I was battling a stubborn headache all damn day Monday, so I wasn’t feeling up to putting together all the recaps, but here’s what you missed Sunday.
The show centers around a contemporaneous event and everyone’s reaction to it: the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr.
SCDP and Peggy’s new firm are all attending an awards event for the year’s best ads when the news comes out. Everyone isn’t sure how to react at first, wondering whether it could be true or not, but after they queue up for the phones and call their respective trusted sources, they realize it is true.
Peggy is shopping for a new apartment, with Abe along for the ride, not sure if he has any say in where they live since it’s not his money that’ll be paying for the place, and although she finds a beautiful place on the Upper East Side, the deal falls through. Abe is a little relieved because he’d rather have a fixer-upper than a swanky address.
Harry gets upset over the assassination’s effect on the television line-up (and how much money it’s costing him and SCDP), and Pete speaks up and chastizes him for only thinking of money at a time like this. I never would have pegged Pete Campbell for a guy so invested in race relations and politics, but when he says:
Let me put it in terms you can understand: the man had a wife and four children.
That made it click. Pete – despite screwing around on Trudy from time to time, misses his family, and the thought of losing them in a senseless act of violence really struck a chord with him.
(Sidenote: I thought Vincent Kartheiser was going bald because his hairline has been noticeably receding the past couple seasons, but in fact, he’s been shaving it for the role! This makes perfect sense because if you saw him on Angel, that kid had a TON of hair! Check out this interview on AMC with the man behind the enigmatic jerk and yet inherently human Pete Campbell)
Meanwhile, Don tries to connect with Bobby after he refuses to go out with Megan and Sally and is grounded from watching television. So what does Don do? He takes him to the movies instead of staying at home and watching television. Father of the year right there. It might have been to rub it in Betty’s face a little bit, but I think it’s also just that Don doesn’t know how to talk to or interact with his children very well. Especially since he doesn’t get to have them at home all the time.
He tries to discourage Betty from having them over this particular weekend because it means he’ll have to drive right through Harlem where all the disruption and violence is going on, but she chides him for never wanting to see them anyway, so he goes and picks them up, driving right through burning buildings and looting with the kids looking out the car windows at it all.
Megan gets a little petulant and needy, demanding to know how Don feels about the assassination since he hasn’t really shown emotion one way or the other about, while she’s been quite visibly upset by it. (I say petulant and needy because she should know the man she married. She was his secretary for long enough to know he’s a man of few words and even fewer outward emotions.)
Instead of talking about Dr. King, Don talks about his children, about how loving them didn’t happen until much later after they were born. While a big part of his distance, even from his own children, is probably a direct result of his upbringing and distance from his own family, I have a feeling the war, and probably being married to Betty for so long, adjusted his ability to respond emotionally to events or people.
We discover that Victoria had another son when she was 16, and gave him up for an art scholarship. On the one hand, I can’t blame her–16 is a really difficult age to be raising a child of your own. On the other, she seemed so attached to the baby in the flashbacks we see that I’m a little surprised she left.
And, Nolan seriously schools the Falcon. Like uberburn to the max. We find out the Falcon is a woman, and after meeting her in person, she’s not quite the legend that she’s been built up to be. Nolan actually tangled her up really easily despite how pro she’s supposed to be. Turns her in to the FBI and everything and she doesn’t even see it coming.
And, Emily has to decide if she wants to keep going with her plan to bring down the Graysons by marrying Daniel, because he puts the offer back in front of her in front of a TV camera! I still like Daniel better than Aiden, so I’m hoping she does marry him, even if it’s originally for an ulterior motive.
After chasing after the stuff, and Schiller and Alexandra and her father chasing after it as well, the whole season and the bulk of this episode, Marta cuts it open and dumps it in the bay.
The big conflicts come when Marta comes face to face with Schiller Sr. and he tries to kill her. He has a heart attack in the process, and she rushes him to the hospital. Schiller is upset, but he’s more upset that Marta dumped the coke.
The even bigger issue comes up when Marta finds out that Gabriel was there when her father and Irwin beat the shit out of Mike and put him in the hospital. She lectures her son, but she doesn’t know how to get him to stop thinking that the criminal life is “cool”.
Last but not least, Kat sleeps with the cop, Ramos. Saw it coming, but still–kind of gross. And so wrong.
Recaps from Monday and Tuesday!
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