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Recap of Mad Men Episode "The Rejected" 2010-08-16 07:00:00

Mad Men's 5 Maddest Moments: Episode "The Rejected"

This week's Mad Men is all about Pete and Peggy, and they couldn't be in two more opposite places. As office golden boy Pete continues to make good, he's shaking hands with gray-haired clients and cementing his place as a partner and as a husband. Peggy, on the other hand, is making nice with liberal young voices of the '60s art scene.

Meanwhile, Don deals with the woman he "rejected": his secretary, Allison. Needless to say, there are a few tears in this episode, so let's get down to it when you


  • In with the "in" crowd: Peggy gets an invite to an underground party from a young woman named Joyce who works at Life magazine, and she soon finds herself with new progressive friends. Joyce makes a pass at Peggy, which she rejects, using the excuse that she has a boyfriend — but that doesn't stop her from kissing Joyce's friend Abe in a closet! When police raid the party, Peggy hides with the guy until the coast is clear, but something tells me this is only one of a few brushes with the law to come for Peggy if she continues to keep the same company.
  • Proud papa: Trudy is pregnant! After her desperate tries for a baby, she finally has a bun in the oven, and Pete couldn't be happier. His father-in-law Tom accidentally leaks the info, and soon Pete is spreading the news. One person, however, is less than thrilled: Peggy. She gives Pete her congrats, but there is a definite sadness over her own baby with Pete, and the two share a knowing glance.
  • Old, familiar friend: Ken Cosgrove is back! Well, for a small cameo. Harry tells Pete that their former associate is getting married to the daughter of the bigwig at Corning, and he invites Pete to join them for lunch to celebrate and talk shop. Ken is now at another agency working on the Mountain Dew account, and he tells Pete that he's jealous of him for sticking with Draper. It's a friendly conversation — albeit, full of fake niceness. Is this the last we'll see of Ken? Probably not.
  • Heartbreak warfare: Don's fling with his secretary Allison comes back to bite him. When she's called into a focus group for Pond's along with the rest of the office 20-somethings, the topic turns to boyfriends and breakups — and Allison bursts into tears (while Don sees everything behind the glass). Later in Don's office, Allison shuts the door, telling him that she's leaving due to their situation. She asks for a letter of recommendation, but when Don suggests that she just write one up for him to sign, she throws a heavy desk tchotchke at his head and storms out. Don briefly contemplates writing Allison a letter explaining how messed up his life is, but it ends up in the trash can.
  • Keeping it in the family: Pete continues to use his father-in-law, Tom, for favors. When the other partners order Pete to close out the Clearasil account, Pete decides to bargain with Tom to get even more clients out of him. The result: a $6 million Vicks account. Pete is a smarmy guy, but he's certainly smart.

What did you think of the episode? Are you sad to see Allison go? Excited to watch Pete as a new dad? Let me know your thoughts in the comments, or join the group It's a Mad, Mad, Mad Men World in the BuzzSugar Community to chat some more!

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Sweet-Kirstin Sweet-Kirstin 6 years
I watched it and I totally agree. :( sweetkirstin
Studio16 Studio16 6 years
So, I felt the need to say this, because I was discussing it with a friend last night: I don't think Trudy's going to miscarry. Or die. Or that their baby is going to be born mentally retarded/missing a limb/something else totally devastating. I thought something bad was seriously going to happen. But the more I think about Pete has always wanted to be Don, but he never measured up, because Don was sort of like God the first three years of the show. Plus, Don looked down on Pete as the annoying young guy who just wants to be cool and liked. Except now Don's kind of a hot mess. So I think it would make sense that Pete finally starts getting everything that he wants: He's getting more respect at the office, he and Trudy are starting to seem like a real married couple...he's starting to get everything that he thought Don had. Why wouldn't a new baby seal the deal? Pete's the new Don, because Dreamdoll Don is just falling apart.
onlysourcherry onlysourcherry 6 years
doug, yes. it's on youtube. I don't think I can post the link, but you should be able to find it on there. It's a really sad and beautiful scene.
bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 6 years
This is from Wiki, the most accurate source for information on the interwebs! ;) Later during Season Two, we learn through flashbacks that Peggy's mother and then very-pregnant sister, have worked hard to cover up Peggy's disappearance from Sterling Cooper. They tell her worried boss, Don Draper, on the phone that Peggy is in quarantine with tuberculosis. Draper becomes suspicious and seeks her out at the hospital, where he finds her in a terrible mental state. Draper knows her hospitalization is not due to tuberculosis. Draper is perplexed why she is hospitalized, why she disappeared immediately following her promotion, and why her Christmas present has been sitting on her desk for weeks. It is assumed that Draper does not know about the birth, or that Pete Campbell was the father. He instead encourages her to forget about the entire thing, giving her advice he is often heard giving, to "move forward" and that "this" never happened. Her sister, who has given birth, is very resentful of Peggy and tells their young new parish priest in the confessional that Peggy seduced a married man, got pregnant, and was forced to give up the baby. Throughout Season Two, we see the priest repeatedly trying to persuade Peggy to admit her sins in confession, but Peggy never does.
stephcorinn stephcorinn 6 years
I thought that Peggy's baby was with her mom and sister. There's one episode not long after she has the baby where she is visiting her mom and sister. They are sitting at the kitchen table, and her mom asks "Aren't you going to see him before you leave?" or something like that. I don't remember her sister being pregnant while Peggy was pregnant.
onlysourcherry onlysourcherry 6 years
The situation with Alison was Draper's loss in every way possible. Remember all of his terrible pre-Alison secretaries? Poor Trudy... I will be legitimately devastated if something really bad happens to her. Although with her Community conflict.... I LOVED seeing Peggy with her new hip friends. How exciting to see someone actually enjoying unmarried youth!
erinalise erinalise 6 years
I am with snarkypants. The whole thing with Allison just feels like a side story... just to show what a jerk Draper can be... which we really allready know. I won't mind seeing her go, really. And that quote CRACKED ME UP!
snarkypants snarkypants 6 years
yeah, i don't think trudy will go full-term. allison needs to go. i really hate that storyline with her. my favorite quote from the episode was def: joyce: "he doesn't own your vagina" peggy: "no, but he's renting it"
Studio16 Studio16 6 years
Thanks ambarella! I assumed that her sister had the baby after one of the earlier episodes in which Peggy went in to see her niece and nephew, but when she saw the baby with them, turned and walked out. Good to know that someone else knows what's happening!
ambarella ambarella 6 years
Peggy gave up her baby. The child she was seen holding was her sister's, who was also pregnant at the same time.
jadenirvana jadenirvana 6 years
I sense some sort of Madeline Albright-esque symbolism to Allison's brooch. Honeybee? Stinging hornet? After this episode, I'm going with the latter!
Studio16 Studio16 6 years
Peggy's sister is raising the baby as her own. She has contact with him, in one episode she goes to church with her family and holds him while her sister goes up for communion.
aeryn aeryn 6 years
Does anyone remember what happened to Peggy's baby, btw? Is it with her mom? Does she ever see it?
aeryn aeryn 6 years
I completely agree that the pregnancy is not going to end well for Trudy. So good to see her back in action on the show. I really hope that Allison gets to remain on the show. She's been on the show for it's entire run, and I really think she's good. That elderly secretary was pretty funny. Geez, Peggy can sure turn on the ice, right?!
Studio16 Studio16 6 years
This pregnancy will not end well. Either there will be a miscarriage or pregnancy complications OR she'll have the baby but things will get screwy. (Perhaps Trudy will become the next Betty? I'm also picturing Peggy dramatically telling Pete "Oh, this baby looks just like his/her brother.") Just the facts that they've been trying for three years, finally resigned themselves to a childless life, and have now told people before the end of the first trimester is a foretaste that this pregnancy might not be as peachy as the Campbells think it is.
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