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When Mad Men Went Lesbian Without Going All The Way

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.

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  • dvlaries

    In the 1990s, this program -right now, the most outstanding drama anywhere on TV- would have been on NBC. But they long ago sold their soul for the cheap shit they have come to endlessly proffer: The Weakest Link, Fear Factor, Deal Or No Deal, The Bigger Loser, Minute to Win It…

    Brandon Tartikoff is spinning in his grave.

  • Swimmer - Chicago

    This segment was very cool – to see even in NYC in the 60s this side of gay life – quiet clinches in the dark – almost a secret society where all transgressions take place. Well played I might add – Peggy wasn’t grossed out and handled the pass very well.

    Today – gay life is so mainstream its lost it danger component…..

  • red phone

    Re your last paragrapgh: Allison isn’t the lesbian. Allison is Don’s secretary, who slept with Don and assumed that Peggy did the same.

  • JohnnyTrue

    This show just gets better and better.

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