The Story of O is a French novel published in English in 1965, and I have a feeling Don Draper read it. For those unfamiliar with it, it is Fifty Shades of Grey for adults. But, Sylvia is not O, so she played along for two days and then called it quits. I do believe Don did it to push her away, considering that she failed to go away with her husband, and Don knew he was getting in much too deep.
The testosterone rush carried over to the workplace, as Don engaged in more dominance and submission, but this time with Ted. It must have been quite a rush while it lasted. Peggy was not amused, but that really doesn’t matter, does it?
I guess Bob Benson is the man with the plan, focusing on servility rather than work, taking abuse with a smile, and pouncing at the right moment. He learned at an early age that it is the schemers and not the workers, who get ahead.
Meanwhile, Ted showed raging Pete that one doesn’t have to sit at the table to be a player.
Finally, RFK is assassinated. He was the last best hope, the man who could bring together coal miners and Freedom Riders. The event had a much more profound impact on America than the murder of his brother, as JFK’s agenda was advanced by LBJ, while RFK’s death ended an age of hope and the election of Richard Nixon began an age of political cynicism, for as Hunter S. Thompson said, “It is Nixon himself who represents that dark, venal and incurably violent side of the American character almost every country in the world has learned to fear and despise.” Paul Simon, in his song American Tune, perhaps the saddest non-love song ever written, expressed our feelings of loss of hope and resignation best when he sang, “But it’s all right, it’s all right, You can’t be forever blessed.”
The assassination may split Peggy and Abe. Even though Peggy loved Bobby, she is not political, and Abe, being who he is, will become more militant. It is time to choose sides, folks, and Peggy’s agency is trying to put a friendly face on Dow Chemical, the company that makes the napalm that is dropped on Vietnamese villages, women and children.