"Have a drink. It'll make me look younger": The collected quips of Mad Men's Roger Sterling
Bless you, Vulture: The sly pop-culture aggregators have collected an exhaustive (and hilarious) (and brilliant) (and words to live by) list of the all-time best quips, put-downs, seductions and smartalecky defense mechanisms of Mad Men's Roger Sterling, a suave gray fox who's never short on wit and wordplay. Portrayed with equal parts dry debonair and randy rapscallion by John Slattery, Sterling zings his way through good times and bad (both his own and the '60s in general). In other words, he's nothing less than my spirit guide.
Rog has been funny from the get-go, but the recently completed half of Season 7, otherwise known as the show's last, has seen my hero in especially sharp, stellar form as he's tried to, among other derring-do, save his daughter from a commune and his best pal Don from getting the boot. Some of my fave recent lines? "Did you see we landed on the moon? Neil Armstrong, what are you going to do with the rest of your life? Screw every girl in Florida, I guess.” And this poignant, pointed epitaph for his mentor: "Poor Bert. I should’ve known it was near the end. Every time an old man starts talking about Napoleon, you know they’re going to die.”
Anyway, here's Vulture's epic list of Roger Sterling's best zingers. And here's my Feed colleague Michelle Stark's take on that dizzying, danceable midseason finale. Mad Men wraps up in 2015 -- you just know the great Roger Sterling will go out with a well-barbed bang.