So everybody hates Peggy now, or something?
Yeah, she behaved like a smacked ass that entire episode. It was all her worst characteristics, all at once. It’s similar to how she acted in Far Away Places but to a much higher degree, because the things she used to use to comfort herself - sex and work - are not doing it for her anymore. It wasn’t pleasant to watch and I sure hope it doesn’t keep going this entire season, but you know what? I’m glad it happened.
Because this show is stuffed with male antiheroes. Don has a list of sins as long as my arm. Roger did blackface. Pete fucking raped someone. Yet fans have sympathy for all these characters. They forgive them. They excuse them. They can even root for them. And hey, I’m not even saying you can’t do these things.
But Peggy -usually one of the most likeable characters - has an unattractive sulk for one whole hour of our time and people are done with her. Women don’t get to be antiheroes. Not even for a single episode. They don’t get to be ugly because they don’t get to be human.
Do I want Peggy to snap out of it? Hell yes. She needs a get-a-grip friend. Maybe Joyce can come back. Or maybe she can just go smoke a j with Stan and calm down. But it’s important that we see the less savoury sides of her personality. That’s what makes her such a well-rounded character. Because she’s allowed to be selfish and throw fits and make a fool of herself - just like the men.