Catching up with "Mad Men" -- What you need to know before the second season starts
Don realized the importance of family too late: First his brother hung himself, then his wife and kids left for Thanksgiving without him.
Further exploration of Don’s work-vs.-life struggle and his dark past. ”There are still a lot of holes in this guy’s life,” says Hamm. ”A lot of gray area.”
After learning that her shrink had been conferring with Don, Betty tearfully confessed to a neighbor’s kid that she has no one to talk to.
Betty takes up horseback riding and makes new friends. ”She may be in therapy,” says Matthew Weiner, ”but not with that therapist.”
Pete was humiliated when his blackmail plot against Don failed, and again when Draper teamed him with Peggy on the Clearasil account.
”His ambition has not been thwarted, but it’s been stalled,” Weiner explains. Adds Kartheiser: ”He’s still coming undone.”
Peggy got promoted to junior copywriter the same day she gave birth to a baby boy.
We’ll find out if the ex-secretary kept her son, and see her settle into her new job. She no longer loves Pete, but ”they have to work together,” says Weiner. And that tension ”is building toward something.”
The agency’s boozy, womanizing partner suffered two heart attacks and vowed to mend his ways.
Roger is back in good health. But, according to Slattery, ”I don’t think he’s going to change his spots. I hope he doesn’t. What if a guy like that turns over a new leaf and becomes a real bore?”
Sterling Cooper’s busybody office manager fell apart when she learned that Roger, her lover, had a heart attack.
Joan still relishes attention at the office, but her tense dynamic with Peggy has shifted. ”There’s some funny stuff that we do in the first episode,” hints Hendricks.
A date with a male client convinced Sterling Cooper’s witty, dapper art director that he was not ready to come out of the closet.
”He’s coming to grips with who he is. In that day, there were no options,” says Batt. ”I love the idea of him being tortured for a long time.”
The young account executive got a story published in The Atlantic Monthly. Pete socked him when he called Peggy ”a lobster — all the meat’s in the tail.”
If there are more lewd comments about the steno pool, he’ll deal. ”It’s not surprising to me, the things the guys say,” Staton says.
The aspiring playwright, whose drama Death Is My Client got an informal staging during an office party, was rejected by Peggy.
A beard. ”I grew it for a play in New York,” Gladis says. ”Matt Weiner saw it and said, ‘Don’t shave until I tell you to.”’ Intriguing!
When the media buyer hooked up with Pete’s secretary, his wife threw him out.
The first episode reveals whether or not Harry’s wife takes him back. If not, there may be more shots of him in the office in his tighty-whities. ”We’re trying to fit one of those in each episode,” jokes Sommer.