Spoiler Alert – just in case you are slow off the mark like me and haven’t yet watched the first couple of episodes.
Roger Stirling is by far one of my favourite MM characters – so flawed and so vulnerable, he has had many experiences most psychologists would just eat up! This season is no exception. It begins with a photo shoot for the firm. Roger is frantic about where the Shoe Shine man is and when he’ll arrive.
Later on, Roger’s secretary breaks the news that his mother has died. She is grief stricken. He comforts her. “It’s okay. She was 91 years old. It was expected.”
The funeral comes and goes and Roger hasn’t cried. In fact, he has a hissy fit that everyone is stealing his thunder (thanks for vomiting in the middle of the speeches Don Draper) “This is my funeral!” His ex-wife bringing her new beau to the funeral possibly didn’t help.
We see sections of Roger on his therapist’s couch. “I don’t feel anything.”
Then, towards the end of the episode, something I didn’t see coming. Something poignant, endearing me even more to Roger’s character. This time, his secretary informs Roger that the Shoe Shine man has died. The family has sent over the shoe shine kit to Roger as he was the only person who ever asked after the dead man.
Roger takes the kit into his office. He opens it up and he cries.
Meanwhile, somewhere on Park Ave, Don Draper is having sex with a married woman, still searching for an authentic experience............