Originally Posted by vfxproducer
I don't think that was it at all. It was more about showing how completely out of touch Peggy was with the corporate world. How poorly she was timing her attempt to get a raise. I've had the same thing happen to me. At a previous employer, the owner laid off like 1/3 the staff, and cut back the budgets of every department, elliminated free coffee in the break room, etc. And right at that moment an entry level employee came up and said that now that they had to do more work, they needed a raise. And it makes you wonder if people like that go through life with blinders on.
In Peggy's defense, she's just essentially been offered a job by Duck, one that presumably would
pay her like one of the guys.
In short, it's only
her loyalty to Don that's keeping her at Sterling Cooper at this point, and were it not for the bad blood between Duck and Don I think she would have just told Don flat out she had another offer and if she didn't get a raise she was leaving.
Think about it - she's underpaid, underappreciated (witness the Patio fiasco) and at a new agency the staff won't remember that two years ago she was just a secretary.
Quite honestly after this week, it makes me wonder if both
Peggy and Pete won't take Duck up on his offer.
It's not being tone deaf to the financials in the office, but rather if another offer comes along you have to do what's right for you
- key people will always be key, and it's not clear that the cost-cutting has anything to do with the general economy at the time but rather it's because of penny-pinching by the new owners.
I agree though that we're missing the in-office stuff that made the show so great and we're spending far too much time on personal lives now. However I disagree with others and say that my wife and I felt this last episode was the best so far this season.
Still, I've been telling my friends that it really does feel like the "Johnny Cakes" season of The Sopranos
where it seemed as if Chase had no idea how to fill the extra episodes HBO had ordered and so he was just filling airtime.