Poor Pete. I'm not talking about his long-term earning potential, mind you. He comes from the New York Dykemans, who own everything above 125th Street and would own even more land in Manhattan if Pete's forefathers hadn't panicked and dumped their land in the
crash of '29. Even with all that wealth and privilege - or maybe because of it - Pete doesn't appreciate what he has. He appreciates what money can buy him but he wants to earn it himself. Noble. And almost impossible to believe about Pete. That's all well and good, but his new bride Trudy wants to buy an apartment. She thinks they can get something on Park and 83rd for the bargain-basement price of $30,000. Pete's worried. His salary for a year will barely cover the down payment. Can you imagine being able to buy an apartment for $30,000 in Manhattan today? If such an apartment even exists it's probably the size of a closet in a very scary part of town.
Trudy convinces Pete the apartment is in their range if they get some help. Pete's father turns him down flat for a loan, accusing him of having a job that consists of "wining and whoring" (or did he say "whining"?). When Trudy asks Pete how things went with his father, he says his father is ill and he didn't have a chance to bring it up. The next night at dinner with Trudy's family, Trudy tells her parents about the apartment. Pete knows where she's going and tries to head her off. He's humiliated they've had to go to his wife's father for the money and now he thinks Trudy's parents will own him. If they'd been able to get the money from his father he could have justified it as money that would be his someday anyway.
Pete's trouble at home translates to trouble in the workplace. He's condescending to Don in front of their steel client Walter, who's in the big city to hear their pitches. Pete manages to convince Walter to stay in town one more night so they can wow him the next day. That night Pete introduces Walter to his "cousin." I love that she admits she is an actress and a part-time student. Who else could fake being charmed by Walter's cheesy come-ons? I will admit to liking one of his lines: "You could lose a nickel in those dimples." Pete, seeing Walter relaxed (read: drunk) and possibly open to new ideas, pitches him a new concept. Walter isn't even remotely interested in talking to Pete about work when he's got the undivided attention of such an attractive young woman. The next day when Walter decides to go with Pete's concept, Pete gets mad at Don for taking credit for his good idea. Don is having no part of it and shows him the door. When Roger and Don go to Cooper with the news, it's only the cache of Pete's good name that saves his bacon. And Roger tells Pete it was Don who fought to keep him there. It will be very interesting to see how that plays out. And can we please have more of
On the domestic front, Helen asks Betty to watch her kids so she can go to stuff envelopes for that handsome Kennedy. At first Betty is reluctant but I think her curiosity gets the better of her. Betty manages to trick Helen's son Glen into telling her his mom's age (32) and snoops through her powder-room drawers, where she discovers birth-control pills. Glen walks in on Betty in the bathroom and when he won't leave, Betty has to force him out. When she confronts him about it later, Glen tells her how beautiful she is. My reaction? This little kid is super-creepy. I mean, asking for a piece of someone's hair?
Eww. Later, when Betty goes to see her psychiatrist, she tells him she thinks Helen's jealous of her: She's been in a sorority, so she knows how it works. Her real concern is for those kids. I'm sure she believes what she's saying, but I lost some respect for her there. I can understand it's hard for her to understand a domestic situation so different from her own, but she should give Helen a chance. She's doing the best she can.
Most of my favorite lines came at the end of tonight's episode, but there were some great ones throughout, including:
- "We take for granted the things we need the most."
- "Leave the ideas to me."
- "Sterling Cooper has more failed artists and intellectuals than the Third Reich."
- "Your generation went to college instead of serving."
- Roger: "I bet daily friendship with that bottle attracts more people to advertising than any salary you could dream of." Don: "That's why I got in."
- "You're all busy licking some imaginary wounds."
- "Maybe I'm not as comfortable being powerless as you are."
- "I bet there were people in the Bible walking around complaining about kids today."
Don wasn't as present in tonight's episode as I would have liked, but he once again proved he can turn on the charm if the need arises. I loved the look of surprise (and was that pride?) when Don talked Pete up to Trudy in front of him. Maybe that's what set Pete off on his little tirade with Don. He wanted to prove that he does have good ideas. But Don's charm didn't work at all on Rachel. Their interaction in the hall was awkward at best, and when Don asked to her to lunch she flatly refused. I really hope this isn't the last we see of Rachel. Even though he's married with a mistress, there is something about Rachel that I think can make Don happy. He's just going through the motions now but I think she'd be able to make him live in the moment and enjoy things. Maybe that's just wishful thinking. It's possible Don will never be happy - he may not be made that way.
Bob Newhart used to be an accountant before he got into comedy.
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Poor Pete. I'm not talking about his long-term earning potential, mind you. He comes from the New York Dykemans, who own everything above 125th Street and would own even more land in Manhattan if Petes forefathers hadnt panicked and dumped their land in the crash of 29. Even with all that wealth and privilege or maybe because of it Pete doesnt appreciate what he has. He appreciates what money can buy him but he wants to earn it himself. Noble. And almost impossible to believe about Pete. Thats all well and good, but his new bride Trudy wants to buy an apartment. She thinks they can get something on Park and 83rd for the bargain-basement price of $30,000. Petes worried. His salary for a year will barely cover the down payment. Can you imagine being able to buy an apartment for $30,000 in Manhattan today? If such an apartment even exists its probably the size of a closet in a very scary part of town.Trudy convinces Pete the apart...