She blames him for humiliating Ted (The St. Joseph’s account Ted pushed hard for an expanded budget because it was Peggy’s work) and possibly for Ted being sent out to California even though Ted begged Don to let him go.
Lou is Don’s boss? Don gets Lane’s old office? Sticking to a script in meetings? Nothing says “Fuck You” quite like that did. Ohhhh how the plot has thickened. And he agreed! Hopefully Don doesn’t go the way of Lane Price and hang himself. Or fake his death (again) to become a lumberjack in the pacific northwest. I can’t handle another shitty ending like that.
I think we can all agree that Lou is due some heavy comeuppance, since even his biggest supporter Cutler can only say he’s “adequate.” I suspect we’ll see him turfed but not for Don, but rather Peggy as the new head of creative.
Also, the partners couldn’t have gotten Ted and Pete on the phone out in California to give an actual opinion on the Draper situation? Maybe they’re still gunshy after their last fiasco with the group intercom.
The whole time that Roger is trying to convince them that Don should come back, I’m thinking the best argument is that you want him working WITH you, not AGAINST you.
Those were some crazy conditions for Don to agree to, perfectly designed to get him fired and lose his partnership. I’m trying to figure out how many episodes he can manage to go without losing his mind.
Don had to agree to those terms. He had to get his job back to fulfill his reasoning (lie) to Megan about why he didn’t move to California. Getting his job back, at whatever cost, shows to his terrible wife that he wasn’t bullshitting her.
Also I think everyone in that office doesn’t know/forgets what a survivor Don really is, even if his means of survival are questionable. The guy, only about 15 (or so) years before all this was literally another person. Taking bullets and swapping dog tags. Then schlepping furs. The guy knows how to claw his way to the top that’s for sure. I think all the partners believe those rules would be a way of controlling Don but really they are a way to allow Don to kick some ass and make them all look pretty stupid for such harsh action against him.