Remember the story about Kater Gordon his "Peggy?"
Slate's TV club discussion finally made the connection outloud that I'd been thinking.
"Remember last year there was that whole kerfuffle about Kater Gordon? She was Weiner's assistant, who was then promoted to his writer's assistant, and then to staff writer, and then co-wrote a script with him for which they won an Emmy. Unlike, say, David Simon, Weiner is always listed as co-writer on every episode, which you could interpret either as generosity (he's sharing credit with the young members of the writing staff) or selfishness (he sprinkles a little Weiner dust on someone else's script just before they shoot it, and that entitles him to equal credit). I don't know which it is. It's probably impossible for us to know. But there was a suggestion, in his body language during the Emmy acceptance last year, that he wasn't entirely happy sharing the spotlight with his protege. And then for some reason Kater Gordon was fired. Remember all that? I think it's impossible to read Don's speech to Peggy last night as anything but an apologia for the boorish tendency of creative-genius-mentor types to want to run the awards-ceremony victory lap alone, and a commentary on the whole master-and-apprentice relationship played out both in the Mad Men writers' room and at SCDP."
I actually thought MW was rather churlish at the Emmys when Mad Men won for best show. There he was, surrounded by his entire cast and crew and he thanked his KIDS? He'd already gotten to speak for best writing, he should have allowed others to speak and/or thanked his crew WHO WAS STANDING BEHIND HIM.
MW is really starting to remind of Aaron Sorkin in seasons 1-3 West Wing. Sorkin also was churlish about giving credit to his staff of writers, even at the Emmys when Rick Cleveland co-wrote the episode that won. Sorkin trashed Cleveland on Twop and the rest is history. There wouldn't really *be* a story about Weiner "making up" with Gordon publicly but his behavior at the Emmys made me think he learned nothing, despite whatever story he wrote.