Friday, September 03, 2010

Insult to Injury (Mad Men 406)

In their heyday, the "Rat Pack" had a running gag where Dean Martin would pick up the diminutive Sammy Davis, Jr. and drolly "thank the NAACP" for presenting him with an award. I detected a variation of that joke going on at the end of "Waldorf Stories." All throughout the episode, Peggy is clearly miffed at being shut-out of the accolades for the SCDP's successful Glo-Coat spot. She feels that her efforts were part of the reason it won a Clio award. Because the process of creating the ad happened off-screen, it's difficult to say for certain whether Peggy's indignation is righteous or not. In any event, the small trophy Stan Rizzo had for her offered little consolation.

So, imagine the double indignity Peggy must have felt when Don palms Danny Siegel off on her. "Take him to Joan," an irritated Don tells Peggy. Because of his alcohol induced screw up during the Life campaign presentation, the small-sized Siegel is Don's memento of a not-so-great accomplishment. However, this time Don has no trouble sharing his "award" with Peggy.

Be careful of what you wish for, you may just get it.

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