This thread! :D What a great idea. Love the title.
I feel as if nothing much has changed from their interactions in episodes 8 and 9. Should something change? Will it take tragedy? Or am i missing something? thoughts?
I'd like to see more, but considering how hard Don was being on her in the early episodes of s4, I think there has been a distinct change. His mentoring of her in 408 was good stuff. And the way he explained what he considers the facts of business to Peggy over Fillmore's racist hiring practices was decent compared to what he might have done.
It's not much
, admittedly, but I think that's believable. No matter what bond they have, he still thinks that it's her job to work through lunch and get fobbed off by him when he wants a post-shag nap. He still thinks that the money is how to say "thank you" and that letting her continue working at SCDP and being in her corner on things like the Joey situation is doing his part.
I'd love so much
to see more. But I don't think there's nothing, exactly. Just... that people really don't change that much. And they're busy people. And they don't want to add fuel to the rumors about them, maybe.
One thing that I find particularly interesting is the way Don has admitted that he projects himself on to Peggy and how that connects up with how his better treatment of himself in The Summer Man
and onward coincides with improved treatment of Peggy.
I think that's one of the most simultaneously fascinating and disturbing parts of their relationship. It's really not
good to treat another person like that, yet it's been helpful to Peggy and him both.
Another aspect of things is that I think they're both rather private people when they're not in a dire situation. I keep thinking of the exchange in The Suitcase where Don says "we talk about things" and Peggy replies "No. We don't. I think you like it that way. I know I do."
I could see it taking another major event for them to have anything near the kind of intimacy we saw in The Suitcase
. Don seems to reserve all his day-to-day intimacies for whomever he's having an affair with at the moment, and non-sexual relationships like the one he had with Anna and what he has with Peggy are on the shelf until dire emergency.
If Peggy and Don ever started sleeping together, I think we'd get to see them being like they were in the Suitcase a lot more, but I also think that could destabilize their relationship as it exists. At this point, I'd prefer to see that explored that in fanfic, rather than canon. And maybe far down the road in canon. I don't know. Depends on where things go this season.ddynphx24
's suggestions about them having a lunch now and then, going over office stuff, would be cool. And completely believable even for private people, since they'd be talking about the job, which is the non-private thing they both love best, and they could use each other for a sounding board.
It's possible that Don is turning to his new relationship with Faye as a replacement for his addiction to alcohol -- it's interesting that he behaves the same way toward her that he did with booze. Overindulging during lunch and then taking a nap in his office. And maybe we're meant to think that him having a replacement obsession/crutch is why he's focused on that relationship singlemindedly and not seeking out Peggy or even Roger. I honestly think the guy does have an addictive personality.
Edited by mswyrr, Sep 22, 2010 @ 10:25 PM.