Mad Men

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Much Nothing About Ado

Pete and Trudy are hosting a little barbecue at their apartment with the huge terrace, although they're kind of missing the point by eating inside. In attendance are Pete's brother Bud and sister-in-law Judy, and they discuss their summer plans, with Pete, as always, saying he'll have to work, and Bud mentioning that their mother, as always, will expect him on Fisher's Island. Pete: "I see her crossing the Widow's Walk with an eye to the sea." Trudy reproaches him, and I like her, but honey, the only thing I can stand about your husband is his consistently and surprisingly amazing comic timing. Don't deprive me of that. Bud tells Pete than when he talked to their mother the other day, she wouldn't shut up about Pete, and Pete asks if that's really true. Bud's like, "You've met her, right?" They chuckle, because humor is the one of the two ways WASPs deal with familial dysfunction, and if they drank every time they talked about their effed-up mother, they'd pass out before the main course. Judy archly says she doesn't get what's funny, so Trudy ushers her off to the kitchen to withstand some story about how Judy's younger sister got all the attention or some shit. Bud asks Pete why he doesn't take a proper vacation, but he tries to claim that he's very important to the agency, even though last episode he complained to the fertility doctor that he was totally replaceable. "My absence is felt." I suppose savoring is a form of feeling. The women return, and Pete jovially declares, "Let's see how the Ottomanelli Brothers treated us." With great taste and high cholesterol, if my own experiences are any indication.

The ribs have been served and the girls have been stripped to their two-pieces, and it's at this point that Don tells Betty he has to go. Betty points out that this is not the point at which most heterosexual men would leave, failing to realize that it's a perfect time for said men to take off if, as Don does, they plan to be having intercourse as soon as they reach their next destination. He spins some yarn about checking in at the office, and bails despite his wife's obvious disappointment. He doesn't even say goodbye to their hosts, but manners sometimes give way to time concerns on television. Don leaves...

...and from a pay phone outside calls Bobbie, who tells him she has to change their plans, as she's spending the day at the beach with her eighteen-year-old son. "I don't know why I never brought him up." I'd suggest that it's because mention of family makes infidelity somewhat less appealing as a general rule, as Arthur so kindly demonstrated, but something in Bobbie's voice suggests that she's actually acutely aware of this. She mentions that Jimmy's going to be in Kentucky for the next ten days, and offers to stay out at the beach house and have Don join her. "You never saw it." He tells her not to bring that up, and she's surprised that he doesn't think about the accident, as she does all the time. Don is not so much interested in these "feelings" that she seems to be having, and ends the conversation by saying he'll call her. Bobbie: "I'd like that." You know I've always hated this relationship, but it was never because I thought Bobbie was too good for Don. Until now.

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