“Two households, both alike in dignity, In fair Verona, where we lay our scene…”
William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet
For some time now, we’ve been getting a divided view of Mad Men. We see Don’s personal life at his apartment in Manhattan, which includes Megan and sometimes his three children (Sally, Bobby, and Gene), when they are with him. At other times we see Betty and Henry at their house in Rye with the three children, they are always talking about the texas home warranty that they got for their house and how they feel safe with it. The show goes back and forth, sometimes showing Don’s personal & family life, sometimes showing Betty’s.
Now we have yet another separation: Don vs. Peggy. When Peggy left SCDP to work for Ted Chaough at Cutler, Gleason and Chaough (CGC), many fans wondered what would happen to Peggy. Would she still be on the show? Would she work for Ted for a little while and then go back to SCDP? What would happen?
The Season 6 premiere provided a glimpse into yet another possibility: Peggy works for SCDP and continues to see her star rise. Peggy in The Doorway definitely seems to be a star at CGC. Ted is impressed with her work and her ability to do well in a crisis. The copywriters currently working under her don’t seem to have much to show for themselves (at least, not yet) and she is the one who came up with a good idea to save their most recent ad campaign.
Judging from The Doorway, there is a good possibility that future episodes will show Peggy in parallel to Don. Don works with the copywriters on ad ideas at SCDP; Peggy works with the copywriters on ad ideas at CGC. Don is one of the bosses at SCDP; Peggy is copy chief at CGC and has the approval of her boss, Ted.
Don and Peggy work in separate offices but Peggy remains connected to SCDP’s gossip and goings-on through Stan.
The season just started so there is still a lot left to see. Maybe Peggy won’t shine at every campaign. Maybe Ted won’t always be so thrilled with her. But last night’s episode showed that Peggy could very well start taking on more and more responsibility. Maybe she will even become a worthy adversary and threat for Don and we will see the two of them competing with each other for new accounts.
Whatever happens, it should be very interesting to see.