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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.

Director:

Jennifer Getzinger

Writers:

Matthew Weiner (created by), Matthew Weiner | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jon Hamm ... Don Draper
Elisabeth Moss ... Peggy Olson
Vincent Kartheiser ... Pete Campbell
January Jones ... Betty Francis (credit only)
Christina Hendricks ... Joan Harris
Jared Harris ... Lane Pryce (credit only)
Aaron Staton ... Ken Cosgrove
Rich Sommer ... Harry Crane
Kiernan Shipka ... Sally Draper (credit only)
Robert Morse ... Bertram Cooper (credit only)
John Slattery ... Roger Sterling
Mark Moses ... Duck Phillips
Alison Brie ... Trudy Campbell
Matt Long ... Joey Baird
Jay R. Ferguson ... Stan Rizzo
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Storyline

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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Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

TV-14 | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 September 2010 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Trivia

When Peggy helps the inebriated Don to the restroom so he can throw up, she pauses for a moment, trying to decide if it's worse for her to go into the men's room, or to take Don into the ladies room. This gag almost didn't make it into the show. In order for it to work, both restroom doors had to be visible in a single shot. This meant that a set would have to be constructed, and the producers were hesitant to spend the money building a new set for a single scene. Ultimately it was decided that the gag was funny enough to warrant the expense. See more »

Quotes

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?
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Featured in The 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards (2011) See more »

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Bleecker Street
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Written by Paul Simon
Performed by Simon & Garfunkel
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Pack your things and leave.
26 June 2012 | by tv_is_my_parentSee 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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