Mad Men (2007 – ) is an American television drama created by Matthew Weiner. The show centers around an advertising agency in the 1960s, and its creative director, Don Draper. The show is broadcast in the United States on the AMC network.
Smoke Gets in Your Eyes [1.1]
- Don Draper: By love you mean big lightning bolts to the heart, where you can't eat and you can't work, and you just run off and get married and make babies. The reason you haven't felt is because it doesn't exist. What you call love was invented by guys like me...to sell nylons.
- Don Draper: You're born alone and you die alone and this world just drops a bunch of rules on top of you to make you forget those facts. But I never forget. I'm living like there's no tomorrow, because there isn't one.
- Don Draper: Advertising is based on one thing, happiness. And you know what happiness is? Happiness is the smell of a new car. It's freedom from fear. It's a billboard on the side of the road that screams reassurance that whatever you are doing is okay. You are okay.
- Joan Holloway: He may act like he wants a secretary, but most of the time they're looking for something between a mother and a waitress. And the rest of the time, well... Go home, take a paper bag and cut some eye holes out of it. Put it over your head, look in the mirror and try and evaluate your strengths and weaknesses. And try and be honest.
- Don Draper: We should get married.
- Midge Daniels: You think I'd make a good ex-wife?
Ladies Room [1.2]
- Roger Sterling: Psychiatry is just this year's candy pink stove.
- Betty Draper: [To her psychiatrist] I don’t know why I’m here. I mean, I do, I’m nervous, I guess. Anxious. I don’t sleep that well. And my hands. They’re fine now, it’s like when you have a problem with your car and you go to a mechanic and it’s not doing it anymore. Not that you’re a mechanic. I guess a lot of people must come here worried about the bomb. Is that true? It’s a common nightmare, people say. I read it in a magazine. My mother always told me that it wasn’t polite to talk about yourself. She passed away recently. I guess I already said that.
- Roger Sterling: You know what? I am very comfortable with my mind. Thoughts clean and unclean, loving and… the opposite of that. But I am not a woman. And I think it behooves any man to toss all female troubles into the hands of a stranger.
- Paul Kinsey: Sterling Cooper is positively Cro-Magnon. I have a friend - I’m not even going to say what agency - but all they do is smoke Mary Jane and play darts. And honestly, I think they’re the best store on the street.
Marriage of Figaro [1.3]
- Rachel Menken: It's hard to get caught in a lie.
- Don Draper: It wasn't a lie, it was ineptitude with insufficient cover.
New Amsterdam [1.4]
- Roger Sterling: I bet there were people in the Bible walking around, complaining about "kids today."
- Don Draper: Kids today, they have no one to look up to. 'Cause they're looking up to us.
- Pete Campbell: I have ideas.
- Don Draper: I'm sure you do. Sterling Cooper has more failed artists and intellectuals than the Third Reich.
- Roger Sterling: I bet daily friendship with that bottle attracts more people to advertising than any salary you can dream of.
- Don Draper: It's the way I got in.
- Roger Sterling: So enjoy it.
- Don Draper: I'm doin' my best here.
- Roger Sterling: No, you're not. You don't know how to drink. Your whole generation, you drink for the wrong reasons. My generation, we drink because it's good, because it feels better than unbuttoning your collar, because we deserve it. We drink because it's what men do.
- Don Draper: What about shaky hands, I see a lot of that with you boys?
- Roger Sterling: No joke. Your kind with your gloomy thoughts and your worries, you're all busy licking some imaginary wound.
- Don Draper: Not all imaginary.
- Roger Sterling: Yeah, boo hoo.
- Don Draper: Maybe I'm not as comfortable being powerless as you are.
- Roger Sterling: What you did is totally unacceptable.
- Pete Campbell: I realize that.
- Roger Sterling: I want you to be very clear about this: You were fired. I wanted you out. Cooper wanted you out. And you would be...if it weren't for this man. [motions to Don] He thought you deserved another chance. That's right. He fought for you.
- Pete Campbell: I don't know what to say.
- Roger Sterling: Say nothing. You are here because of Don Draper's largess.
- Pete Campbell: Thank you. Thank you so much.
- Roger Sterling: Now, I know that your generation went to college instead of serving, so I'll illuminate you. This man is your commanding officer. You live and die in his shadow. Understood?
- Pete Campbell: [nods vigorously] I won't let you down, Don.
- Roger Sterling: Jesus! Campbell...don't ever say that.
- Midge Daniels: [to Don on the phone as Peggy listens] I want you to pull my hair and ravish me and leave me for dead.
- Joan Holloway: Roger, if you had your way, I would be stranded in some paperweight with my legs stuck in the air.
- Don Draper: Mourning is just extended self-pity.
- Roy: So, what do you do, Don?
- Don Draper: I blow up bridges.
- Midge Daniels: Don's in advertising.
- Roy: No way. Madison Avenue? What a gas!
- Midge Daniels: We all have to serve somebody.
- Roy: Perpetuating the lie. How do you sleep at night?
- Don Draper: On a bed made of money.
- Midge Daniels: Isn't this an education!
- Roy: You hucksters in your tower created the religion of mass consumption.
- Don Draper: People want to be told what to do so badly that they'll listen to anyone.
- Roy: When you say "people", I have a feeling you're talking about thou.
- Don Draper: And I have a feeling that you spent more time on your hair this morning [points to Midge] than she did.
- Ken Cosgrove: [after Joan bends over in front of the one-way mirror] I wanna stand and salute that.
Red in the Face [1.7]
- Pete Campbell: You ever been hunting, Peggy?
- Peggy Olson: No, I don't think so.
- Pete Campbell: You either have or you haven't. I went a couple of times. With my uncle. New Hampshire.
- Peggy Olsen: I saw my cousin shoot a rabbit by Coney Island.
- Pete Campbell: It's an incredible sensation. You have to be very quiet. Take it down with the first shot or you scare it away. Then sometimes you have to go up and finish it off. Then you tie it to the bumper and go home. But do you know what I've always wanted to do? I would pick it up, throw its back legs over my shoulder, and I would drag it through the snow to this little cabin. And there, I'd hang it up between a couple of trees, cut it open, and drain it, dress it. Then I'd take my big hunting knife and I'd cut this loin right out the side. And I'd go into the cabin and there'd be this woman waiting for me. Standing by one of those old stoves with a big black pipe. And I'd hand it to her and she'd put it in a cast iron skillet and then I'd sit at the table. And she'd bring it to me. And I'd wipe my knife on my knee. And then I would eat it. While she watches.
- Peggy Olsen:That would be wonderful.
- Roger Sterling: [to Don, about making a pass at Betty] At some point, we've all parked in the wrong garage.
The Hobo Code [1.8]
- Midge's Friend: Dig. Ad man's got a heart.
- Midge Daniels: The grown-ups are talking.
- Midge's Friend: Don't defend him. [to Don] Toothpaste doesn't solve anything. Dacron sure as hell won't bring back those ten dead kids in Biloxi.
- Don Draper: Neither will buying some Tokaj wine and leaning up against a wall in Grand Central pretending you're a vagrant.
- Midge's Friend: You know what it's like to watch all you ants go into your hive? I wipe my ass with the Wall Street Journal.
- Woman: How come every time we have a party the ladies have to sit and listen to the men talk?
- Midge's Friend: Look at you. Satisfied, dreaming up jingles for soap flakes and spot remover, telling yourself you're free.
- Don Draper: Oh, my God. Stop talking and make something of yourself.
- Roy: Like you? You make the lie. You invent want. You're for them... not us.
- Don Draper: Well, I hate to break it to you, but there is no big lie. There is no system. The universe is indifferent.
- Midge's Friend: Aww man, why did you have to say that?
- Don Draper: [speaking to a client] Listen, I'm not here to tell you about Jesus. You already know about Jesus, either he lives in your heart or he doesn't.
- Joan Holloway: Peggy, this isn't China. There's no money in virginity.
- Roger Sterling: What else is there?
- Don Draper: I don't know. Life being lived? I'd like to stop talking about it and get back to it.
Long Weekend [1.10]
- Roger Sterling: Remember, Don...when God closes a door, he opens a dress.
- Roger Sterling: You know what my father used to say? "Being with a client is like being in a marriage. Sometimes you get into it for the wrong reasons, and eventually they hit you in the face."
- Don Draper: [to Pete Campbell] The day you sign a client is the day you start losing him.
- [a few minutes later]
- Roger Sterling: The day you sign a client is the day you start losing him.
- Don Draper: You don't really believe that.
- Pete Campbell: The president is a product. Don’t forget that.
- Roger Sterling: [after suffering a heart attack] All these years I thought it would be the ulcer. I did everything they told me, I drank the cream, ate the butter. Then I get hit with a coronary.
Indian Summer [1.11]
- Roger Sterling: Look, I want to tell you something because you're very dear to me and I hope you understand it comes from the bottom of my damaged, damaged heart. You are the finest piece of ass I ever had and I don't care who knows it. I am so glad I got to roam those hillsides.
- Joan Holloway: Stop it.
Nixon Vs. Kennedy [1.12]
- Bert Cooper: [to Pete] The Japanese have a saying: a man is whatever room he is in, and right now Donald Draper is in this room.
- Pete Campbell: What are you doing? Where are you going?
- Don Draper: I'm going to take care of this right now.
- Pete Campbell: Is this some sort of thing like in the movies where I have a gun and you don't think I'm going to shoot you? I will shoot you.
- Pete Campbell: Why can't you give me what I want? I've earned this job. I deserve it.
- Don Draper: Why? Because your parents are rich? Because you went to prep school and have a $5.00 haircut? You've been given everything. You've never worked for anything in your life.
The Wheel [1.13]
- Joan Holloway: [to Peggy about her new job] I said congratulations, didn't I? Although, sometimes when people get what they want they realize how limited their goals were.
- Don Draper: Well, technology is a glittering lure. But there is a rare occasion when the public can be engaged on a level beyond flash – if they have a sentimental bond with the product. My first job I was in house at a fur company, with this old pro of a copywriter, a Greek, named Teddy. Teddy told me the most important idea in advertising is “new.” It creates an itch. You simply put your product in there as a kind of calamine lotion. He also talked about a deeper bond with a product: nostalgia. It’s delicate, but potent. Sweetheart. [starts slide show featuring photos of Draper's family.] Teddy told me that in Greek, nostalgia literally means the pain from an old wound. It’s a twinge in your heart, far more powerful than memory alone. This device isn’t a space ship, it’s a time machine. It goes backwards, forwards. It takes us to a place where we ache to go again. It’s not called a wheel, it’s called a carousel. It lets us travel the way a child travels. Round and a round, and back home again. To a place where we know we are loved.
For Those Who Think Young [2.1]
- Doctor: So, Mr. Draper, you haven't had a physical in quite some time.
- Don Draper: Yeah. I eat a lot of apples.
- Sarah Beth: [about Arthur] We talk about you, and how Gertie has a crush on you.
- Betty Draper: She’s a sadist. I’ll see you Saturday?
- [Betty gets into the car in her dirty riding boots.]
- Sarah Beth: Don’t you hate getting manure in that?
- Betty: Little children. What’s the difference?
- Don Draper: [on being told to hire young people] So what am I supposed to do, dangle a Pepsi out the window and see if I can hook a stroller?
- Don Draper: I'm gonna ask you a question that was always asked of me when I was on job interviews.
- Smitty: That is divine, man.
- Don Draper: Have you ever been fired?
- Peggy Olson: Sex sells.
- Don Draper: Says who? Just so you know, the people who talk that way think that monkeys can do this. They take all this monkey crap and stick it in a briefcase, completely unaware that their success depends on something more than shoeshine. You are the product. You feeling something. That's what sells. Not them. Not sex. They can't do what we do and they hate us for it.
Flight 1 [2.2]
- Eugene: Hey Brooklyn, come home with me!
- Peggy Olson: Nuh-uh.
- Eugene: Why not? I live alone.
- Peggy: Why should I?
- Eugene: Because I like you and we're having a good time and I'm a good kisser and you know you want to.
- Peggy: Eugene, I'm in the persuasion business, and frankly I'm disappointed by your presentation.
The Benefactor [2.3]
Three Sundays [2.4]
- Sally Draper: [sitting in front of Joan, coloring] You've got big ones. My mommy has big ones. When I grow up, I'm gonna have big ones too.
- Don Draper: [on why he won't punish his son with violence] He's a little kid. My father beat the hell out of me, and all it did was make me fantasize about the day I could murder him. And I wasn't half as good as Bobby.
The New Girl [2.5]
- Bobbie Barrett: [to Peggy] This is America; pick a job and become the person who does it.
- [Peggy in the hospital]
- Don Draper: What's wrong with you?
- Peggy Olson: I don't know.
- Don Draper: What do they want you to do?
- Peggy Olson: I don't know.
- Don Draper: Yes you do. Do it. Do whatever they say. [leans in and whispers] Peggy, listen to me, get out of here and move forward. This never happened. It will shock you how much it never happened.
- Peggy Olson: [to Don] You'll have to believe me that I'll forget this. I don't want you treating me badly because I remind you of it.
- Bobbie Barrett: [to Peggy] You’re never gonna get that corner office until you start treating Don as an equal. And no one will tell you this, but you can’t be a man. Don’t even try. Be a woman. Powerful business when done correctly. Do you understand what I’m saying, dear?
- Pete Campbell: [to his wife, regarding their fertility issues] Either you make it through this thing or you keep it to yourself.
- Joan Holloway: [to Peggy] You want to be taken seriously? Stop dressing like a little girl.
The Gold Violin [2.7]
- Jimmy Barrett: The drunker you are, the funnier I become. ABC did research.
A Night to Remember [2.8]
- Peggy Olson: A Night to Remember is every girl's dream. It holds the wholesome promise of the kind of hand holding that eventually leads to marriage.
Six Month Leave [2.9]
The Inheritance [2.10]
- Joan Holloway: [to Roger] One day you'll lose someone who's important to you. You'll see. It's very painful.
The Jet Set [2.11]
- [Seeing people in the pool causes Pete to want to go swimming]
- Pete Campbell: Come on.
- Don Draper: You wanna be on vacation, Pete? 'Cause I can make that happen.
The Mountain King [2.12]
- Don Draper: I have been watching my life. It’s right there. I keep scratching at it, trying to get into it. I can’t.
- Don Draper/Dick Whitman: [holding out Meditations in an Emergency] Did you read it?
- Anna Draper: I did. It reminded me of New York. And it made me worry about you.
- Don Draper/Dick Whitman: What about the cards? Should I be worried?
- Anna Draper: It’s all here. You’re definitely in a strange place. But here’s the Sun.
- Don Draper/Dick Whitman: [points to Judgement card] : That can’t be good.
- Anna Draper: It is.
- Don Draper/Dick Whitman: It’s the end of the world.
- Anna Draper: It’s the resurrection. Do you want to know what this means, or not?
- Don Draper/Dick Whitman: No, I don’t. I can smell the ocean.
- Anna Draper: [points to the World card] This is the one.
- Don Draper/Dick Whitman: Who’s she?
- Anna Draper: Shes the soul of the world. She’s in a very important spot here. This is you; what you are bringing to the reading. She says you are part of the world. Air, water, every living thing is connected to you.
- Don Draper/Dick Whitman: It’s a nice thought.
- Anna Draper: It is.
- Don Draper/Dick Whitman: What does it mean?
- Anna Draper: It means the only thing keeping you from being happy is the belief that you are alone.
- Don Draper/Dick Whitman: What if it’s true?
- Anna Draper: Then you can change.
- Don Draper/Dick Whitman: People don’t change.
- Anna Draper: I think she stands for wisdom. Once you live, you learn things.
- Betty Draper: There’s a difference between wanting and having.
Meditations in an Emergency [2.13]
- Peggy Olson: Pete, just tell the truth, don’t worry about the outcome. People respect that.
- Betty Draper: Where have you been? You disappeared.
- Don Draper: I had to have some time to think about things.
- Betty: Must be nice. Needing time and just taking it, all on your own terms, not wondering what anybody thinks. Me, the children.
- Don: Bets, I’d do anything I could to undo what happened.
- Betty: What happened?
- Don: I was not respectful to you.
- Betty: Well, now I know I’m not crazy, that helps.
- Don: I can’t walk away from this, I want to be with you, I want to be together again.
- Betty: [shakes head] I don’t know. Honestly, things haven’t been that different without you.
- Father Gill: Peggy, sometimes I feel He called me to this parish to reach you.
- Peggy Olson: No, I didn’t know that.
- Father Gill: Well it’s true. Hell is serious and very real and unless you unburden yourself you cannot know peace.
- Peggy: I understand that, Father, but you’re upsetting me right now.
- Father Gill: That is your guilt, Peggy. All that God wants is for you to reconcile with him. Don’t, don’t you understand that this could be the end of the world and you could go to Hell?
- Peggy: I can’t believe that’s the way God is. Good night, Father.
- Pete Campbell: This is ridiculous. If I’m going to die, I want to die in Manhattan.
- Peggy Olson: Well, one day you’re there and then all of a sudden there’s less of you. And you wonder where that part went, if it’s living somewhere outside of you, and you keep thinking maybe you’ll get it back. And then you realize, it’s just gone.
Out of Town [3.01]
- Peter Campbell: I just wanted to let you both know how honored I am with this promotion.
- Roger Sterling: Help yourself... not the Stoli.
- Sally Draper: I'm sorry I broke your suitcase.
- Don Draper: Find out how much it is to repair and it will come out of your allowance.
- Sally Draper: I don't have an allowance.
- Don Draper: Then don't break things.
- Sally Draper: I just thought - I just didn't want you to go.
- Don Draper: Come here. [hugs her] I'll always come home. You'll always be my girl.
- Don Draper: [looking at a whiskey ad] Can you believe this? What is the world coming to?
- Sal Romano: That is a big bottle.
- Don Draper: That's not a bottle, that's a date.
- Sal Romano: My oh my, what a big bottle you have.
- Don: Sorry honey, but I'm taken. I just pawned my typewriter so we can be together all weekend.
Love Among the Ruins [3.02]
- Peggy Olson: Let’s assume we can get a girl who can match Ann-Margret’s ability to be 25 and act 14.
- Sal Romano: Is that what she’s doing?
- Bert Cooper: I don’t want to have to walk down here every time we lose an account. This is an advertising agency. I’ll wear out the carpet.
- Don Draper': And let’s also say that change is neither good or bad, it simply is. It can be greeted with terror or joy. A tantrum that says ‘I want it the way it was,’ or a dance that says ‘Look, something new.’
- Don Draper: You’re not an artist, Peggy, you solve problems. Leave some tools in your toolbox.
My Old Kentucky Home [3.03]
- Gene Hofstadt: You think money’s the answer to every problem.
- Don Draper: No, just to this particular problem.
- Roger Sterling: It's a mistake to be conspicuously happy.
- Don Draper: No one thinks you're happy. They think you're foolish.
- Peggy Olson: The thing is, I have a job. I have my own office, with my name on the door. And I have a secretary—that’s you. And I am not scared of any of this.
- Peggy Olson: I'm Peggy Olson and I wanna smoke some marijuana.
- Paul Kinsey: [after smoking marijuana] If you were feeling it, you'd be hungry.
- Peggy Olson: I am hungry. It's just not worth moving.
The Arrangements [3.04]
- Pete Campbell: Well, as they used to say at the freshman mixer, when you get a yes, you go home.
- Horace Cook, Jr.: Only, Humps, you never got one.
The Fog [3.05]
- Betty Draper: Where's Don?
- Nurse: He's in the waiting room.
- Betty Draper: Bullshit! He's never where you expect him to be.
- Don Draper: Our worst fears lie in anticipation.
Guy Walks Into an Advertising Agency [3.06]
- John Hooker: Mr. Kinsey, you might want to shave your beard.
- Paul Kinsey: What? Who the hell are you people?
- John Hooker: That was a joke.
- Roger Sterling: You think there's something feminine about it? My father was the tallest, handsomest, vainest man in New York, and he got his nails done. He had his fourth coronary behind the wheel and hit a tree. The windshield severed his arm, and he was dead, so they never put it back on. In the casket he had one hand. The nails were perfect.
Seven Twenty Three [3.07]
- Peggy Olson: [to Pete] Stop barging in here and infecting me with your anxiety.
- Peggy Olson: What do you want from me?
- Duck Phillips: I want to take you in that bedroom, lock the door, take your clothes off with my teeth, throw you on the bed and give you a go-around like you've never had.
- Roger Sterling: I watched the sunrise today. Couldn't sleep.
- Don Draper: How was it?
- Roger Sterling: Average.
- Betty Draper: [to her daughter] You don't kiss boys. Boys kiss you.
- Ken Cosgrove: New York in August? It's like a great big hairy armpit museum.
- Don Draper: Connie, this is my wife Betty.
- Connie Hilton: By golly, you are an indecently lucky man.
- Pete Campbell: Let me speak to the manager.
- Saleswoman: Of the entire store?
- Pete Campbell: Of the republic of dresses. Whoever can help me with this because you're falling short.
- Ken Cosgrove: Still working Campbell? There's no reason to show off... Cooper's in Montana, Sterling's in Jane and Draper's on vacation.
Wee Small Hours [3.09]
- Harry Crane: My mother-in-law says I look like Perry Mason.
- Paul Kinsey: It's not a compliment. It means she thinks you're fat.
The Color Blue [3.10]
- Lane Pryce: So we finally have an answer to the question 'What makes Don Draper smile?' Five thousand dollars seems to be the number.
The Gypsy and the Hobo [3.11]
- Don Draper: The product is good. It's high quality. Dogs love it, but the name is poisoned.
- Client: That name got us where we are. Do you think that was just luck?
- Don Draper: I'm not saying a new name is easy to find. And we will give you a lot of options. But it's a label on a can. And it will be true because it will promise the quality of the product that's inside.
- Anabelle: You were the one.
- Roger Sterling: You weren't.
- Don: People change their names, Bets. You did.
- Betty Draper: I did. I took your name.
- Betty Draper: What would you do if you were me? Would you love you?
- Don Draper: I was surprised you ever loved me.
The Grown-Ups [3.12]
- Pete Campbell: I found out yesterday that Head of Accounts is going to Kenny and his haircut.
- Trudy Campbell: Have you been drinking?
- Pete Campbell: The whole country is drinking!
- Peggy Olson: I have to go to the printer.
- Paul Kinsey: I know a nooner when I hear one.
- Peggy Olson: You're disgusting.
Shut the Door. Have a Seat [3.13]
- Lane Pryce: [Answers the phone to a call from London] Saint-John, how are you?
- Saint-John Powell: What in God's name is going on over there?
- Lane Pryce: I think at this point it should be very clear.
- Saint-John Powell: You're fired. You're fired for costing this company millions of pounds. You're fired for insubordination. You're fired for lack of character!
- Lane Pryce: [cheerfully] Very good. Happy Christmas!
- Lane Pryce: Mr. Hooker! I've been sacked. Please have my office and things put in storage at this address.
- John Hooker: What's happened?
- Lane Pryce: You're a sharp boy, you'll figure it out.
- Sally Draper: [to Don] You say things and you don’t mean them. And you can’t just do that.
- Don Draper: No. Because there are people out there who buy things, people like you and me. And something happened. Something terrible. And the way that they saw themselves is gone. And nobody understands that. But you do. And that’s very valuable.
- Peggy Olson: Is it?
- Don: With you or without you I’m moving on. And I don’t know if I can do it alone. Will you help me?
- Peggy: What if I say no? You’ll never speak to me again.
- Don: No. I will spend the rest of my life trying to hire you.
- Roger Sterling: [as they leave their old offices] How long do you think it'll take us to be in a place like this again?
- Don Draper: I never saw myself working in a place like this.
- Roger Sterling: Peggy, can you get me some coffee?
- Peggy Olson: No.
Public Relations [4.01]
- Roger Sterling: A wooden leg. They're so cheap they can't even afford a whole reporter.
- Roger Sterling: I love how they sit there like a couple of choirboys. You know one of them's leaving New York with VD.
- Peggy Olson: [to Don] You know something. We are all here because of you. All we want to do is please you.
- Henry Francis: [about not yet selling the house] Don, it's temporary.
- Don Draper: Believe me, Henry, everyone thinks this is temporary.
- Roger Sterling: [about Bethany Van Nuys] You hit it off, come Turkey Day, maybe you can stuff her.
Christmas Comes But Once a Year [4.02]
- Allison: Good time? Bad time?
- Don Draper: Yes.
- Lane Pryce: What about our other clients?
- Roger Sterling: We have no other clients! If Lee Garner, Jr. wants three wise men flown in from Jerusalem, he gets it.
- Don Draper: I don't hate Christmas. I hate this Christmas.
- Don Draper: How can you stand going to the hospital every day?
- Phoebe: I love working at the hospital. People comin’ into the world, people leavin’ it. Everything happens there.
- Faye Miller: In a nutshell, it all comes down to what I want versus what’s expected of me.
The Good News [4.03]
- Don Draper: We're going to the movies.
- Lane Pryce: Do you think we should?
- Don Draper: Does Howdy Doody have a wooden dick?
- Stephanie: So I’d say Laura was the worst roommate. She had a nervous breakdown. One morning she’s reading the Bible instead of her Psych book. The next morning she woke me up, leaning over me with this crazy smile, and said, ‘Morning, Stephanie. Have you heard the Good News?’
- Anna Draper: There are worse things.
- Don Draper: No there aren’t.
- Don Draper: I could tell, the minute she saw who I really was, she never wanted to look at me again. Which is why I never told her.
- Anna Draper: Oh, Dick. I’m sorry she broke your heart.
- Don Draper: I had it coming.
- Anna Draper: I started thinking of everything I was sure was true, and how flimsy it all might be.
- Don Draper: You don’t have to see a UFO to know that. But it’s not a great way to think about things.
- Anna Draper: I know everything about you and I still love you.
- Don Draper: She is very important to me. I’m going to do what I have to.
- Patty: You have no say in the affairs of this family. You’re just a man in a room with a checkbook. I’m sorry.
The Rejected [4.04]
- Don Draper: [holding up a bottle] Why is this empty?
- Allison: Because you drank it all.
- Peggy Olson: [after Joyce kisses her] I have a boyfriend.
- Joyce: He doesn't own your vagina.
- Peggy: No, but he's renting it.
The Chrysanthemum and the Sword [4.05]
Waldorf Stories [4.06]
- Peggy Olson: Have you been yelled at by Don yet?
- Stan Rizzo: I'm not scared of him.
- Peggy Olson: So that's a no.
The Suitcase [4.07]
- Don Draper: It's your job. I give you money, you give me ideas.
- Peggy Olson: And you never say thank you.
- Don: That's what the money is for!
- Don Draper: My Uncle Mac said he had a suitcase that was always packed. He said a man has to be ready to go at any moment. Jesus, maybe it's a metaphor.
- Peggy Olson: I mean, I know what I'm supposed to want, but it just never feels right, or as important as anything in that office.
- Don Draper: [about her pregnancy] Do you ever think about it?
- Peggy Olson: I try not to, but then it comes up out of nowhere. [She pauses] Playgrounds.
- Peggy Olson: What happened?
- Don Draper: Somebody very important to me died.
- Peggy: Who?
- Don: The only person in the world who really knew me.
- Peggy: That’s not true.
The Summer Man [4.08]
Don Draper: [voice-over] People tell you who they are, but we ignore it -because we want them to be who we want them to be.
Don Draper: [voice-over] When a man walks into a room, he brings his whole life with him. He has a million reasons for being anywhere. Just ask him. If you listen, he’ll tell you how he got there. How he forgot where he was going - then, he woke up. If you listen, he’ll tell you about the time he thought he was an angel and dreamt of being perfect. And then he’ll smile, with wisdom, content that he realized the world isn’t perfect. We’re flawed because we want so much more. We’re ruined because we get these things and wish for what we had.
The Beautiful Girls [4.09]
- Roger Sterling: [about Miss Blankenship] She died like she lived, surrounded by the people she answered phones for.
- Don Draper: Let yourself out, lock the door behind you...as a courtesy.
- Faye Miller: You want to leave me here? You sure?
- Don Draper: I'm taking everything interesting with me.
Hands and Knees [4.10]
Chinese Wall [4.11]
- Joan Harris: [to Roger] I'm not the solution to your problem; I'm another problem.
Blowing Smoke [4.12]
- Sally Draper: When I think about forever I get upset. Like the Land of Lakes butter has that Indian girl, sitting holding a box, and it has a picture of her on it, holding a box, with a picture of her on it, holding a box. Have you ever noticed that?
- Peggy Olson: You always say, if you don’t like what they’re saying about you, change the conversation.
- Don Draper: To what? What they’re saying about us is true.
- Don Draper: We’re Creative, the least important, most important thing there is.
- Roger Sterling: Well I gotta go learn a bunch of people’s names before I fire them.
- Pete Campbell: Yes, Don saved the company. Now go get rid of half of it.
- Don Draper: I’ve got this sick feeling in the pit of my stomach.
- Faye Miller: Listen, maybe it’s not all about work. Maybe that sick feeling might go away if you’d take your head out of the sand about the past.
- Don Draper: You know it’s not that simple.
- Faye Miller: Of course it isn’t. And you don’t have to do it alone, but if you resolve some of that, you might be more comfortable with everything.
- Don Draper: And then what happens?
- Faye Miller: Then you’re stuck trying to be a person like the rest of us.
- Don Draper: [about teenagers] The truth is, they’re mourning for their childhood more than they’re anticipating their future, because they don’t know it yet, but they don’t want to die.
- Don Draper: You don’t know anything about me.
- Megan Calvet: But I do. I know that you have a good heart. I know that you’re always trying to be better.
- Don: We all try, we don’t always make it. I’ve done a lot of things.
- Megan: I know who you are now.
- Don Draper: I don’t know what it is about you, but I feel like myself when I’m with you, but the way I always wanted to feel, because I’m in love with you Megan, and I think I have been for a while.
- Dr. Faye Miller: [about Megan] I hope she knows you only like the beginnings of things.
- Jon Hamm - Don Draper
- John Slattery - Roger Sterling
- Vincent Kartheiser - Pete Campbell
- January Jones - Betty Draper
- Christina Hendricks - Joan Holloway
- Elisabeth Moss - Peggy Olson
- Michael Gladis - Paul Kinsey
- Aaron Staton - Ken Cosgrove
- Rich Sommer - Harry Crane
- Bryan Batt - Salvatore Romano
- Robert Morse - Bertram Cooper
- Mark Moses - Herman "Duck" Phillips
- Joel Murray - Freddy Rumsen
- Colin Hanks - Father Gill
- Alison Brie - Trudy Campbell
- Anne Dudek - Francine Hanson
- Maggie Siff - Rachel Menken
- Rosemarie DeWitt - Midge Daniels
- Darby Stanchfield - Helen Bishop