Here are some of the best and worst moments from the 2014 run of 'Mad Men'
Low: Lou is Lou
Episode: Take your pick
Why it was a low: You have to hand it to Allan Havey: after we’d only seen his character, Dancer Fitzgerald’s Lou Avery, briefly in a few previous episodes, he steps in as the new creative director at SCP and manages to be loathsome from the start. But there are shades to his villainy: he is a hard worker—even if he’s willing to let work be just good enough—and he values patriotism and loyalty, but he is about as creative as a shiitake mushroom and doesn’t value it in others, least of all in Peggy, whom he treats with disturbing condescension, even for the ‘60s. It’s only when he can pit Peggy against his bigger nemesis, Don, that he throws Peggy a few crumbs, in hopes of making both Don and Peggy miserable. At the conclusion of mid-season, we’re pretty sure that Lou is about to get the heave-ho —he’s certainly not headed to the new McCann-owned agency—but we’ll have to wait for next year to know for sure.
- Melinda Newman