Are there episodes of your favorite shows that really stand out in your mind? I was just recently rewatching Mad Men and the episode “The Suitcase” (season 4, episode 7) came up. That is truly a perfect episode, right down to the song that plays over the closing credits. If you knew nothing else about the show other than that episode, you would still recognize it as a truly exemplary television series.
The story of the episode, as with most great stories, is fairly simple: The team has a deadline to come up with a campaign for Samsonite, Cassius Clay is fighting Sonny Liston, Don Draper’s former “wife” has died of cancer in California, and Peggy Olson, celebrating her 26th birthday, gets an offer from her former lover to start a new agency. Draper and Olson end up staying together all night at the office, working and sharing a lot of very personal moments. As always, and for reasons that are not always readily apparent, Peggy shows herself to be the ultimate Draper loyalist. Somehow, this episode ends up with some of the best writing, best acting, and most iconic scenes of the entire series. Here is the best of the best: