This episode had much less of a focus on Don Draper and brought us into the world of Pete Campbell and Betty Draper. I was surprised there was so little of Draper, but this shows the true strength of the cast. The episode also proved that Draper isn't as all-powerful as one would expect. He was given credit for two things that he didn't actually do, something that's worth noting.
I'm not 100% sure of the actor's name but the guy who plays Pete did a great job today. Sure, he's a tough guy at work and he seems to be confident, but it's clear that his wife gets whatever she wants and that Pete doesn't have all the marital power that he wants. Watching him get shoved aside by his parents and by his wife's parents AND by his wife makes it hard to feel great about him almost getting fired. The writers have done a good job of making us actually feel sympathy towards him. He clearly wants to be an important man and his attempts to go over Don's head with the steel company was a daring move. But once again, in the end, we see Don Draper's power get the best of him.
There was also a somewhat strange series of scenes where Betty babysits Glen, Helen Bishop's son, and he seems to pine after her in a way that a young kid shouldn't. I wonder if they'll do anything with this or just let it sit. But for the most part, it was nice to see more of January Jones.
The show seems to be hitting its stride more. The characters are being fleshed out more and showing more emotion.. instead of getting straightforward stereotypes of 60's men and women, we're seeing some characters stray from their comfort zones, something that will make the show better and more enjoyable.