I have only now finished season 3 of Mad Men. I don’t have cable and a friend gave me his recordings a couple of weeks ago. I was very intrigued by the episode where Pete is left alone for a week by his wife who is vacationing with her family. Spoilers after the jump.
What everyone is talking about in reference to that episode is the fact that Pete is now a rapist. I’m fairly confident anyone reading my blog would agree to the fact that the character Pete rapes the au pair, so I’m not really interested in discussing that aspect.
What really interested me is how I could see myself in Pete in that episode. Shocking? While I couldn’t see myself raping someone, I do recognize that when I’m left alone the worst parts of me come out. Take for instance Pete eating cereal watching TV without a shirt on. God, that’s so on target. I can be filthy, slovenly and all-around disgusting. It’s like I need people around me to not sucumb to my worst tendencies.
I lived by myself for a year in Los Angeles in a converted garage, and I was truly a disgusting person. I washed the dishes maybe once a week. Dirty dishes were everywhere. Clothes were everywhere. I started to go to bed at night later and later until I was actually going to bed at 5 in the morning. I had a job where I needed to be at work at 4:30 pm and I knew I hit bottom when I “slept in” and was late to work.
Jake can attest that when he met me my room was one of the messiest he had seen. I’m happy to say I am much better now. Sure I have the same tendencies, but I never let it get too bad.