Oct 082014
 

question-mark[Hey, Basketcases. Here's another post that was published in the "dead zone"--before the site crash, after the cut-off of data we were able to recover. It's not identical to how it was before, because it was still a draft as of cut-off, but it's still ripe for discussion. Enjoy! -- Deborah]

In this “wish list” post, I give love to our supporting and guest characters from the past, knowing we won’t get all the answers. But hey, in recent seasons, we learned what was happening with Midge, Paul Kinsey, and Danny, among others.

1) What Allison is doing now (and hopefully get to see her)..you can add this sentiment on to anyone that I mention below, I hope we get to see them!

2) What Hildy is doing now.

3) What Smitty is doing now (Ted Chaough, anything you want to tell us?

4) What Smitty’s real name is.

5) What Kurt is doing now.

6) What Sal is doing now (duh! I know we ALL want to know this).

7) If Jane remarries (bet she does).

8) If Don and Rachel ever reunite.

9) Who Peggy marries (if she does).

10) How is Mona doing lately?

11) What Lois is doing now.

12) Does Peggy have (more) children?

13) If Betty ever takes on a career. There was a time when I was sure she would, although I imagined it coming in the 1970s. Now that she’s a politician’s wife, that may be a job of its own. But I could see her getting influenced by NOW and Gloria Steinem.

14) Why Sterling Cooper can never manage to take on Freddy full-time. Unless he’s just too expensive (Peggy has young guys working as copywriters under her–maybe Freddy would want too much money?)

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Peggy Olson All Wrapped Up

 Posted by on September 9, 2014 at 9:55 am  Characters, Mad Men, Season 5, Season 6  3 Responses »
Sep 092014
 

[Here's another reprint of a lost article. It garnered lively discussion last spring.]

When Peggy Olson wants to dress up, she wraps herself up in a bow. Well, not “dress up” exactly. I think it’s specifically when she wants to please a man, or be sexy or beautiful. She doesn’t wear bows to church or for “Ma.” She likes a pussy bow at the collar for work, and she learned in Season 1 that “men like scarves.” The dressy bow, though, is particular.

In Mad Men Episode 5.07: At the Codfish Ball, Peggy thinks Abe is going to propose, and, at Joan’s prompting, goes shopping.

Mad Men, At the Codfish Ball, Peggy in Pink

Image: AMC TV

It’s almost a joke: Here I am in my pretty pink package. Open me! Peggy behaves, before Abe drops his “living together” bombshell, in broad strokes of girlishness. And there’s that bow, right smack in the middle of her: Open me! Open me!

Mad Men: The Flood, Peggy at the Awards dinner

Image: AMC TV

A year and a half later, Episode 6.05: The Flood. Peggy is at an award dinner. She’s with Abe, but well into the flirtatious crush portion of her relationship with Ted–at one point she’s literally between them. In addition, she’s up for an award. Once again, she’s wrapped up with a bow at the middle. You could get metaphorical and say she’s divided—between Ted and Abe, and between the top pink half and the bottom green half. But the girly pink is there, as is the bow. Open me!

Finally, there’s Mad Men Episode 6.13: In Care Of. The scenario here is that Ted has declared his love for Peggy, but then insisted they can’t act on it. His wife and kids have just visited the office, making Peggy uncomfortable and jealous. Now she’s going to get ready to go out on a date straight from work, and make sure Ted sees exactly how delicious she looks.

With a pink bow, right at her middle.
in-care-of-peggy-black-dress

Open me!

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