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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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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
... Don Draper
... Peggy Olson
... Pete Campbell
... Betty Francis (credit only)
... Joan Harris
... Lane Pryce (credit only)
... Ken Cosgrove
... Harry Crane
... Sally Draper (credit only)
... Bertram Cooper (credit only)
... Roger Sterling
... Duck Phillips
... Trudy Campbell
... Joey Baird
... Stan Rizzo


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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5 September 2010 (USA)  »

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This episode takes place in May 1965. See more »


Don Draper: I wouldn't be good company anyway.
Roger Sterling: That's never bothered me before.
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References Thunderball (1965) See more »


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Written by Paul Simon
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Indeed the best episode of the series
9 December 2017 | by See all my reviews

I have read a lot of online reviews that this episode is by far the best of the series and the ratings on IMDb confirm this. It is certainly the highlight of the series. The true chemistry in this whole series from season 1 to season 7 is what's between Don and Peggy. It's way more intense and real than any love affair Don had with his women. When I had started watching season 1, I never predicted that Peggy would take such a central role in Mad Men, and she has done it with such charm and ease. Bravo. This episode shows depth, humanity, people could identify with Don, they could identify with Peggy and probably for the first time they could so clearly see the world through their eyes, could feel what they feel. An episode that defines the whole series. lovely.

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