Finally just binge-watched the season last weekend; been reading this thread all week. Here's some things I wanted to add.
- I don't think Don actually drank anything before the Hershey's meeting. He raises the glass to his lips, but doesn't seem to drink. Therefore, he still had the hand tremor in the meeting, which we saw.
- Peggy's date was someone else from the firm - from the finance department. It was a real date, but only to make Ted jealous.
- I got the impression that Bob and Manolo are a con team with Bob joining the firm solely to find marks. I think it's quite possible that he was never even actually hired (I recall a scene in an earlier episode where Pete doesn't remember interviewing Bob, although Bob says he did.). A big part of why I think this is because of that short scene in an earlier episode, with Bob yelling in Spanish, on the phone with Manolo. If they weren't in cahoots, why would they even be talking, much less about Pete and Dot, and in that manner? To me, the implication was Manolo felt bad about taking advantage of Dot now that he'd gotten to know her, and Bob felt the opposite, now that he'd gotten to know Pete! And Bob's hotheadedness in that scene shows that he's a fraud, and putting on a "reasonable levelheaded earnest guy" act the rest of the time.
Not to be boards on boards, but the total lack of consensus on the issue of what the deal is here seems to be another product of sloppy writing this season, like the Avon thing.
To bring it back to this episode, it makes me worry for Joan that he was there for Thanksgiving. Not sure he has a specific scam in mind for her, but I think he's just waiting for an opportunity. And in the meantime, he's getting all the inside info on everyone else in the office.
As far as Peggy's rise being realistic, Bob went from being nobody to handling Chevy in one season...
Edited by flotsette, Dec 7, 2013 @ 5:09 PM.