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Peggy Olson (Character)
from "Mad Men" (2007)

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"Mad Men: The Mountain King (#2.12)" (2008)
Ken Cosgrove: Who wants a Popsicle when it's snowing ?
Salvatore Romano: Don't they sell enough during the summer ?
Peggy Olson: Obviously not.

Ken Cosgrove: Why do moms give treats ? There's no good reason.
Salvatore Romano: My mom would come out to the truck with us. She'd break the Popsicles in half, then give it to us like Jesus at the Last Supper.
Ken Cosgrove: Sounds cheap.
Peggy Olson: No. My mother did it too. It was great.
Ken Cosgrove: In Vermont we made our own ice cream. It was a pain in the ass.
Peggy Olson: Everyone breaks Popsicles in half.
Ken Cosgrove: So ?
Peggy Olson: You can do it all year 'round. It's a ritual. It's like Communion.
Ken Cosgrove: It's kind of Catholic, isn't it ?
[Sal gives Ken a look]
Peggy Olson: It's Christian - as in behavior, not religion. Let me tell you something. The Catholic Church knows how to sell things.

Peggy Olson: When I was little, my mom would take a twin pop and break it in half and give one to me and one to my sister. We were completely equal in her eyes. Beloved. Everyone does this with Popsicles, but they may not realize what it means. It has nothing to do with an ice cream truck on a hot summer day. Or the flavor. Or the color. It's a ritual. You take it, break it, share it, and love it.

Roger Sterling: [exits his office to find Peggy waiting outside] What do you want ?
Peggy Olson: I need to speak with you.
Roger Sterling: Honey, I have a 6:30 dinner reservation and unless you want to pull me there in a rickshaw, I have to get going.
Peggy Olson: Well, I'm a copywriter.
Roger Sterling: Why, did I call you something else ?
Peggy Olson: I don't know if you're aware, but I brought in the Popsicle account today. On my own.
Roger Sterling: [to his secretary] Hey, Ginger, did you hear about this ?
[to Peggy]
Roger Sterling: I gotta go.
Peggy Olson: Wait. I need my own office. It's hard to do business and be credible when I'm sharing with a Xerox machine. Freddie Rumsen's office has been vacant for some time. I think I should have it.
Roger Sterling: [smiles] It's yours.
Peggy Olson: Really ?
Roger Sterling: You young women are very aggressive.
Peggy Olson: Oh, I didn't mean to be impolite.
Roger Sterling: No, it's cute. There are 30 men out there who didn't have the balls to ask me.

Peggy Olson: [to moving man] There's a banker's box in the corner.
Paul Kinsey: What the hell is this ?
Peggy Olson: My new office.
Harry Crane: What ?
Paul Kinsey: Why don't you just put on Draper's pants while you're at it ?
Harry Crane: You have your own office ? You ? I'm the head of television and I spend the day staring at an orangutan.

Pete Campbell: [incredulous that Peggy got her own office] How the hell did you swing this ?
Peggy Olson: I'm sleeping with Don. It's really working out.

"Mad Men: The Suitcase (#4.7)" (2010)
Peggy Olson: I thought we were doing this at 9. It's 11:15.
Don Draper: I'm late, but you're not. Good work so far.

Peggy Olson: [Presenting an idea to Don] We thought that Samsonite is this very rare element, this mythical substance, the hardest on earth, and we see an adventurer leaping through a cave.
Don Draper: Is this a substance much like bullshit?

Don Draper: I gave you more responsibility and you didn't do anything.
Peggy Olson: That you like. We did work, a lot.
Don Draper: I don't care if you work ten seconds if you bring me something I like. We're gonna do this right now.
[Peggy sighs]
Don Draper: Oh, I know you have plans. You were gonna call me from a bar with an idea? You think elves do this?

Peggy Olson: [Looking at a painting in the diner] Why is there a dog in the Parthenon?
Don Draper: That is a roach. Let's go someplace darker.

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!

Peggy Olson: You never say thank you!
Don Draper: That's what the money is for!

"Mad Men: Waldorf Stories (#4.6)" (2010)
Peggy Olson: [Regarding Danny Siegel] What's his connection to Roger?
Don Draper: Besides being delusional? He's Jane Siegel's cousin.
Peggy Olson: It's a relief to see someone worse than me and really know it.

Peggy Olson: [to Stan, who is browsing a Playboy magazine] Are you gonna work or just stare at pictures of women who can't stare back?

Don Draper: You got anything on Vicks?
Peggy Olson: Actually, it's Vick Chemical.
Don Draper: Answer the question.
Peggy Olson: We're very behind. Your new art director has been waiting for synchronicity, which involves me coming up with a bunch of ideas, chasing him down and having him draw all over them, and lose them.
Don Draper: He's your new art director too, and you have a deadline. And don't think you can spend Monday hiding behind corners and trying not to make eye contact. I will find you.

Don Draper: Peggy! Take Danny over to Joan, he's starting next Monday.
Peggy Olson: Are you kidding?
Danny Siegel: You will not be sorry.
Don Draper: Go away.

"Mad Men: The Summer Man (#4.8)" (2010)
Don Draper: [Yelling through the door at Miss Blankenship] Get Joan in here!
Peggy Olson: She startles when you do that.

Peggy Olson: You need three ingredients for a cocktail. Vodka and Mountain Dew is an emergency.

Peggy Olson: [Joey is coming out from Harry Crane's office] What were you doing in there?
Joey Baird: Every place I've worked there's always some old fairy who comes on to me, but that was the weirdest by far.
Peggy Olson: Yes, everybody wants you, Joey.
Joey Baird: It happens a lot.

Peggy Olson: I'm sorry, I didn't know you were in here.
Joan Harris: Where the hell else would I be? This is my office. And you all better stop cutting through here, it's not a thoroughfare. Take the extra steps, you could use them.

"Mad Men: Lady Lazarus (#5.8)" (2012)
Peggy Olson: [On the phone] Hello.
Don Draper: It's me. Is Megan there?
Peggy Olson: Isn't she with you?
Don Draper: Yes, we're playing a hilarious joke on you.
Peggy Olson: She left a while ago to meet you at the restaurant.
Don Draper: When?
Peggy Olson: I don't know, after you called.
Don Draper: I didn't call.
Peggy Olson: Oh. Well, she must be at home.
Don Draper: I'm at home.
Peggy Olson: Maybe she went to the restaurant and missed you and now she's on her way home - I don't know where she is. Do you know where Abe is?
Don Draper: Goodbye Peggy.

Peggy Olson: That takes a lot of guts.
Michael Ginsberg: I'll tell you what takes guts: never having money for lunch. She owes me, like, $15 at this point. What am I gonna do - ask Don? Call her? I think it's clear why she left.
Peggy Olson: That's not why.
Michael Ginsberg: Well, why?
Stan Rizzo: Come on, reality got her. You work your ass off for months, bite your nails - for what? Heinz Baked Beans.

Peggy Olson: Why can't you tell Don?
Megan Draper: Tell Don I still want to be an actress?
Peggy Olson: Do you? I know copywriting is hard, but you're doing great. You shouldn't give up. I wouldn't tell you this if I didn't think you had talent.
Megan Draper: The other day they asked me to take Stan's originals down to the printer, and I thought all I have to do is throw these in the trash and they'll fire me, or at least they'd yell at me and I could cry enough and quit. And then I realized they'll never fire me.
Peggy Olson: You want to quit?
Megan Draper: I don't know. What do I do?
Peggy Olson: You know there are people killing to get this job. You're taking up a spot and you don't even wanna do it?
Megan Draper: I'm sorry I told you.
Peggy Olson: You didn't. I caught you.

"Mad Men: Flight 1 (#2.2)" (2008)
[Peggy has just met Eugene at a party; they're making out in the hallway]
Eugene: Hey Brooklyn, come home with me.
Peggy Olson: Nuh-uh.
Eugene: Why not? I live alone.
Peggy Olson: Why should I?
Eugene: [questioning] Because I like you, and we're having a good time, and I'm a good kisser and you know you want to.
Peggy Olson: Eugene, I'm in the persuasion business, and frankly I'm disappointed by your presentation.
[Peggy pats Eugene condescendingly on the chest and walks away]

Joan Holloway: People should not bring their personal problems into the office.
Peggy Olson: I agree.
Joan Holloway: Is it so hard to just leave everything at the door and just do your job?
Peggy Olson: I look forward to it.
Joan Holloway: They can't stand it. They'll drag you into the garbage out there. They just want you to be as miserable as they are. I say let them have it.

Anita Olson Respola: Gladys Rhine was asking for you at church. Babe saw your brassiere ads in the newspaper. You should see poor Donny. His skin is horrible.
Peggy Olson: Clearasil.
Anita Olson Respola: He's beyond that. It's a shame. He's a handsome boy. Lots of people was asking me about you.
Peggy Olson: It doesn't mean the same thing to me that it means to you.
Anita Olson Respola: I think your father would like it if you lit a candle for him. I pray for you. You know she lies and tells people you're out of town on business. She has some made-up church in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, where you go to mass with a friend of hers.
Peggy Olson: No one asked her to lie.
Anita Olson Respola: She's not going to be here forever. Would it kill you to go?
Peggy Olson: I don't want to. And I'm capable of making my own decisions.
Anita Olson Respola: Really? The State of New York didn't think so. The doctors didn't think so.

"Mad Men: Chinese Wall (#4.11)" (2010)
Peggy Olson: Every time something good happens, something bad happens.

Peggy Olson: That went well.
Harry Crane: You have lipstick all over your teeth.
Peggy Olson: What?

"Mad Men: Seven Twenty Three (#3.7)" (2009)
Peggy Olson: What do you want from me?
Herman 'Duck' Phillips: I wanna 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.

Peggy Olson: "Elegance and success. Duck." I wonder who wrote that for him.
Pete Campbell: I don't trust him.
Peggy Olson: Why? Because he wants us? We're very important here.
Pete Campbell: Who is? Did he put you on Hilton?
Peggy Olson: I don't know what you're talking about. Stop barging in here and affecting me with your anxiety.

"Mad Men: Public Relations (#4.1)" (2010)
Peggy Olson: [Peggy enters Don's office with a ham] They sent one for each of us.
Don Draper: Could have just as easily fired us.
Peggy Olson: But they didn't because they sold more hams, and now you get to tell them why, if you want. I think they'll be impressed.
Don Draper: Well, I'm not. I try and stay away from these kinds of shenanigans, but I guess you knew that or you would have told me.
Peggy Olson: It was going great, until it wasn't.

Peggy Olson: [to Don] You know something? We are all here because of you. All we wanna do is please you.

"Mad Men: Tomorrowland (#4.13)" (2010)
Peggy Olson: A pretty face comes along and everything goes out the window.

Joan Harris: Whatever could be on your mind?
Peggy Olson: Can you believe it?
Joan Harris: Happens all the time. They're all just between marriages, you know that. He'll probably make her a copywriter. He's not going to wanna be married to his secretary.
Peggy Olson: Really? Is that what he meant? "She admires you." Jesus.
Joan Harris: That's the way it works for some.
Peggy Olson: You know, I just saved this company. I signed the first new business since Lucky Strike left. But it's not as important as getting married. Again.
Joan Harris: Well, I was just made Director of Agency Operations. A title, no money of course. And if they poured champagne it must have been while I was pushing the mail cart.
Peggy Olson: A pretty face comes along and everything goes out the window.
Joan Harris: Well, I learned a long time ago to not get all my satisfaction from this job.
Peggy Olson: That's bullshit.
[They both laugh]

"Mad Men: Person to Person (#7.14)" (2015)
Peggy Olson: Don, listen to me. What did you ever do that was so bad?
Don Draper: I broke all my vows. I scandalized my child. I took another man's name and made nothing of it.

Peggy Olson: I just wanted to say that I'm very happy for you. And everyone's gonna miss you who doesn't hate you for getting that big job.
Pete Campbell: Ah, you're doing fine. Keep it up, you'll be a creative director by 1980.
Peggy Olson: God, that sounds like a long time.
Pete Campbell: I'm telling you, it will happen. They just have to get used to the idea. Someday, people are going to brag that they worked with you.
Peggy Olson: [flustered] What am I supposed to say to that?
Pete Campbell: I don't know. No one's ever said it to me.

"Mad Men: At the Codfish Ball (#5.7)" (2012)
Peggy Olson: I should go home and change, shouldn't I?
Joan Holloway: Or better yet: Go shopping!

Peggy Olson: I know what you did and it is a big deal. And when it happened to me, they acted like it happens all the time. It doesn't.
Megan Draper: I tried to crack that nut.
Peggy Olson: I mean, if anything, I should be jealous. But I look at you, and I feel like, I don't know, I'm getting to experience my first time again.
Megan Draper: It's a good day for me.
Peggy Olson: This is as good as this job gets. Savor it.
Megan Draper: You're right. I will.

"Mad Men: Ladies Room (#1.2)" (2007)
Paul Kinsey: [Peggy knocks on the office door; Kinsey answers from inside] Bienvenue.
Peggy Olson: [pause] No, it's Peggy...

Joan Holloway: Look at you, all in a snit!
Peggy Olson: Are you gonna watch me?
Joan Holloway: What's wrong with you?
Peggy Olson: Honestly, why is it that every time a man takes you out to lunch around here, you're... you're the dessert!
Joan Holloway: That's terrible.
Peggy Olson: It's constant from every corner. I'm from Bay Ridge. We have manners. Why can't they just leave it alone?
Joan Holloway: [sarcastic] Because men always bother you all the time. They follow you down the street.
Peggy Olson: Well, not exactly...
Joan Holloway: Look, dear, I don't know you that well, but you're the new girl, and you're not much, so you might as well enjoy it while it lasts.
Peggy Olson: Of course.
Joan Holloway: Don't be that way! I'm just offering some perspective, that's all.
Peggy Olson: [forces a smile] Thank you, Joan.

"Mad Men: Meditations in an Emergency (#2.13)" (2008)
Peggy Olson: Nuclear war... We could be gone tomorrow.
Father John Gill: Isn't that always the case?

Peggy Olson: 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.
Pete Campbell: Why would you tell me that?
Peggy Olson: I'm sorry Pete.

"Mad Men: Blowing Smoke (#4.12)" (2010)
Don Draper: You haven't said anything about the letter.
Peggy Olson: I thought you didn't go in for those kinds of shenanigans.

"Mad Men: My Old Kentucky Home (#3.3)" (2009)
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... But you're scared. Oh my god. You're scared. Don't worry about me. I am going to get to do everything you want for me. I going to be fine, Olive. I really am.

"Mad Men: Red in the Face (#1.7)" (2007)
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 Olson: 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. And sometimes you have to go up and finish it off. Then you tie it to the bumper, and you go home. But 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, drain it, dress it and then I'd take my big hunting knife and I'd cut this loin right out of 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 Olson: That would be wonderful.

"Mad Men: The Flood (#6.5)" (2013)
Peggy Olson: Don't do anything stupid.
Abe Drexler: It's too late. I'm going to Harlem in a tuxedo.

"Mad Men: Mystery Date (#5.4)" (2012)
Peggy Olson: Hold on a second. You want me to work up an entire corporate image campaign for ten dollars?
Roger Sterling: I can make you do it for nothing. I'm the boss.
Peggy Olson: You're right. The work is ten dollars. The lie is extra.
Roger Sterling: Incredible. What do you make a week, sweetheart?
Peggy Olson: Hmm, you don't know, huh? That's helpful.
Roger Sterling: You know, I could fire you.
Peggy Olson: Great. There's some portfolios in Joan's office. Maybe you could find somebody tonight?
Roger Sterling: [tormented] Why are you doing this to me?
Peggy Olson: Because you're being very demanding for somebody who has no other choice. Dazzle me.
Roger Sterling: Fine. How much you want?
Peggy Olson: How much you got?
Roger Sterling: [counts a wad of cash] Four-hundred dollars.
Peggy Olson: Give me all of it.
Roger Sterling: JEEsus!... This better be good.
Peggy Olson: You want me to take your watch?

"Mad Men: The Gypsy and the Hobo (#3.11)" (2009)
Researcher: [Annabelle Mathis and the Sterling Cooper creatives are watching a focus group of three dog owners and a researcher through the two-way mirror] How would you describe your dog's temperament?
Griffon Woman: [through mirror] She's picky and, ah, she's nervous sometimes, but she's very smart.
Researcher: [through mirror] And yours?
Mutt Man: [through mirror] He's independent, you know? He knows what he likes. He's pretty hard to fool.
Smitty: My God, they're describing themselves.
Don Draper: This your first group?
Researcher: [through mirror] What if I told you your dogs were enjoying Caldecott Farms?
Griffon Woman: [through mirror] What's it called?
Bulldog Man: [through mirror] I wouldn't like it. Bingo, stop!
Mutt Man: [through mirror] I've never heard of it.
Bulldog Man: [through mirror] Well, you should. They make it out of ponies.
Griffon Woman: [through mirror] Goodness gracious, that's this one?
Mutt Man: [through mirror] This is the first I'm hearing of this. I wish you would've told me. When people are protesting, I'm onboard.
Researcher: [through mirror] Well, what brand does your dog prefer?
Bulldog Man: [through mirror] Why would you do this to us?
Griffon Woman: [through mirror] It's inhumane!
Bulldog Man: [through mirror] Bingo looks sick.
Annabelle Mathis: [quietly] Turn it off.
Researcher: [through mirror] Would you prefer beef, or...
Don Draper: Somebody get that?
Peggy Olson: I can't turn it off, it's actually happening!
Don Draper: [irritably] Turn off the *sound*.

"Mad Men: The Arrangements (#3.4)" (2009)
Karen Ericson: Everyone on the first floor loved your humourous ad. You seem like someone I could really be friends with, not like the last girl.
Peggy Olson: [awkwardly] Well, I'm fun! And I love to have... fun.
Karen Ericson: She was always keeping her door shut, and I think you should only close your door for one reason.
Peggy Olson: What's that?
[Karen smiles and raises her eyebrows]
Peggy Olson: Oh!
Karen Ericson: I just don't get along with women like I do men, but she left to get married, so I must be some kind of good-luck charm. Do you have a steady?
Peggy Olson: No, I- I'm still playing the field.
Karen Ericson: There are so many interesting men out there. Except sailors. I have a couple of rules. One of them is I don't like sailors.
Peggy Olson: [confused] No sailors, I agree.
Karen Ericson: So Peggy Olson, I have to ask: are you Swedish? Because I am.
Peggy Olson: [apologetically] Norwegian.
Karen Ericson: Well, we won't tell my parents. I'll make appointments and come by at five. Or do you want your girl to do it?
Peggy Olson: I finish up around six.
Karen Ericson: Well, then tomorrow?
Peggy Olson: Most days. Can we look on Saturday? Oh, but not this Saturday, I...
Karen Ericson: You work on Saturday?
Peggy Olson: Not every Saturday. And Saturday nights, never. I'm out in the city... ready for fun...

"Mad Men: The Rejected (#4.4)" (2010)
Peggy Olson: Did you know Malcolm X was shot last Sunday?
Joey Baird: Yes, Peggy.
Peggy Olson: Well, did you know who he was?
Joey Baird: Do you ever read the stuff between the ads?

"Mad Men: Dark Shadows (#5.9)" (2012)
Peggy Olson: Am I the only one who can work and drink at the same time?

"Mad Men: Far Away Places (#5.6)" (2012)
Peggy Olson: Why didn't you tell me you had a family? Your father is nice.
Michael Ginsberg: He's not my real father. People don't understand.
Peggy Olson: Are you adopted?
Michael Ginsberg: Actually, I'm from Mars. It's fine if you don't believe me, but that's where I'm from. I'm a full-blooded Martian. Don't worry, there's no plot to take over Earth. I'm just displaced.
Peggy Olson: [laughing] Okay.
Michael Ginsberg: I can tell you don't believe me. That's okay. We're a big secret. They even tried to hide it from me. That man, my "father", told me a story I was born in a concentration camp, but you know that's impossible. And I never met my mother because she supposedly died there. That's convenient. Next thing I know, Morris there finds me in a Swedish orphanage. I was five; I remember it.
Peggy Olson: That's incredible.
Michael Ginsberg: And then I got this one communication. A simple order. "Stay where you are."
Peggy Olson: Are there others like you?
Michael Ginsberg: I don't know. I haven't been able to find any.

"Mad Men: The Crash (#6.8)" (2013)
Stan Rizzo: You got a great ass.
Peggy Olson: Thank you.

"Mad Men: Shut the Door. Have a Seat (#3.13)" (2009)
Roger Sterling: Get me some coffee, will you?
Peggy Olson: No.

"Mad Men: Indian Summer (#1.11)" (2007)
Peggy Olson: Those people - in Manhattan - they are better than us. Because they want things they haven't seen.

"Mad Men: Smoke Gets in Your Eyes (#1.1)" (2007)
Joan: Dr. Emerson's a dream, isn't he?
Peggy: He seemed nice.
Joan: He has a place in South Hampton. I'm not saying that I've seen it, but it's beautiful.

"Mad Men: Six Month Leave (#2.9)" (2008)
Peggy Olson: You just don't imagine her ever being alone. She was so famous.
Hollis: Some people just hide in plain sight.

"Mad Men: For Those Who Think Young (#2.1)" (2008)
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 just stick it in a briefcase completely unaware that their success depends on something more than their 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.

"Mad Men: Tea Leaves (#5.3)" (2012)
Don Draper: Your plate is full and frankly Mohawk is going to insist on a regular copy writer.
Roger Sterling: Someone with a penis.
Peggy Olson: I'll work on that...

"Mad Men: Love Among the Ruins (#3.2)" (2009)
Peggy Olson: I understand why you like this, but it's not for you. I'm the one who'd be buying Patio.
Harry Crane: You're not fat any more.
Peggy Olson: [pause] Thank you.

"Mad Men: Shoot (#1.9)" (2007)
Peggy Olson: I know what men think of you: That you're looking for a husband, and you're fun. And not in that order.
Joan Holloway: Peggy, this isn't China. There's no money in virginity.

"Mad Men: The Grown-Ups (#3.12)" (2009)
Peggy Olson: What are you doing here?
Don Draper: The bars are closed.