It’s been a full year since the Season 6 premiere of Mad Men aired, so you can be forgiven if you don’t fully remember everything that happened. For such a slow-paced show, the episodes are full of juicy stories and character bits. Affairs, assassinations, deaths, and Bob Benson — it’s hard to keep track. If you didn’t have the time to revisit the entire last season to prepare for Sunday’s premiere, here is a brief refresher course on the important plot points from each episode of Mad Men Season 6.
At the end of Season 5, the biggest question was whether or not Don Draper would remain faithful to Megan. This season begins with the possibly-happy couple enjoying a Hawaii vacation. Things are going smoothly for most of this two-part episode, but then it’s revealed that Don is sleeping with Sylvia (Linda Cardellini!), the wife of a doctor living in the same building.
There is death all over “The Doorway.” While on vacation, Don has a conversation with a young soldier on rest and relaxation from Vietnam who is about to get married and worries that he may not make it home alive. Don gives away the bride at the wedding. In New York City, Don’s doorman suffers a heart attack and almost dies in front of Don; Roger’s mother dies and a drunk Don throws up during the funeral. Later, Roger’s shoeshine guy dies and he’s sent the kit. Ken Cosgrove questions Pete Campbell, “Is your mother still alive?” and Don pitches an advertisement idea that makes everyone think of suicide. As expected, Don stares out of a window.
Meanwhile, Peggy is working at a new agency (but keeps in touch with Stan) and still living with her super-progressive boyfriend, Abe. Sally is becoming a wonderful sassy smart aleck and Betty is chasing down a teen runaway. The episode also introduces us to Bob Benson (James Wolk, now stuck on The Crazy Ones), the handsome and peculiar accountant who always buys two coffees at a time.