Don holds his ground, says he has finally learned to appreciate what he has (right. We'll see) and tells Pete that he doesn't get another chance with what he has. It's a wise comeback that I doubt Season 1-3 Don would ever say. It says something when even Don is telling Pete how to treat women and live his life.
Turns out Lane's Jaguar friend is in trouble. His wife found out what happened and called Lane's wife -- "Because he was caught with chewing gum on his pubis!!" Classic "Mad Men" line and also the first time I have ever typed the word "pubis."
Lane is mad that the guys took Edwin to the brothel. "He didn't ask you because he thinks you're a homo," according to Pete.
Lane by now is fuming mad. "I can't believe the hours I put in helping you become the monster you've become," Lane responds. When Pete tells Lane that he doesn't even understand why SCDP keeps Lane around, stuff gets real, real quick.
It all comes down to a fist fight. In the office. In the middle of a partners' meeting. Really. The curtains. Are. Drawn. No one does anything to stop it.
"I know cooler heads should prevail, but am I the only one who wants to see this?" Roger says. No, Roger. You're not the only one.
Lane beats him down, since the best move Pete can offer is calling him Mr. Toad. "Consider that my last piece of advice," Lane says before leaving. I plan to say that whenever I'm in an office fight and win.
Lane gets consoled with a bucket of ice by Joan. I actually wasn't surprised when Lane kissed her ("Mad Men" had been kind of hinting that some sort of Joan-Lane shenanigans might happen), but all Joan does is get up silently, open the door, smile to herself, sit back down and thank Lane for punching Pete -- finally.
Good move, Joan.
I could have done without the whole end scene of Ken Cosgrove writing a short story about Pete called "The Man With a Miniature Orchestra." It all seemed a bit perfect and heavy-handed for my taste. Ditto for the symbolism of the dripping drain reflecting the unending inner madness Pete feels trapped in his marriage.
I would have preferred the episode to end with tearful Pete's heartbreaking line to Don in the elevator: "I have nothing, Don."
More highlights from 'Signal 30'
What's with the title?: "Signal 30" refers to the name of the video of horrific traffic accidents Pete watches in the drivers ed class. Yes, I had to look it up.
Sexiest/weirdest moment: Driving home from the Campbell's party, Don gets a little frisky and asks Megan to pull over. "I'm too drunk for you to drive. Let's have a baby," he says.
Writer Ken: Apparently, Ken Cosgrove has still been writing. Who can forget his Atlantic Monthly short story, "Tapping a Maple on a Cold Vermont Morning"? I believe Robert Frost tried to sue. However, we also learn that he has been writing under the pen name "Ben Hargrove." Ken is so mysterious!
Secret world: When Megan couldn't remember Cynthia Cosgrove's name, I thought someone would shout out, "Alex Mack!" Good to see you, Larisa Oleynik!
Best window into British sports: Before going with his wife to watch a football (er, soccer) match at a pub, Lane says, "The first half of a football match is just flirting."
Best representation of how most Americans still feel about soccer: When Lane says Britain won the World Cup, Roger says, "Cup of what?"
Most disconcerting doodle: Don's draws a noose during the partners' meeting.
Most philosophical recent high school graduate: Pete's drivers' ed obsession, who says, "Things just seem so random all of a sudden. And time feels like it's speeding up."
Return of Roger the ladies man: He tells his "date" at the brothel, "Look honey, I'm not going to bore you with complements.