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'Mad Men': The highs and lows of its classic characters

"Mad Men" hasn't only given us great television over the past seven seasons -- it's also given us great characters. As the show begins its final seven episodes on Sunday, April 5, here are some high (and low) points of its main characters since its 2007 debut.

Don Draper (Jon Hamm)

High: Working late into the night on the
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High: Working late into the night on the Samsonite account, a drunk Don passes out on Peggy's lap, wakes up and sees Anna Draper (Melinda Page Hamilton). "The only person in the world who really knew me," he cries. "Not true," says Peggy (Elisabeth Moss). ("The Suitcase," Season 4)

High: While hanging with Midge Daniels (Rosemarie DeWitt)
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High: While hanging with Midge Daniels (Rosemarie DeWitt) and her beatnik buddies -- one of whom decides Don is in service to corporate America and therefore part of some monstrous lie -- Don says, "I hate to break it to you, but there is no big lie. There is no system. The universe is indifferent." There were also hundreds of other great Draper lines -- including "What you call 'love' was invented by guys like me, to sell nylons." ("The Hobo Code," Season 1)

High: Don gives the pitch of pitches for
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High: Don gives the pitch of pitches for a new Kodak product: "This is not a spaceship, it's a time machine. It goes backwards and forwards, and it takes us to a place where we ache to go again. . . . It's called the Carousel. It lets us travel around and around and back home again." ("The Wheel," Season 1)

Low: Don reveals the suicide of his half-brother
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Low: Don reveals the suicide of his half-brother Adam (Jay Paulson) to his wife, Betty (January Jones). "I turned him away. He just wanted to be part of my life and I couldn't risk all of this." ("The Gypsy and the Hobo," Season 3)

Low: He has an affair with Andrea (Mädchen
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Low: He has an affair with Andrea (Mädchen Amick), which he regrets -- throws her to the floor, chokes her to death, pushes the body under the bed. All just a terrible and ominous nightmare. ("Mystery Date," Season 3)

Low: Caught in flagrante delicto with Sylvia Rosen
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Low: Caught in flagrante delicto with Sylvia Rosen (Linda Cardellini) by daughter Sally (Kiernan Shipka), then does what he does best -- lie: "I was comforting Mrs. Rosen. She was upset. It's very complicated." ("Favors," Season 6)

Peggy Olson (Elisabeth Moss)

High: Finally gets the nerve to yell back
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High: Finally gets the nerve to yell back at Don, and yells well! "You win because of some stupid idea from Danny [Danny Strong], who you had to hire because you stole his other stupid idea because you were drunk." Zing. ("The Suitcase," Season 4)

High: Bluntly rebuffs Don's demand to join his
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High: Bluntly rebuffs Don's demand to join his new agency: "You just assume I'll do whatever you say," Peggy responds. "I'm not gonna beg you," Don says. "Beg me? You didn't even ask me," she says. ("Close the Door, Have a Seat," Season 3)

High: Creates an excellent ad for Heinz, and
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High: Creates an excellent ad for Heinz, and when the company executives turn it down flat -- because she is a woman -- Peggy offers the ad's defense: "It's young and it's beautiful, and no one else is going to figure out how to say that about beans." No one does. ("Far Away Places," Season 5)

Low: Peggy does a Don -- gets drunk,
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Low: Peggy does a Don -- gets drunk, goes to a movie theater and has a creepy tryst with a stranger sitting next to her (while both watch the movie). ("Far Away Places,"Season 5)

Low: Peggy accidentally stabs Abe Drexler (Charlie Hofheimer),
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Low: Peggy accidentally stabs Abe Drexler (Charlie Hofheimer), her live-in, bohemian boyfriend, with a knife, thinking he's a burglar. He later tells her, in the ambulance: "Your activities are offensive to my every waking moment. You'll always be the enemy." ("The Better Half," Season 6)

Low: She joins the dark side when she
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Low: She joins the dark side when she goes to work with Ted Chaough (Kevin Rahm), who gives her a new cigarette brand account, Virginia Slims: "Smoke it, name it, sell it." ("The Phantom," Sesson 5)

Pete Campbell (Vincent Kartheiser)

High: Among all at Sterling Cooper, Pete was
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High: Among all at Sterling Cooper, Pete was the most enlightened about the plight of African-Americans. Pushed for black actors on Admiral commercials, unprecedented for the time, and when someone wondered about the need for civil rights demonstrations, he observed: "Because Lassie can stay at the Waldorf and they [blacks] can't." ("My Old Kentucky Home," Season 3)

High: Refuses to go to the suburban home
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High: Refuses to go to the suburban home of his in-laws during the Cuban missile crisis, and -- in a line that New Yorkers, and New Yorkers in spirit, cheered -- explained: "If I'm going to die, I'm going to die in Manhattan." ("Meditations in an Emergency," Season 2)

High: Pete at his best is invariably Pete
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High: Pete at his best is invariably Pete in the office -- making decisions that suit him, of course, but also the agency. Like the time, during the 1960 presidential campaign, he suggests buying up the air time in some swing states for a laxative commercial, thus preventing JFK's ad team from buying the commercial time. (Sterling Cooper was the agency for Richard Nixon, who still lost.) ("Shoot," Season 1)

Low: After getting Peggy pregnant, then ignoring her,
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Low: After getting Peggy pregnant, then ignoring her, he refuses to dance with her at an office party, saying he "doesn't like her like this." ("The Hobo Code," Season 1)

Low: During a drivers' ed class, he laughs
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Low: During a drivers' ed class, he laughs during a screening of "Signal 30" -- an instructional film about auto accidents -- then flirts with a teenage girl who is watching as well. ("Signal 30," Season 5)

Low: At the culmination of an affair with
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Low: At the culmination of an affair with Beth (Alexis Bledel), he gets in a fistfight with her husband on the train to Cos Cob. ("The Phantom," Season 5)

Roger Sterling (John Slattery)

High: Roger got all the best lines, including,
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High: Roger got all the best lines, including, "Somewhere in this business, this has happened before," when a British ad exec nearly loses a foot after a John Deere tractor rolls over it, in the office. ("Guy Walks into an Advertising Agency," Season 3)

High: Roger took all the wildest trips! Or
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High: Roger took all the wildest trips! Or one of them anyway. After dinner at a friend's home, he takes LSD and flies to faraway places, later ending his marriage to Jane (Peyton List) in the same episode. Too much tripping did not help. ("Far Away Places," Season 5)

High: Roger nearly dies in the first season
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High: Roger nearly dies in the first season while entertaining a pair of twins "hired" for a Dr. Scholl's commercial. A memorable and important moment because he has another heart attack, and Don gets a partnership in the agency ("Waldorf Stories," Season 4)

Low: Roger does blackface and sings
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Low: Roger does blackface and sings "My Old Kentucky Home" at a party. Everyone is horrified. ("Old Kentucky Home," Season 3)

Low: He insults Japanese clients during a meeting
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Low: He insults Japanese clients during a meeting with Honda, uttering racial epithets and making references to atomic bombs. ("The Chrysanthemum and the Sword," Season 4)

Low: Kicks everyone out at the memorial for
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Low: Kicks everyone out at the memorial for his mother: "This is my funeral!" ("The Doorway," Season 6)

Betty Draper Francis (January Jones)

High: Betty didn't get a lot of great
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High: Betty didn't get a lot of great scenes, but when she had a great line, you remembered it, like this one to Don, referring to new wife, Megan (Jessica Paré): "That poor girl. She doesn't know that loving you is the worst way to get to you." ("To Have and to Hold," Season 6)

High: Betty has had a rich dream life.
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High: Betty has had a rich dream life. Recall the one when a caterpillar crawled down her hand, and her mother, holding a bloody cloth, said, "See what happens to people who speak up?" ("The Fog," Season 3)

High: Saying nothing, she opens Don's drawer, and
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High: Saying nothing, she opens Don's drawer, and his secret life comes spilling out, including a cardboard box with the Whitman family photos. ("The Color Blue," Season 3)

Low: She and daughter Sally have a fraught
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Low: She and daughter Sally have a fraught relationship -- and it doesn't help when she offers Sally a cigarette, with this line: "I'm sure your father's given you a beer." (Sally: "My father's never given me anything.") ("The Quality of Mercy," Season 6)

Low: She slaps Helen Bishop (Darby Stanchfield) after
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Low: She slaps Helen Bishop (Darby Stanchfield) after the neighbor and mother of creepy Glen (Marten Holden Weiner) scolds Betty for giving himn a lock of her hair. ("Red in the Face," Season 1)

Low: She and son Bobby have a fraught
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Low: She and son Bobby have a fraught relationship, too. Ordering him to eat the gumdrops he has traded his sandwich for on a field trip ("Field Trip," Season 7)

Sally Draper (Kiernan Shipka)

High: Sally emerges as the only one who
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High: Sally emerges as the only one who truly grieves the death of her grandfather. "Nobody cares that he's really, really, really gone." She goes to bed with the book he gave her, "The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire." ("The Arrangements" Season 3)

High: Sally has a memorable time at a
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High: Sally has a memorable time at a ball in New York, where she observes the depravity of adults (parents included) firsthand. "How's the city?" her pal asks. "Dirty," she says. ("At the Codfish Ball," Season 5)

High: After calling police about
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High: After calling police about "Grandma Ida," whom she had let in to rob her father's apartment, she later tells him: "I asked her everything I know. She had an answer for everything and I realized I don't know anything about you." ("The Crash," Season 6)

Low: Downs a glass a whiskey, later smokes,
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Low: Downs a glass a whiskey, later smokes, then tells her mother that her father left the family because Betty is "mean and stupid." ("The Mountain King," Season 2)

Joan Holloway (Christina Hendricks)

High: Joan rebuffs Bob Benson (James Wolk), who
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High: Joan rebuffs Bob Benson (James Wolk), who offers a marriage of convenience. Says he, "You are near 40 in a two-room apartment with a mother and a little boy." Joan replies that she wants love, not "some arrangement." ("The Strategy," Season 7)

High: Joan mourns the death of Marilyn Monroe:
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High: Joan mourns the death of Marilyn Monroe: "This world destroyed her" and tells Roger that one day he, too, will lose someone and it will be "very painful." ("Six Month Leave," Season 2 )

High: Joan gets one of the best lines
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High: Joan gets one of the best lines in "Mad Men" history when a lawn mower nearly severs the foot of the ad exec about to run her agency: "One minute you're on top of the world, the next minute some secretary's running you over with a lawn mower." ("Guy Walks into an Advertising Agency," Season 3)

Low: She bashes Greg (Sam Page) -- her
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Low: She bashes Greg (Sam Page) -- her husband who had raped her in an earlier episode -- with a vase. Or was this a high point? ("The Gypsy and the Hobo," Season 3)

Low: In order for the firm to land
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Low: In order for the firm to land a prestigious account, she agrees to sleep with the head of the Jaguar Dealers Association -- in exchange for a 5 percent partnership in the agency. ("The Other Woman," Season 5)

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