Mad Men: The Rejected   Rewatch 
October 26, 2014 6:42 AM - Season 4, Episode 4 - Subscribe

An edict from Roger and Lane puts Pete in a personal dilemma.

Alison redecorates Don's office. Peggy wears a ring. Mark rents a vagina.
posted by tracicle (13 comments total)
I love this episode. We've got Peggy dipping her toe into the counter culture; the brilliance (and gives-no-fucks insensitivity) of Dr. Faye; the introduction of Josia Mamet; the return of Ken; Allison calling Don out for not being a nice person; and of course, this.

Also, this is the first episode directed by John Slattery.
posted by donajo at 7:08 PM on October 26, 2014 [3 favorites]

Yeah, Peggy is fifty kinds of awesome in this episode. I think her encounter with Allison has a real impact on her in terms of how to interacts with the wider world outside of Creative.
posted by tracicle at 7:23 AM on October 27, 2014 [1 favorite]

Ha! How the hell did I miss the shot of Peggy sticking her head up to peek on Don after Allison throwing the paperweight? Lovely.

As much as I come to disdain Pete in the end, I still get warm and fuzzy seeing him and Trudy when times are good. (Bonus points for episodes like this when he has his father-in-law by the balls. Pete's shrug when Tom calls him a son of a bitch? Yeeeeeesss.)

First appearance of Miss Blankenship! ("Dr. Miller is here to see you! It's a she.") So...are we to believe that the decision to put her at Don's desk was Joan's alone? to put Don in his place? or just to give him a rest from temptation?
posted by ChrisTN at 7:51 AM on October 27, 2014 [1 favorite]

Also: Don's comment to Faye ("You can't tell how people are going to behave based on how they have behaved.") seems to be a truism that he desperately wants to cling to for his own life. Never mind that he disproves it time and again.
posted by ChrisTN at 8:22 AM on October 27, 2014 [1 favorite]

During the focus group, it's interesting to see how much they set up a comparison in the camera between Faye and Megan.

Peggy is like proto-Don when she talks to Allison. "Your problem is not my problem" is so Don.
posted by drezdn at 11:39 AM on October 27, 2014 [1 favorite]

Miss Blankenship is there to cut back on the Draper Drama (Draperama?) that follows him wherever he goes. I'm sure though that Joan has a little chuckle to herself when she hears Ms B talking to him. I didn't know where she came from at the time -- is it Roger that says something about how they "found her" at Bert's home? Or something like that? (I'm a couple of episodes ahead and had to force myself to stop my most recent binge-watch.)
posted by tracicle at 9:21 AM on October 28, 2014 [1 favorite]

Yup, they got her from Bert's house.
posted by drezdn at 11:27 AM on October 28, 2014

Rejection seems like a running theme for this season. It starts off with Don dealing with Betty's rejection and then carries through a variety of clients and many of the characters.
posted by drezdn at 11:28 AM on October 28, 2014

Miss Blankenship was Cooper's secretary at Sterling Cooper - she was mentioned several times, but never seen on-screen. Presumably, she didn't come over to SCDP because Cooper doesn't have an office, so perhaps she was working for Cooper in some other capacity.

Which makes me wonder - was Allison the only other person to come over from SC, other than the initial set of conspirators?
posted by donajo at 12:29 PM on October 28, 2014 [1 favorite]

Bummer for all the extras if so.
posted by tracicle at 10:47 PM on October 28, 2014

Bummer for Hildy, too.

I think this was the first episode with Roger's secretary Caroline. I don't remember him having a named secretary at SC.
posted by donajo at 7:33 AM on October 29, 2014

At Sterling Cooper Putnam Powell and Lowell, his secretary was Ginger. In one episode she claimed she cut her own hair, in another Joan called him on a day when she knew Ginger had her monthly standing hair appointment.
posted by tilde at 1:40 PM on October 29, 2014 [1 favorite]

Peggy is like proto-Don when she talks to Allison. "Your problem is not my problem" is so Don.

Peggy laying on the couch, eyes open, is pure Don as well.
posted by the man of twists and turns at 6:51 PM on October 29, 2014 [2 favorites]

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