But when he rushes home to call Trudy and Tammy, it’s a bit endearing. Sure, she still has that 50-mile radius restriction -- for which we salute her for sticking to her boundaries when Pete says he doesn’t want them to be alone -- but you can tell she appreciates the gesture.
So he deserves pat on the back for checking in for his young daughter and soon-to-be ex (it’s more than Don could do). But it’s not like he could possibly have an iota of a redeeming quality? Not skeezeball Pete.
Guess again. After Harry gripes about clients pulling ads and interrupted ‘Bewitched’ episodes for news coverage on the assassination, Pete calls him out for being a racist.
“It’s a shameful, shameful day!” Pete roars. He says it’s not one to worry about money and calls Harry a pig (hinting at greed, the fourth circle of hell, and continuing with the Dante’s ‘Inferno’ theme this season).
Burt insists that the two shake hands, only Pete stops in mid-shake to ream him out even more. “I mistook this for a work day,” Harry fires back. Pete has the last word: “Let me put this in terms you’d understand: He had a wife and four kids.” Burn.
(Confession: I think this might have been the only time in the history of the show when a female viewer has swooned for Pete, even if for a second. Barely. Ew, I need to shower after admitting that.)
Pete is undoubtedly SCDP’s most loathsome partner. But his progressive stance shouldn’t come as a shock, or be confused as insincere. He looked disgusted when Roger serenaded Jane in blackface and suggested that Admiral TV market to the black demographic. In fact, after Admiral TV scoffed at his pitch, Roger chided Pete, “If it isn’t Martin Luther King Jr.!” I’m sure he’d take that as a compliment. Glad to have you aboard, Pete. Sometimes.
Peggy’s got the best view with the brightest future in this episode. She tries locking down an apartment in the Upper East Side with mostly her money, not Abe’s (moving on up!), she has a better table at the ad awards than Don and crew (with the prospects of winning awards year after year, according to Ted), and she has her boss making moves.
In “The Doorway,” I chalked up Ted’s flattery as an effort to take Peggy under his wing. Like a mentor should. But after he took Abe’s seat for a hot second and gave Pegs bedroom eyes while sitting next to his wife at the awards, it won’t be long before these two have an affair.
Not that I’m the biggest fan of Abe (that goatee bothers me), but I don’t trust Ted. He didn’t seem that fazed that Peggy’s minions mocked her with the deodorant ad, whereas Don would have encouraged her to stand up for herself. Just keep it professional at CGC, Pegs.
Where Don lacks in parental involvement, Ginsberg’s father more than compensates. He surprises Ginsy with an arranged date, practically shoving money for dinner in his hand.
Ginsy’s a befuddled mess at the diner, confessing he’s still a virgin. In the words of Peggy’s pushy relator, “Get a hold of yourself.” Ginsy, she said you’re handsome. Why are you fretting?
Some advice: Take a deep breath, ignore your father’s nitpicking of your lackluster sewing skills, and ask her if she’s seen any movies lately. Or anything other than the “So, you like kids?” option you went with. Next time, set up your own date and think of conversation starters ahead of time.
That way when the flood (or in ‘Mad Men’ world, a tragedy, which is likely RFK’s assassination just two months later) comes, you’ll have someone to board the ark with. And that time it won’t be your father.
MORE HIGHLIGHTS FROM “THE FLOOD”
FOURTH TIME’S A CHARM: Mason Vale Cotton is the fourth actor to play Bobby Draper. Maxwell Huxabee and Aaron Hart played the role in season one and Jared S. Gilmore for two seasons. Now that Bobby has more speaking lines, maybe they’ll actually stick with this kid?
BIGGEST SPOILER: So, ‘Planet of the Apes’ was actually on Earth the whole time? A “Spoiler Alert” in the introductory credits would have been nice.
WORST PITCH OF THE SEASON (SO FAR): This time it didn’t come from Don, thankfully. Randall, the “just awkwardly waves, doesn’t shake hands” insurance guy, had a vision from MLK’s ghost. The reverend’s message: A burning Molotov cocktail with the company’s name at the bottom. Stan the Stoner sums up everyone’s reaction with a giggle.
BEST INSULT DISGUISED AS REASSURANCE: “Henry’s not important enough to be shot,” Don tells Bobby, who’s worried that Henry will be assassinated. Snap!
SADDEST DRESS: How depressing was it to see Not-So-Fat Betty hold an itty-bitty blue dress up to herself in the mirror? Especially after Henry shared his ambitions to run for state senate. “I can’t wait for people to meet you ... really meet you,” he tells her. (Uh, you sure you really want that?) With looks being her main source of self-esteem, does this mean less whipped cream shots?
MOST LIKELY TO GET A CALL FROM THE IRS: Yikes, Peggy has tax problems? Not another character with dubious financial woes.
BEST QUOTE THAT SUMS UP THE EPISODE: “Everyone likes to go to the movies when they’re sad.” -- Bobby Draper