The Season 7 premiere of ‘Mad Men’ on April 13 brought us up to speed with mostly everyone in Don Draper’s world, but there were some glaring omissions. So before the second episode debuts tonight, April 20, at 10 p.m. ET, find out where we left off with Don’s family, and a few other ad men.
Some of the most emotionally charged moments in the last season of Mad Men involved Don Draper (Jon Hamm) and his family — the one-night reunion with Betty (January Jones), and to an even larger extent, the arc in which Sally (Kiernan Shipka) learned about how downright despicable her father is, and then really learned where he came from. But Don’s ex-wife and kids were missing in the Season 7 premiere, along with a few of Don’s (former) co-workers. So before these characters can show up and surprise/confuse you, we broke down where the show left them.
‘Mad Men’ Season 7 Episode 2: Updates On Betty, Sally & More
Betty’s biggest Season 6 moment had to be shedding the awful “Fat Betty” moniker, becoming the greatest Jenny Craig advertisement nearly two decades before Jenny Craig even became a thing. By dropping her mid-life crisis weight, Betty seemed to regain a whole lot of confidence — it’s as if she got over the depression that she was no longer a sexy model in her twenties by realizing that being a hot mature woman was actually sexier — and there’s nothing Don loves more than a blonde with confidence. The former couple hooked up — under Betty’s defined pretenses that it was just a hookup — and Betty, and her relationship with Don, was once again interesting for the first time in about four seasons. More generally though, when we last saw Betty she was getting Sally into boarding school, give her her first cigarette, and generally looking great in late sixties fashion.
Last seen glaring curiously at her dad in front of the whorehouse he grew up in. Sally officially became a grown-up in Season 6, thanks to the aforementioned cigarette and oh yeah, that time she walked in on Don with his pants around his ankles, giving it to her teenage crush’s mom. She really went from not knowing anything about boys to knowing everything about them. It remains to be seen whether Don’s true unveiling at the end of Season 6 won her back, or pushed her further away. It’s also interesting to note that Sally’s hitting her teen years in a pretty momentous era in American history.
Bobby still has not done anything of consequence. But here’s some big Bobby news: the same actor, Mason Vale Cotton, will play him for the third straight season. That makes Mason the longest-tenured Bobby Draper (there have been four altogether) in Mad Men history. Congrats, Mason!
The source of so many fan theories last season, Bob ended up just being a big liar and a conman — a junior version of Don. By season’s end he had decamped to Detroit to take care of the GM account (which he landed of course by tricking Pete Campbell into driving and embarrassingly himself in front of all the auto-happy higher-ups). Unfortunately, this intriguing character may mostly only exist by name in Season 7, since the actor who plays him, James Wolk, was pretty busy riffing with Robin Williams on The Crazy Ones.
Still not wearing socks in the office. But don’t underestimate the elder statesman of the firm — he seemed to be a very integral voice in forcing Don to take a hiatus, and he may be an even bigger one in keeping him from coming back.
And then there’s Harry. Oh poor, overlooked Harry; the man who’s so loathed that Don didn’t even want to eat White Castle with him. The last significant thing the head of the television department at SC&P (a innovative position that Harry created for himself, something he still hasn’t gotten due credit for) did was reignite the agency’s account with Sunkist. That account is what spurred SC&P’s branching out to the West Coast, which has already proven to be an enormous turning point for the series. However, judging by the Season 7 premiere, Harry’s been forgotten by the writers just as much as he has been by his coworkers.
So that’s all we got. Tune in to AMC tonight at 10 p.m. ET to see if Betty and Sally make their triumphant returns, and if anyone agrees to go out to lunch with Harry.
— Andrew Gruttadaro