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The Suitcase 

Don deliberately delays returning an important call from California, because he knows it's bad news about Anna. Instead, he keeps himself occupied by forcing Peggy to miss her birthday dinner to pull an all-nighter with him for a client.

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It's May 25, 1965, the date of two milestones. First, it's the much anticipated heavyweight boxing rematch between Sonny Liston and Cassius Clay. All of the guys from the office are planning on watching the fight at the Loews movie theater, making a night out of it with dinner and drinks beforehand, with Roger and Don having work plans with the Ponds clients before the match. And second, it's Peggy's twenty-sixth birthday. She receives an initially intriguing birthday present from Duck, the present which she quickly realizes is less substantial than at first glance. But it ends up not being the greatest birthday for her when she and Don butt heads over the latest campaign for Samsonite, this argument for Peggy an extension of her recent negative feelings toward Don. But working on the campaign, which makes Peggy miss her birthday dinner with Mark (the dinner which for Mark is more important than he initially lets on) and Don miss both his work function with Roger and the fight, leads ... Written by Huggo

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Muhammad Ali vs. Sonny Liston II happened on May 25, 1965 in Lewiston, Maine. Ali was deemed the winner of the fight, however controversy surrounded the decision. This is one of the highest rated episodes of the series. See more »

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Miss Blankenship: [regarding the upcoming Cassius Clay/Sonny Liston boxing match] If I wanted to see two Negroes fight, I'd throw a dollar bill out my window.
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References Thunderball (1965) See more »

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Bleecker Street
by Simon & Garfunkel
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Pack your things and leave.
26 June 2012 | by (Turkey) – See all my reviews

The Suitcase is the best episode of the series so far, in my opinion. Everyone has their suitcase, everyone is ready to leave. The ones who leave take somethings from us with them. They take the priceless joy they give to us and give us the pain. That's what Anna did to Don who ignored the call from Stephanie and had a unforgettable night (at least for the viewers) with his only friend alive Peg. The development of this two's relationship in this episode is brilliant and also emotional at the end.

The Suitcase is about death, grief, being left alone and important friendships. And I give Matthew Weiner a standing ovation for writing and creating this amazing and brilliant episode (and in general the show). My vote is 10/10, undoubtedly.


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