“Mad Men” creator Matthew Weiner has said of the last seven episodes of the series, “each one of them feels like the finale.” As the show winds to a close, Zap2it examines the most finale-like moment of each episode.
The “Mad Men” scene that got the biggest reaction on social media Sunday night (April 19) was Glen Bishop’s attempt to make Betty his back-home girl before he shipped off to Vietnam. It even earned the official “talked about scene” designation from AMC.
The moment between Glen (creator Matthew Weiner’s son Marten) and Betty (January Jones) was likely the last viewers will see of him. It brought a relationship that started way back in Season 1 full circle, and it demonstrated some emotional growth on Betty’s part. But even though Glen is going off to war, it’s Sally’s (Kiernan Shipka) future that’s the most worrying at the moment.
“The Forecast” was the first showcase for Shipka in Season 7b, and she makes the most of it in showing Sally’s heartbreak over Glen’s decision and contempt for the way her parents act around her friends.
“Anyone pays attention to either of you, and they always do, you just ooze everywhere,” she tells Don (Jon Hamm) after he indulges her friend Sara’s come-ons a little too much at dinner. (Her “I just want to have dinner” line earlier is both perfectly delivered and a symbol of just how tired she is of her dad’s persona.)
She’s not wrong then, and she’s probably not wrong about wanting to put as much distance between herself and her parents. Don, however, is also correct to point out that like it or not, Sally isn’t so different from her mom and dad.
It could come off as Don just trying to win an argument, but what he says to her right after that actually makes for some pretty sound advice: “You’re a very beautiful girl. It’s up to you to be more than that.”
Still, it’s a lot to lay on your upset teenage daughter before she leaves on a 12-day, 12-state bus trip. In a half-season that’s structured to give send-offs to people each week, it could play as a goodbye.
Fortunately, that scene doesn’t feel as much like a “that’s a wrap on Sally” scene as Glen’s did for him, or Mathis (Trevor Einhorn) getting fired did at the office. Sally is too important a character, and too dear to many fans (and, clearly, the show’s writers) to be sent away like that.
Ken Cosgrove had his farewell scene two episodes back, and he’s in the coming attractions for next week. So let’s hope Sally comes back from her bus trip and gets to close out her story in a bigger way in an episode yet to come.