Pete Campbell (Vincent Kartheiser) doesn’t only have to fight with Roger Sterling (John Slattery) for respect over his accounts. Lane Pryce (Jared Harris) enters the battlefield with Edwin Baker of Jaguar cars. Of course we never see Pryce get involved beyond financials, so watching him schmooze with a potential BFF is pretty painful. The big boys take over the account and take the Englishman in love with America to a ‘party’ that involves young girls with chewing gum. I’m glad I’m in the 21st Century because clearly the guys didn’t really groom so much more than their face back in the day.
Speaking of faces, Lane kicked the crap out of Pete in the office. How is this even allowed? I guess it’s because everyone wanted to do that, from Roger, Don, Ken and even Joan (Christina Hendricks). Oh, and what the hell was Lane thinking when he kissed Joan? As if things weren’t awkward enough after he called a fight at a partners meeting.
I don’t know what’s going on with Pete, but he’s miserable as hell. He slept with a whore and tried to hit on a teenager in driving school. Yet his wife Trudy (Alison Brie) somehow got Don Draper (Jon Hamm) to attend a get-together for the first time without it having to be some huge occasion, like a wedding. Even Don admits to Trudy, “It’s too bad your husband can’t close a deal like this.”
And what’s all this talk about robots and a dystopia from Ken Cosgrove (Aaron Staton)? Last week we saw some delirious dream where Don finally grew some morals about casual sex and now Pete’s miserable in his own amazing life and can’t stop hating Don for his decent nature regardless of how ruthless he is at work. I’m a little upset I didn’t get to see any action with the leading ladies, but I guess we’re still trying to figure out what ‘the man’ means right now.