So really, how far a leap was it for her to turn full prostitute? In 1967, it was one of the few opportunities available to the attractive female with no secondary education. And not available at all to the plain Janes. "$50 for the powder room" as Holly Golightly put it. "Party girls" as Don called one of Betty's ex-roommates. But as the show has shown us, sometimes there's no difference between a party girl and a trophy wife except the pay is better with the marriage cert.
As late as 1969, I was working in Manhattan and helped an extremely attractive co-worker move her sailboat into the water out on the island with my car's trailer hitch and all, took a couple of hours. She was Joan class (actually higher, no lie) but not overweight at all. We worked in advertising. So she directs me to this dock in the dark and we walked out there, and apparently she was expecting me to pull a Pete on her to pay me back. I was a shy New England kid expecting her to make the first move. I didn't, she didn't, and she was furious the whole way back to Manhattan. I realized later she was really expecting and planning on responding to the classic Pete attack. Apparently in New York, that's what all guys did to hot girls, and they expected it. Wasn't my style. But when I watch MM now, I do remember that encounter and kind of wonder, "SHOULD I have pulled a Pete? Should I have been that guy she wanted me to be?" But it wasn't me, though I admit to some lingering regret. She was stunning and nice, too. But just to corroborate: Yeah, Manhattanites were a really fast crowd back then! And girls wanted you, expected you to make the hard and fast move. This helps me understand how Pete became Pete, and Don as well. A different world, to be sure.
Wondering, are we supposed to assume Greg is gay? Or just so twisted and insecure he can only have sex while humiliating a woman on the floor? I never really got straight what Weiner was trying to tell us about him. We spent many segments watching him turn his back on Joan just like Sal did to his wife. I miss Sal, I thought I read he was coming back but he never did.
BTW, has Roger ever formally offered to support his kid with Joan? Seems like he did last week but I can't quite remember.
Edited by Maruuk, 28 May 2012 - 08:44 PM.