Peggy's now at the agency Ted wanted and the apartment Abe wanted.
Very true. Yet, despite this Peggy is now copy chief at a much bigger and more prestigious firm than she was at the start of the season. And despite getting a building she didn't really want she is sitting on property that will make her a millionaire if she keeps it, as it seems she will (although I think she should rent it out more so than she already does gay couples and college kids flocked to the area around this time because of how accessible it was but cheap).
I do think there is an "inherit the earth" underpinning to all of it. Like last season when it seemed to be a pretty dark and pessimistic mood in the office but by the end money is just rolling in the door and they are better off than they have ever been?
Both Abe and Ted were the wrong guys and Peggy really went through hell in her own way for both of them. She has been jerked around and she feels like she has no agency. Yes, in both cases she actually made decisions, big ones, but I get why she feel like she didn't get that. Or that, in the end, her decisions didn't matter. But those were experiences she had to have, I think. Part of the learning curve. At the end she is in Don's office like a boss, figuratively and literally, and going home to a brownstone that is appreciating in value every day. I think part of the overall point is she did come out OK and she will probably always come out OK. Because her story has always been part luck part perseverance part getting shit all over. SHe was dragged out of the secretary pool, she didn't ask, but once out she hung on for dear life and worked like crazy. She was dragged from the safe comfort of CGC to SC&P but she is working hard and professionally has a great resume piece. She was dragged to the UWS but she isn't a quitter and she has put a lot of work into the place (it looks great) and it will work out well for her. I think that is just Peggy's story.
But people DID put morality over profits, especially in that business. I know it's hard to believe, but they did. And the Realtor assumed Abe was Peggy's husband, because that was the norm, until he went out of the way to explain that he wasn't. If it was Peggy's idea for Abe to show up, then this is a case of Peggy shooting herself in the foot. I didn't remember her asking him, but maybe she did.
Peggy mentioned that she had asked Abe to come after the realtor told her they didn't get it. She had said she had wanted him to go because it would be his home too. And that led to her asking where he would want to live and him mentioning the photographer he knew on the UWS.
Edited by Cherith, Jul 3, 2013 @ 10:30 AM.