Granted, it has been a while, but do you remember Peggy Olson’s jaw dropping when Don Draper sprung his engagement news on the folks at Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce in the Season 4 finale of “Mad Men”?
Turns out that reaction didn’t involve much acting on the part of Elisabeth Moss, the Emmy-nominated actress who so memorably brings Olson to life.
“Oh, yes, reading that script, that moment came as a complete surprise,” Moss says. “And I think Peggy’s reaction is there as a stand-in for the audience too. ‘You’re what?’”
Some dedicated “Mad Men” bloggers have suggested that Peggy’s reaction betrays a hint of jealousy and concern that she might lose her place as Don’s confidante, particularly after their memorable (albeit platonic) night together in the episode “The Suitcase.”
“I think that’s a dangerous thing to say,” Moss says. “People are quick to think that Don and Peggy are an item that way. There are many forms of jealousy. [Don’s fiancee] Megan’s a beautiful woman. I don’t think Peggy wants to be the one engaged to Don. It’s just sort of a natural female jealousy.”
But will Don and Megan still be engaged — or perhaps married — when “Mad Men” returns for its fifth season in March?
Moss isn’t spilling the beans. But she does offer a tantalizing clue that tracks back to Peggy’s initial shock.
“I think there’s probably more to be revealed as to why she reacts that way,” Moss says, smiling. “But … um … that’s probably all I should say on the subject.”