For the first time all season, “Mad Men” Sunday night gave us exactly what we were looking for. While there were some stunning moments away from the workplace (especially if you are the despicable man otherwise known as Pete Campbell), there was finally something interesting enough happening at SCDP to really grab our attention: The firm as we know it is no more. Instead, Don and Ted worked to orchestrate an elaborate merger of their two companies in order to try and start getting hold of larger clients, including Chevrolet, that way they no longer had to sit back and watch their creatives stolen.
This was a brilliant idea in theory, but there could be a number of practical flaws with it. For one, this forces Peggy Olson to be back within the same walls with Don again, which we are admittedly a little torn about. This move in many ways cheapens her wonderfully subdued exit from SCDP last year, also also takes away some of the Don vs. Peggy battles for clients that we were hoping to see. However, there could be great drama that comes from her being under the same roof as Pete and Joan again.
While “Mad Men” promos notoriously are light on spoilers, at least this one is kind enough to give us a bit of footage of Peggy meeting some of her old friends again. Based on the synopsis below, almost wonder if seeing Elisabeth Moss’ character is going to be a major shock to his system:
“Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce tries to placate competing clients; Pete is blindsided by an unexpected guest.”
Of course, it is also possible that this “guest” is someone else, since there are quite a few people with a major bone to pick with him right now. (Just ask anyone in Trudy’s family after the way that he has treated her.)
Are you excited about the merger, and the potential for great storytelling that it brings? If you want to read our full review for Sunday’s episode, you can do so over at the link here.