The 'Mad Men' Awards: Celebrating the Best (and Worst) of Season 6
Elisabeth Moss as Peggy Olson, left, and Kevin Rahm as Ted Chaough in a scene from 'Mad Men.' (AMC, Michael Yarish)
Last night's "Mad Men" finale wrapped up what turned out to be a pretty strong season: a step down from the pinnacle of Season 4, perhaps, but a worthy companion to last season, if not a shade better.
We already covered Don Draper in our season-finale recap, but before we shut out the lights at Sterling Cooper & Partners, let's give out a few awards to the rest of Season 6's highlights while we savor our final whiskey of the year.Best (Doomed) Romance: Peggy and Ted Chaough
Peggy actually found an intellectual equal this season in the turtleneck-loving Ted Chaough, who admired her ad-writing skills… and, um, her bod. And they actually consummated their illicit affair last night, which we found ourselves rooting for despite the fact that Ted is married. Ted realized that fact, too, which is why he asked Don to give up his spot in California so Ted could move there with his family and leave a broken-hearted Peggy behind. Let's not forget Peggy also stabbed her live-in boyfriend Abe earlier this season, so things aren't looking too hot for her love life right now. Although Stan Rizzo and his beard are always waiting in the wings…Best Comeback: Betty Francis
After being stuck underneath a fat suit and guzzling whipped cream straight from the can last season, Don's ex-wife Betty Francis (and actress January Jones) roared back with a vintage year. Betty dropped the extra pounds, went back to blonde (hey, it works for her), and even bedded Don again in a steamy summer-camp tryst… just to prove to herself that she could. We like Betty when she's confident and in full command of her faculties. Can't wait to see her waving to the crowd as the wife of a state Senator.Most in Need of a Good Shrink: Sally Draper
The future psychiatry bills just keep piling up for poor Sally Draper, don't they? (Don should just set aside some cash now and start a fund.) She survived a traumatizing break-in attempt; she walked in on her dad, um, "comforting" his downstairs neighbor (while she was crushing on the neighbor's son, no less); and she narrowly avoided being sexual assaulted during her first few days at prep school. It's a sad day when that weird neighbor boy Glen is her knight in shining armor.