We’re almost there. Just three more days until it’s acceptable to wear pencil skirts and 60s-inspired bobs while drinking Manhattans or ultra-tailored suits and thick-rim glasses with scotch on the rocks on Sunday nights. Mad Men returns March 25 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on AMC, but before that happens it’s important to make sure the subtle signals of Season Four’s Summer 2010 run aren’t lost on you.
Brush up with these essential details. (You can thank us later.)
1. Betty Is Unhappy
2. Roger Can’t Let Go of the Past
3. Joan is Pregnant and it’s Not Her Husband’s
4. Peggy Is Fed Up
Sally Draper is a complicated little lady. Growing up with a father who spends more time on Madison Avenue than in his own house and a mother who’s constantly competing with her for attention will do that. And now that Sally is growing up, she’s mimicking her reluctant mother. First, she cuts her hair short; Betty has rocked a housewife bob since Season One. Then, she’s caught masturbating at a friend’s house, and none of has forgotten Betty’s washing machine moment from Season Two. It’s something both Betty and Don seem to struggle with, but what’s really exciting is that Sally’s character is becoming more and more robust as she gets older.
6. The Age of The Cigarette Is Over
7. Pete’s a Father…Again, Still Stares at Peggy Occasionally
Don once said that Anna, the wife of the real Donald Draper, was the only person who really knew him. So when she died, he was rightfully a little lost. Don’s sudden commitment to Megan is likely his way of attempting to regain that homebase. As Jon Hamm told Hollywood.com, Don “is in love,” but that doesn’t mean his rash decision isn’t an attempt to fix a recent hole in his life. And that could spell trouble for the happy couple.