Mad Men

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Are You Gonna Drop The Bomb Or Not?

The kids are in bed watching Leave It To Beaver as Don lies back with some stationery and starts writing. I hope he's not recapping that show, because that would be more repetitive than doing Law And Order.

Betty and CRA are done doing it, and he asks her name again, but she's saved from having to come up with her own personal Anastasia Beaverhausen by the bartender trying to open the door. When she emerges, he asks what she was doing in there. She just fixes him with a look, like, dude, and then CRA pushes hastily past him. Settling the checks is going to be a little awkward, but if he's any bartender worth his salt this isn't the first time he's seen this.

Peggy shows up at the church kitchen and greets Father Gill as she drops off some baked goods from her mother. Father Gill tells Peggy that he knows she believes in God -- he saw it from the moment he met her. Peggy doesn't know what to say to that, so Father Gill steps forward and tells her he sometimes thinks God called him to this parish to reach her specifically, because Hell is a serious business, and she needs to unburden herself to find peace and avoid it. Peggy tries to put him off, saying he's upsetting her, but he won't be dissuaded, saying it's her guilt that's discomfiting her, and all God wants is for her to reconcile with him. "Don't you understand that this could be the end of the world, and you could go to Hell?" It's interesting, if logical, that Father Gill is taking a more traditional approach than we've come to expect from him in light of the crisis. Peggy looks lost and afraid: "I can't believe that's the way God is." She bids him good night and leaves, and he looks after her like "There goes another one to Our Lady Episcopal."

Betty gets home, goes to the refrigerator, and chomps on a chicken leg. Apparently Mommy likes to do a lot of things you don't know about, Sally.

Trudy's packing, and Pete notes that she's taking the silver. She thinks there could be looting, to which Pete responds, "A mob is going to come to the fourteenth floor of this apartment building?" If you keep dropping chicken on them, they might. Trudy says she wishes he'd come with her in case something happens, but Pete tells her she doesn't understand the potential magnitude of destruction: "Your parents' deck chairs will be on Fifth Avenue." Heh. She gives him a few hundred dollars in cash in case the train doesn't work and he needs to hire a driver, but he tells her if he's going to die, he wants it to be in Manhattan. You'll notice, though, that he took the money, so apparently he'd rather die in Manhattan in a limo with hookers and champagne. He somewhat smugly adds that she wants to be with her parents and he wants to be there, but she won't let that go easily, saying her parents love her. "Do you? If you did, you'd want to be with me." Pete says she's right, and she kisses him and looks deep into his eyes before he says he'll help her pack the car. What a weird scene -- are they breaking up? Is he conceding that he'll come down at some point? What's going on? I normally like the minimalist dialogue and heavy reliance on subtext, but I'm in the high weeds on this one. I suppose it will be clear in NINE MONTHS or so.

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