"Mad Men" Meditations in an Emergency (TV Episode 2008) Poster

Charles Shaughnessy: Saint John Powell


  • Don Draper : I think it sounds like a great agency, and I think Duck is the man to run it. I just don't think I'll be a part of it.

    Saint John Powell : You don't want to be a part of it?

    Don Draper : If this is the agency you want, Duck is the man for the job.

    Herman 'Duck' Phillips : This is what I'm talking about. Artistic temperament.

    Roger Sterling : Don, is this really necessary?

    Herman 'Duck' Phillips : It is. Because he loves this room, and hearing his own voice, and saving the day. Except this time he's got to get with the team. Don, you can either honor your contract, or walk out that door with nothing and start selling insurance.

    Don Draper : I don't have a contract.

    [long pause as Duck looks stunned] 

    Roger Sterling : We're close. We didn't think we needed one.

    [Powell turns in his chair to look at Duck, who sits back in his chair, defeated] 

    Don Draper : Gentlemen, I sell products, not advertising. I can't see as far into the future as Duck, but if the world is still here on Monday we can talk.

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