Today, we look at perhaps the most famous piece of dialogue from one of the greatest TV shows of all-time, Mad Men.
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There really isn’t a central relationship in the acclaimed TV series, Mad Men, about a New York ad agency during the 1960s, unless you perhaps want to say that the show is about the relationship between Don Draper (Jon Hamm) and his own narcissism, but the closest the show comes to a central relationship otherwise is between Don and his protege, Peggy Olson (Elizabeth Moss), a secretary with impressive writing skills that Don promoted to becoming a copywriter at a time when there were very few female copywriters.
As the series continued, Peggy and Don’s relationship became more and more complicated, likely coming to a head in Season 4’s “The Suitcase,” one of the best episodes of the entire series (if not the best period). Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce won an award for a commercial for Glo-Coat, with Don getting the credit for the award, but Peggy having come up with the initial idea for the ad (or at least the basic plot of a kid being locked in a closet while his mother mopped the kitchen. Don then turned that idea into a whole western themed commercial) leads to her resenting Don for not giving her enough credit for her work.
This lead to the following iconic exchange…
Don Draper: That’s how this works. I pay you for ideas.
Peggy Olson: You never say “thank you”!
Don Draper: That’s what the money is for!
Eventually, Peggy leaves the firm (but she comes back after the firm she left to join merges with Sterling Cooper). Their relationship was such a great piece of the show.
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