Log in

No account? Create an account

Previous Entry | Next Entry

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.


Aug. 24th, 2010 04:43 pm (UTC)
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!
We learn that over the course of the episode, that Roger is sincere. But then Roger only shows that to Joan. It's the reason Don tells Roger that Pete's right. I think Don believes that. And there's the thoroughly valid point that these Japanese businessmen are just that, businessmen. I don't recall any objections from Roger when they were discussing Volkswagen way back in Season 1.

I know that in our little community, we have great sympathy for Roger, because that could easily be Bob Leckie talking if he'd gone into advertising after the war. (Although Leckie, with his move-forward perspective, seems more likely to have forgiven by '65.) We can't help but have our perspective on World War II colored by BofB and The Pacific.

Pete and Don are right that landing Honda would be great for business. They're wrong to think Roger is insincere in his feelings.