Ready for Mad Men season 5? Here's a season 4 refresher
It's finally here -- Mad Men returns to AMC with season five! Refresh your memory on season four before tonight's two-hour homecoming premiere.
All throughout season four, we devout Mad Men fans watched how Don, Bert, Roger and Lane pooled their fortunes together to start their own advertising firm, Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce. But shifting from a huge high rise to a tiny office -- one that shrinks even more after lost accounts and many necessary layoffs -- has had its struggles for every key member on the team.
The season chronicled Don's affairs as a truly single man for the first time. Far away from former wife Betty Draper, he lives alone in an apartment that rotates a string of single women more often than his kids stay over to visit. He quickly grew close to one -- Dr. Faye Miller -- but found her subpar when her maternal instinct was nothing in comparison to that of his secretary, Megan Calvet. The season wraps with Don's proposal to Megan, which shocks everyone in the office, including himself.
From firing a chauvinistic artist to bringing in the first account after a dry spell, Peggy Olson spent the season fighting for her right to be taken seriously in the office as much as she does to keep SCDP's business afloat. However, she is also Don's right-hand "man" and is incredibly worried that he's making the same mistake of hiding behind a traditional wife with Megan as he did with Betty.
The former Mrs. Draper somehow got through her toughest season yet -- a messy divorce, a new marriage and a necessary move from the only house (and housekeeper) that her children have ever known. Betty finds herself escaping from one bad marriage to another, and realizing that though these men aren't perfect, she is the common denominator between the two. She too is shocked to see Don engaged to a woman who is much better with her own kids than she is.
SCDP's account man struggled to keep crucial clients happy, and money is of the essence as he and his wife finally find themselves with child, after a year of infertility. He managed to stay quiet about Don Draper's darkest season for yet another season, but who knows if he'll pop the lid on that one this time around.
Top account partner Roger Sterling isn't happy in his second marriage to Don's former secretary, even though he's penned a memoir about his road to advertising success. After losing SCDP's largest account, calling for a huge portion of the staff to be laid off, he constantly ran to Joan for support -- and one night, after the two are mugged, she gave in, leaving his longtime love pregnant while her husband is away in Vietnam.
As her husband Greg can't find work as a surgeon in NYC, he enlists in the Vietnam War effort, leaving Joan Harris lonely at home and occasionally weak at the office. After a moment of passion with Roger, Joan opted to "take care of it" and end the affair -- but the season wraps with the reveal that Joan never went through with the abortion and is hoping to pass off her baby as one made with her husband before he left!
Now that you're all caught up, tune into Mad Men tonight at 9 p.m. EST!