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Jul. 19, 2007
60 min.
AMC TV Network

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Mad Men

It's New York in the 1960s, and the men and women who work at the Sterling Cooper Advertising Agency are some of the top names in the industry. Master manipulator and leading ad man Don Draper is at the top of his game, but there are those who want to see him topple down. Can he maintain his formidable status?

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Salvatore "Sal" Romano (Bryan Batt): The Italian-American art director at Sterling Cooper. Sal is the only "ethnic" in a high-level position at the agency, and is also a closeted gay man. Reluctant to act upon his homosexuality, he twice avoided sexual encounters with different men. By 1962[episode needed], Sal had married Kitty, who seems unaware of Sal's sexual orientation, yet is nonetheless starting to realize that something is amiss in their relationship. The issue of being closeted for Sal is shown in brief but stark contrast against the newly evolving social attitudes toward homosexuality. Sal's secret crush on Ken Cosgrove comes uncomfortably and awkwardly close to being revealed during a dinner in Sal's apartment. Later, when a recently hired young advertising exec, Kurt, casually announces his homosexuality, Sal remains painfully silent while his fellow co-workers speak disparagingly about Kurt. In the premiere of Season 3, Sal has a brief interrupted homosexual encounter with a hotel employee while in Baltimore, the end of which Don witnesses. In Episode 9 of Season 3, Sal rebuffs the sexual advances of a very important male client. Angered by the rejection, the client demands that Sal be removed from the campaign, and Roger Sterling Jr. fires Sal in order to appease the client and his $25 million account. At the end of the episode, Sal is seen calling his wife Kitty from a phone booth in a gay cruising area (presumably in Central Park). On the phone, Sal was explaining to Kitty that he would be home late. Sal did not appear again during the rest of the third season.

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