The next day, it’s back to business as usual with…Joanie! She’s back! With her hair in a bun, we know it’s all business as she leads the partners’ meeting. But all the proper business etiquette goes out the window when it’s revealed the Jaguar client isn’t signing and Pete tells lane, “You have no idea what you’re doing!… In fact, as far as I can tell, our need for you disappeared the day after you fired us!”
And with that, DING-DING-DING. It was on!
Lane rips off his jacket to reveal a slick vest and Wonder-Bread tie. He also calls Pete a “Grimy little pimp”, which just became my new favorite insult.
Pete follows suit, but doesn’t have the fun tie or the vest. See, Lane’s already winning!
Ladies and gentleman, boys and girls, children of all ages!
In one corner, we have Lane “The Books” Price… and in the other corner we have Pete “The Whiney WASP” Campbell.
As “Duck and Dive” Don, “Right Hand” Roger and “Bowtie” Bert place their bets, the fight begins!
Outside the board room, a Mary Tyler Moore looking Peggy asks aqua marine’d Joan what’s going on.
Sssshush. It’s nothing you pretty women folks need to worry about.
Back inside, “The Books” delivers a knockout punch.
This reminds me of when I was a kid and something like this happened:
In the elevator on the way home, an embarresed Pete asks Don, “Why were we even having a fight at work? This is an office. We’re supposed to be friends.” Similiar to their cab situation in the beginning of the episode, we have a clean cut Don next to the rumpled and befuddled Pete.
As Joan helps Lane ice his hand, he asks her what he really does at SCDP, as she replies, “If they’ve tried to make you feel different than them, you are.” She then tells the champ, “That’s a good way to be.” And with those kind words and his newfound status as the Cassius Clay of SCDP, Lane plants one on Joan. To the victor go the spoils.
Alright all you Joans, Trudys, Megans and Peggys…go outside, live a little and add to that expanding closet of yours. You deserve it after putting up with these shenanigans!