All of the LSD aura has left Roger Sterling, as he equals Pete in engaging in the second lowest form of pimping, that of pimping a wife or lover, as we must recall Pete’s disappointment with his wife in not getting him published in a proper magazine when she could have. Of course, as far as we know, he is still outpacing Roger in the rape and blackmail categories. One wonders how far Pete will go? Would he have succeeded where Sal Romano failed, and have taken it up the ass for Lucky Strike? Or is he just willing to sell his soul and other people’s asses?
Don’s fear of acting coming between Megan and him surfaced as she auditioned for a play in Boston. Should she leave NYC if opportunity knocks? I say no, because if she is a good actress she can thrive in NYC, and have the two things she loves most.
After, Don and Joan’s wonderful afternoon of Platonic love last episode, Don is disappointed in her behavior, but I, for one, can not blame her. She gave herself away too cheaply in the past (especially to Sterling), and now used her most marketable assets to get what she needed. Lane was helpful in this, but, of course, for the wrong reason.
Peggy also disappointed Don, and I think she done him wrong. When Anna died, Don cried to Peggy, that “She [Anna] was the only one who understood him.” And Peggy replied, “That’s not true.” If Peggy was thinking that she understood him, she was wrong. If she understood him, she would not have left. She is too thin-skinned and in need of constant reassurance, and Don, while he can be kind and chivalrous, is still a tough love kind of guy; you can see this in the way he treats his daughter. The closing Kinks tune,You Really Got Me, is Don’s lament.