As with most great fiction, personal morality has always been a central concern for Mad Men. What makes someone a good or bad person? Do intentions count, or are we defined by our actions? Does a rough past justify selfishness now? How does the amoral nature of the advertising industry affect the people who work in it? Is Don Draper essentially good or evil? But while these questions usually linger in the background, playing out over a season or throughout the course of the entire series, Sunday’s episode thrust them to the fore. In observing how the partners of Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce react to the possibility of trading a night with Joan for the agency’s first car account, we learned a great deal about each character’s ethical compass. In the aftermath of that showstopping hour, it seems like a good time to rank SCDP’s employees from least to most morally reprehensible. Let us know if you agree in the comments.
Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce’s newest copywriter is an oddball, that’s for sure. But Michael is also the most morally upright of the bunch, often expressing disgust at his colleagues’ ruthless attitudes and callous humor. In the most recent episode, we saw him turn away uncomfortably when Megan’s friend showed up at the office to provide some, er, entertainment for the overworked men.