Okay unless this season brings about some deeper understanding or new insight, it's my opinion that Pete has far more class, integrity, and morality than Don (and sadly, it now appears) Peggy. Yes Pete is seriously flawed - no doubt. But I continue to believe Pete's failings are more understandable than Don's for a lot of reasons. The biggest, however, is that Pete is sort of naive and unaware -- not yet emotionally and psychologically mature, not yet fully accountable. Of course he SHOULD be, as an adult, but he's sort of a man-child. This isn't to EXCUSE his behavior, but to explain and understand it.
Don, on the other hand, knowingly makes horrible choices. He isn't ignorant, or immature, or unsophisticated. He's just rotten. A cad, a bounder.
See, in my imaginings, Don is like Wickham, or even better, Willoughby from Sense and Sensibility.. Pete is like Bingham. Bingham is a nice guy because circumstances are easy for him, not because he has any moral fortitude or depth. But he has potential.
Nobody's like Darcy. :P
I am worried with this being the last season and Peggy being so unlikeable. I hope the moral here is NOT that a woman in business becomes a bitch. They are skating really close to some tropes I despise. We'll end up with the the whole debate about 'reporting what was' VS exploring possible realistic stories.
Joan continues to be the best thing on the show, imo. Loved her frustrations and concerns, and how she could handle Lou. I look forward to her in Accounts and if they really are gonna destroy Peggy, then Joan better succeed.
wrote:I didn't really get the ruckus over Sally showing up, and what's-his-face being there in Don's office. Seemed like he was in such a snit over nothing, then took it all out on Dawn.
I took this as an indictment of the male hierarchy at work. Lou is driven by his own agenda, and hasn't the time, energy, or smallest interest in anything else. In the male dominant culture, it isn't a question of whether it costs him a little or a lot of effort, it's that he is 'above it all' and superior, and shouldn't even be BOTHERED with such a thing. It's the kind of compartmentalization that one sees in a very structured class society, where the people below are 'less human' and thus have no call upon one's basic HUMAN decency. Here are just a few of the ways Lou would 'justify' his attitude:
-Families take second place to work. He isn't under any obligation, morally or otherwise, to deal with this.
-If Don's family life was in order, such a thing (Sally arriving unannounced) wouldn't even happen.
-His personal 'goodness' has no connection with his work behavior. At work, he does what is expected to be successful in his career.
-Dawn failed in her duty to keep distractions and 'the real world' from interfering with his almighty work. It matters not a bit (and that was made very clear) that her reason for being away from her desk was to get his wife perfume, ostensibly 'for' him. In fact, she should have found a way to do that without inconveniencing him as she did.
-In some ways, he was 'closing ranks' to protect Don, as he didn't want to be the one to deliver the news to Sally that her dad was a loser who wasn't at work where he should be. But it pissed him off that he was 'honor bound' to protect Don, so someone lower on the pyramid had to pay the price...Dawn.
I do think a major theme has always been the dehumanizing nature of work. Is it the Madison Avenue culture? the male work environment? the materialistic culture? the idea that puts work ahead of family (esp. to be successful)? Lou represents the worst in every one of these dynamics.
And Pete's existential struggle to find meaning in his work and life is why he is poised to stand like a giant above Don and company.
Some day. When he has a little more balls, and a lot more compassion for others.