I don’t know how many of you out there watch Mad Men. I have enjoyed this show over the years and am sad to see it end. I’ve laughed and I’ve cried. I’ve loved being immersed in the advertising world of the 1960’s. (And I have not yet watched the series finale which aired last night, so please no spoilers!)
There’s been a lot of buildup to the final episode. Maybe it’s just me, but it feels like there haven’t been as many ad pitches in this last round of episodes as there used to be. I’ve always loved watching the dynamics of the team as they try to land each account, and the final pitch they come up with for the customer.
My absolute favorite pitch (and probably my favorite Mad Men moment) was from the first season finale (episode 13), when Don is pitching his slide wheel advertisement idea to Kodak. Not only is it a great pitch, but it’s very reflective of Don Draper and where he is at with his life.
“In Greek nostalgia literally means ‘the pain from an old wound.’ It’s a twinge in your heart, far more powerful than memory alone. This device isn’t a space ship. It’s a time machine. It goes backwards, forwards. Takes us to a place where we ache to go again. It’s not called ‘The Wheel.’ It’s called ‘The Carousel.’ It lets us travel the way a child travels. Around and around and back home again to a place where we know we are loved.”
I love watching this pitch. Nobody beats Don Draper when he’s at his best.