Roger Sterling’s visit to the psychiatrist yields two thoughtful messages. The first outlined in Part 1 was that people’s characters have an innate inertia that barrels through the gates, bridges, and doors of life. Our course remaining largely unchanged by each’s passing. The second is that each experience we encounter is like a penny we pick up off the ground and put in our pocket.
This is a fun way to look at the collection of memories we store as we move along, as pennies we collect. Each one a little different. Some are new, shiny, and magnificent while some are tarnished, scratched, and dirty. Each one has value even if we wished we never picked it up. Roger is probably wishing his collecting included more Gin, voluptuous secretaries, and cigarettes instead of divorces, whiny children, and WWII memories.
Equating experiences to pennies also makes a strong statement about who is the richest at the end. All pennies have value even if it is not apparent right away. Pick up as many as you can!