Revised Pink April 20, 2006
Full Revised Blue April 18, 2006
Production Draft April 3, 2006
Mad Men --
A term coined in the late nineteen-fifties to describe the advertising executives
of Madison Avenue.
They coined it.
1 TITLE CARD "MAD MEN" 1
Images and sounds from late 1950's and early 60's
advertising: Doctors selling cigarettes. Athletes selling
liquor. Bathing suit models with vacuum cleaners.
And most importantly, proud Dads with their perfect wives and
children driving their cars to some green suburban utopia.
We get a sense of the time and its ideals.
END TITLE SEQUENCE.
2 TITLE CARD "MANHATTAN - 1960" 2
3 EXT. MANHATTAN STREET - NIGHT 3
Stock footage of late 50's - early 60’s Manhattan - night-
time shots of vintage skyscrapers, traffic, and people.
4 INT. KNICK KNACK BAR 4
Vinyl upholstery and mirrored walls, but brand new. It's
after work, but the women have their hair done and each man's
tie is pushed to the top of his collar. Highballs and
martinis clink under quiet music and everywhere are the
sights and sounds of smoking.
Alone in a red corner booth is DON DRAPER, early 30's,
handsome, conservative, and despite his third old fashioned,
he is apparently sober. He is doodling on a cocktail napkin.
He crosses something out, puts down his fountain pen, and
taps a cigarette out of a pack of "Lucky Strike".
The BUSBOY, a middle-aged black man, too old for his tight
Yeah. Got a light?
The busboy pulls out a pack of matches from the back of his
'Old Gold’s' and lights Don's cigarette. *
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4 CONTINUED: 4
Ah, an 'Old Gold' man. *
'Lucky Strike', here.
There is an awkward silence. The busboy starts to walk away.
Can I ask you something? Why do
you smoke 'Old Gold'? *
The busboy seems flustered and looks around nervously. The
burly white BARTENDER approaches.
I'm sorry sir. Is Sam here
bothering you? He can be a little
No, we're actually having a
conversation. Is that okay?
Can I get you another drink?
(points to drink)
Do this again. Old Fashioned,
The bartender walks off.
So, obviously you need to relax
after working here all night.
I guess. I don't know.
What is it, low-tar? Low-nicotine?
Those new filters? I mean, why
"Old Gold"? *
They gave them to us in the
service. A carton a week for free.
So you're used to them. Is that
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4 CONTINUED: (2) 4
Yeah, they're a habit.
So I could never get you to smoke
another kind? Let's say, my
I love my Old Gold. *
Let's just say tomorrow a tobacco
weevil comes and eats every last
Old Gold on the planet. *
That's a sad story.
Yes, it's a tragedy. Would you
just stop smoking?
I'm pretty sure I'd find something.
I love smoking.
(writing as he speaks)
"I love smoking". That's very
My wife hates it. "The Reader's
Digest" says it will kill you.
Yeah, I heard about that.
Ladies love their magazines.
Yes, they do.
Scene 2 - Late Night Conversation
5 INT. APARTMENT HALLWAY - LATER 5
Don, hat in hand, knocks on the door. He waits a beat and
checks his watch. It's midnight. The door opens to reveal
MIDGE DANIELS, a sexy no nonsense woman about Don's age
wrapped in a red kimono.
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5 CONTINUED: 5
You weren't worried about waking
me, were you?
Am I interrupting anything?
No, only my work.
She turns and Don follows her shapely form into the
6 INT. MIDGE'S APARTMENT - CONTINUOUS 6
The apartment has a huge glass view of Manhattan and is
decorated in Swedish modern: chrome, teak, and white. In the
center of the room, under a large mobile, is a queen-size bed
on a platform.
Midge walks to her drafting table where she is working. Don
sits on the edge of the bed.
Well, you're lucky I'm still up
working. And that I'm alone.
How's it going?
They invented something called
"Grandmother's Day". It ought to
keep me busy drawing puppies for a
She holds up a few of the greeting cards that she has been
Can I run a few ideas past you?
Midge smiles and heads to the bar to fix a couple of drinks.
Does that mean what I think it
means? Because I'm familiar with
most of your ideas.
Don starts leafing through his pockets, pulling out napkins.
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6 CONTINUED: 6
I have this situation with my
Wow, you really are here to talk.
The Trade Commission is cracking
down on all of our health claims.
I get "Reader's Digest".
(handing him a drink)
This is the same scare you had five
years ago. You dealt with it. I
know I slept easier knowing that
But that's the problem. The whole
"safer cigarette" thing is over.
No more doctors, no more
testimonials, no more cough-free,
soothes your t-zone, low-tar, low-
nicotine, filter-tipped, nothing.
It's over. All that's left is a
crush-proof box and "Four Out of
Five Dead People Smoked Your
Don drains his drink. Midge puts on a record. She sits
behind him on the bed, starts rubbing his neck.
Is this the part where I say, "Don *
Draper is the greatest ad-man ever
and his big strong brain will find
a way to lead the sheep to the *
Don grabs her hands over his shoulders, pulls her over and
kisses her on the lips lightly.
I don't want to go to school
Are you going to pitch it to me or
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6 CONTINUED: (2) 6
Midge, I'm serious. I have
nothing. I'm over and they're
finally going to know it. The next
time you see me there'll be a bunch
of young executives picking the
meat off my ribs.
That's a pretty picture.
What's your secret?
Nine different ways to say, "I love
She opens her kimono revealing she has nothing on underneath
and pulls Don's head to her chest. As she smiles with
Scene 3 - Late Night Visit
7 INT. MIDGE'S APARTMENT - MORNING 7
Don is laying on Midge's chest. Midge smokes a cigarette.
Don looks off towards the skyline.
We should get married.
You think I'd make a good ex-wife?
Don sits up and grabs a cigarette off the end table.
I'm serious. You have your own
business and you don't care when I
come over. What size Cadillac do
Midge lays on the bed completely naked, staring at Don.
You know the rules. I don't make
plans and I don't make breakfast.
She smiles a little and throws Don his watch. He puts it on.
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7 CONTINUED: 7
Sterling is having the tobacco
people in nine hours. I have
People love smoking. There's
nothing that you, the Trade
Commission, or "Reader's Digest"
can do to change that. *
There's a kid who comes by my
office everyday and looks where
he's going to put his plants.
Is he handsome?
8 EXT. TOWERING MANHATTAN SKYSCRAPER - MORNING 8
From the air, we see an elegant modern glass building.
Below, the hats on the tops of men's heads swarm like ants
through revolving doors.
9 INT. ELEVATOR 9
A middle-aged black man mans the controls of the crowded
elevator. Three young execs, KEN, DICK, and HARRY, in
apparently identical suits take off their hats and crowd to
the back of the elevator.
Oh, but not right away.
An attractive YOUNG SECRETARY, holding her purse to her
chest, steps on the elevator and turns her back to them. The
three men look her over and nod to each other approvingly.
(to the operator)
Pal, can you take the long way up?
I’m really enjoying the view here.
The secretary looks down. The operator says nothing. Dick
slouches against the back wall.
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9 CONTINUED: 9
You going to Campbell's bachelor
Yeah, I want to be there before
they tie an anchor around his neck
and drag him out to sea.
I heard she's a nice girl.
Who wants that?
10 INT. STERLING COOPER AD AGENCY - CONTINUOUS 10
We follow the threesome as they wind down the hall of the
busy office. It's ultra-modern with teak panelling and
What did you do that for? She'll
probably be assigned to one of us.
Then she'll know what she's in for.
Besides, you have to let them know
what kind of guy you are. Then
they'll know what kind of girl to
I have a feeling we won't be going
to your bachelor party anytime
Yeah, well, compared to Campbell,
I'm a boy scout.
They walk past an attractive secretary, HILDY, who stands up
as if to stop them.
Excuse me, is he expecting you?
He's not expecting anything.
Ken holds his finger to his lips as the three men burst open
the door to see --
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Scene 4 - Pete's Bachelor Party Plans
11 INT. PETE’S OFFICE - DAY 11
PETE CAMPBELL. He is mid-twenties, charming, all-American,
and on the phone.
Oh, honey, don't worry, I'll get
home safely. I have an important
appointment right now, so why don't
you go shopping or something? Take
your mother to lunch, tell her it
was my idea.
Wow, he's good.
The three guys, Ken, Dick, and Harry, settle into different
places around the office. A few of them light cigarettes.
It's just a bachelor party. ...
No, I really don't know what they
have planned, but judging from the
creative brainpower around here,
we'll probably end up seeing "My
Ken looks offended and takes a card out of his pocket with a
drawing of a stripper, on it is written "The Slipper Room".
He holds it up for Pete.
(still on phone)
I'll tell you what. I'll stop by
your place on my way home. Your
mother can check under my
fingernails. ... Of course I love
you. I'm giving up my life to be
with you, aren't I?
He laughs and hangs up the phone and picks up her picture
from his desk.
What a great gal. I'll tell you
guys, she stole my heart.
And her old man's loaded.
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11 CONTINUED: 11
As Pete laughs, he grabs the card with the stripper from Ken.
Scene 5 - First Day at the Office
12 INT. STERLING COOPER HALLWAY -- LATER 12
Walking down a wide corridor with open offices on either side
is JOAN, mid-twenties, an incredibly put together office
manager. A half step behind her, carrying a cardboard box
with supplies is PEGGY OLSON, who at 20 seems far younger.
Now this is the Executive floor.
It should be organized but it's
not, so you'll find Account
Executives and Creative
Executives, all mixed together.
Please don't ask me the difference.
Hopefully, if you follow my lead,
you can avoid some of the mistakes
I made here.
Ken and Dick pass in the hallway.
(as he passes)
(to Peggy, re: Dick)
Like that one. So, how many trains
did it take you?
Only one, but I got up very early.
In a couple of years, with the
right moves, you'll be in the city
with the rest of us. Of course, if
you really make the right moves,
you'll be out in the country and
you won't be going to work at all.
They push through a couple of double doors to another set of
offices with secretarial desks in front of them. Joan points
to an empty desk.
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12 CONTINUED: 12
You'll be there, just across the
aisle from me. We'll both take
care of Mr. Draper for the time
Peggy sits down and starts unloading her things. Joan stands
in front of her, very business-like.
I don't know what your goals are,
but don't over-do it with the
perfume. Keep a fifth of something
in your desk. Mr. Draper drinks
rye. Also, invest in some aspirin,
some band-aids, and a needle and
Peggy whips out a steno-pad and starts writing.
Rye is Canadian, right?
You better find out. He may act
like he wants a secretary, but most
of the time they're looking for
something between a mother and a
waitress. The rest of the time,
Go home, take a paper bag, cut
eyeholes out of it. Put it over
your head, get undressed and look
at yourself in the mirror. Really
evaluate where your strengths and
weaknesses are. And be honest.
Peggy looks up at her, a little stunned.
I always try to be honest.
Good for you.
As Peggy places her gleaming stapler on the desk, she stares
at the two button intercom, the rotary telephone, and the
Now try not to be overwhelmed by
all this technology.
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12 CONTINUED: (2) 12
It looks complicated, but the men
who designed it made it simple
enough for a woman to use.
I sure hope so.
At lunch, you need to pick up a box
of chocolates, a dozen carnations,
and some bath salts. I'll explain
Thank you, Miss Holloway. You're
really wonderful for looking out
for me this way.
Joan starts to head away, then turns back.
And listen, we're going to be
working together so don't take this
the wrong way, but a girl like you,
with those darling little ankles,
I'd find a way to make them sing.
Also, men love scarves.
Down the hallway comes a slightly disheveled Don Draper
followed by ROGER STERLING, an elegant WASP with an
incredible head of grey hair. Roger is the Sterling in
"Sterling Cooper Advertising".
As they whisk by, Joan straightens up and sticks her chest
out. She motions for Peggy to stand up as well.
Good morning, Mr. Draper. Oh! And
Mr. Sterling! How are you?
Good morning, girls.
As they enter Don's office, Don automatically hands Joan his
hat and overcoat and then closes the door behind them.
Scene 6 - Don's Preparations
13 INT. DON DRAPER'S OFFICE -- CONTINUOUS 13
Roger speaks as Don opens a cabinet and hangs up his coat.
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13 CONTINUED: 13
You look like a hundred bucks.
Long night? It's not this tobacco
thing, is it?
It has been on my mind.
Well, I should hope so. Lee Garner *
and his father and the whole 'Lucky
Strike' family will be here at
Are you worried?
Don opens a drawer revealing a stack of freshly identical
white shirts still wrapped from the laundry. He takes one
out and changes into it while they talk.
No, if I was worried, I'd ask you
what you have. But I'm not. So
I'm just going to assume that you
have something. Which means you
should be worried.
Don folds down his collar and starts tying his tie.
So you came by because you wanted
to watch me get dressed?
No, I wanted make sure you were
Don drops a couple of Alka-Seltzer into a glass.
In body, yes. Give me about a half
an hour for the rest.
Roger heads out, but then stops, remembering something.
Do we have any...how do I put this?
Have we ever hired any Jews?
Not on my watch.
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13 CONTINUED: (2) 13
Very funny. That's not what I
We've got an Italian. Salvatore,
my art director?
That won't work.
Sorry, but most of the Jewish guys
work for Jewish firms.
I know. Selling Jewish products to
(pretending to write)
It's just that our eleven o'clock
is with Mencken’s Department Store *
and I wish we had somebody to make
them feel comfortable.
You want me to go down to the deli
and grab somebody?
(pointing to Don's shirt)
You missed a button.
Roger exits. Don buttons his shirt. He is now perfectly
dressed. He looks out at the spectacular view of Manhattan
and closes the venetian blinds. Now in his dim office, he
lays carefully on the couch. He looks up at the ceiling and
stares a moment at the dark florescent fixture. A fly
buzzes, trapped inside. He closes his eyes.
Scene 7 -
14 INT. DON DRAPER’S OFFICE -- LATER 14
We hear Peggy's disembodied voice.
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14 CONTINUED: 14
Mr. Draper? Excuse me? Mr.
Fading up on Don’s POV
Peggy stand over Don holding a glass of water in one hand.
Mr. Draper. Excuse me. I'm sorry
to wake you, but Mr. Campbell is
He doesn't know I'm sleeping in
here, does he?
That's good. And who are you?
I'm Peggy Olson. The new girl?
Don looks at her, putting things together. He stands up and
tucks in the tail of his shirt, runs a comb through his hair.
Can you go out there and entertain
I know it's my first day and I
don't want to seem uncooperative,
but... do I have to?
I see your point.
I brought you some aspirin.
Don smiles and takes the glass and aspirin from her.
Send him in.
As Peggy turns Pete swings the door open and enters.
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14 CONTINUED: (2) 14
You look like a hundred bucks.
Ready to go sweet talk some retail
You're hard to take first thing in
the morning, Pete.
I've never had any complaints.
Speaking of which, who's your
little friend, here?
She's the new girl.
You always get the new girl.
Management gets all the perks.
Where are you from, honey?
Miss Deaver's Secretarial School.
(he looks her over)
But I meant where are you from?
Are you Amish or something?
No, I'm from Brooklyn.
Well you're in the city, now. It
wouldn't be a sin for us to see
your legs. And if you pull your
belt in a little bit, you might
look like a woman.
Peggy tries to hide her embarrassment by ignoring Pete.
Is that all, Mr. Draper?
Hey, I'm not done here. I'm
working my way up.
That'll be all-- it's Peggy, right? *
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14 CONTINUED: (3) 14
Yes, Mr. Draper. Oh, and it's time *
for your eleven o'clock meeting.
Peggy starts to walk out.
Sorry about Mr. Campbell, here. He
left his manners back at the
Pete shrugs and holds open the door as Don exits.
Genres: ["romantic comedy","drama"]
Scene 8 - Don and Pete's Meeting with Rachel Mencken
15 INT. STERLING COOPER HALLWAY - CONTINUOUS 15
Don and Pete walk down the hallway together.
She's a little young for you,
The future Mrs. Pete Campbell is a
lucky woman. When's the wedding,
Sunday. Did Ken tell you about the
bachelor party tonight?
He sure did.
So do I get first crack at her?
Word is she took down more sailors
than the Arizona.
How old are you?
I just turned twenty-six. *
I bet the world looks like one
great big brassiere strap waiting
to be snapped.
You are good with words, Draper.
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15 CONTINUED: 15
Campbell, we're both men here, so
I'll be direct.
Christ, are you already sleeping
Unfazed, Don continues as they round a corner.
Advertising is a very small world.
And when you do something like
malign the reputation of some girl
from the steno pool on her first
day, you make it even smaller.
Keep it up and even if you do get
my job, you'll never run this
place. You'll die in that corner
office: a mid-level account
executive with a little bit of
hair, who women go home with out of
They've arrived at the big board room. Don stops and
And you know why? Because no one
will like you.
Pete is speechless. Don smiles and opens the door.
16 INT. STERLING COOPER BOARD ROOM - CONTINUOUS 16
Don enters, energized. Pete follows behind him, trying to
smile. Inside, Roger waits with a few people, including
RACHEL MENCKEN, early twenties and stunning in a Chanel suit. *
Well here are our miracle workers
now. You already know Pete
Campbell, of course, your Account
Executive, if you choose to do
business with us. And this
handsome guy is Don Draper, the
best Creative Director in New York.
Or at least the building.
He holds his hand out to a young man.
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You must be Mr. Mencken. *
Roger steps in.
Oh, I'm sorry about that.
(offering her hand)
I'm Rachel Mencken. *
I apologize. I was expecting, um--
You were expecting me to be a man?
My father was, too.
Their eyes meet. After a beat, Don finally shakes her hand.
(to young man)
And you are?
Why Don, you remember David Cohen
from the Art Department.
Oh, of course. David, one of the
rising stars here at Sterling
David smiles awkwardly and wipes his hands on his pants.
So why don't we all get comfortable
and Miss Mencken, you tell us what *
you have in mind.
As they sit down, Don leans in to Roger.
(sotto, re: David Cohen)
Very subtle. Isn't that your
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16 CONTINUED: (2) 16
I had to go all the way to the mail
room, but I found one.
17 EXT. MIDTOWN OFFICE BUILDING - DAY 17
An old gothic building. Next to the revolving door we see a
plaque: "Midtown Medical Building".
Scene 9 - Peggy's Doctor Visit
18 INT. DOCTOR'S EXAMINATION ROOM 18
Peggy sits on the vinyl exam table reading a pamphlet, "It's
Your Wedding Night". Following a knock on the door, DR.
EMERSON, early forties, enters with a clipboard under his
So, you must be Peggy Olson. Joan
Holloway sent you over. She's a
great girl. How is Joan?
She sends her regards.
She's a lot of fun. It must be a
scream to work with her.
It's pretty terrific.
Try to make yourself comfortable
Dr. Emerson nods towards the stirrups. Peggy leans back and
stares up at the acoustic tile. Dr. Emerson adjusts the
reflector on his forehead and begins to palpate Peggy's *
DR. EMERSON (CONT'D)
I see from your chart and your
finger, you're not married.
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And yet you're interested in the
No reason to be nervous. Joan sent
you to me because I'm not here to
judge you. There's nothing wrong
with a woman being practical about
the possibility of sexual activity.
Spread your knees.
(trying to be casual)
That's good to hear.
Of course, as a doctor, one would
like to think that putting a woman
in this situation, it's not going
to turn her into some kind of
strumpet. Slide your fanny towards
me. I'm not going to bite.
Peggy winces as he inserts the speculum.
DR. EMERSON (CONT'D)
I'll warn you now, I will take you
off this medicine if you abuse it.
Peggy looks towards him but is blinded by the light on his
forehead. All she hears is his disembodied voice.
DR. EMERSON (CONT'D)
It's really for your own good, but
the fact is, even in our modern
times, easy women don't find
I understand, Dr. Emerson. I
really am a very responsible
He turns off his light and goes to the other side of the
room. He lights a cigarette.
I'm sure you're not that kind of
girl. Now, Joan...
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DR. EMERSON (CONT'D)
I'm kidding along here. You can
Peggy starts to awkwardly put her clothes on, turning her
back to the Doctor.
DR. EMERSON (CONT'D)
I'm going to write you a
prescription for Enovid. They're *
eleven dollars a month. But don't
think you have to go out and become
the town pump to get your money's
worth. Excuse my French.
Peggy smiles politely and takes the prescription.
Scene 10 - Don confronts Rachel
19 INT. STERLING COOPER BOARD ROOM - LATER 19
Rachel Mencken sits between David Cohen and Pete listening to *
Don and Roger give their pitch-- Don standing by some mock-up *
ads. The table is lined with Shrimp Cocktails, toast points, *
and a pitcher of Bloody Mary's.
So what Don's saying is that
through a variety of media,
including a spot during "The Danny
Thomas Show" if you can afford it,
we can really boost awareness.
Then, a ten-percent off coupon in
select ladies' magazines will help
increase your first time visitors.
(sits, grabs a shrimp) *
After we've got them in the store,
it's kind of up to you.
Mr. Draper, our store is sixty
years old. We share a wall with
Tiffany's. Honestly, a coupon?
Miss Mencken, coupons work. I *
think your father would agree with
He might. But he's not here
because we just had our lowest
sales year. Ever. So, I suppose
what I think matters most right
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Rachel takes out a cigarette. Pete lights it, smiling.
Miss Mencken, why did you come *
here? There are a dozen other
agencies better suited to your...
If I wanted some man who happened
to be from the same village as my
father to handle my account, I
could have stayed where I was.
Their research favors coupons, too.
Miss Mencken, it's not just *
research. Housewives love coupons.
I'm not interested in housewives.
So, what kind of people do you
I want your kind of people, Mr.
Draper. People who don't care
about coupons, whether they can
afford it or not. People who are
coming to the store because it is
We obviously have very different
Yes, like "the customer is always
right?" Gentlemen, I really
thought you could do better than
this. Sterling Cooper has a
reputation for being innovative.
(raising his voice)
You are way out of line, Miss.
Roger takes hold of the situation.
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19 CONTINUED: (2) 19
Don, please. Let's not get
emotional, here. There's no reason
we can't talk this out.
Talk out what? Some silly idea
that people will go to some store
they've never been to because it's
It works for "Chanel".
"Mencken’s" is not "Chanel". *
That's a vote of confidence.
Now Pete tries to ease the tension.
What Don's saying is that "Chanel"
is a very different kind of place.
It's French. It's continental.
Not just another Jewish department
Rachel stumps out her cigarette in the shrimp cocktail.
You were right Roger, this place
really runs on charm.
This is ridiculous.
I'm not going to let a woman talk
to me like this. This meeting is
over. Good luck, Miss Mencken. *
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19 CONTINUED: (3) 19
Don storms out. Pete follows after him. David reaches for
the pitcher of Bloody Mary's. As Roger glares, David
awkwardly stops, caught. *
Scene 11 - Tension in the Board Room
20 INT. STERLING COOPER HALLWAY - MOMENTS LATER 20
Don walks down the corridor at a brisk clip with Pete
trailing a step behind.
Hey, Don. I don't blame you. She
was way out of line. *
(catching up) *
Adding money and education doesn't
take the rude edge out of people.
Well, Roger's not going to be
happy. So, I guess that's good for
Pete grabs his arm, stops him.
I'm not going to pretend that I
don't want your job. But you were
right. I'm not great with people,
and you are. I mean, not counting
that meeting we were just in. So,
I'm kind of counting on you to help
me out. There's plenty of room at *
the top. *
Don calms down.
Yeah, I'm sorry I was so hard on
you before. It's this damn tobacco
You'll think of something. A man
like you I’d follow into combat
blindfolded. And I wouldn’t be the
first. Am I right, buddy?
Pete holds out his hand. Don just looks at him.
Let's take this a little slower. I
don't want to wake up pregnant.
As Don walks away, Pete tries not to look insulted.
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(under his breath)
21 INT. STERLING COOPER CORRIDOR - LATER 21
Joan leads Peggy down the hallway. Peggy is holding the
flowers, candy, and bath salts that were requested.
Dr. Emerson is a dream, isn't he?
He seemed nice.
He has a place in South Hampton.
I'm not saying I've seen it, but
Joan stops in front of a door.
Now, don't be nervous, but this is
the nerve center of this office.
You and your boss depend on the
willing and cheerful co-operation
of a few skilled employees. Never
snap, yell, or be sarcastic with
them. And above all, always be a
Joan opens the door. The door to,
22 INT. TELEPHONE SWITCHBOARD ROOM 22
Three women with headsets plug and unplug into a wall of
wires, lights, and holes. There is a drone of ad-libbing,
"Good afternoon. Sterling Cooper. Please hold. Mr.
Dawson's office, please hold." Etc.
I know you girls are busy, but
we've got a new one. Peggy, this
is Marge, Nanette, and Ivy.
They nod to Peggy while they work. Joan elbows Peggy.
I brought you some things. I guess
a sort of "getting to know you"
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The women stop working. The board buzzes and lights continue
as they chat.
Aren't you a sweetheart? If I know
Joan, the candy's for me.
You're not fair, Joan. You know
she has to lose eight pounds by the
I think you look great.
Joan smiles, pleased that Peggy has picked up the cue.
It's because I'm sitting down.
Come back and visit anytime, honey.
Who does she work for?
They got rid of Eleanor?
She moved on. Draper wasn't
Well, she couldn't get a call
through. Rude little thing.
I see you all have your hands full.
We don't want to be a bother.
Nice meeting you.
They go back to work answering the phones.
You have great legs. I bet Mr.
Draper would like them if he could
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She smiles at Peggy as Joan pulls her toward the door. *
Scene 12 - The Argument
23 INT. DON DRAPER'S OFFICE - AFTERNOON 23
Don leans back in his chair eyes closed for a moment then
slaps his face to alert himself. He opens a desk drawer,
pulling out a chest exerciser which is just a few springs and
some handles. As he does a small black leather box drops to
the floor, popping open. He puts the exerciser on the desk
and returns the contents to the box-- we see it’s a US ARMY
purple heart medal. He flips the lid closed, “LIEUT. DONALD
FRANCIS DRAPER” in gold on the outside. He regards it a
moment and puts it back in the drawer. He then taps a
cigarette out, lights it and begins to exercise as he smokes.
SALVATORE ROMANO, transparently gay--although in 1960, no one
seems to know it--stands in the doorway with a hand on his
hip like Marlene Dietrich.
Aw look at you, Gidget. Still
trying to fill out that bikini?
It's worth a try.
Salvatore puts a couple of trace paper sketches on the desk.
Without the medical claims all we
have is a white box with a red spot
He shows Don a sketch of a shirtless man in a hammock
smoking. The word above says, "Relax..." *
SALVATORE (CONT'D) *
My neighbor posed for this. *
Believe me, he always looks very
(giggles a little)
Of course, he doesn't smoke. I had
him hold a pencil.
If I know these guys, you're better
off with a little sex appeal. Can
you give me a woman in a bathing
suit? Put your guy next to her?
Oh, a sexy girl? I can do that.
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23 CONTINUED: 23
Give you a chance to get a real
I love my work! Speaking of sexy
girls, are you going to Pete's
I'm not really big on those things.
Oh, tell me about it. It's so
embarrassing. If a girl's going to
shake it in my face, I want to be
alone so I can do something. *
Salvatore opens the desk drawer and takes out a bottle of *
whiskey and two glasses. *
SALVATORE (CONT'D) *
Should we drink before the meeting
or after? Or both? *
So that's it, huh? "Relax...",
that's all we have?
Don't be short with me. You're the
writer. I thought it was worth a
The intercom buzzes. Don hits the button.
Greta Guttman is here to see you.
Send her in.
Sal drops a couple of Alka-Seltzer into a glass of whiskey. *
Great. Now we have to hear from
our man in research.
Peggy opens the door and shows GRETA GUTTMAN, a fifty-ish
German national who embodies the sober world of research
right down to her bun hairstyle and clipboard.
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23 CONTINUED: (2) 23
Mr. Draper. Mr. Romano.
Her eyes follow Peggy as she leaves.
I see you have another attractive
You can fight with Campbell over
Salvatore spits his drink back into his glass, stifling a
You both seem more relaxed than I *
expected. Do you have some kind of
surprise for the tobacco people?
I'm doing my own research.
If you are planning to continue *
with medical testimony, you'll only
be inviting further government
interference. We must police
Well there's your slogan.
The medical thing is dead, we all
Yes, dead. An apt choice of words.
Considering the public is convinced
that cigarettes are poisonous. If *
we can't insist that they're not, *
I believe my most recent surveys *
have provided a solution. *
(re report) *
We can still suggest that *
cigarettes are "part of American *
life," or “Too good to give up,” *
and most appealing "an assertion of *
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23 CONTINUED: (3) 23
So basically if you love danger,
you'll love smoking?
We could put a skull and crossbones
on the label! I love it!
Before the war, when I studied with *
Adler in Vienna, we postulated that *
what Freud called "the Death Wish"
is as powerful a drive as those for
sexual reproduction and physical
Freud, you say-- which agency is he *
So we're supposed to believe people
are living one way and secretly
thinking the exact opposite?
Let me tell you something, Miss
Dr. Guttman, psychology is terrific *
at a cocktail party, but it happens *
people were buying cigarettes
before Freud was born. The issue
isn't, "why should people smoke"--
it's why should people smoke "Lucky
Strike". Suggesting our customers
have a, what did you call it? A
"Death Wish"? Well, I just don't
see that on a billboard.
It's all a big scare anyway. So
what if "Reader's Digest" says
they're dangerous? They also said
"Bambi" was the book of the
century. There's no proof, no
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23 CONTINUED: (4) 23
There's conclusive proof that none
of these low-tar, low-nicotine or
filtration systems have any effect
on the incidences of lung cancer.
This isn't Germany. If you were
right, the government would shut
down the tobacco companies, not
just limit advertising. Just give
me the damn report.
(hands it to him)
I think you'll find it very
I'm sure I will. You were the one
who dug up all our medical
testimonials to begin with.
That's true, Mr. Draper, but-- *
Greta gives what passes for a smile.
Has anyone else seen this?
No, of course not. It's your
Good. I don't want to hear about
it again. I'm sorry, but I find *
your whole approach perverse.
I understand. Good luck at the
I'm sure it will be a quick one.
Greta exits. Don throws the report into the wastebasket.
Sal, I'll take that drink now.
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24 FADE IN: TITLE CARD "4:15PM" 24
Scene 13 - Finding a New Strategy
25 INT. STERLING COOPER BOARD ROOM - AFTERNOON 25
The large table in the board room is covered with ashtrays.
LEE GARNER JUNIOR, a forty-ish tobacco magnate, and his *
father, LEE GARNER SENIOR, sit flanked with other tobacco *
executives. Across the table, Roger, Don, and Pete listen
patiently to LEE GARNER Sr.'s lilting southern anger. *
LEE GARNER SENIOR *
I just don't know what we have to
do to make these government
interlopers happy. They tell us to
build a safer cigarette, and we do
it. Then suddenly, that's not good
LEE GARNER JUNIOR *
We might as well be living in
He coughs. Suddenly, a round of spontaneous coughing begins
among all of the people in the board room. It dies down.
LEE GARNER SENIOR *
Damn straight. You know this
morning, I got a call from my
competitors at Brown & Williamson,
and they're getting sued by the
federal government because of the
health claims they made.
We're aware of that, Mr. Garner. *
But you have to realize that
through manipulation of the mass
media, the public is under the
impression that your cigarettes are
linked to... certain fatal
LEE GARNER SENIOR *
Manipulation of the media? That's
what I hired you for. Our product
is fine. I smoke them myself.
LEE GARNER JUNIOR *
My Granddad smoked them. He died
at 95 years old. He was hit by a
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I understand, but our hands are
tied. We are no longer allowed to
advertise that "Lucky Strikes" are
LEE GARNER SENIOR *
So what the hell are we going to
do? We already funded our own
tobacco research center to put this
whole rumor to rest.
And that's a great start. But it
may not affect sales. Don, I think
that's your cue.
Don opens up a folder, it's filled with blank pages. He
pretends to shuffle the pages around, stalling.
Well, I... I've really thought
about this. And hell, you know I'm
a "Lucky Strike" man from way
From Don's POV, we see the anxious stares of all those at the
table. In slow motion, cigarettes are being lit and men are
exhaling. A bead of sweat forms on Don's brow. His heart is
pounding in his ears. Suddenly, the silence is broken by
I might have a solution.
Don does not seem relieved as Pete takes the stage. Roger
catches Don's eye, but Don looks away.
At Sterling Cooper, we've been
pioneering the burgeoning the field
of research. And our analysis
shows that the health risks
associated with your products is
not the end of the world.
As the executives look at each other curiously, Don sees Pete
is reading from Greta's report.
People get in their cars everyday
to go to work, and some of them
die. Cars are dangerous. There's
nothing you can do about it.
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You still have to get where you're
going. Cigarettes are exactly the
same. Why don't we simply say, "So
what if cigarettes are dangerous?"
You're a man. The world is
dangerous. Smoke your cigarette--
You still have to get where you're
LEE GARNER JUNIOR *
That's very interesting.
I mean, if cigarettes were
dangerous, that would be
Roger looks around nervously to see if they're going to bite.
LEE GARNER SENIOR *
Except they aren't. Is that your
slogan? "You're going to die
anyway. Die with us."?
Actually, it's a fairly well
established psychological principal
that society has a "Death Wish".
And if we could tap into that, the
LEE GARNER SENIOR *
What the hell are you talking
about? Why not just write "cancer"
on the package? Are you insane?
I'm not selling rifles. I'm in the
tobacco business-- I'm selling
America. The Indians gave it to us
for shit's sake.
LEE GARNER JUNIOR *
Come on, Dad. Let's get out of
They stand up.
LEE GARNER JUNIOR (CONT'D) *
(he helps his father up)
The bright spot is, at least we
know that if we have this problem,
everybody has this problem.
Don's ears perk up at this last comment. He lets it sink in.
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Gentlemen, before you leave, can I
I don't know. Can you, Don?
The Federal Trade Commission and
"Reader's Digest" have done you a
favor. They've let you know that
any ad that brings up the concept
of health and cigarettes together,
well, it just makes people think of
LEE GARNER SENIOR *
Yes, and we're grateful to them.
But, what Lee Junior said is right. *
If you can't make health claims,
neither can your competitors.
LEE GARNER SENIOR *
Great, so we got a lot of people
not saying anything that sells
Not exactly. This is the greatest
advertising opportunity since the
invention of cereal. We have six
identical companies with six
identical products... We can say
anything we want.
The men sit down, interested. Don walks over to a black
How do you make your cigarettes?
LEE GARNER JUNIOR *
I don't know.
LEE GARNER SENIOR *
(to his son)
Shame on you.
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LEE GARNER SENIOR (CONT'D)
We breed insect-resistant tobacco
seeds, plant ‘em in the North *
Carolina sunshine, grow it, cut it, *
cure it, toast it, treat it--
There you go.
Don writes on the board: "Lucky Strike - It's 'Toasted'."
The men all look at it, not sure how to react.
LEE GARNER JUNIOR *
But everybody else's tobacco is
No. Everybody else's tobacco is
poisonous. "Lucky Strike" is
Roger's face lights with a slow smile of pride and awe.
Gentlemen, I don't have to tell you
what you've just witnessed here.
LEE GARNER JUNIOR *
I think you do.
Don gathers his thoughts and lowers his voice.
Advertising is based on one thing:
happiness. And you know what
Don looks out the window into the setting sun, almost lost.
Happiness is the smell of a new
car... It's freedom from fear.
It's a billboard on the side of the
road that screams with reassurance
that whatever you're doing is okay.
(almost to himself)
You are okay.
The tobacco people look at each other with understanding and
LEE GARNER SENIOR *
"It's 'Toasted'." I get it.
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25 CONTINUED: (5) 25
Don underlines the slogan with the chalk. As he turns and
looks over at Pete's disappointed face, he smiles and taps
out a cigarette.
Scene 14 - Don's Frustration
26 INT. DON DRAPER'S OFFICE - LATER 26
Roger stands at the bar, fixing drinks. Don sits at his desk
with his feet up, smoking a cigar.
You had me worried. I don't know
if you were drunk or not drunk, but
that was inspired.
He hands Don a drink. As he does, Don notices that Greta's
report is no longer in the waste basket.
For the record, I pulled it out of
(he looks up)
Thank you, up there.
You're looking the wrong way.
So, while I’ve got you in the *
afterglow here, what do you say you *
reconsider this presidential *
I don’t know, bunting and babies,
that’s hard work-- I’d just make a
hash of it.
Modesty, that’s adorable. I expect *
significant billings on this thing. *
Country houses for all of us. And *
if that doesn’t make you patriotic,
think about the product: he’s
young, handsome, beautiful wife,
Navy Hero, honestly Don, it
shouldn’t be hard to convince
America Dick Nixon is a winner.
The intercom buzzes.
Mr. Draper? You have visitors.
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Honey, could you be a little more
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Ken, Dick, and Harry bust through the door with Pete in tow.
We heard you saved the day.
He slams down a bottle of "Canadian Club". Don looks at it.
Thanks, boys. I appreciate it.
I told them how amazing you were.
I'm still tingling.
The guys start fixing themselves drinks.
Well it looks like you're all about
to engage in a little mid-level
camaraderie, so I'll be on my way.
And Don, thanks for the home run.
I love to come through.
Speaking of that, any way you can
patch things up with Rachel
Mencken? Any chance you could be *
as charming as I said you were?
Haven't you had enough of my magic
for one day?
She's worth two million dollars.
You're a whore.
Roger salutes and exits. Don hits the intercom.
Can she get us some more ice? *
Yes, Mr. Draper?
Just a minute.
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(then to them)
I think this party needs to move
We'll move wherever you want, but
it's five fifteen, the bachelor
I don't know--
Aw, come on, Don. All hands on
Aren't you going to help us give
Pete his big send-off?
(pointed to Pete)
Maybe some other time.
Come on, guys.
He puts down a card of the strip club.
Don will join us later, right Don?
Pete holds open the door as the guys file out. Don looks
Pete in the eye.
If Greta's research was any good, I
would have used it.
What are you talking about?
I'm saying I had a report just like
that, and it's not like there's
some magic machine that makes
identical copies of things.
I still think she's right.
Peggy stands in the doorway.
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Have a great night, Pete.
He shakes Pete's hand. Pete simmers and walks away. Don
goes back to his desk and looks through his notes. Peggy
stands next to him.
I heard you were amazing in the
Fear really stimulates my
I just wanted to thank you for a
great first day. And for, you
know, standing up for me with Mr.
She puts her hand on top of his.
First of all, Peggy, I'm your boss,
not your boyfriend.
(removing her hand)
And second of all, you let Pete
Campbell go through my trash again,
and you won't be able to get a job
selling sandwiches at Penn Station.
He said he left his fountain pen in
here, I didn't know... I hope you
don't think I'm the kind of girl--
Of course not... Now go home, put
your curlers in, and let's start
fresh again tomorrow.
Peggy starts to head out.
Oh, and Peggy, I need you to place
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Scene 15 - Tension at the Boardroom
27 INT. THE SLIPPER ROOM 27
Live jazz sizzles in the background. A buxom blonde STRIPPER
is onstage. She unzips her dress in the back and slowly
shakes it to the floor.
Through the smoke-filled air we see Ken, Dick, Harry,
Salvatore, and Pete sitting at a corner booth. They are
drinking and laughing, but Pete is in no mood to participate.
Ken hands a scantily clad WAITRESS ten dollars.
I want to see you here every
fifteen minutes, whether you have
drinks or not.
As she puts the drinks down, she shows them her cleavage.
Every five minutes.
The waitress smiles and crosses off. They all watch her.
Let's live here.
You better do more than look,
You have a girlfriend, Salvatore?
Come on, I'm Italian.
Just then, three beautiful young women in cocktail dresses
and pearls approach the table. WANDA, a brunette with too
much hairspray, sits down next to Pete.
Is there some kind of party here?
Pete turns to Ken.
You shouldn't have.
Pete turns to Ken as the women chat with Salvatore.
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Hey, how many times are you going
to get married?
(looking them over)
How did you swing it?
They work at the Automat.
He pressed a button, and they came
The girls squeeze into the booth. CLEO, a red-head with fake
eyelashes, puts her arm around Salvatore and holds a
cigarette to her lips. Salvatore lights it.
I hope we're not interrupting
CAMILLE, a platinum blonde in a Chinese dress squeezes in
between Ken and Harry.
Well I have the best seat. What
are we drinking?
More of whatever's making you the
way you are.
I love this place. It's hot, loud,
and filled with men.
I know what you mean.
Cleo looks at Salvatore curiously.
Wanda leans over and grabs Pete's hand with the drink in it
and pulls it to her lips. She takes a sip, then reacts like
a little girl.
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27 CONTINUED: (2) 27
Oh my god, I can already feel it.
I have a feeling you're like this
all the time.
I like to laugh.
(leaning in to her)
Is that right?
We see his hand reach under the table to her knee. He
tickles her a little. She squirms and giggles.
Now, you stop that.
You said you like to laugh.
He tickles her again. She throws her head back, laughing
I mean it. It's too--
We see his hand slide up under her dress. A look of shock
goes over Wanda's face. She stops laughing and instinctively
brusquely pushes him away.
Hey! I said stop it. What are you
You know exactly.
Wanda stands and picks up her purse.
You know what girls, I think we
Oh, come on.
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27 CONTINUED: (3) 27
Pete grabs her arm. She tries to move.
(under her breath)
You're hurting me.
I'll be good.
Wanda rubs her arm and sits down on the other side of the
table. The waitress comes over. Pete throws some money.
Get the girls whatever they want.
Wanda stares at Pete and then links arms with Dick.
So what do you fellows do?
You're looking at the finest ad-men
in New York. Hell, the world.
As Wanda throws her head back laughing, we see Pete sullenly
staring off at the stripper. Her bra explodes off of her,
revealing two sequined pasties on her gigantic breasts. As
the applause begins, the spot light blacks out.
Scene 16 - A Spirited Debate
28 INT. ZEBRA LOUNGE - LATER 28 *
A white-coated OLD WAITER weaves through the more formal,
lounge room of the bar, as well-dressed couples have intimate
drinks by candlelight. He arrives at a booth where Don and
Rachel sit across from each other.
For the lady, a special mai-tai.
He puts down a large fruit and umbrella covered glass.
OLD WAITER (CONT'D)
And one whiskey, neat.
Rachel takes a sip through a long straw. She is stunning,
her diamond earrings sparkling in the darkness.
So you're going to ply me with
drinks and convince me what a
terrible mistake I'm making?
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That is quite a drink.
You got in trouble, didn't you?
I shouldn't have lost my temper,
and I certainly shouldn't have
treated you like anything less than
Don smiles and offers her a cigarette. She takes one.
So you understand.
Now I do. It was refreshing
really, I mean, actually hearing
all the things I always assumed
people were thinking.
I'm really not as bad as all that.
I was under a lot of pressure.
Another account. It doesn't really
No, it doesn't.
So without making things worse, can
I ask you a personal question?
Don't you want to get a second
drink in me first?
Why aren't you married?
Are you asking what's wrong with
It's just you're a beautiful,
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28 CONTINUED: (2) 28
Don't you think getting married and
having a family would make you a
lot happier than all the headaches
that go with fighting people like
If I weren't a woman, I would be
allowed to ask you the same
question. And I suppose if I
weren't a woman I wouldn't have to
choose between putting on an apron
and the thrill of making my
father's store what I always
thought it should be.
So that's it? You won't get
married because you think business
is a thrill?
That, and I have never been in
"She won't get married because
she's never been in love." I think
I wrote that. It was to sell
For a lot of people, love isn't
just a slogan.
Oh, "love". You mean the big
lightning bolt to the heart, where
you can't eat, can't work, so you
run off and get married and make
He looks at Rachel and smiles. She doesn't smile back.
The reason you haven't felt it is
because it doesn't exist. What you
call "love" was invented by guys
like me to sell nylons.
Is that right?
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I'm pretty sure about it. You're
born alone, you die alone, and this
world just drops a bunch of rules
on top of you to make you forget
those facts. But I never forget.
I'm living like there's no
tomorrow, because there isn't one.
Rachel just stares at him with a long, forgiving look.
I don't think I realized it until
this moment, but it must be hard
being a man, too.
He corrects her.
Mr. Draper, I don't know what it is
you really believe in, but I know
what it feels like to be out of
place. To be disconnected. To see
the world laid out in front of you
the way other people live it. And
there is something about you that
tells me you know it too.
Don nervously reaches for another cigarette and lights it.
I don't know if that's true.
You want another drink?
No. But you can tell your boss
that you charmed me.
She stands up and turns her back to Don. He helps her on
with her coat.
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28 CONTINUED: (4) 28
So I guess we'll be seeing each
I'll be back in the office Monday
morning for a real meeting.
She turns to face him. They are very close. Don looks at
her. She is luminous.
I'd like that.
Scene 17 - Late Night Encounter
29 INT. PEGGY’S APARTMENT BUILDING HALLWAY - NIGHT 29
Pete in his top coat stands in front of an apartment door,
leaning his head against the wall. He is obviously drunk and
knocks on the door.
A young woman, MARJORIE, in a pink housecoat opens the door,
holding a toothbrush.
We're not buying anything.
Actually, for the first time today,
I'm not selling anything. Does
Peggy live here?
Do you know that it's nine-thirty?
Actually it's nine-fifteen. Is
She closes the door. She opens it again. Peggy comes to the
door in a white bathrobe and slippers.
Do you know him?
It's okay, Marjorie. We work
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(under her breath)
He's really drunk.
It's okay, Marjorie.
Marjorie gives a stare and walks back. Peggy closes the door
behind her and stands in the hallway with Pete.
So what are you up to?
Nothing. Sitting in my room
listening to records. Getting
ready for bed. Another big day
I'm getting married on Sunday.
I heard that.
You must think I'm a creep.
Why are you here?
Pete looks down and takes a step toward her. He leans in
very close to her. His lips are almost on her forehead. He
talks over her head.
I wanted to see you tonight.
I had to see you.
Peggy's hand turns the door knob. She opens the door.
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I'm going to bed now.
Peggy takes Pete's hand and leads him into the apartment.
The door closes and fills the frame.
30 EXT. COMMUTER TRAIN - NIGHT 30
The silver blur of train cars passes. We follow up a window
where Don sits nursing a drink, reading the paper.
31 EXT. SUBURBAN TRAIN STATION - LATER 31 *
Don and a few other trench coated hat wearing businessmen *
exit the station and run in the light drizzle to the parking
32 EXT. DRAPER HOUSE 32
The car pulls in. Door opens, Don heads to the front door. *
He fumbles with his keys and puts them into the brightly
painted red door.
33 INT. DRAPER FOYER 33
In the dimly lit entryway, Don shakes off the rain and climbs
the stairs to a bedroom door.
34 INT. DON AND BETTY’S BEDROOM 34
Suddenly we are close on a woman's hand as it turns the
switch on the end table lamp. We pull back and reveal BETTY,
29, and beautiful despite having just awakened.
I called the office and they'd said
Don comes over and gives her a kiss on the cheek.
I didn't want to bother you.
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It's no bother, I just assumed you
were staying in the city again.
There's a plate in the oven.
She helps him take off his tie and opens his shirt. He
smiles at her and gives her a deep kiss.
Unless you're not hungry--
I'll be right back. Don't move.
We watch Don's feet, now in slippers, cross the floor. He
eases onto the side of the bed. His hand reaches out to
gently stroke a shock of gold hair. We pull out to reveal he
is sitting between the twin beds containing Robert and Sally,
his two children.
Don has a hand on each of their heads as they sleep. He
looks up to the doorway where Betty now leans in her
peignoir, smiling at the scene of domestic bliss. Don looks
away to the window. We follow his gaze as we,
Scene 18 - Connection in Conflict
36 EXT. IDYLLIC TWO-STORY COLONIAL HOUSE 36
We pull back from the dimly lit window. The rain has
stopped. Another car pulls in next door. A man gets out and *
heads in. Houses stretch in the distance. *