Our 8 Favourite Scenes Where Women Win In 'Mad Men'

14 April 2014

The Scenes Where Women Win In Mad Men

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Which of Don Draper's women are you? is an online quiz including the question 'Don's hungry. What do you do?' Option A is 'Let him order for you'. While the chauvinistic horrors of Don Draper and friends let rip in the early episodes of Mad Men – cue ladies lipstick seminars and the phrase "basket of kisses" – as the series went on, Joan, Peggy, Betty, Megan and Trudy started to fight back, performing various kung fu moves including subtle manipulation, reverse psychology and minor bodily harm on their husbands and bosses.

As the '60s began to swing in Series 2 and 3, America's sexual revolution and the second wave of feminism started to take effect. The persistently patronised, consistently condescended women of Mad Men got mad. And God saw that it was good.

Come Wednesday, we'll be hearing that sinister opening score on our screens once more, composed as you may have noticed, by someone with the surname Carbonara... In anticipation of Season 7, where we hope to see full blown matriarchy, we've counted down the best scenes where women win in Mad Men. They so beautifully demonstrate the rainbow of skills that angry women possess, for hell hath no fury like a woman scorned.

Megan's sherbet binge take down

Please skip to the 4.00 minute mark where Don's season 6 wife Megan shovels orange sherbet in a very very well made point.

Joan nuts Greg

The accordion bit at the beginning of this clip is weird, and settles the debate once and for all that an accordion is not a sexy instrument. The second part of the clip is where it's at. Whinge-bag men are the worst.

Betty shoots pigeons, who are basically men.

In season 1 Betty Draper's life is pretty lame. She's constantly cooking in headbands, getting cheated on and tapping her nails waiting for Don to get home and diss her. She is definition bored housewife. Which makes this scene, where she shoots like Rambo, all the more thrilling. Her neighbour can't believe it!

Jane's touché

Standing like the 1960s' Kanye and Kim at 0.09 in this scene from season 6 is Roger Sterling and his pretty wife Jane. Though Megan is taking centre stage here, the sub-plot of Roger and Jane is wickedly entertaining. It comes to a crux at 1.53, when Roger says "Why don't you sing like that?" and Jane replies with a pleasant smile, "Why don't you look like him?"

Peggy's no

There are dozens of scenes in which Peggy Olson triumphs. The one where she gets the big office; the one where she sits in Don's chair; the one where she bribes Roger out of $400. Her general success and power as a woman in a man's world make her shine, and it's honestly not because those scenes are surprisingly hard to find on youtube that we've gone with this one. It's short, sweet and sasha fierce.


Joan's damning decorum

This very English chap from perhaps season 5 is Lane Pryce's secretary but fancies himself as an arm. (See clip). Through her expertly polite patronising, Joan buries him.

Trudy's one line war

"If you so much as open your fly to urinate, I will destroy you", must be up there with the greatest things a woman has ever said to a man. There's little else to say on the matter.

Joan never liked you

A definite bias towards Joan emerging here but this third strike is gold. You know what they say about red heads.

by Sarah Raphael Season 7 of Mad Men begins 16th April



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