Parents was the theme of the episode and we got to see lots of development on that front. The final scene was disturbing to me on so many levels. We see Sally curled up under the table not really sure how to deal with Gene's death. After hearing the adults laugh a bit, she comes into the kitchen and gives a little rant. Personally, I find child actors (not in horror movies) cute no matter what they do, and this was no exception. The articulation of "really, really gone" just got me amused. Before this, Betty bites into Gene's peach and squirts the fruit everywhere which visually was gross and also was interesting how Betty wanted to eat the peach which to Don seemed macabre while she found it as a way to hang on to Gene.
Sally falls asleep to the television and a story with pictures of a Vietnamese monk who set himself on fire. Too bad she couldn't fall asleep to a happy death story like Pushing Daisies. Sally looks like she'll be scarred for life, but who could you blame? The obvious choice would be Betty, and I guess emotionally she's never really there for her children, but Don isn't really either. Betty doesn't know how to deal with things, and no one has ever taught her. Sally rides such an emotional roller coaster from driving the car with Gene to eating the ice cream, oblivious to the fact that Gene is showing signs of stroke that whatever she does next probably won't be good.
Watching the client plunk millions of dollars for jai alai was a hoot. We all know the idea doesn't catch on except in certain parts of the country, and it just sounds so ridiculous that you can't help but laugh. His father gave him all the money and Pete makes a great comment and how jai alai is an investment his father would make. Of course the client is an idiot and thinks this mean his venture is even better.
Peggy also sparred with her mother over moving out. As always, Peggy comes armed and has plenty of reason to leave. Her mother is clearly opposed and starts spouting off nonsense. The whole thing was pretty straightforward and one-sided. What I found interesting was the way in which Peggy found a roommate. After an overly pretentious note, Joan pitches (literally) an instant plan for success and it works, bringing in Carla Gallo who is in her usual role as the excited, peppy girl.
The Patio ad was a failure after Sal is given reins of the director. The Bye Bye Birdie imitation was fine as I could tell, but the Patio executives had problems with it that they couldn't pin. Without any specifics, this is supposed to reflect on Sal homosexuality. How? Beats me. There will be thousands of ideas with zero answers, but that's what makes interpretation so fun. Sal's personal life is unraveling as his professional career after being made commercial director is improving. While explaining the vision of the Patio commercial to his wife, Sal just had to give us his version. His wife was clearly upset and to be honest I was a little weired out as well.
Another wonderful episode with great performances all around. There were a couple more references to JFK today in regard to parents, and his assassination is looming.