People always “’ship” good friendships, both in life and on TV. I can’t fault it. I’m married to a friend. We were friends for four years, and then…we weren’t. People have been ‘shipping Stan and Peggy for years, and in Person to Person, their wishes were fulfilled. Does it make sense? I think so.
The difference between a friendship that can become a romance and one that can’t is that the sexual energy is kind of always there. Professor Spouse and I met and it was love at first sight, but we put it aside, we both thought it was impossible, and we became friends. I always flirted, and she always backed away…until she didn’t.
Stan and Peggy have always been sexual with each other, from their naked work session, to his drunken pass, there have always been moments when it was a friendship that had this other thing.
The thing about friendship is, you tell your friend things without worrying about what they’ll think of you. Professor Spouse has always been the strong silent type in relationships, and might not have shared all her secrets with me if we’d dated from the very beginning. But by the time we first dated, I knew all her secrets, and she knew mine, and there was no little dance about how much can I reveal to my new love.
In Time & Life, Peggy told Stan her deepest secret. Could she have told that secret to a boyfriend? I don’t think so. I don’t think Abe knew. But she could tell her friend. And now he truly knows her, and the person who accepted her, knowing the worst thing about her, is perhaps the only person she can trust to love her.