Paralleling the slick deception of advertising, Mad Men has always been astute about the
difference between appearance and reality – between what people seem to be and what they really are.
Sadly this last episode (5/5) shows that Pete is really nothing, a robot of
sorts, but even Pete can't do anything as dramatic as removing a bolt from a bridge.
Pete finally gets Don up to a dinner party at his house in the suburbs-- always needing to
impress, he shows off his big new (7 ft long, mine is bigger than yours) console stereo by playing Beethoven. Living in Cos Cob in a house instead of a NYC apartment he can play it as loud as he wants (except
that his wife/mother tells him to
turn it down).Beethoven had disdain for authority and social rank which mirrors the obvious trend of the
The Man with the Miniature Orchestra
By Dave Algonquin
There were phrases of Beethoven’s 9th symphony that still made Coe cry. He always thought it had to do with the circumstances of the composition itself. He imagined Beethoven deaf and soul sick, his heart broken, scribbling furiously, while Death stood in the doorway, clipping his nails. Still, Coe thought, it might have been living in the country that was making him cry. It was killing him with its silence and loneliness, making everything ordinary to beautiful to bear.
The show closes with the sound of the dripping faucet and a somber rendition of Ode to Joy. Music, silence, water dripping in a sink ...Ask not for whom the faucet drips, Pete Campbell – it drips for thee.