Some quick thoughts on tonight’s Mad Men before I read a million recaps tomorrow.
Both Don and Pete are literally shitting where they eat with their respective affairs this week, but only one of them is directly punished for that action. I feel like this week’s theme was deception (and double lives, which is obviously sort of what the season/series is about).
Don has always been able to deceive with relative ease because his whole identity is a lie. Pete, on the other hand, wants to be like Don, but can’t pull it off. He’s a bad liar who doesn’t have a poker face. He wants to think Trudy will be there for him no matter how terrible he is, but she isn’t a pushover and won’t allow him to embarrass her. She also has family money and doesn’t need to rely on Pete for financial stability.
Don’s entire vibe is a poker face. But just because he can get away with living a double life doesn’t mean that double life comes without a serious emotional toll.
I also love Peggy and wish she had an ally at her new job.