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When Did Peggy Olson Become “Mad Men”‘s Resident A-Hole?

When Did Peggy Olson Become "Mad Men"'s Resident A-Hole?
Seriously Peggy, STFU!

Sigh. Well, I suppose in some ways, it was bound to happen. At the end of “Mad Men”‘s last season, Peggy Olson took a seat in Don Draper’s recently vacated chair (him having been given a leave of absence), gazing upon her new office in a pose that recalled his from season one. The implication was that Peggy was the new Don, but it wasn’t until last night’s episode that we realized just how much Peggy had come to resemble her mentor, i.e. a miserable asshole. In the episode, Peggy’s assistant Shirley receives flowers from her fiance on Valentine’s Day, which Peggy assumes are for her. Peggy stomps around and flounces like a petulant child the entire episode, alternating between “generously” offering the flowers to Shirley (not realizing they were hers in the first place) and then demanding she throw them away. When Joyce finally tells her that the flowers were never hers, Peggy’s  behavior only worsened, resulting in Shirley’s transfer to another desk. (In the same episode, another Black female assistant, Dawn, also had her job impacted by a white partner’s temper tantrum.) Some might say this was really out of character for Peggy, but I think we were just given a glimpse of Peggy at her worst, having achieved all that she thought she wanted but happiness. Hopefully, because Peggy isn’t as fucked up as Don, this will be a wakeup call rather than a foreshadowing of more to come. Check out a clip above!

Face-Off: “Mad Men”‘s Peggy Olson & “Girls”‘ Hannah Horvath Are Kind Of The Same Person

Okay, before you tell me I am totally reaching with this one, hear me out. The other day, after watching this week’s episodes of “Mad Men” and “Girls,” I was trolling Tumblr when I came across a post by Jenny Deluxe (who happens to write for The New York Times, so she obvs has a well-trained, journalistic mind) comparing the smile both Peggy Olson and Hannah Horvath displayed at the ends of their episodes. “DAT LOOK ON BOTH THEIR FACES. Mad Girls do it WELL,” Jenny wrote. She was right. A look of smug, gleeful satisfaction capped off both Peggy and Hannah’s episodes. Did they have more in common that I failed to notice before? Indeed! Spirit sistersMad Girls! – I tell you! [Jenny Deluxe]

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Peggy Olson, You’ve Come A Long Way, Baby

“Mad Men”‘s Peggy Olson has really transformed from shy secretary in the next cubicle to a saucy little minx! She drinks, smokes weed, hangs out with lesbians, and strips naked to get the job done — and we love her for it. [Nerve] Keep reading »

If “Mad Men”‘s Peggy Olson Vlogged In 1964


Our girl Sara Benincasa does a lot of awesome impressions, but her Peggy Olson is so dead-on, it’s almost like the overachiever transported herself to 2010. In anticipation of tonight’s season four premiere of “Mad Men,” “Peggy” plopped herself down in front of her 1964 laptop and recorded a vlog on just what’s been going down at Sterling Cooper Draper Price since we last saw them. It seems everyone in the office is very preoccupied with little Sally Draper’s lisp … [YouTube] Keep reading »

Peggy Olsen’s New Hair Is … Eww

Over the years, we’ve liked the way Peggy Olson’s style has progressed. Until now. Here is an image of her from the upcoming season, and it’s even more disappointing than the season’s teaser poster. Um, who attacked the girl with hairspray? And why so drab? Homegirl does not look good, which is a shame because actress Elisabeth Moss is so adorable. I guess this was the style back then? [Hollywood Reporter] Keep reading »

Star Couplings: Elisabeth Moss Is A Married Woman

  • Elisabeth Moss, Peggy Olson on “Mad Men,” married Fred Armisen on Sunday, Oct. 25. [Jezebel] — They look like a cool, quirky couple.
  • Khloe Kardashian and Lamar Odom got each other’s initials tattooed on their hands. [Us Weekly] — This must mean they plan on staying together for a while. Then again, most tattoos are removable.
  • Bradley Cooper is reportedly bringing Renee Zellweger home to Philadelphia for the holidays to meet the Cooper family. [OK! Magazine] — Hopefully, she’ll leave her sour face at home.

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If Peggy Olson Vlogged


In lieu of a “Mad Men” recap — Don Draper you are making me so mad f**king that stupid teacher while Betty wallows at home! — I offer you this hilarious video from Frisky friend, Sara Benincasa. The stand-up comic, “Gossip Girl” expert, recovering agoraphobic, and all-around awesome chick has imagined what it would be like if Peggy Olson had her own vlog (i.e., video blog). This is the first of hopefully MANY more installments. [YouTube: Sara Benincasa] Keep reading »

Quote Of The Day: Elisabeth Moss On Playing Peggy Olson

““I love playing Peggy [Olson]. Finding the balance between playing her, finding new things, and not losing her, and constantly finding enough new stuff to keep her remaining herself … Playing her is an exercise in remaining simple, despite the fact that she is becoming more complicated. [She's] not out to hurt anyone, she’s just trying to figure out who she is. But it still is agenda-free. She is looking for her place in the world.”

— “Mad Men”‘s Elisabeth Moss in Venice magazine [Just Jared]
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(Another) Quote Of The Day: Pete Campbell Is Kinda Deep In Real Life

” Is Pete in love with Peggy? How in love with her is he? Why is he in love with her? Is it really just his ego? I mean, how many times have you been in love with a woman until she loves you back? And then you realize it had nothing to do with her. Or a woman cheats on you and you hate her for decades and then you realize, it’s just my ego. I just couldn’t handle that she, like, wanted someone else—it had nothing to even do with this woman. And I think that’s the kind of grey area that these characters get to live in and that we get to portray—you say these long moments of silence.”

—Vincent Kartheiser, who plays Pete Campbell on “Mad Men,” talks to Vanity Fair, about why Pete’s got a thing for Peggy. But what we really wanted to know is where he learned to dance the Charleston. Keep reading »

Damn You Don Draper: Sex, Mirrors, And Mad Men

Last night’s episode of Mad Men really pissed me off. Oh, Don Draper, and your wiley, sexual ways. And damn you, Duck, for doing what you did to Chauncey! The episode was all about the two sides to women that men see and the two sides to Don that WE see. While Sterling Cooper works on putting together a new ad campaign for Playtex, centered around every woman have a Jackie (Kennedy) side and a Marilyn (Monroe) side — for the record, according to the boys, Peggy is all Gertrude Stein — Don is in way too deep with Bobbie Barrett. Don is not immune to viewing women through these two lenses as well — while he’s happy to have Bobbie as his whore on the side, when Betty buys a chic new bikini to wear at the pool, Don is quick to demean her as “desperate”. Both sides of Amelia wanted to smack the s–t out of him for that one. Keep reading »

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