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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 06:12 pm (UTC)
we're supposed to feel her shame at being paid after sex.
I disagree, Mary. (Respectfully, of course. :-) I see that moment this way: When you've got feelings for someone, when they sign your yearbook or send you a birthday card, you're really hoping for a special, personal inscription. (I'm sure we've all been there.) Instead, Allison gets a perfunctory note that Don could've written to anybody in the office. So she was crushed a second time by that.

But, clearly, Don had her bonus inside that card before they "slept" together.

Don was wasted, made a pass, and she was happy to have sex on the couch ... I do understand why she thought things might be slightly different, but did she think that constituted the beginning of an actual relationship?
Yes, I think she did. I'm extrapolating a crush on the boss and "Oh, he has feelings for me!"

Maybe the money just underscored her ambivalence about what she had done?
Yes. Not that she was a prostitute.

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.
No, he shouldn't have made a pass at her. He was (obviously) speaking in code by thanking her only for the keys, not the sex.

And yes, the card-and-cash was a gesture of kindness. I just looked it up; $100 in 1964 is equal to $684.32 in 2009. Considering what she was probably making, that's a nice Christmas bonus.