The four conspirators emerge from the office, and Don informs Allison that Pryce has requested an SC-wide memo -- the office will be closed that weekend and all work suspended for carpet cleaning. If Allison wonders exactly what could be so wrong with the carpet that it necessitated a meeting of the senior partners, she keeps it to herself, and then Don asks her to get Pete on the line for him. She tells him, however, that Pete didn't come in, so he has her call his home, as it's important. He then barks, "Peggy! My office!" Speaking of pitches that need polishing from the get-go. Peggy opens her door and asks Allison what she should bring, making me laugh, and when Allison just shrugs, Peggy heads into Don's office. She starts to talk about Western Union and the fact that they have no art, but Don gets right into it -- SC is being sold, he's starting a new agency, and he needs her there Sunday evening to get her things and help collect whatever accounts they end up taking. You may have noticed that he didn't actually ask her to come with him, and you're not the only one, because after Peggy inquires who's going and gets another snotty response in reply, she notes that he just assumes that she'll do whatever he says. "Just follow you, like some nervous poodle." Heh.
Don says he's not going to beg her, but this is where she points out that he didn't even ask her, proving her timing at playing the cards she's dealt is pretty sharp. He tells her he's asking her now, but it's too late, as she says she's had other offers, and they came with a sales pitch about opportunity. "Everyone thinks you do all my work. Even you. I don't want to make a career out of being there so you can kick me when you fail." Not a bad point to make, given how Don's treated her this season, but I have to say my first reaction was "Welcome to the workforce, honey." Don says he'll just ask Smitty and Kurt then, and somewhere, Paul starts crying and has no idea why. You'll notice, though, that he doesn't end up asking Smitty and Kurt, and while I'd rather have Peggy it seems like as good a time as any to mention how much I'll miss those homos. Anyway, Peggy tells him to knock himself out before leaving, and if things went this badly with her I can only imagine that Don's got to be wondering if Pete's any kind of sure thing here. Of course, he can always try paying him a compliment -- we know how much he likes that.