like that.)
gatsbyfan
Oct. 5th, 2010 01:29 am (UTC)
Was it just me or did Bert Cooper show up to that late night meeting in his pajamas? I really think he did.

Makes you wonder if he in fact just lives in some corner in the office.

Oh Bert Cooper, I love you, you crazy old man.

I'm starting to wonder if the end of the season might have Roger getting pushed out the door. Three of your partners aren't happy with your performance, you have problems.

I'm actually surprised that no one caught Roger's lie. I wonder if this is going to come back to haunt him.

gatsbyfan
Oct. 5th, 2010 01:36 am (UTC)
Also interesting... Don's reaction to the eulogy. He looked sad. Made me wonder what he was thinking about. We just saw Pete blow off his wife and new baby to attend this service. His marriage ended in divorce and his current relationship just hit a rough patch.

I also like that Don is attempting to control his drinking.

Also, did anyone else notice that Joan said she was exhausted when Roger showed up to her apartment? I wonder if that's another clue that's she's pregnant. The way she said that line didn't lead me to believe she was just saying that she was tired of dealing with Roger's crap.
tomfoolery815
Oct. 5th, 2010 07:37 pm (UTC)
Don had a day when no one wanted what he was selling. He lost his client and his girl friend wasn't going to help him. Of course he's going to sleep with Megan. She comes along and compliments him and says it's just sex. Why wouldn't Don sleep with her? She was what he needed at that moment.
Sounds about right, Gatz.

I also like that Don is attempting to control his drinking.
Me, too. He finally figured out he's not a kid anymore.

Was it just me or did Bert Cooper show up to that late night meeting in his pajamas?
He did. Bert wears what he wants to wear, doesn't wear what he doesn't. :)
marymary
Oct. 7th, 2010 08:49 pm (UTC)
Hi, guys. Sorry I'm late (work/travel). Ironically, I missed MM because of a trip involving a MM-themed party. :)

You know, I agree with all your observations and I find I don't have that much to say! I guess I'm pretty happy Peggy's with Abe; even though he was a bonehead, his heart's in the right place. Poor Pete, Don is predictable, Bert was def in his jammies, I LOLed. Poor Lane too.

I liked Roger's line to Joan, something like, "So that was the last time? I wish I had known." Man, that's the truth.

That whole hospital scene made me chuckle. That would have been roughly when my sister was born, about two years after my parents (with the guidance of their experienced doctor) decided to give birth to all their kids at home.

tomfoolery815
Oct. 7th, 2010 11:46 pm (UTC)
I guess I'm pretty happy Peggy's with Abe; even though he was a bonehead, his heart's in the right place.
He's her best lover/potential boyfriend so far, that's for sure Mary. It was fun to see Peggy so ... randy. :)
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