I like the guy. What we first see him as is a male chauvinist pig, sure, but I feel that has to do more with his insecurities ( especially the ones that Peg arises in him, and yes, pun intended ) than any deep seated misogyny. He doesn't hate women, he just doesn't know how to deal with them ( again, especially women like Peggy ). Alot of times those 2 things are inherent to each other, but not always. I always thought it would be an interesting study to contrast him with most of the other male characters on the show, who may act more gentlemanly and respectfull to the women initially, but in the end, end up doing some pretty nasty shit to them. To me, compared to most of the other boys at SCDP, the guy seems harmless ( allthough admitedly we don't know a great many things about the character just yet to reach that conclusion, but a strong intuition tells me that's where the character is headed, or should be at any rate.)
No doubt he just exploded douchery in his first scenes in "Waldorf Stories", but once he saw how Peggy got the upper hand, his condescension was replaced by a complete and utter awe of the woman and he started acting pretty decently towards her, fast. He brought her beer, appeared genuienly upset about the possibility of her being fired and managed to be profesional enough to put all their diferences aside for their work. He did make a pass at her later in "Chinese Wall" but seemed to buy the clue that Peggy wasn't interested pretty quickly and took Peggy's rebuffing in good spirits. The lipstick incident had more to do with his obvious love of prankish frat boy humor than any malice or revenge, and judging from Peggy's reaction, that's how she saw it as well.
His being so smitten with Peggy doesn't really help me hate the character either. It's very endearing how he secretly seems to worship her, all the while cluelessly pulling her pigtails, so to speak, to get her attention.It really is kind of cute, and, because I too think that Peggy is awesome, I understand where he's coming from. Most of all he seems willing to learn, and seems eager to keep receiving everything Peggy dishes out to him. I don't think the relationship has to turn romantic for their dynamic to work either ( though I will sheepishly admit the idea wouldn't bother me at all ). Them recognizing the diferences between the image they each have of each other and who the other really is, and becoming unlikely friends and allies in the battle of the sexes would work just as well. If Stan learns a few things from her, and grows up a little I would not be at all suprised.
All in all, I find the character refreshing. I love all my Mad Men with their drinking problems, checkered pasts and tormented existences, but Stan's simplicity ( by simplicity I'm not implying stupidity, btw, as his talent seems to have earned the respect from almost all of his co-workers enough for him to have made the SCDP cut late last season) and naive goofball charm is a welcome break from the heaviness of alot of the other characters in the series.
I hope the character is fully fleshed out this season, and, as much as I love them in scenes together, I think it wouldn't hurt to get to know a little bit more about him without Peggy always being a factor.
Anyway, super excited about S5 and what's in store for all the characters, but as of now I am totally rooting for this underdog.
Edited by Bawoman, Mar 18, 2012 @ 12:45 PM.