Roger’s concern that Ken’s writing would be a distraction from his work and dedication to SCDP comes off as hollow and shallow. Ken seems to be doing a great job and is one of the few level headed people that can be counted on at the agency. It’s likely that Pete pushed Roger to do it after the bonding dinner at his house where Ken was “outed.” Ken falls in line and agrees. Peggy knows about Ken’s passion for writing and feels very badly after he tells her that Ben Hargrove will write no more. Peggy and Ken have a genuinely close, respectful relationship, a rarity at SCDP.
Despite the closeness in their age and experience, the contrast between Ken’s and Pete’s demeanors, work ethic, and ability to get along with people is dramatic. Hopefully the partners realize they have a back up if Pete has a total meltdown.
Ken also shows that he has spirit and determination and starts a new writing life as Dave Algongquin. Take that Pete and Roger.