In the most recent episode of Mad Men we meet up again with our protagonist Don Draper, going through the motions of showing up to work. On time. Saying the proper hellos, then walking into his office and shutting the door.
Don has lost the trust of his partners. He has no work. He is bored. He sits in his office and waits. For something. Something to happen. Waiting for the phone to ring.
When the call comes, from Peggy Olson, his former underling — not a mentee — he is insulted. He is being asked to do a job several rungs down the ladder.
But Don has yet to rehab his reputation. He is still on the outs with his partners who are unwilling to fire him. So he just sits in his office collecting a very large check.
Don, being Don, scoffs and gets rip roaring drunk. He causes chaos.
The work he wants, he cannot get. He has not earned back the right. He can see the future, it’s computers, but he cannot touch it.
Freddy Rumsen, his sober friend and ghost copy-writer, who has yet to repair all the damage he caused in his drunken days, tells Don to “just do your job.”
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