Nobody was happy this week on Mad Men (7.2 A Day’s Work). People were getting and not getting flowers, being total jerks, and sort of going to funerals.
The two African American actors on this show (Dawn and Shirley) are admired, ignored, despised and dispatched in one day. They’ve figured out the key to keeping sane at work early on in their time there.
Dawn says, “Keep pretending, that’s your job.”
As in, pretend your boss isn’t an idiot. Pretend you like what you’re doing, or at least you don’t mind any of it.
Now that’s good advice for people in the 1960’s and the 2010’s. It’s not so much how good you are at your job, it’s about how much your boss likes you and how good you are at pretending that you like your boss and that everything is going just fine. If you can figure out how to do that, you can survive any job.
Course that’s what Peggy and Pete are up against right now. Is surviving at your job worth all the effing hassles? Peggy gets drunk in her office and throws a tantrum at Shirley over something totally stupid like flowers on Valentine’s Day. The old Peggy would never have let that get to her. She’s slipping.
Pete rants to Ted that there’s no point in getting accounts since the New York office is only going to eff it up and take it away from him. What’s he supposed to work toward, the hope of moving into Ted’s office which is only slightly bigger than his? There’s no empire building here, SCDP is just a day job.
It’s a day job that Don’s missing the hell out of. No one wants to be in that office except for Don. It was his empire and now he’s banished.
I don’t know what to tell you Don. The grass ain’t greener…