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12 Don Draper Scenes in Mad Men That Are Unforgettable
By LIAM GAUGHAN
Person to Person
In "Mad Men" series finale, Don Draper tries to hold onto his past relevance, with no friends or family by his side. It’s implied that he'll go on to create Coca-Cola’s iconic “Hilltop” ad in 1971, but during his memorable last scene at the beach, Don can only peacefully meditate, having finally accepted himself and his uncertain fate.
The Suitcase
One of the best dynamics in “Mad Men” is that between Donn and his secretary and copywriter, Peggy Olsen. After spending an evening working on a campaign together and learning more about each other, Don breaks down in front of Peggy when he finds out his ex-wife Anna has died from cancer; it’s the first time Don shows his vulnerability to anyone.
The Jet Set
One of the major themes of “Mad Men” is Don’s pursuit of happiness, which he never seems to obtain, including in his relationships. His peculiar, dreamlike affair with Joy during a business trip makes the audience question if the events are real, especially since Joy encompasses everything Don wants in a relationship: all the passion, none of the commitment.
Red in the Face
While Don is not a good husband to Betty Draper, he does show that he cares for in a hilarious, childish way in this scene. After Don finds out that Roger flirted with Betty, he takes him out for seafood and pays the elevator boy to tell Roger that the elevator isn’t working, which leads to Roger having to take the stairs and becoming nauseous.
In Care Of
Don's daughter Sally hates her father for his affair with Sylvia Rosen, but she sees a different side to him in this scene. After Don picks Sally up from school when she gets in trouble for getting drunk, he takes her and her brothers to his rundown childhood home to show her that he hadn’t always lived the life of excess that he has now.