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episode 4: the rejected

Last week Joan survived being stitched up her husband and Don and Lane hit the town. This week we get an episode with Pete.

Epsidoe 4: The Rejected

An edict from Roger and Lane puts Pete in a personal dilemma.

One can only imagine what is going to happen this week with Pete. 


Aug. 16th, 2010 06:27 pm (UTC)
But then Don offered to sign any recommendation letter Allison wrote. He thought he was doing something nice! He thought he was offering her the best possible recommendation letter. But what he was doing was offering NO personal investment in this parting.
Excellent point, Mary. That's what Allison was looking for, just as she was hoping there was something personal in the Christmas card inscription. He thinks he's being kind and generous, but he's clueless as to what she really wants.

With that first line, I felt like she was almost meeting him halfway, and he understood her words. She wasn't acting like a victim, but a willing participant who was confused about the landscape post-sex.
But she does see herself as a victim, IMO. She's still adhering to the 1950s conventional-wisdom attitudes toward sex, that proper women aren't supposed to do it with men who don't love them. As she said to Peggy, he's a drunk who doesn't remember what he did. I think she thinks he doesn't remember that they had sex, that she put out and it meant absolutely nothing.

Throw in his cluelessness about the recommendation letter, and Don learns that he's added to the list of women who think he's not a good person.

One of the themes this season, obviously, is that there's change all around Don, and he's slowly getting left behind. That's a genius scene there at the end, as Don takes note of the old, old couple and the pears. "We'll talk about it inside."