On last night’s Mad Men, we had some gay flavor even without Bryan Batt. But it was the absence of actual lesbian contact that was most capturing. (Possible spoilers ahead.)
I sort of love the way the NYDN‘s Joe Tacopino puts it: “But it’s Peggy Olson who makes the most dramatic foray into the social revolution. While watching the focus group through the looking glass, Peggy fiddles with a wedding ring. Don looks on and scoffs (he knows her better than that.) Shortly after, Peggy meets a lesbian in the elevator, and takes a wild ride into a stoner loft party. There’s another universe outside the straight-laced hierarchy she works in, and Peggy may soon find herself more comfortable there.”
But it’s not because Peggy is a lesbian. (Maybe she is! I don’t write the show.) She’s just hipper than those stodgy straights, and aren’t all queers?
NY Mag‘s Logan Hill: “One would like to think that Peggy will thrive in this new bohemian world — that she’ll finally find a place where her dry wit (“Well, he’s renting it”) and smarts are appreciated, a place where people don’t assume that she became successful by sleeping with the boss, as she’s reminded by Allison. As yet, she’s just a naïve tourist in this world, who’s just learning the barest facts about Malcolm X and art and people who don’t just do things for money. She’s a quick study.”
Maybe Peggy and Allison will head down that road, and give Peggy her first lesbian experience. Or maybe she’s simply found a new hep friend whom happens to be gay, and wouldn’t that be the real bombshell.