I couldn’t help but notice a wonderful, but very brief throwback to S1 for our Joanie in “The Rejected”. Wonder if you saw it too? As you may recall, in “Babylon” in S1, Joan sashayed and proudly aimed her incredible red-clad backside directly at the two way glass, knowing that Roger would be watching the lipstick test. She then turned and glanced a ‘who me?’ look at the the horn-dogs she knew were probably howling by then. (As you recall, Ken stood up to salute her). Joan has always known the power of her sensuality and knew that this would remind Roger that she was quite desirable (to other men) and not to be ignored. Joan was playful as she vamped the guys here, but she knew it would get Rogers attention.
In a similar vein, but in a much different mood, Joan made a similar, if less flirtatious, motion in The Rejected. She’s in a bad mood when she realized that she isn’t to be a part of Dr. Miller’s focus group. It’s bad enough that she has to abandon her office so Don and Co. can watch the group, she’s also no longer the queen bee here, and has been demoted to an ‘old, married lady.’ In one astonishing miss-it-if-you-blink moment, Joan reminds them of her former glory. She doesn’t gently open the drapes to the test room one by one, but thrusts the curtains open from the dead center, and for a moment, she’s like Gypsy Rose Lee ready to take the catwalk.
Joan will not be ignored. Go Joan!