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episode 5: the chrysanthemum and the sword

Much to discuss. Much to discuss.


Episode 5: The Chrysanthemum and the Sword
Don and Pete go against Roger in efforts to win a new account.


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marymary
Aug. 24th, 2010 03:28 pm (UTC)
I noticed that the only time she smiled in this episode was when she saw the dollhouse in Dr. Edna's office.

And I believe she smiled when Henry calmed her down, after she slapped Sally. That's what was so impressive and charming about that scene -- once Henry pointed out that she was really mad at Don and Henry sympathized, all the aggression went out of her.

I agree that she's basically a child. In fact, didn't January Jones even say that about her character? I think so... Betty tells Dr. Edna she feels Sally is acting out just to punish Betty -- a very immature interpretation. That's how a kid would think about it.

It would be nice if, in the process of helping Sally, Dr. Edna slaps some (metaphorical, of course) sense into Betty.

Thankfully, Dr. Edna is the right kind of therapist. (As opposed to that horrible man who "treated" Betty before.) When Betty says she feels like Sally is punishing her, Edna says something like, "That must be painful for you." And then suggests regular meetings with Betty. It seems like she'll be able to get Betty to a better place.

On Pete...I agree that he was right to try to set Roger straight. I think he was absolutely right that they need to focus on business and only business and that Roger's issues have no place in the middle of the Honda deal. That Roger scene was SO painful to watch. If I were his partner I'd want to kill him!

But I think Pete misunderstood Roger completely. I think Roger was absolutely sincere in his response to the Japanese. For Roger, this IS about the war. Not about trying to get the better of Pete Campbell! Roger hates the Japanese becuase he saw what they did to his friends and what they tried to do to his country. But Pete is so out of that generation that he can't imagine that's true -- he thinks, "Roger must be threatened by me."