In the week leading up to the Mad Men premiere The Wire will be revisiting some of the show's most important characters. Today it's Sally Draper, Don and Betty's troubled daughter.
Where She Was
When we first meet Sally, she is more of a symbol of problems in her parents' marriage than anything else. She appears in the pilot as just a sleeping figure, someone who her father kisses as he returns home to his seemingly idyllic family life. In the second episode, she is an example of her mother's carelessness, running in with a dry cleaning bag on her head. Betty obviously doesn't mind that her daughter might suffocate, but chides her about potentially leaving the clothes the bag once contained on the floor.
Season 3, Episode 4, The Arrangements: Sally's Grandpa Gene is someone she trusts. And he trusts her to an absurd degree, even letting her drive the car. When he dies she lashes out, only to be ignored by Betty who tells her to go watch TV. She lies on the floor and watches a news report on the self-immolation of Quảng Đức.
Season 4, Episode 5, The Chrysanthemum and the Sword: Better remembered as the episode in which Sally masturbates to The Man from U.N.C.L.E. Sally begins the episode inquiring about Don's date and then proceeds to give herself a haircut and ask the babysitter about sex. When she's caught "playing with herself" at a friend's house, Betty scolds her, and ends up sending her to a child psychiatrist.