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That week went way too fast. Here we are another Sunday night and a new episode of Mad Men.

Episode 2: Christmas Comes But Once a Year
A last minute visitor threatens to spoil the agency's Christmas party.

Something tells me this is going to be an interesting Christmas party. (How retro... we're actually calling it a Christmas party.)


Aug. 2nd, 2010 02:09 pm (UTC)
I think she had hopes that something was going to change in there relationship. Instead she got $100. Poor thing probably feels like a prostitute.

Yeah, I have so many thoughts about this. I have to say, I really thought the whole money thing was heavy-handed. They have sex, he hands her money and a card with a simple thank you, so we're supposed to feel her shame at being paid after sex. But, clearly, Don had her bonus inside that card before they "slept" together.

Which brings up the second thing. What happened was that Don was wasted, made a pass, and she was happy to have sex on the couch. Nobody even took off any of their clothes (stockings ftw!) and it was over in about 15 minutes, if that. I do understand why she thought things might be slightly different, but did she think that constituted the beginning of an actual relationship?

Maybe the money just underscored her ambivalence about what she had done? Sex is complicated for women, and I can't imagine the mixed emotions of a woman in that era.

BTW, I'm not trying to absolve Don, because he's her boss and he shouldn't make a pass at her, much less have sex with her. But I get why he thought it was just sex and they should go back to their normal relationship. He was insensitive not to realize that handing her money was very weird at that moment in time, but I think he was actually trying to do something nice to fill the awkwardness.
Aug. 6th, 2010 03:05 am (UTC)
What I found so intriguing about this was Don, yet again this season, forgetting his own playbook. Don doesn't sleep with his secretaries. It was so....common. It wasn't the Don Draper we knew. I agree that he knew it was awkward, but was trying to do the right thing after the fact, and, in a brilliant piece of acting by John, clearly the pain and understanding that he's hurt her is written all over his face at the end of the scene.

After the interview with the Times, we were lead to believe that that was the beginning of Don getting his groove back. Maybe this goes to show, that, like alcoholism, you have some good days and some bad days, and it's a constant struggle (esp. around the holidays.)
Aug. 6th, 2010 04:00 pm (UTC)
Don, yet again this season, forgetting his own playbook. Don doesn't sleep with his secretaries
Excellent point, Amybabe. That was an important part of the Don Draper image, not fishing off the company pier. I think it's an ancillary part of him being so angry at Roger going after Jane. (It was mostly about leaving Mona.)

In Don's mind, it was OK to have mistresses, but not OK to break up the family. (I know, as if infidelity wouldn't do that.) But here in '64, reminded all too well (by Christmas) that he's brought about a separation from his family, he's well off his game. Susceptible to forgetting his own rules.