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"The Summer Man" from Season 4 of Mad Men is an episode unlike any other. The Draper that we’ve seen is troubled (this is clear from the first moments of the Pilot, with Don zoning out as a Tums dissolves in a glass of water), but this episode is the first time that he really confronts what has turned into his life. The downward spiral is put to a halt, and the episode ends with a genuine smile, an authentic sign of happiness. This new Draper is conscious of his health - he swims now, realizes he has no control on his drinking problem - and he starts to keep a journal, thus coming to grips with his habit of keeping everything in and pretending it doesn’t exist. This new Don Draper is self-conscious enough to realize that “we’re flawed, because we want so much. We’re ruined, because we get these things, and wish for what we had.” This episode has solidified the major reason why I love Mad Men and why I look up to Don Draper the way that I do: It’s because when I see Draper, I’m really seeing myself. The man that I can become, the man that I’m capable of being, the man that I am now. 

"The Summer Man" from Season 4 of Mad Men is an episode unlike any other. The Draper that we’ve seen is troubled (this is clear from the first moments of the Pilot, with Don zoning out as a Tums dissolves in a glass of water), but this episode is the first time that he really confronts what has turned into his life. The downward spiral is put to a halt, and the episode ends with a genuine smile, an authentic sign of happiness. This new Draper is conscious of his health - he swims now, realizes he has no control on his drinking problem - and he starts to keep a journal, thus coming to grips with his habit of keeping everything in and pretending it doesn’t exist. This new Don Draper is self-conscious enough to realize that “we’re flawed, because we want so much. We’re ruined, because we get these things, and wish for what we had.” This episode has solidified the major reason why I love Mad Men and why I look up to Don Draper the way that I do: It’s because when I see Draper, I’m really seeing myself. The man that I can become, the man that I’m capable of being, the man that I am now. 

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