Oh, Peggy. I'm so glad to see her back, but I'm troubled to see her in such a bad place. I did feel terrible for her at the end as she broke down, and understand her situation -- everyone that she leaned on previously has, based on their own choices, left her in a frustrating and lonely situation. Abe was the one that wanted the UWS apartment (Peggy of course went along with it and ultimately spent her money on it, but he was the driving force behind that situation). Peggy took a step out on her own professionally, but the merger brought her back unwillingly into her previous office environment. Don's breakdown and subsequent firing left her under a very different boss who does not share her approach and passion for copy like his predecesors. And of course Ted, who had to go clear across the country to get away from her leaves her with a personal and professional hole. And the one friend that she does have that she could lean on -- Stan -- she is pushing away in her overall frustration. So she is alone in every sense of the word. I do feel for her.
All of that said, I did think that much of her behavior in the premiere was, for lack of a better word, bratty. Lou Avery is a total zero to me, a lousy creative director, and is frankly a dick. He seemed condescending to Dawn and everyone, for that matter, and definitely gives off the vibe that he is a total hack who is phoning it in. But, he is her boss, and Peggy is creeping up to the line of insubordination. I'm sure we've all had shitty bosses, and have all dreamed of telling them to go pound sand, but we needed the job so we just kept going. I know it is frustrating for her, but she could have approached all of her pitches to Avery in a better way. Also, I thought she acted borderline certifiable in the kitchen scene with Ted. The "running-into-an-ex" situation is the pits, but she was just a jittery mess. Did she think she would never see him again? Surely she would know that he will be around sometimes. I would have thought she could have handled that with a little more poise, and not needed Stan to come run interference for her. Ted seemed rattled, almost like he wished the ground would open up and swallow him, but he didn't seem nearly the mess that Peggy did. That was realistic (it was his choice, after all), but still disappointing.
I'm hoping this is Peggy's bottom, and that she can have a "Summer Man" type awakening and find herself. Maybe if she reaches out to Freddy (like the last time she was unsatisfied at work), she will get back in touch with Don. A Draper-Olson agency?
Edited by PassTheSalt, Apr 14, 2014 @ 10:03 AM.