Peggy Olson on Hiring
Peggy is reviewing an endless stack of copywriter candidate portfolios and discovers one with a cover reading “Judge not, lest ye also be judged.” This candidate is a star. Stan, the art director, agrees he’s brilliant but dismisses him, tossing the portfolio on the floor. Peggy picks it up with interest.
Stan: This is why girls don’t play sports. You’ve been working on Heinz for four months, and you’re just going to let him grab the ball and carry it across the goal line?
Peggy: I’m bringing him in for Mohawk.
Stan: I hope you like him, he’s going to be your boss someday.
Peggy: I like working with talented people. It inspires me.
Stan: I’m not talking about me. I’m talking about another writer. Are you suddenly not competitive?
Peggy: I’m going to bring him in.
Stan: Stick to mediocre, you’ll sleep better.
[Cut to fat Betty in the bath]
- Mad Men Season 5, Episode 3 “Tea Leaves”
Mad Men is one of the only shows I watch, and Peggy is the only reason I watch it. She’s one of the best and, for me, most identifiable characters on the small screen now. The other is Tina Fey as Liz Lemon on 30 Rock.