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Mad Men

The Final Season, Part 2

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Set in the captivating world of 1960s New York, Mad Men follows iconic ad man Don Draper, his colleagues and his family for one final time.

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Jan 13, 2016

Nurse: Dr. Buckley will be right with you, Mrs. Robinson.
Betty: It's Mrs. Francis.
Nurse: Oh, the boys who dropped you off said that was your name.
Betty: I think that was a joke.

Real estate agent: I'm not a magician. I have to show it to people with their eyes open. And you know what it looks like? It looks like a sad person lives here. And what happened to him? He got divorced, spilled wine on the carpeting and didn't care enough to replace it. Even for himself.
Don: Don't blame your failure on me.
Agent: This place reeks of failure. It is an $85,000 fixer-upper.
Don: A lot of wonderful things happened here.
Agent: Well, you wouldn't know it.

Nixon on TV: 10 days ago with my report to the nation on Vietnam, I announced the decision to withdraw an additional 150,000 Americans from Vietnam over the next year. ...

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Jan 13, 2016

Don: What do you see for the future?
Peggy: Well, ah... is that on there?
Don: No. I'm just curious.
Peggy: I'd like to be the first woman creative director at this agency. Is that funny to you?
Don: No, I'm impressed that you know exactly.
Peggy: What else is there?
Don: That's what I'm asking. Let's say you get that. What's next?
Peggy: Land something huge. Create a catchphrase.
Don: So you want fame.
Peggy: Yes.
Don: What else?
Peggy: I don't know.
Don: Yes you do.
Peggy: Create something of lasting value.
Don: In advertising.
Peggy: This is supposed to be about my job, not the meaning of life.
Don: So, you think those things are unrelated?
Peggy: I didn't know you'd be in a mood.
Don: Do you want me to do this or not?
Peggy: Why don't you just write down all of your dreams, so I can shit on them?

Betty: I know it's beyond your experience, but people love to talk to me. They seek me out to share their confidences.
Don: It should be fascinating for everyone involved.

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Jan 13, 2016

Diana: I told you about my heart. I don't want to feel anything else. When I was with you, I forgot about... her. I don't ever want to do that.

Sally: Sarah is 17, you know.
Don: I'm well aware of that, Sally.
Sally: But it doesn't stop you. And it doesn't stop Mom. Anyone pays attention to either of you, and they always do, and you just ooze everywhere.
Don: Your friend's a fast girl, Sally. I didn't want to embarrass her.
Sally: You know what I'm gonna write down for my dream? I want to get on the bus and get away from you and Mom and hopefully be a different
person than you two.
Don: Hey. I'm your father. And you may not want to listen to this, but you are like your mother and me. You're gonna find that out. You're a very beautiful girl. It's up to you to do more than that.

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Jan 13, 2016

Betty: Well... there are going to be boys everywhere and you're going to be away from home, so I hope you have the good sense to not act like you've been let out of a cage.
Sally: I'm sorry, Mother, but this conversation is a little late.
Betty: And so am I. Everything is a joke to you.

Richard: This is not how I saw things. I have a plan which is no plans. … You can't go to the pyramids. You can't go anywhere.

Don: How do I describe California in a way that doesn't make them jealous?
Ted: Tell them my ex-wife lives there.

Bert: You've been driving for 7 hours... in the wrong direction. Where are you going?
Don: Racine, Wisconsin.
Bert: What's in Wisconsin? Some waitress who doesn't care about you? Don't do that.
Don: That's not going to stop me.
Bert: You like to play the stranger.
Don: Remember On the Road?
Bert: I've never read that book. You know that.
Don: I'm riding the rails.

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Jan 13, 2016

Sally: He doesn't know you won't get treatment because you love the tragedy.
Betty: Sally, I've learned to believe people when they tell you it's over. They don't want to say it, so it's usually the truth.
Sally: Henry says you could have a year.
Betty: And what would that year be like?
Sally: I'll be with you. I won't let you give up!
Betty: I know that. But I watched my mother die. I won't do that to you. And I don't want you to think I'm a quitter. I've fought for plenty in my life. That's how I know it's over. It's not a weakness. It's been a gift to me. To know when to move on.

Betty: I used to worry about you because you marched to your own drummer. But now I realize that's a good. Your life will be an adventure. I love you. Mom.
Betty: Don, honey, I-- I appreciate your intentions. I really do. But I'm not going to waste the rest of my time arguing about this. I want to keep things as normal as possible, and you not being here is part of that.

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Jan 13, 2016

Don: I messed everything up. I'm not the man you think I am.
Peggy: Don, listen to me. What did you ever do that was so bad?
Don: I broke all my vows. I scandalized my child. I took another man's name and made nothing of it.
Peggy: That's not true.
Don: I only called because I realized I never said goodbye to you.

Leonard: I don't know. It's like no one cares that I'm gone. They should love me. Maybe they do, but I don't even know what it is. You spend your whole life thinking you're not getting it, people aren't giving it to you. Then you realize they're trying. And you don't even know what it is. I had a dream I was on a shelf in the refrigerator. Someone closes the door and the light goes off. And I know everybody's out there eating. And then they open the door and you see them smiling and they're happy to see you. But maybe they don't look right at you and maybe they don't pick you. Then the door closes again. The light goes off.

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Jan 13, 2016

Marie (in French:) What will I do when you disappear? I'll starve! I'll be walking the streets of Manhattan with a tiny suitcase and a dollar in my pocket!
Roger: All I got was "suitcase". Yell at me slower, or in English.

Stephanie: Like I'm a little girl and my parents are looking at me the way that they look at me now. Like all I do is screw up. "You shouldn't have dropped out of school. You shouldn't have been with a lowlife. Shouldn't have gotten pregnant. You should have loved being a mother." Life is full of "shoulds." …
Angie: What I feel when I hear about your baby is sadness. My mother left, and I can tell you that your baby is going to spend the rest of his life staring at the door waiting for you to walk in.

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8honcho8
Jul 31, 2017

I always found watching this series very calming. It's like watching a soap opera with a brain. I've seen every season multiple times. Jon Hamm, no great shakes as a actor was perfect for the shallow haunted Don Draper. I envy people that haven't seen this yet.

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lukasevansherman
Feb 19, 2016

And so we say goodbye. "Mad Men" have had to a patient lot, as there have often been considerable gaps between seasons and they split the final into two parts. Part one was good, if occasionally wobbly, but part two ends it in fine fashion. Wrapping up an influential and beloved show is tricky, but for the most part, they pull it off. It feels more focused then some previous seasons with the story coming back to the core characters: Don, Peggy, Joan, Roger, Pete. By now it should be clear that Joan and Peggy are the most compelling characters and they both get a good chunk of screen time. Don is more incidental to the plot, as he spends much of the series in California. As always, the style, clothes, and design are terrific, even as the show's entering the uglier 70s. One of the defining shows of our time.

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Jan 13, 2016

Agree that this final installments of Draper and his sidekicks would be merely good if not for fans who wanted more of them. Most actors had not aged well as they all started at their primes 7 years ago ... but that's expected right? Writers gave closure on the Ad Agency regulars, Don's ex's and Dick's widow Anna. Chalk this series up as one of the best 1960s period drama ever. BTW, great music from the 1960's and David Bowie "Space Oddity - Major Tom" was the closing song in one of last episodes - Major Don? Also see under Videos the seminal commercial at the final episode "I'd like to buy the world a Coke" AKA "I'd like to teach the world to sing." (The Special Features: "Earth Day," "Laurel Canyon," and "Unmarried Professional Woman" are all worth a watch.)

patcumming Dec 11, 2015

So long Mad Men. Thanks for 7 great seasons.

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gogo12127
Nov 16, 2015

One of the truly hallmark series in television history, I'm sorry to see it go. Consistently well written throughout its run.

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