Are You Happy Peggy Quit During Mad Men Season 5, Episode 11: “The Other Woman”?
On Sunday night’s episode of Mad Men (Season 5, Episode 11: “Don’t be a Stranger”), Peggy Olsen finally quit Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce to take a better paying and more glamorous job at a rival advertising firm. The decision came after several episodes of getting chewed out by Don and her one good idea this season (a twist on an ad for Chevalier Blanc that involved moving the ad to Paris and replacing screaming hordes of girls with Lady Godiva) getting ignored by Draper and pushed off to Ginsberg.
The episode was a special moment because it involved Peggy finally standing up for herself and establishing her worth. It paired nicely with Joan’s storyline, who demeaned herself by sleeping with a creepy client to become a partner in the company. The two working women of Mad Men were chasing the money, but Peggy earned her lofty new pay raise ($19,000 a year!) through her talent and Joan earned her partner title through her body. (We love Joan so much, but we really want to see her run off and become an editor at some sassy new women’s magazine, a la Helen Gurley Brown, and get the appreciation she deserves.)
While Peggy leaving SCDP almost guarantees that she’ll be featured less in last few episodes of the season, we couldn’t be happier that Pegs is moving up in the world. Staying with the uptight, sexist, sinking ship that is SCDP isn’t good for Peggy or her career. Hopefully this new agency will be a big improvement. Oh, and we are already crossing our fingers and toes that our beloved Sal ends up being the art director at the new agency.
Are you happy that Peggy moved on, or do you wish that she stayed? Vote below.