Meredith: “I really hope he’s in a better place.”
Roger: “He’s not dead, stop saying that!”
Meredith: “There’s a lot of places better than here.”
Meredith is right. The large offices on Madison Avenue aren’t for everyone. They weren’t for Shirley, who left the company after sharing a candid truth: that advertising “isn’t comfortable” for everyone. They weren’t for Joan, who learned standing up to sexism would literally cost her to the tune of hundreds of thousands of dollars. They weren’t for Pete, who found the fastest way to climb the corporate ladder is to take a personal jet to the top. And of course, the life at McCann-Erickson doesn’t exactly suit Don Draper, either. But more on that later.