Pete Campbell: A man like you I’d follow into combat blindfolded, and I wouldn’t be the first. Am I right, buddy?
Don Draper: Let’s take it a little slower. I don’t want to wake up pregnant.
Don’t we all hate Pete Campbell… the little jerk seems to be in the right place at the right time, every time.
Ok… so the show has gotten complicated with layers and a strange ending to season four. I’ll get to all that, but let’s go back to the very first episode, the one that hooked me within 2 minutes. Great music, great style, and an intriguing conversation about smokes that “mad” me say… “but aren’t smokes bad for me?”
Back in the beginning Don had his stresses but they were an after thought. The guy was living the dream and he carried it in every stride as if he owned it and why the hell not? When you can pull out the talent under pressure when it counts and deliver results, then let the rest wade through your wake.
So Don was sweating about his meeting with Lucky Strike, they were getting into the meeting and Don has got nothing… all eye’s on him and Pete steps in sprouting the research from some random actor that we never see again. Then enter Don… It’s Toasted. Sure he was prompted by Lee Garner Jr but he was the one that heard, saw, then sold it.
So this is Don as I see him, arrogant, talented, stylish, and a god dam coos hound. He’s like the 1950’s version of Tony Soprano if Tony had style and Talent.
Don Draper: Let me ask you something, what do woman want?
Roger Sterling: Who cares?
Then we are properly introduced to Rodger. This is a man after my own heart, ordering drinks for everyone at the table just because he’s thirsty, saying inappropriate things because he thinks they are funny, and dresses with class. We also got a nice slice of Joan who shows us that women did have power back in the 50’s, they just had to calculate and pick their moves like a game of chess.
Roger Sterling: Remember, Don…when God closes a door, he opens a dress.
Ok, so that’s our trip back to the beginning. Part II will my “limited” view on where season 4 started and ended, and what I read into Price, Campbell, Rodger, Peggy, Joan, Don’s daughter, Don’s blond, Don’s brunet, and Don.