Mad Men
The Flood

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White People Problems

...and then we're back at the awards ceremony, where Pete barks at the line for the pay phones that other people are waiting to make calls. Abe gets off his conversation and tells Peggy that Dr. King was shot in the face before saying that he's got a chance to do coverage for The New York Times if he can get uptown. Peggy's worried for his safety, and the sirens wailing in the background make her point for her, but of course Abe's not going to be dissuaded, so she reluctantly tells him not to do anything stupid. Abe: "It's too late. I'm going to Harlem in a tuxedo." It's nice of him to spare me having to make a joke at a time like this. When he's gone, Peggy looks lost and afraid, but then Don and Megan join her, and she confesses that she's sick and she doesn't even know how she's going to get home. Don offers a ride, after which Pete stops by to tell them he's going home, as he's tired of waiting for a phone. The lights then flicker again, and Peggy's flabbergasted that they're actually still having the awards, but Don's like, "What else are we gonna do?" I feel like Sterling Archer answering a rhetorical question, but: Not have them? Megan collapses onto Don while Peggy looks uncomfortable, and Peggy, I know there's been weirdness with Don lately, but everyone's in mourning and he's got one free shoulder.

When we return, Bobby is picking (up) where he left off with the wallpaper, but this time Betty catches him in the act, and whatever greater meaning there may be about people trying to bring order to chaos is lost on Betty as she asks why he's "destroying this house." She covers her eyes and tells him he can't do "this," but when he denies having done anything wrong, she doesn't have the energy for any further confrontation and leaves, simply asking him please to go to sleep. God, remember when Betty would rather have lost an arm than an argument with one of her kids?

With the TV on, Pete calls Trudy, who to some degree is happy to hear his voice - you remember their interaction after JFK's death. When asked, she confesses that she's not good, adding that what's happened is "shameful." Pete hesitates for a moment, but then tells Trudy that he doesn't want her and Tammy to be alone, and he could come sleep at the house. Despite the fact that the tragedy has obviously only enhanced Pete's feeling of loneliness, it's a genuine offer, and Trudy is momentarily tempted, but she steels herself and declines, assuring him they'll be fine. Pete replies that he wants to see Tammy and wonders if she's all right, but Trudy, in a voice that suggests she's envious of her child's naïveté, tells him she doesn't know what's going on. Pete realizes the truth of that and gives up, saying he'll see her Saturday, but Trudy decides she'll just tell her parents that he couldn't make it to whatever they have scheduled, or cancel it altogether. Pete casts about for something to say and tells Trudy he doesn't want her to be worried, and whether he's referring to himself, the tragedy, or, as seems likely, both, Trudy whispers, "Okay." The TV continuing to talk about the assassination emphasizes the weight of their emotion, but it's Trudy who recovers first, as in a more normal voice she tells Pete good night. They hang up as President Johnson urges everyone to reject violence in Dr. King's name...

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