Something has been playing on my mind ever since this week’s Mad Men episode. There was an echo of the scene in Season 3 when Don fired Sal. After Sal was hurt and offended at Don blaming him both for what happened and for not giving Lee Garner, Jr. what he wanted, Sal asked Don: “What if it was some girl?”
And Don replied: “Then would depend what kind of girl it was and what I knew about her.”
The writers of Mad Men are about the best of any show I’ve ever seen at building on the development of their characters and layering new stories on top of old ones in a way that is so informed by the history of the show. So maybe this means that Roger and Burt and Pete all were pretty clear on ‘what kind of girl’ they think of Joan as? And maybe Don really has grown? Either way, it really shows exactly what was so affecting about this week’s episode - that it was a horrible, out of nowhere plot and yet entirely of the same cloth as the rest of the Sterling Cooper (Draper Pryce) culture has always been. Sal not only got blamed for his sexual harrassment, he was fired for not submitting to it.