The beard, the pipe, the black girlfriend he showed off like an accessory—even in a world of stuffed shirts, Paul’s had the least substance behind it. But he longed for substance, which explains how he’d wind up sucked into that ultimate net for lost souls of the ’60s, the International Society For Krishna Consciousness.
Ida was a magic mirror held up to the face of every woman working at Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce. She used to be just like them. Soon they’ll be just like her. Blankenship may have been comic relief, but time always gets the last laugh.
For an episode that’s largely memorable as the introduction of one of Mad Men’s oddest little characters, “New Amsterdam” is shockingly light on Glen (Marten Holden Weiner). The young son of the Drapers’ recently divorced neighbor Helen Bishop, Glen is a sporadic but indelible minor character.
. “A Little Kiss” is Megan Draper’s true character debut and a very clear signal that Don’s new relationship would be just as toxic as his marriage to Betty, but for very different reasons. Megan is the first woman in Don’s life to match his desire for control.
Of all of Mad Men’s now-departed characters, Sal, played by Bryan Batt, is one of the most-missed, as a gay man trapped in a world of heterosexuality. In the sexist offices of Sterling Cooper, Sal stood out with his compassion, his manners, his reluctance to degrade women, and the fact that he lived with his mother and spoke Italian (no wonder he was the subject of so many secretary crushes).