qtpye November 5, 2020 Share November 5, 2020 (edited) 17 minutes ago, sistermagpie said: What happened, iirc, is that Joan quit SC and then came home to find out Greg hadn't gotten the residency he wanted. He told Joan she had to go back to work, but Joan couldn't go back to SC because she'd been replaced. So then she had to work at a department store (where she ran into Pete, who kept her secret--and she seemed to remember he did that). That was humiliating. So when she was called back into the office in Shut the Door, she was able to come back under much better terms--and yes, I think by then she was more able to embrace the fact that she was working and happy about that. I remember having convos about that during the show, about how it was obviously a choice to have her not only never move, but not even change the decor, which was very clearly 1950s. Especially since she wound up having plenty of money, which she spent more on jewelry and clothing than her apartment. It seemed like it was definitely meant to suggest something about Joan's psychology. I think some tried to pass it off as just the show not wanting to spend the money, but that's silly--they changed sets for plenty of other reasons. This was a choice. I tended to think it was something connected to her feeling like that was her own space and not feeling confident enough on the personal front to commit to a place that said she was a single mom forever. Like part of her was still waiting for the dream marriage--but also I think she maybe had real affection for the place. She starts out living there with a roommate, then on her own, then her husband moves in, she has a baby, her mom moves in, the husband leaves and she starts her business right out of that living room with her son watching TV there. A lot has changed in the place without repainting those salmon walls that she maybe likes. She must see lots of possibilities there in the familiar or something! There is a whole Reddit on Joan's apartment😄 Other characters moved in and out of several spaces, so it did not have anything to do with the show's budget. She was filthy rich by the end of the show and Joan was and always been very image consciousness. Her Don Knotts type boyfriend even mentioned that Joan does not live in the greatest area. Someone mentioned that even though Joan was richer, Peggy was continuously upgrading her living situation while Joan did not even change her paint colors. Edited November 5, 2020 by qtpye 1 Link to comment
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