A Pete and Peggy Discussion - That's what's so great about it!
The Pete & Peggy Account: Five Years of Mad Love This demented relationship is fascinating, considering the breadth of it is comprised. There are plenty of cliffhangers and pending questions for Mad Men to answer before SCP closes its doors for good. Will Don spectacularly. When Peggy first began exploring her sexuality, Peter was one of the men in the office that showed interest, and Peggy was willing to be.
While the other three office stooges Ken Cosgrove, Harry Crane, Paul Kinsey snicker and smoke in the background, Pete reassures Trudy of all the things smug grooms-to-be need to reassure their brides of the night of their bachelor parties. He ends the conversation with an indicatory statement to her: Impending nuptials or not, he doesn't curtail his ass hattery with the opposite sex, which is evidenced in his first meeting with the new girl Peggy.
In Don's office, he remarks brashly on her dowdy appearance and muses crudely on the potential of her hidden assets, a welcome Peggy finds repulsively warm. After she leaves, Don gives Pete a sweetly succinct scolding.
Of course later on Peggy also makes an ass of herself by coming onto Don in thanks for his defense, which he embarrassingly rebuffs. A persistent fellow if nothing else, he shows up at Peggy's apartment following the raunchy pre-marital celebrations, drunk and slurring lustfully into her hair.
This is the last we see of them that night and are left to draw our own conclusions. This turn of events certainly surprised me, as not only is our presumption that Peggy is a callow, careful young prude dashed although we did see her procure birth control earlier in the episodebut I found myself wondering why an obviously bright and competent girl even gives him the time of day night.
A couple of weeks later, Pete returns from his honeymoon at Niagara Falls "the wettest place on Earth". It's obvious that he's glad to be married, as that's the proper thing for a man of his age and means to do and he gets dinner waiting for him every evening! He is so plainly projecting his own self-judgment on her, but she plays it cool, and aside from the necessary professional interactions she does a good job at avoiding him.
She makes it clear that she will not play into his belittling games. In fact, we kind of like him.
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Wait, how did this happen? How did that rotten first impression fade so quietly into the background? For one, he proves to be damn good at his job, something we weren't so sure of early on. We know that he is scraped from the upper crust of a prominent New York family, and it is assumed that this had a major influence on his initial hiring to Sterling Cooper, but we see that his indefatigable desire to prove his professional worth stems mainly from genuine ambition.
Of course, this ambition gets muddled with his deep-seated entitlement issues and dark competitiveness with the one man whom he at once idolizes and abhors: Because Pete struggles with the natural truth that he is not Alpha male, the fact that he is really freaking good at acquiring, managing, and appeasing high stock accounts by any means necessary his smarminess really comes in handy is essentially overlooked until later on.
Though except for a small handful of tender and pivotal moments, his treatment of her see-saws darkly between cold condescension and white hot desire. Simple psychology tells us that because he struggles for authority in every other part of his life--work, his strained relationship to his own parents as well as dominant in-laws, and even Trudy, who tries to be the perfect submissive housewife but is naturally quite assertive--Pete craves something he can control.
Yet for all the power he wishes to have over Peggy, he continually relinquishes his own dominance by soliciting her loving attention for the purposes of therapy more so than romantic exchange. Clearly removed, he invites her to sit down and listen to him.
Of course he does keep the rifle in his office--good thing he eventually gets promoted! A short time later, after much ambiguous build-up, he and Peggy finally have a second sexual encounter.
They meet in the elevator where Peggy admits her anxiety over the presentation of her first copywriting project. Pete rebuffs her genuine human-whose-slept-with-human attempt at conversation with his usual cavalier tone jealous much?
A bit later she finds him staring out the window of his office, intensely absorbed in thought, and he invites her--nay, orders her--to come in and close the door. He does kiss her, and pulls her hair hot! Afterward they share a last kiss and perhaps the closest they ever come to a romantic moment before he begins expressing chagrin over his unfamiliar and passionless marriage.
At the bar we see Pete in an altogether different mood: She notices him staring at her like usual--gawd! As the audience we wonder: What is his problem anyway? Is he simply embarrassed and frustrated over his legitimate attraction to her, or is he just a complete asshole who gets off on cruel power trips? The temptation of her is dangerous to his entire existence. If only he knew how real shit is about to get!
She is disappointed when she does not find him there. When he does arrive later that morning, he does not look over to her desk as she obviously anticipates, and it is assumed that they do not have any more significant flirtations for a while. As time goes on, it appears that the small flame Peggy once held for Pete went out that day.
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We see her sole focus shift to her work, but Pete continues to engage with her, ignorant to remorse and the fact that he totally had his chance. Just as she did immediately after his wedding, Peggy avoids personal involvements with him and keeps her demeanor cool and professional. He is offended by this. This idea manifests later in the season as the curious weight gain she has for a while been exhibiting becomes considerable.
While the other guys in the office crack immature jokes, Pete, who has been mostly reserved on the issue, boils over and punches Ken for a particularly tasteless jab. This is significant as the first time we ever see Pete stand up for someone else.
Of course, never fully altruistic, Pete is also defending his own pride, as he faces the embarrassing level of intimate trust he has invested in this peculiar woman.
Of course in the season one finale we understand why Peggy has gained so much weight. The baby she gives birth to and subsequently rejects is a monumental development in this gnarled affair, and as season two begins we are dying to see how she handles it. Their connection seems to have cooled off considerably over the last few months, and we become privy to more of their personal developments: The dynamic between Peggy and Pete has already noticeably shifted as she settles into the promotion she received right before she gave birth to the baby she didn't know she was carrying.
As Peggy asserts herself as a professional equal on the creative team, she inevitably starts working more closely with account man Pete. Their talents prove to complement each other, and as Peggy distances herself even further from the vision of the timid secretary with whom Pete once cruelly toyed, he starts approaching her with a more sincere interest.
Unfortunately for him, she is inexplicably disinterested. But for all the fun it is watching them happily muse over Clearasil slogans, what we've all been waiting for is the outstanding scene of confession at the end of the second season. It is heartbreakingly perfect. In the thick of the Cuban Missile Crisis, Pete invites Peggy once again into his office this is one very charged room! But Pete is blindsided when Peggy stops him to make her own painful confession: With no bells and whistles, excuses or explanations, she delivers this electrifyingly straightforward message: After 13 agonizing episodes of allusions and ambiguous flashbacks, this is the first time she acknowledges the experience out loud, so this is a great cathartic moment for both her character and us, the aching audience.
Needless to say, this is not at all the response Pete was hoping for--indeed it was not even on his worst case scenario list--but there it is. Peggy is angered by Ted's unilateral decision and says, "Well, aren't you lucky, to have decisions? Peggy, again working late, takes over Don's office. Both developments echo Freddy Rumsen's placement on a "six month leave" and Peggy's taking over his office and accounts.
In Season 7, Peggy is seen competently managing the apartment building she owns and has developed a close friendship with Julio, a little boy who lives upstairs and comes over to watch television. When Don takes off after coming back to work Peggy is angry, and he later calls her, saying a heartfelt goodbye. Afterward she engages in yet another argument with Stan that culminates in both of them admitting they are in love with each other.
Peggy is last seen working, with Stan embracing her lovingly. Peggy's relationship with Don Draper[ edit ] Peggy is Don's secretary until she is promoted, thanks to Freddy Rumsen's telling Don about how she acted during the Belle Jolie focus group. Don allows Peggy to work on accounts but tells her that she is still his secretary. Peggy is often openly resentful of Don's demanding requirements and his refusal to express appreciation for her work, but is also conscious that he is the only one in the firm who views her as an equal to her fellow copywriters, notwithstanding her gender.
At the end of Season 1, Don gives her a raise and promotes her, meaning she will no longer work as his secretary. As the series progresses, they develop a work spouse type of relationship. During Season 2, Peggy and Don's relationship deepens after Don drives while intoxicated and gets into a car accident.
Having no one else to call and under arrest for drunk driving, he calls Peggy, who bails him and Bobbie Barret with whom Don was having an affair out of jail. Bobbie stays at Peggy's apartment for a few days and constantly asks Peggy why she is helping Don so much. It is revealed that at the end of Season 1, Peggy gave birth to a son, which she gave up for adoption. Traumatized by the experience, Peggy is forced to stay in the hospital for a long time, and Don was the only one who cared enough to investigate her whereabouts and is also the only one who visits her in the hospital, besides her mother.
Peggy and Don have an intense conversation in the hospital, and he encourages her to do what the doctors are telling her to do. Draper", which she has been doing since the beginning of the series. When in " Maidenform " Season 2 Peggy questions her male colleagues' categorizations of women as " Marilyns " or " Jackies ", and asks which she is, Ken quips that she's Gertrude Steinand the younger men laugh. However, their relationship becomes strained due to Don's anger and seemingly lack of appreciation for Peggy and her work.
When Don decides to start his own advertising agency, Peggy is one of the first people he talks to. He assumes she will quit Sterling Cooper and follow him to his new agency, but is surprised and hurt when she declines, stating that she's tired of being on the receiving end of his anger when something doesn't work out for him.
Don later goes to Peggy's apartment, and the two have an emotional conversation, in which Don asks her to go with him to his new agency. When Peggy continues to express reluctance, Don tells her that if she doesn't go with him, he will spend the rest of his life trying to hire her. Matthew Weiner, the series' creator, head writer, and showrunner, has stated that this conversation is essentially Don telling Peggy that he loves her.
Though she is initially angry at Don for having to cancel dinner plans with her boyfriend to accommodate Don's work demands, Peggy and Don eventually make up and go to dinner.
They spend the night talking, and each reveals personal details about their life to the other.
Peggy tells Don that her mother hates him because she thinks he fathered her baby. They also discuss the fact that everyone in the office assumes the two are either sleeping together or have slept together in the past. Peggy asks him in a roundabout way why he never attempted to have an affair with her. He tells her that he has rules that he cannot break, to which she makes a snide remark and refers to his previous affairs.
Peggy complains about dating, and Don responds that she's "cute as hell" and will find someone. Peggy and Don return to the office building, where Peggy helps Don get through his drunken stupor.
Duck unexpectedly shows up, also extremely drunk. He believes that Peggy and Don are romantically involved and calls her a whore. In response, Don attacks Duck, and the two drunkenly brawl. Peggy eventually gets Duck to leave and then returns to Don's office, where she finds him drinking again. Don apologizes to Peggy for embarrassing her, and the two fall asleep on his office couch with his head on Peggy's lap.
Later that morning, a distraught Don weeps in Peggy's presence after he learns of Anna's death over the telephone. When Don tells Peggy that he has lost the only one in the world who truly knew him, Peggy tenderly places a consoling hand on his shoulder and replies, "That's not true. Later that morning, a sober Don calls Peggy into his office to talk about the ad they had been struggling with. Don abruptly stops the work related conversation by holding Peggy's hand, as a sign of gratitude for everything she did the night before.
Peggy appears surprised and disappointed when Don announces his engagement to Megan Calvethis secretary. Peggy congratulates Don, and Don replies that Megan admires her and that Megan reminds him a lot of Peggy. Peggy interprets the gesture as a backhanded complimentand in a private chat with Joan remarks indignantly that Don seems more excited about marrying his secretary than about her own success. Joan tells Peggy that Don is no less superficial and shallow than any of their other male superiors, and his engagement to Megan should come as no surprise.
Peggy takes on the role of Megan's mentor and attempts to nurture her apparent talent although it later turns out Megan is dissatisfied with being a copywriter. Don also gives Peggy more responsibility, as he has begun spending more time at home than at work.
Peggy is often frustrated by her new workload, and matters do not improve when the agency hires another male copywriter - Michael Ginsberg - who seems to receive more credit than his supervisor Peggy does for the same amount of work.
This is Peggy's breaking point, and she realizes she can no longer stay at Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce. Following Freddy Rumsen's advice, Peggy takes meetings with other agencies, ultimately choosing to go with Don's rival Ted Chaough at Cutler, Gleason, and Chaough, where she will receive more money and the title of Copy Chief.
Don mistakenly assumes she is asking for a raise and is shocked when she tells him that she's actually quitting. Don tells her to state the amount of money she is being offered at the other agency, and he will pay her more, but Peggy holds her ground.
After using several failed tactics to get her to stay, Don gets increasingly emotional and angry, but finally accepts her two weeks' notice of resignation. He cruelly tells Peggy that she can leave that day instead of waiting the customary two weeks. When Peggy holds out her hand for a handshake, Don takes her hand and kisses it, and refuses to let go until Peggy forcefully removes it. An emotional Peggy walks out, leaving Don in tears in his office.
Don and Peggy's relationship is at this point extremely strained, cemented by Don's excessive drinking and his jealousy of Ted. Most of Don and Peggy's interactions during this season comprises their fighting over the fact that Don constantly puts her in the middle of arguments between him and Ted, which makes her uncomfortable.
Don confronts Peggy after she refuses to pick a side, telling her that it's her job to pick the best idea. Peggy argues that he only gets angry when she refuses to pick a side or when she sides with Ted. She tells him that both he and Ted are similar, except that Ted never hurts her like Don does. Don replies, "He doesn't know you," and walks out, leaving Peggy shaken. In the Season 6 finale " In Care Of "Don is set to move to California with Megan, but puts his marriage on the line by allowing Ted to take his place, in order to save Ted's marriage after Ted has slept with Peggy.
When Ted tells Peggy he is leaving, she grows angry and assumes this is Don's doing as revenge for her affair with Ted, but is shocked and confused when Ted tells her that he asked Don, and Don accepted.
In a much talked-about tableau,  the season closes on a shot of Peggy sitting at Don's desk chair, gazing at the New York skyline, in a pose reminiscent of Don's in Mad Men's title card. During the most of the first half of Season 7, Don and Peggy are not in communication since Don has been placed on leave - though it is revealed that Don has been submitting work to Peggy through Freddy Rumsen Peggy assumes it is Freddy's work.
When Don is in the office waiting to see if he will be allowed to return, Peggy tells Don that his presence was not missed. After Don is allowed to return to work full-time with some conditionsboth Don and Peggy avoid seeing or talking to each other. In the fourth episode of the season, "The Monolith", Peggy is told that Burger Chef is interested in running an ad campaign and she will be put in charge.
She is thrilled until she is told that Don must be on her team for this assignment since he hasn't been doing much since his return. Peggy calls the team into her office and assigns each person to write 25 tags. She avoids making eye contact with Don, as he glares at her during the entire meeting. After the meeting, Don goes into his office and throws a typewriter at the wall. He spends the rest of the episode defying Peggy's orders by refusing to complete the assignment and does not attend meetings that Peggy calls.
After Don drinks heavily in the office, Freddy, who has been helping Don stay sober, comes to the office to take him home. After Don wakes up, Freddy lectures him and convinces Don to keep his head down and do the work. Don, now sober, goes back to the office and tells Peggy he will have by lunch the 25 tags she asked for. The tension between Peggy and Don continues until episode 6, "The Strategy".
Peggy is still struggling with Burger Chef, and is further discouraged after Lou Avery and Pete Campbell tell her she needs to be "the voice of moms" with the campaign and that it must focus on a happy family life. She finally has what she feels is a good campaign, but is shaken after Don innocently suggests something different.
This causes Peggy to doubt the campaign, and she goes into the office to work during the weekend. She calls Don on a Saturday to tell him that his idea was horrible, and to yell at him for expressing himself. She also accuses him of doing it on purpose since he knows she will fret over the campaign.
Don ignores her and continues to spend time with Megan, who is visiting from California over the weekend. However, Don cuts Megan's visit short, and instead goes to the office on Sunday to help Peggy. They argue initially, but as the night goes on, they begin to get along like they used to. They bond over the fact that they both believe that the perfect, nuclear families do not exist. Don confesses to Peggy that he is afraid he has wasted his life, and he doesn't have anyone who cares for him.
Peggy tells Don that she traveled to several different states and spoke to hundreds of Burger Chef customers, and begins to cry because she doesn't know what she did wrong with the campaign. Don comforts her and tells her she's doing a great job. He continues to encourage her, and Peggy finally comes up with the perfect idea for the campaign. Don notices that Frank Sinatra's " My Way " is playing on the radio and asks Peggy to dance with him.
As they dance, Peggy rests her head on Don's chest, and he kisses her head. The next night, the two of them meet with Pete at a Burger Chef to talk about the new campaign. Pete is unhappy that they are changing everything at the last minute and blames Peggy, but Don stands up for her, and the three eat dinner together as a family.