Mad Men "Favors" Review: All the Lonely People

Mad Men S06E11: "Favors"

I feel like Mad Men is starting to repeat itself with its seemingly endless reaffirmations that Don Draper is an awful person. "Favors" showcased the Way of the Don fairly well in his willingness to lose everything—even things that aren't entirely his to throw away—in his pursuit of Sylvia. The alarms started blaring as soon as the shaggy-haired kid moping in Don and Megan's apartment was revealed to be Sylvia and Arnie's recently drafted son, and they only got louder as Don gave his all to get Mitchell a cushy National Guard gig. At one point, Don even went as far as to declare the war in Vietnam "wrong," which didn't sit right with me, not because I always thought Don would be for the war, but because I just don't think Don cared either way until it immediately affected him... or, more precisely, his love life.

So Don saved Mitchell—with some indispensable help from Ted—after almost ruining things with Chevy for the entire firm by steering the light dinner conversation into much darker subject matter. Sylvia rewarded his good deed by welcoming him back into her home and her pants... only for Sally to walk in on guilty sexy funtimes. Poor Sally. Between Betty's BOYS ARE BAD, SEX IS BAD, DON'T BE SLUTTY stance, Roger's "betrayal" of her affections during last season's "At the Codfish Ball," and now Don—it's no wonder she's incapable of talking to boys.

Don tried to talk to Sally, but his entire conversation with her smacked of desperation and fear that she would tattle to Megan, Arnie, Mitchell, and maybe even Betty—though I'm sure at this point Betty couldn't care less. Don's a selfish guy and because of his selfishness, he ended up brooding alone at the end of "Favors." It's standard Don Draper operating procedure. It's also becoming standard Sally operating procedure because like-father-like-offspring and all that.

The turmoil at the Draper home was in direct contrast to the situation at the Chaoughs'. Ted and his wife have been having issues all season long and while Ted isn't perfect—still making googly eyes at Peggy, still making it his life's mission to best Don at anything—Ted clearly has a vastly different approach to his family and children than Don does. Ted may pine for Peggy, but other than that one kiss, he hasn't acted on his feelings. And when his wife complained about him never being home, he made an effort to come home. Of course, the Chaoughs' issues go much deeper than that, and Ted's decision not to wake his wife with the surprise that he'd returned at a respectable hour confirmed that it will take much more than eating dinner with the fam to fix their problems, but Ted's presence made his kids happy, which currently gives him a better track record than Don on that front.

In addition to Don and Sally, there were quite a few lonely people going to bed in Mad Men's New York at the end of "Favors." Peggy took her first step toward growing up to be a cat lady when Stan refused to come over in the middle of the night to dispose of a rat in Peggy's apartment. Peggy's attempt to barter a favor backfired because Stan knows her too well. When he refused on grounds of not being her boyfriend, Peggy promised to make it worth his while. "No, you won't," Stan grumbled and hung up.

And Pete didn't fare much better in an episode that featured quite a few Peggy/Pete throwbacks to earlier seasons—notably, Momma Campbell mistaking Peggy for Trudy and getting all awkward about "the baby," and Pete mentioning his father's death in a plane crash. In a way, their positions of power within the firm's new structure have reversed. Pete picked up on it himself when he lamented that at least one of them ended up being important—and he wasn't talking about himself. The current Pete has grown up to the point that if he could build a time machine and try to redo things with Season 1 Peggy... it might actually work. He's more mature and insightful, less entitled, and a little more genuine. He's still obsessed with his status, but he's also more accepting of where he falls on the social and corporate ladder. That doesn't mean he likes where he is, but he seems to understand it. I can't image the current Pete ever trying to blackmail Don the way his Season 1 characterization did. In an argument with his mother about Manolo the Nurse, the Momma Campbell told Pete that he was a sour child who grew into a sour man and that he'd always been "unlovable" (that's just COLD, Mrs. C). Season 1 Pete would have argued with the point and secretly obsessed over it in private, but our current Pete just seemed to accept it. He thinks that he's unlovable too.

Pete's story in "Favors" peaked with the big "reveal" regarding Bob Benson and cemented the cynicism that permeated everyone's little and not-so-little favors when we found out the Nicest Guy Ever miiiiight not be so nice after all. First there was the lie about Manolo nursing his father back to health that conflicted with his initial story about his father being dead. I'm willing to drop the Bob Benson: Serial Killer theory, but it breaks my little grinch heart to think that the only reason Bob has been SO FREAKING PLEASANT to everyone is that he simply wanted to get in Pete's pants. I'm anxious—and worried—about when we'll next see Bob again because while Pete was definitely more generous to Bob than Don was to Sal when Don found out about Sal's sexuality, he still wasn't exactly kind.

Still, Bob's friendliness hasn't always been directly associated with Pete—it's also been the key to his continued employment at SC&D—and now that know Bob's interest in Joan wasn't romantic in the slightest, I really just want them to go on more adventures at the beach as platonic BFFs. I suspect there will be some awkwardness between Bob and Pete in the future—due to Pete's self-consciousness more than anything else—but Bob has proven himself time and again to be the utmost professional in his job sooo... mostly I just really like Bob and don't want him to go the way of Sal, okay? Okay.

I always feel a little weird when I don't love a Mad Men episode because Mad Men should always be flawless, but despite the Bob Benson revelation (which, admittedly, after all of the amazing internet theories, was kind of a letdown), "Favors" did a lot of wheel-spinning. Don and Sylvia make me go "UGH," and Don compromising client relationships for his own gain or amusement is nothing new; at this point, it's more than a little frustrating to watch because other than Ted yelling at him, there's no consequence and he just keeps doing it.

But hey, Peggy got a cat!


NOTES

– WTFLOL Mad Men moment: Roger juggling oranges!

– Megan Draper Death Watch: Who else thinks the Drapers' doorman is kind of flaky? Like, he's super friendly and accommodating, which is awesome for his tenants, but as far as being the front line of security for the building, he seems a bit lacking—and not just because he forked his keys over to Sally like eight times. (Okay, two, but still.) He just really spent a lot of time absent from his post, you know?

– "He can't spend the rest of his life on the run." Not that Don would know anything about that...

– During the conversation with Arnie about how 18/19-year-old soldiers have no sense of their own mortality—or, as Don pointed out, anyone else's—did you get the feeling at all that Don was momentarily regretting stealing the real Don Draper's identity? Or even in general, do you think he ever feels slightly bad about it?

– What will Peggy name her cat? I can honestly see her just calling it "Cat."

What'd you think of "Favors"?

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Peggy's cat should be named "Mickey" as in the mouse. This ep was so average. Bob Benson revelation was a bit of a letdown.
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The OMG moment for me in this episode was Bob Benson's brushing against Pete's knee - that really looked pretty creepy. I don't know what that guy is up to, but I don't really trust him either. Pete was surely upset, but considering his depression lately i might suspect there is a chance of him actually responding to Bob's advances in a positive way. And that would really be scary :P On the other hand, I wouldn't like him starting anything with Peggy again, that is old and lost, although they did seem cute together, but only as old pals. I really see an interesting story evolving between Peggy and Ted, on the other hand, it is new and has potential, to my mind. Because Ted is married, he is trying to be the good guy (that he initially is, I believe) and fight his feelings for Peggy, but I really hope this story will get a chance, because it will also work towards Peggy's self-esteem in her love life (which is now non-exhistent) and which she needs desperately. Moving on, the new Manolo nanny for Pete's mom is most definately gay and it seems that the old woman is imagining things. Poor Sally, I hope she will be able to grow up to be an adult with a healthy psyche and not follow in the steps of her lost and unhappy parents. Don has really sank to yet another low (if that was even possible) and yes, his flaw here is mostly, how it was already mentioned on here before, that he is not looking fabulous anymore doing the nasty things that he is doing. That he compromised his work only to get into bed with Sylvia is disgusting (but somehow I'm still hoping that he also did it for "his only friend" - the surgeon). Somehow I do remember a few moments when Don did the right thing and tryed to be a good person and maybe I'm still hoping that not all is lost for him, although that hope is probably in vain. And yes, that affair is really getting old and I genuinly dislike that Sylvia character, she is just awful.. It is doomed to come out one way or another (still two episodes to go) and it won't be pretty..
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I really loved how they set up this whole situation with Sally and Don this week...starting off with Betty's "Your father is a hero" ironic comment ....btw I also would not have allowed my teenage daughter to go and stay with a bunch of boys girls for this MUN thing if there was a 25 chick supposedly keeping an eye on them...and taking into account what a creep troublemaker Julie is....Betty was right, even though some people call her horrible, she was the most of the parent she could be in this situation...and she was totally right about saying that leaving Sally to stay with Don is like leaving her with no one...anyway, then you have the whole crush on hippy kid Mitchell...that letter the girls wrote and then Julie ends up signing it (which seems like an innocent prank) but OMG what a horrible one given what Sally saw. Its not even the fact that she caught them cheating...but what is worse that everyone is thanking Don in the end and Megan is all "oh you are the best"- and Sally now knows her father is not the hero that supports her dreams......its sad really....Sally has such a difficult relationship with her mother...but hopefully now she will start to question her father more and maybe understand that her mother was not the only parent at fault....her father was 90% of the failure of that marriage.......because I really want Betty and Sally to improve their relationship like at the end of last season because I believe in that. Not to say that Sally should hate her father from now on, but just understand that he is not perfect either.

P.S. Loved the whole "why are you using you sexy voice" convo.

P.P.S Bob Benson..ugh
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Most people on this forum surprise me. I do not understand why everyone's opinion of Don has changed so abruptly. Don has always been a cheater. He has always been iffy at work. Is it because people on the show are seeing the real Don that everyone in the forum are hating on him?
Don is a screwed-up individual. We see it during his daily life and his flashbacks. He sabotages everything good for him. He does not know how to be happy. That's sad.
Sally was wrong for breaking into someone else's home. When you do that you get what you deserve. Sally will be OK in her adult life. Once she learns she's not her family's clone, caretaker, or ambassador.
I loved the Pete-Peggy moments. They were fun together.
I feel Pete has always been an OK guy he just has a crazy, maybe unlovable, way of doing things. He always abhorred people's racist comments, he always took his work seriously, and he always felt something whenever people teased Peggy. Unfortunately for Pete keeping up appearances was drilled into him.
Bob is cute but inside a horrible person. Did anyone see his smirk after that uncomfortable exchange he imitated with Pete? Bob is a up to no-good opportunist. Plain and simple.
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I don't hate Don Im just not as interested in his life as much as I was in the beginning. I think part of it is because he just keeps acting the same way throughout the whole show and also b/c we have pretty much seen all of the key events from his lifetime so the mystery behind him is fading away.
Maybe for other people they don't like the fact that he has no feelings towards his children. B/c in the early seasons you can clearly see that he was a family man and enjoyed spending time at home (when he was there) and I guess learning that he was just going through the motions is something people don't like? idk
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I agree. Don has been nothing but vile, no morals, selfish, and a perverted kind of person, from day one. I have watched this character and just loathed him. I have been waiting for his complete implosion.
I am hoping for that.
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the only time I ever found him vile and perverted was in the episode were he was hitting on Anna's niece. Idk what he was thinking but that was just too much for me. However him being with all the other women hasn't really bugged me
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I think Don pretends to be a lot of things he knows he's not: a loving husband, a war hero, a composed businessman. But perhaps the only things Don knew and liked about himself was that he was his children's hero. Even Betty realizes how much the children, Sally in particular, idolized Don.

But in that rare moment of self reflection in the elevator, Don knew that he has forever lost the respect of his daughter. Whatever self respect or admiration Don had for himself certainly disappeared the second he saw THAT look on Sallly's face.
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The season is almost over and nothing worth remembering happened yet.
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Next episode: Pete's Rifle Returns!

...Is it bad that was the part that stuck with me the most?

This is probably my own craziness, but a part of me wondered if Bob wasn't necessarily gay, but just...playing Pete. I don't know why that would make sense at all, though...
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Of course Bob Benson is gay. I personally am gay as Sunday brunch with Ryan Seacrest. Brunch is gayest of all the meals. Even though that is true, I would sleep with Joan, just to find out what is under that big bea hive of a hairdo.

As for Peggy and her cat, it will be dead before she has a chance to name it. She will forget to feed it, a rat will get it, or she will mistakenly stab it and it will choose to leave her.

Mama Campbell is definitely NOT sleeping with the nurse. Sunday Brunch is his most important meal of the week as well, so even if he was a wrinkle chaser he would be after Robert Morse to sing Showtunes to him before he ever thought about touching her.

I think that big changes are on the way for Pete, he seems to be more comfortable and accepting of his life and might make a little progress into being a human being. Maybe he and Bob get to be friends, even though Pete thinks of him as a degenerate.

So who will kill Megan? Creepy kid next door, jealous surgeon/father/husband, doorman, some crazed fan of the soap opera, or Peggy stabs her when she thinks she is an intruder?
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Do not fret, being gay is just a part of "Bob Benson's" (if that is his real name) cover identity. He only said it to take suspicion off of his FBI partner Manolo and to keep him in the Campbell household. I think he was also trying to imply that Manolo wouldn't have sexy time with your mom because he's also gay.
I will say it again, does anyone else think Ted has a multiple personality disorder? He's just all over the place. And I have no idea what is up with his infatuation with Don. "He did Sunkist directly to huuurrrt meeeee." I will have to say that if Don Draper does something to hurt you he does it to your face to prove he is superior. Lastly, I don't get why they had Sally walk in on Don and Sylvia, or even why they brought Sylvia back. I thought that story line was over but apparently her husband is going to find out and he's going to kill Megan.
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I agree, Don is way to self absorbed to plot out conflict with Ted. That is not even Don's style.
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wait so why would the FBI so interested in Pete Campbell?

And yeah there's something off about Ted. Hes got multiple personalities or bipolar disorder (idk he kind of ranges from hyperactive to depressed) and hes def got OCD when it comes to Don
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It was hard to believe Bob wasn't gay after he apparently broke things off with Joan.
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Has Peggy gotten out of the Village yet?
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One of the best things about the show lately has been Don and Ted's relationship, but yeah it's getting tiring to see Don wrecking presentations/relationships with clients. Let's see those two go after each other's throats over something else.
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So what now America? Is Bob's purpose on the show to be another interesting portrayal of homosexuals in the 1960s (like Sal)? Or is the fact that he's gay mostly unimportant and will not be mentioned again; is this distracting from some other reason for the existence of his character that will be revealed in the incoming weeks?
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Not sure which commenters said it a few weeks ago (and don't feel like searching for it), but congrats to those who accurately predicted Bob was not only gay but into Pete. Seemed pretty out there to me at the time, especially when he was getting close to Joan.
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She should totally call the cat "Stan"!
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If someone would have told me yesterday that I'd care enough for Don Draper as to hate his guts, I would have told you to f%ck off. This episode he has been odious and nauseating and disgusting beyond words. I understand that Sally should not have been where she was and see what she saw; but to have the nerve to talk to her door and say that she didn't see what she saw (i;e, she's a crazy stupid looney) is so insulting, so incredibly lame. What galls me most is that these things do happen to some people, some of them as children, in real life.I think that one has to own up to having screwed ones daughter for all her life.Betraying ones children to me is the worst sin possible, and thank God I am not saying this from experience, but I know friends and acquaintances......
The whole draft evading thing reminded me of Creedance Clearwater Revival famous song, "Prodigal Son" which popped up in my mind during the restaurant scene. If you know somebody who knows somebody you can have things done.I know this is the way the world turns round, but I don't have to like it.Of course, I am no hypocrite, I have used it as probably you have too, but for my part it was always in a very last resort when all other means were impossible.
I can go in detail, but really what I have to say at the end of the day, is that Mad Men is coming closer and closer with each episode to sociological scrutiny.I found it a bit aloof and did not commit to it wholeheartedly because it did not really touch me, but now no more.It is starting to make sense to our views of society; and this is all good.
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Is it an American culture for sons to hired MALE nurses for their mothers? We had the exact same thing happen in The Good Wife this season. Over there is Peter Florrick and here Peter Campbell. I thought it would only make sense for them to hired female nurses. Why are they so surprised then that their lonely mothers fall in love with this nurses?

Had no idea Bob was Gay. Where did that come from? I thought I got it wrongly and of all people, he likes Peter Campbell...OMG !

Sally Draper is definitely going to grow up and be like one of the girls on "Girls" :-)
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I think Peggy is starting to feel the lonliness of being a career girl in that decade, think about it: her life is not what she wanted to be since she ended working in the same agency again, the reminder of her lost son, her boyfriend left and that conversation with Pete was painfully nostalgic. Even she had achieved some recognition and status in her work the idea of comming back to the same place -under a slighty different laboral circumstances- gotta be puzzling for her. Even when in the last episode she arged with Joan about Avon you could notice that was her was of saying to her "Hey this professional status might not be as great as you might think gurlfriend" but at the end she ended supporting her as she really cares about Joan. The cat is quite foreshading, i think she´s starting to assume the possibility of being alone as a lifestyle.

I´m seriously worried about Bob, first of all i really like him: he seems to be craving love and friendship and he will do anything to help and cheer up others (from saving Joan to calm down the jewish guy to even being capable of love Pete freaking Campbell) , i don´t care about internet theories about him, i think he´s a beautiful person and he only wants to belong. It was kinda chillling the way Pete rejected him and his expression of sorrow when he left his office. More concerning was the murdereous eyes of Pete and that constant mentioning about that riffle...i hope he doesnt hurt Bob ...it would end being even more horrible that what happened with Salvatore Romano and not because the homophobia was uncommon in those days, more because that would mean that Pete is willing to hurt the only person who seems to love him and care about him...which would be a new level of "Pete-ness".

Although i really wanted Bob to be a love interest for Joan -she deserve some happiness- i´m quite sure he is truly her friend and he cares about her as Stan cares abou Peggy in some un- romantical sort of way.

I´m personally sick and tired of the Sylvia - Don - Megan situation, is just boring and pathetic, for a second i though sally was going to find Megan shagging Sylvia´s son...i dunno why...but this was quite the same ...Don grew old to be the most frustrating (quoting Sylvia) and despicable man ever. He´s even uncapable of keep his worlds separated anymore, he doesnt even care about his job, he doesnt care about his fake marriage or his kids, uncapable of even of apologize properly to his daughter. He´s a fake individual even to himself. He´s like one of those actors who has been representing the same character for too long and he´s starting to don´t give a shit for real about having a real identity. I think the most interesting was in fact Pete being slowly evolving in a "slighty-less-horrible-person" meanwhile Don is turning into the "Greatest-unapologetic-fake-horrible-deluted-individual-ever". He´s not even atractive or handsome anymore, you see him and you can´t avoid to wait for him to vanish in order to watch other characters. You can feel someone needs to go or die at this point (namely Megan) the show feels, stuck.

This episode is about alienation : Don uncapable of sort his personal life, Peggy uncapable of endure being a single professional woman, Sally uncapable of expecting any good of any man of her life, Megan uncapable to admit she doesnt give a damm about Don, Pete uncapable of love (or at least friendship) , Bob uncapable of being accepted or loved, Sylvia uncapable of rejecting Don, Chaough uncapable of make Don care about the agency again and even uncapable to go for Peggy.

Something is true...something really radical needs to happen because the show is trapped in this circle of predictable bitterness and less-believable storylines. It needs to bring back the brilliant edgy temporal accuracy and cultural references, i wish it to have the greatest final season ever and end up as great as it started few years ago. This episode was good but still...is not what it used to be.
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"i though sally was going to find Megan shagging Sylvia´s son"
now that would be a twist in the story!!! and Megan would be doing something remotely interesting. but yeah I too don't care about the Don/Sylvia thing. Im actually surprised they brought it up again.
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This episode left me with the urge to hug Sally Draper and then go strangle her father. I think this season has been a good one in almost every matter except that it took the few redeemable pieces of Don;s personality and washed them away. Before this season, Don Draper seemed more lovable than when he was with Sally, the scenes between the two of them were always my favorite because of Sally;s unwavering adoration for her father which seemed to be mutual on his end. Even after the Grandma Ida incident, Sally still chooses to be with Don whom she feels wants her around more than Betty (and any time Sally stands up to her mother is a good one). But Don can;t bother to look twice at his daughter or her airheaded friend until she has caught him literally in the throes. And the thing her mother fails to realize is that Sally isn't a dumb kid, she sees Megan coo over Don after he slept with the neighbor, just like Betty would coo over Don after he came home from sleeping with beatniks or someone else;s wife or her third grade teacher.
And still the only thing Don cares about is if Sally is going to tell somebody. You wonder, who would she tell? Her best friend is a complete moron, she seems to like Megan too much to want to hurt her like that, and Betty is the probably the last person she would tell.
On another note, while Sally;s friend is a complete idiot, that is the most awkward situation to be left at the dinner table when your friend is fighting with their parents. And then she casually pours Megan more wine, because of course she does!
The Peggy stuff this episode was awesome, I love she and Pete just out talking and laughing together. They;ve come a long way from "Are you Amish or something?" to where a point where it almost seems like he respects her. And I love when Peggy calls Stan and he;s trying to get rid of her and she protests "But you have sexy voice!" And then offers to let him and his lay come over to get rid of the rat! And that is a future favorited GIF of Peggy Olson, smoking a cig, on the couch with her cat. Like a boss.
Last note (I really dug this episode, if you can;t tell) is a request that will never happen but is nice to pretend to the great Emmy overlords: Bump Elisabeth Moss up to lead actress, and PLEASE, PLEASE, nominate Kiernan Shipka for best supporting actress this year. This season has been less Sally-fied than seasons 4 and 5, but homegirl can act circles around the entire cast of almost any network show. And she;s thirteen. MAKE IT HAPPEN.
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Agreed, Kiernan Shipka is the real deal. And Elisabeth Moss is really good. I was impressed with her in Top of the Lake this year.
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No Don has not made it clear the only thing he cares about is sally keeping it quiet- he never says anything like that, she's 13 and its a situation that no explanation would work. He is well-aware sally knows he is full of sh*t when he claims to have been comforting Sylvia, and i am not saying don handled that well, but he wasnt trying to shut sally up. He wanted to talk to her, and no matter how despicably he acts, he cares deeply about sally,. I think he was desperate and backed into a corner, and maybe in a way was trying to protect her innocence but knew it could not be undone. ithat conversation wasnt about getting sally to keep quiet though
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Get ready for another extreamly long post about madmen.
I personally found this episode to be the most entertaining one of this season.It was a hell of alot better than last weeks episode which I considered a snooze fest. I think b/c of that I wasnt looking forward to this one but luckily it was good and has me pumped up some more for next week!

I loved the akwardness of Peggy "looking after" Pete's mother and the whole baby conversation. But by far my fav scene was the one with Peggy and Pete talking alone in the restauraunt. I loved it because it has been the first time since like season 2 where Pete was generally nice to Peggy and didnt act agressive towards her which I really have missed. And its times like that that I totally forget how much of a "grimy little pimp" pete is. Also the best line came from that part where Peggy goes " Did your father ever give your mother spa treatments... which released a fire in her loins" and Pete replying with " AHHGGG URRG I dont even like picturing her brushing her teeth!" (or something along those lines). I also found it interesting that Pete could tell Peggy's feelings for Ted and Ted's feelings for her along with Ted noticing that Pete and Peggy have a connection with each other (which might be brought up again later?). Its also nice to see Pete being happy cuz Peggy's happy, its totally opposite to how he acted in S1 where as soon as she was he "didnt like her that way". And I for one wouldnt be against Pete and Peggy getting closer by the end of this season.

Peggy's whole thing with the rat was also good. I like how Stan didnt jump at that chance to go to her appartment. It shows how hes grown since S4 where if that happened back then he would have jumped at the chance to go see her. Also he was using his sexy voice? Peggy finds Stan's voice sey when hes tired? what? Also loved the Cat and how it's pretty much what her mother said would happen. I would like it if she just named it Cat it could be like a throwback to Breakfast at Tiffany's.

As for Bob Benson that was another great scene. I watched the "behind the scenes" thing on the AMC website and MW talked about how Benson might not nessesarily be totally gay. but from that scene its hard to see that. I wonder which Pete didnt like more Bob's weird "advances" or the fact that realised that Bob knew way to much about his personal life? I for one and interested to see what else will happen b/w these two.

As for the Don/Sylvia thing. I think it has kind of run its course and did wish there was more stuff with the other characters but this story line DID have a good payoff. Aw Sally youve had an interesting childhood. Will this be the straw that brock the camels back when it comes to him sleeping around?... Nope .. prob not.

Other good parts:
Pete and his Raisin Bran. I act that way two when I dont get my Raisin Bran cereal.
Teds lines: "I dont want his juice, I want mine" and "Imagine if every time Ginger Rogers jumped in the air Fred Astaire punched her in the face"
Also excited that Pete's rifle makes another appearence net episode. Aw man two more left? This season's going by too fast.

So b/c this episode did have alot of call backs, do I find that bad? no I enjoy them. And I personally didnt see this episode as alot of wheel spinning.
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watching peggy & pete in the restaurant - kinda made me want them to get back together.. not a super fan of peggy/ted. it was interesting to see how pete's mom was talking to Peggy about the baby bc at first i was like WHOA does she know?? then remember the Alzheimers.. My husband & I high fived when Bob was hitting on Pete because we called it when Bob was setting up the Doctor Guy lol I REALLY liked the Ginger Rogers/Fred Astaire reference! All in all, I really did like the episode but Don made me want to punch him. I feel so bad for Sally because he basically said you're crazy - you didn't see anything. I personally, do not comfort my husband's friends with my pants down.. just sayin'.. hopefully she's smart enough to realize he's lying & unfortunately that's going to make her stop idolizing him as much & their relationship will get more & more strained over time.. could be an interesting dynamic..
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Ted had a bunch of great lines this episode. It really struck me that he's been far more eloquent than Don these last few weeks.

It was quite a contrast between Ted's expert negotiation with Don and Don's negotiation / non-apology to Sally - "It's... complicated." As if Sally would really question what she saw.
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Also was Pete's Mom's story about her nurse true? b/c she isnt quite there mentally I honestly cant tell if that stuff happened or if something inocent happened and she blew it out of proportion
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I took it as a figment of her imagination... Manolo may have been overly friendly, but I think it was just a means to an end of having Pete discuss the issue with Bob.
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Also did anyone else think that Sally was going to lose her virginity by the end of this episode?
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Yes, absolutely. And I'm shocked that Matt Weiner didn't go there; it seems like something that would have happened in the 60s in that environment. And Sally's meeting with Mitchell happened so late in the episode and was overshadowed by so many of the other storylines that I was starting to think that was what the episode was really about and that all of the other storylines would go nowhere and stop.
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I don't think this is the last reveal about Bob Benson. The way he just was blatantly shoehorned in to almost every character at SC&P this season, that can't be the only reveal. It doesn't make sense. I almost expect some kind of weird thing about how Bob has been there all along, and have James Wolk superimposed upon scenes from previous seasons. It turns out he was with Jane, Paul, and Harry when they broke into Cooper's office to look at the painting. He was driving the tractor. He was standing with the partner's looking out the window at the end of Season 5. Someone good at photoshop please do that!!

As for Peggy, I wouldn't be surprised if she named the cat "Cat" either. She's always focused so much attention to her work and never to any other aspect of her life. Nothing else matters to her.
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I also believe that there is more to Bob Benson. Him being gay just doesn't seem to be enough based on the way he has treated so many characters, both male and female. It would definitely be a let down if that is all.

I loved Pete and Peggy's moment together. It is these rare moments that make you almost forget what a slimey little toad Pete can be. I don't think I want them together again, but it's nice to see that he seems happy for her.

I hope Peggy doesn't become a cat lady though. It's about time she got a really good love interest. I like the Ted we've gotten to know and I admire this determination in trying to focus on his family. I don't think it will last though. I believe something will happen with him and Peggy eventually, however I'm not sure he's the type of guy she needs, given that he's married and all. I don't want Peggy to start being the female version of Don Draper in every sense.

In other news Don Draper is a bad parent. Nothing new here.
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Yep, agree completely on Bob Benson's reveal being pretty disappointing if it's the only secret he's been holding back. Certainly it doesn't make any sense that helping Joan and others would all be in the name of forging a relationship with Pete. Maybe those scenes were in the name of earning our sympathy, but the weirdness of those moments always seemed to hint at something greater.

Now I didn't really think he was going to end up being a government spy or an investigative reporter under cover, but at the least I thought he was lining himself up for some sort of grand power grab (more than simply being on the Chevy account).
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