Respect (just a little bit)

 Posted by on September 1, 2010 at 11:05 am  Characters, Season 4
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Pete Campbell

R-E-S-P-E-C-T, find out what it means to me…

R-E-S-P-E-C-T, take care, TCB….

….sock it to me, sock it to me, sock it to me, sock it to me…

We all know the song, Aretha Franklin, \”Respect\” (written and originally released by Otis Redding) and in “Waldorf Stories,” we saw several of the characters craving that very thing. Respect. To summarize:

  • Peggy craves respect (and recognition) from Don, but she’s not getting it. She also wants respect from sexist Art Director Stan Rizzo.
  • Roger wants to be respected and acknowledged for (what he feels was) his part in bringing Don to the agency.
  • “24-year old” (heh) aspiring writer Danny wants the respect that comes with a new job, even though he’s a little (more than a little?) green. But hey, he’s willing to work hard!  And did he mention that he knows Roger?
  • Pete wants respect from Lane, from Ken — and oh what the hell, from everyone.
  • Ken wants respect at his new/old agency (SCDP), since he wasn’t getting it at Geyer, but now he will have to contend with Pete. Ken comments, “I’d say nothing’s changed.” He sees that Pete’s old feelings of  jealousy and paranoia are still there.
  • Don wants the respect/prestige that comes with winning a Clio.
  • Betty wants Don to respect his obligations (and her time), and is angry and frustrated when he doesn’t.

Anyone I left out? What would you like to add?


  25 Responses to “Respect (just a little bit)”

  1. Betty wants Sally to respect her – which, of course, she currently believes can only be shown through complete and total deference. Hopefully Dr. Edna can do some healing there.

  2. Beautiful! And now I've got a good song stuck in my head instead of a lousy one!

    What a great picture of Pete, too. Says it all.

    • Thanks, Melissa – I was looking for a good/appropriate pic and came across that one. 🙂 I'm not positive which scene it's from, but my guess is that it might be from Season 1 when Pete went and sat down in Don's office.

  3. Well Peggy and Pete both DEMANDED respect from those who they felt were disrespecting and though Ken WANTED respect he didn't really get it. It will be interesting to see his dynamic with Pete play out. And according to IMDB the actor who played Danny turned 36 earlier this year so I think they didn't want us to believe he was 24 or Matt just thinks we have no sense of age, which I doubt.

    • I believe we were all supposed to scoff at the 24. 🙂 He does have a baby face, but that's pushing it. 🙂

  4. Don's losing the respect of his colleagues. He had already lost respect from Betty. Will Sally and Bobby no longer respect him after he forgot them? Don's life is becoming non-respectable and he drowns in his cups.

  5. Aaron Staton's performance was incredible in that last scene where Pete puts Ken in his place.

    There's a dialogue-less moment, where Ken has a smile and, as the truth settles in, the smile gives way to a frown and then acceptance. What an awesome display of emotional movement told by the face. Here's to Aaron Staton.

    • that was an incredible moment ! you can see it in his eyes ! i agree- hats off to Aaron. and pete saw it too , that's why his response , throwing his arms behind his head, was so open and exuberant- he was claiming the space , claiming onership.

    • When Pete said, "I've thought about this a lot"(or, "I've given this a great deal of thought"?), Ken said, "I have too." I wondered if that meant he had really weighed the pros and cons of working with Sterling Cooper again. In many ways, he had liked his first experience with them and considered it preferable to Geyer. But I'm assuming that a major "con" would be having to deal with Pete's moods.

      • Also the fact that they did not choose Ken to go with them when they started SCDP has to play a part.

  6. Hi, it's Brenda but since someone already has my name on both intensedebate and WordPress, I'll have to be a guest here.

    Peggy's quest for respect is one shared by all the women in the office, whether or not they articulate it. Imagine being Megan, for example, and having people stare at you through the front window.

  7. Ah, it looks like the login worked! Sorry to disturb.

  8. Now, when I hear the song in my head, I can't help hearing it as, "R-E-S – P-E-T-E."

  9. So he’s lying about his age? Maybe he IS the new Don. I don’t Don’s fur ad or dummy Play-Doh ad were any better than “cure for the common”. Maybe Danny’s going to turn out to be someone.

    He’ll still be a foot shorter than everyone, though.

    • Perhaps we are meant to think he is lying. At this point, it's starting to seem like everybody is hiding something.

      Another possibility is that MW wants Danny Strong to act, but also wants us to know that Danny Siegal is supposed to be "young". For example, if MW wants somebody on the show to be more directly affected by the draft. Danny might be too short to serve, but he could get a draft card in the mail or have friends go off to Vietnam.

  10. I think she must be bored out of her skull. Remember how she told Joyce she'd rather be reading a book, but SCDP makes her read magazines at the front desk because it looks better?

    • Good point about Megan and the magazines, I do remember that. I've done temp reception work before, it's not usually very interesting. Luckily nowadays we have the Internet, so there is something to do during the downtime when the phones are slow and there aren't visitors to be greeted. 🙂

  11. Actually I didn't think he had a baby face at all – just my opinion, but that was the first clue that made me think he was misinterpreting his age (or that it was just odd casting). I thought his features seemed quite mature for someone in his twenties.

  12. Others who want respect in this episode:

    1. Dr. Faye wants to be respected as a co-worker and a person by Don–not treated like the prize he gets to take home after he wins his Clio.

    2. Ted C. got an actor to dress up as a general so clients and others would respect him. (Is he trying to get business from pro-war clients? Was he trying to look like "a patriot" compared to SCDP, whom he will accuse of "getting into bed with those Japanese" if they produce car commercials for them? Maybe I'm not supposed to get it.)

    3. I could be going out on a limb, but I think Roger wanted respect for the military uniform and for those who really served. He did not seem to appreciate Ted's actor playing the part of a general.

    4. Lane wants Roger and Pete to respect SCDP enough to set aside childish distractions and "do what needs to be done" to strengthen the firm.

    5. I think both Don and Peggy want Roger to respect the actual work they do–and not just assume that Danny will be hired because he's Jane's cousin.

    • Good observations. Ted Chaough certainly seems to keep popping up lately. It's funny–Don made it clear that Ted's agency (Cutler, Gleason, & Chaough) hasn't done half as much as SDCP, yet Ted was quick to mention this week that CGC was up for some Clio Awards last year and SCDP apparently wasn't.

  13. This is my third attempt to post a comment in this thread. The first was long, and WordPress told me I was posting it too fast, then deleted it. The second I typed more slowly, and the whole site crashed on me.

    Being indefatigable (and hoping for respect myself), I’m going to try again.

    Faye Miller’s first comment to Don, in his office, was that she respected his work and hoped that he would respect hers. I wonder if she still feels that way.

    Don seems inherently incapable of respecting a woman. He walked out on the Rachel Menken meeting, because he wouldn’t be spoken to like that by a woman. He promoted Peggy more to irritate Pete than because of her innate talent. He certainly never respected Betty, even if he thought he was in love with her.

    That puts Anna in a completely different category, because I think Don does have some respect for her. I honestly believe that Don does not respect people who know him as “Don,” because he knows that’s not who he is. Anna does, and thus he can respect her.

    • "Hey … get off my porch," he says. Anna is home, sanctuary, but even more than that for him.

      "I know everything about you. And I still love you," she promises. No one else on the planet gives him that. It is transcendent.


  14. Thanks for all the efforts (although sorry for the inconvenience!). The new commenting system is a bit challenging. I have also gotten the "your comment is too long" error message a couple of times today when replying to one of the other writers's posts. I had to cut/paste part of my comment and put it in a second comment directly underneath.

    I do like that Faye wants to be taken seriously. She reminds me a bit of Rachel Menken in that way. Women of their time period weren't often in "power" positions and both of them are doing quite well for themselves. Rachel really challenged what people expected of a woman and even joked/remarked that her father was expecting her to be a man (when she was born).

    Good points about Don. I think like a lot of men of his time, he was used to women being somewhat conventional. His hiring of Peggy was interesting though. You're right, he did want to get back at Pete, but I like to think that he also did what he did because he truly recognized that Peggy had copywriting talent. I think he saw that she was a bit "raw" yet had something there that could be polished.

    continued in next comment..

  15. (cont.) At times I felt he and Rachel were potential soulmates, but your post is reminding me that Anna is another kind of a soulmate–not romantically, but someone who he could really relax with and be himself more than he ever cound with anyone else.

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