Mad Men
Signal 30

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Couch Baron: A- | 5 USERS: A
"I Demand Satisfaction!"

...while Peggy marches into the break room and asks Ken if he heard what happened. Ken only remarks that he's sorry Lane beat him to it and he doesn't know what Pete did to Lane, but he knows he's the one that told Roger about his writing. Still pissed about your talking-bear story, eh Pete? Peggy sincerely says he can't blame Cynthia for bragging on his behalf, as she read the story he wrote about "the girl who lays eggs," and it was great. Ken's sincerely touched, but tells her Ben Hargrove is no more -- he's going to leave the writing to the writers. He leaves, and Peggy looks disappointed. I would be, too, if I hadn't seen the end.

Pete's drunkenly brooding in his office, and then gets up to leave; cut to him trudging defeatedly out to the elevator, where he sees Don holding the door for him. Warily, but surely lacking the energy to argue, he boards; once inside, Don tells him he's meeting Megan for lunch. Man, hard to believe all that awesomeness happened and there's still half a day to go. Pete, whose face is really looking done up, bitterly reproaches Don for "cut[ting] [him] loose," and wonders how they could even be having a fight at work. "This is an office. We're supposed to be friends." Yeah, Pete may be a lot of things, but I never thought of him as straight-up delusional; that said, I can't understand how he considers the things he said to Lane in the same hemisphere as "friendly." Pete tells Don he has nothing and gets sniffly and despite my issues with some of the characterization, from an acting standpoint, this episode is such Emmy-reel stuff from Kartheiser. A VO from Ken then kicks In; he's writing under a new pseudonym (Dave Algonquin -- getting better, Ken). And the story, "The Man with The Miniature Orchestra," is about a man named Coe (gee, with those two references, who could that be) who cried at parts of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony. He first thought it might be due to the sad circumstances under which Beethoven composed the piece, but as we see Pete, now devoid of any amusement, watching Handsome and Jenny flirt in class, Ken goes on in VO that Coe realized, "It might have been living in the country that was making him cry; it was killing him with its silence, and loneliness; making everything ordinary; too beautiful to bear." Suburban hell -- Betty talked about it, Don's talking about it and now Pete is living it. As the music fades, we hear the dripping faucet again, inexorably marking the moments of Pete's life ticking away and then go to black as a particularly dark part of Beethoven's Ninth kicks up. See you next week!

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