• Joan

It came as no surprise. You couldn’t imagine Greg ever becoming an important part of Mad Men, but Joan is a mainstay. He’d stunned her with the news that despite their baby he was going back to Vietnam to spend another year there as a doctor. Besides, it wasn’t his baby.

Even so, it was riveting television in last week’s episode when Joan gave Greg his walking papers.

It happened at breakfast. Here’s the scene:

Joan: I’ve been thinking about it and I want you to go.

Joan’s mom (who’s visiting): I’ll put this away.

She exits with the coffee pot.

Greg: I’m glad you came around. It’s only a year.

Joan: No. I want you to go and never come back.

Greg: Damn Joannie. They need me.

Joan: Well then, it works out. Because we don’t.