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Posted at 11:33 AM ET, 07/23/2010

What happened to Chauncey and other 'Mad Men' questions that need answers

By Sarah Anne Hughes

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Posted by Sarah Anne Hughes

Like millions of other television viewers out there, I am ridiculously excited for the season premiere of AMC's "Mad Men" this Sunday. As a lover of all things sixties and scandalous, I have been hooked since the first episode. But unfortunately my impending joy is tainted by anxiety that not even a gimlet can ease.

(SEASON ONE, TWO AND THREE SPOILERS BELOW)

Season three was, how to put this, a tad disappointing. With the biggest mystery -- Who is Don Draper? -- solved -- He's some guy named Dick Whitman -- the show didn't really have a lot of places to go. I was bored by the British invasion of Puttnam, Powell and Lowe (even though some poor Brit did lose his foot to a John Deere) and by Betty's father's guess who's coming to live in your house plot line. I cringed as the delicate house of cards Draper (Jon Hamm) built for himself crumbled, as he was confronted with the many lies he told his wife Betty. I especially disliked that school teacher mistress of his. I know I screamed at the TV when Betty (January Jones) decided to fly to Reno with that cad Henry Francis to divorce Don. But finally, the fog of gloom was lifted during the last episode when our favorite characters stole all of Sterling Cooper's client information and started their own agency, Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce.

Doesn't that sound like a promising premise for the fourth season? But, before my excitement gets the best of me, I must bring up some old business. Questions like 'Will Betty and Don get divorced?' will surely be answered in season four. But I want the writers to tie up a few loose ends before season four really gets underway and/or these questions drive me crazy. We wouldn't want another "Lost" finale fiasco on our hands, would we?

Questions we need answers to after the jump.

Are Pete and Peggy ever going to have a real conversation about their love child?

While I appreciate the suspense, intense confrontations and many YouTube fan videos the Pete-and-Peggy-had-a-baby-but-no-one-talks-about-it situation have created, I'm getting a little annoyed. In season one, Peggy Olson (Elisabeth Moss) and a newly married Pete Campbell (Vincent Kartheiser) got busy in his office. The result? Peggy got pregnant, was too in denial to realize it, gave birth, went a little crazy and was rescued by Don. We spent all of season two waiting for Peggy to tell Pete and then finally she said to him, "I had your baby and I gave it away." Needless to say, Pete was a little shocked. And that was it; we haven't heard a word since. Leaving this situation as it is would almost be a deal-breaker for me. Poor little what's his name deserves some screen time!

Where is Sal?

Italian Stallion Salvatore Romano had a big secret that the writers hinted at during the first and second seasons. The handsome art director is gay. Of course, this being the early sixties, a revelation like that would mean the end of his career. In season three, Sal's world fell apart. Don found out his secret and, even though he said he wasn't interested in Sal's personal life, fired the dashing devil at the request of a vindictive client's son. It seems Sal isn't coming back. While I understand that the show needs to lose characters to introduce new ones, I demand a better farewell for Sal. We see the poor schmo in a phone booth and that's it? I'd accept even a passing mention of Sal. Something like, "Oh Sal? He's doing fine, moved to Bermuda."

What happened to Chauncey?

I will admit to you now that I ask this question for selfish reasons. We must find out what happened to Chauncey so my mother doesn't have to ask me every single time we watch the show. Don't remember Chauncey? You must not be an animal lover. He was Duck Phillips' Irish Setter who was set free onto the streets of Manhattan after his master had one too many drinks at the office. And now he's been missing since season two! While my mother does realize that Chauncey isn't real, the question -- What happened to Chauncey? -- haunts her. For both of our sakes, I hope we finally get an answer. Do you hear me, Weiner?

I know you "Mad Men" fans have questions, so share them in the comments section.

Contributor Sarah Anne Hughes would like to thank her mother for providing the inspiration for this post. We'll find Chauncey one day.

By Sarah Anne Hughes  | July 23, 2010; 11:33 AM ET
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Comments

A local blogger just posted this "Mad Men" tribute yesterday:
http://unebricoleuse.blogspot.com/2010/07/joan.html

My favorite part was the blogger's link to "The Definitive Mad Men Summer Reading List," which contains ideas for what some of the characters might have been reading during each of the seasons, as well as (on p. 4) a list of books about "Mad Men":
http://flavorwire.com/106330/the-definitive-mad-men-summer-reading-list

Posted by: Nosy_Parker | July 23, 2010 12:01 PM | Report abuse

Here's what I believe in my heart has happened in the off-screen universe: Chauncey was found on the street---happily after only half an hour of wandering around---by a tourist visiting from Ohio, who took him home to live on a farm for the rest of his long and happy life. And Sal returned to work at the old firm---which was renamed Putnam, Powell and Lowe---since they no longer had the Lucky Strike account and could afford an art director now that the very expensive Don was gone.

This season, Pete will track down the baby and Trudi will embrace him as her own. Okay, that last one isn't going to happen. Pete and Peggy will never discuss it. Ever.

Posted by: chantooz | July 23, 2010 1:28 PM | Report abuse

As I said in the other posting today, I'm sad I'm gonna miss the premiere for Mad Men but my pretend hippie rock star boyfriend Roger Clyne is in town & he insists that I show up for his concert. ;-)

He also insists that I invite all the Celebritology Island dwellers to the concert too.

http://www.thestatetheatre.com/events/e1182.xml?

Mad Men will have to wait for Monday on On Demand.

Anyhoo, I agree w/ya about Sal, I'm sad he's not part of the new company & I'd love to know where he's landed, good or bad. I thought the new company would give Sal a perfect place to shine & be out & proud.

I'm also glad I wasn't the only one that hated the teacher.

Don & Betty aren't good together yet I still feel the need to see them together.

Posted by: wadejg | July 23, 2010 1:28 PM | Report abuse

Spoiler Alert! Season 4 picks up a year later: Don & Betty divorce; she marries Henry - who hates Betty. Meanwhile, Don lives the bachelor life in Greenwich village.

Posted by: CubsFan | July 23, 2010 4:02 PM | Report abuse

Spoiler Alert! Season 4 picks up a year later: Don & Betty divorce; she marries Henry - whose mother hates Betty. Meanwhile, Don lives the bachelor life in Greenwich village.

Posted by: CubsFan | July 23, 2010 4:02 PM | Report abuse

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