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.
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Open me!

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May 072014
 
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Here he is, pondering life’s big quandaries

We are delighted to announce that thanks to some inside connections, Basket of Kisses will offer the collective wisdom of the Sterling Cooper & Partners team to address our readers’ moral quandaries, lovelorn queries, and general questions about life. We’re inaugurating the weekly series with Roger Sterling as our resident sage. Mr. Sterling is more than happy to take time away from his sinecure to mentor anyone who shares his mission to remain a perpetual puer.

Dear Roger: My third wife has announced that she wants a divorce. To add insult to injury, she revealed that she has been conducting multiple affairs with the gardener, the butler, and the high school senior who’s been tutoring our son in calculus. She insists that I buy her a condo in Florida for her to abscond to with her teenage lover. To make matters worse, she is best friends with the wife of the chairman of the board of my Fortune 500 company. Signed, Cuckolded in Cuyahogue

Dear… mind if I call you Cuck for short? You, my friend, need a dirty martini. My two cents? Buy her the condo already. Ex-wives are useful, Cuck. The good-looking ones set off a tux, the charming ones make you look good, and the smart ones are terrific company. Just make sure to keep each one in a separate part of town. Also, I never need them myself, but I hear rubbers are de rigeur with an unfaithful spouse.

Dear Roger: On Take Your Daughter to work day, my kid caught my secretary taking dictation on my lap. She’s threatening to tell my wife. What should I do? Signed, Blackmailed by the Baby

Dear Blackmailed: I suppose the kid’s too young to own a condo, right? That usually keeps them quiet.  For a while. Until they ask for a beach house in Montauk. Will a studio apartment in the city do? Speaking of which, I recommend a Manhattan. You’d be surprised what a little bourbon and a dash of sweet vermouth can do for your disposition.

Dear Roger: My son just came out as gay. We’re pretty close but I don’t know how to handle it. Signed, Manly in Manhassett

Dear Manly: Beats me, ace. Pull up a chair and let’s drink Old Fashioneds. Hope you’re not too macho for the maraschino cherry on top…

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