Trudy: We’re done Peter. This is over.
Pete: You want a divorce?
Trudy: I refuse to be a failure. I don’t care what you want anymore. This is how it’s going to work – You will be here only when I tell you to be here. I’m drawing a 50 mile radius around this house and if you so much as open your fly to urinate, I will destroy you.
God, that Trudy Campbell is something else. On this week’s Mad Men, it was all about affairs and betrayal. For Don, we see his affair with Sylvia grow even more intense and his lying to Megan even more sickening. He used almost the exact same words to comfort both women (“I want you, I want you all the time.” “You have to know I want what you want.”). For Peggy, her late night conversations with Stan are her way of staying in the loop at SCDP even though she’s at Cutler Gleason and Chaough. When Ted Chaough walks in on Peggy and Stan discussing how the Heinz Baked Beans guy, brought in the Heinz Ketchup guy to meet with SCDP then told Don & Co. not to pursue it (because he likes having SCDP on his side, doesn’t want to share the wealth) Chaough encouraged Peggy to go after Ketchup. In doing so, she would betray the company that raised her.
But the best story of the hour belonged to Peter Campbell. After last season’s disaster of an affair with Beth, Pete is looking for short-term, no-strings-attached flings. The episode opens at the Campbell home, where Trudy has invited a few new neighbors over. Trudy brushes off the flirtations of the men, but Pete feeds into the women. Giving his card, he basically invites them into the city for a “good time call me.”
One of the ladies decides to take Pete up on his offer, they meet at his Manhattan apartment and get to business. Pete’s affairs seem so sleezy when compared to Don’s type of seduction. The whole scene made me uncomfortable.
Later that night, the woman shows up at the home of the Campbells’ beaten by her husband. As they open the door, we hear the husband yell “She’s your problem now Campbell,” revealing everything to Trudy. Always the lady, Trudy cleans her up and takes her to a hotel. The next morning, she confronts Pete in the kitchen, appalled by his inability to be discreet, she lays down the law.
Trudy’s not dumb, she’s never been the unsuspecting wife. Her and Pete have always been partners, she’s helped calculate his moves up the corporate ladder and she is just as ambitious about their social life. I can’t wait to see how this marriage moves forward. You go girl!
BONUS! Trudy and Pete do the Charleston, enjoy!