Heartwarming / Mad Men

Season 1

  • Betty and Peggys' interactions when the former waits for Don with the kids and Peggy (trying to keep the truth about Don's affair under wraps) can count as this: Peggy complimenting on how beautiful Betty looks in the office light and Betty commiserating with Peggy on how awful blind dates are and commenting on how she likes the secretary; it's even more brilliant since January Jones and Elisabeth Moss are real life friends, and they managed to put some heart into what is a very awkward position.
  • Paul and Joan reminiscing about their failed relationship and then dancing together at the very end of the Election Night party in 1960. One, two, cha-cha-cha.
  • Don's pitch for The Carousel. Which also demonstrates how good he is as an ad man.
  • Don buying Sally a dog after forgetting to bring her a birthday cake.
  • Roger breaking into tears after his wife Mona comes in to see him after his heart attack and telling him her how much he loves her. Margaret comes in and hugs her father, and the family embraces. Given that Roger spends most of the season complaining about his wife and daughter and how unhappy he is, it's a very touching and humanizing moment to see that he still cares about them.
  • Don telling Rachel about his past after they've had sex. She listens and just caresses him. It means a lot, given that it's his most closely guarded secret that not even his wife knows about.

Season 2

  • Don showing up at Peggy's bedside after she has the baby. The advice he gives her might not be great, but he thinks it is (and it does work out for her to a certain extent), and it's touching that he was concerned for her and that he recognizes that she's in a similar position to his even without knowing the details of what happened.
    Your mother told me you were quarantined. TB. I expect that was supposed to lessen my concern.
  • The scene between Don and Bobby in "Three Sundays."
    Bobby: We gotta get you a new daddy.
  • When Don and Betty drive home after their dinner with Bobbie and Jimmy Barrett as "Lollipops and Roses" plays in the background.
    Betty: I'm just so happy. When I said I wanted to be a part of your life? This is what I meant. We make a great team.
  • The third flashback showing the relationship between Don and the real Don Draper's wife Anna. It's heartwarming on multiple levels; he tells her about meeting Betty, how he loves how she looks at him and how he wants to ask her to marry him. He tells Anna that he'll always take care of her, saying that he owes everything to her and the real Donald Draper. He's very warm and even boyish, which makes this double as a bit of a Tear Jerker moment when you remember Don's present behavior and situation.
  • Don spending some alone time with his kids at his hotel room during the Missile Crisis, with Sally sharing a "knock knock" joke she made.

Season 3

  • It's almost too little, too late, but Don and Joan talking at the hospital, after the lawnmower incident. You realize that Don may be one of the only people in the world who gives her every bit of respect she deserves and acknowledges that she really runs/ran, at that point Sterling Cooper.
    • Also, earlier at the party, Peggy taking her aside to say that she hopes Joan realizes she didn't just ignore all her advice — "It's just that we can't all be you" — and Joan replying that she does consider herself to have had a hand in Peggy's success.
    • Speaking of Joan, her appearance at the office in the Season 3 finale. She's the only damn person in the entire building to actually know how the whole company works and everyone, including Roger, Don and Bert Cooper acknowledges that.
    • The part that I liked was as Joan is about to leave, she kisses Don on the cheek. I smiled at this(rare for me).
  • Betty's attempt to comfort Sally after Gene was born, by purchasing a Barbie doll, it fails after she states "it's a gift from the baby" but it's nice to see how much she cares about her children.
    • Don comforting Sally, when the girl has a nightmare about her little brother, taking both little brother and big sister together and talking about how Gene means no harm and his personality isn't formed yet and it isn't a bad thing. Nice since he's trying to tell his children (as when Bobby tried on Grandpa Gene's souvenir from the first world war) not to make the same choices he did.
      He's only a baby. We don't know who he is yet, or who he's going to be—and that is a wonderful thing.
  • Anita backing up Peggy when they make the announcement about her moving to Manhattan. Nice considering her behavior towards her sister last season and the most heartwarming Pet the Dog moment.
  • Peggy giving Don a present meant for the newborn Gene. She notes that she was the youngest and never got anything new, a bright and sweet moment before she asks Don for a raise and gets turned down.
  • Don visiting Peggy in the season finale.
    Don: I will spend the rest of my life trying to hire you.
  • Don's letter to Betty:
    I understand why you feel it's better to go on without me, and I know that you won't be alone for very long, but without you I'll be alone forever.
  • A very bittersweet one: "I hope you get what you've always wanted." Showing that Don finally gets it, because his go-to excuse for cheating on Betty and generally disrespecting her had been that he had given her everything she could possibly want.
  • Very small one in the season finale - as Don and Peggy walk into the office, it cuts to a reaction shot from Harry and Pete - Pete is a little disconcerted, but Harry looks adorably delighted that Peggy is coming aboard.

Season 4

  • Don carrying a sleeping Anna to bed right after he finds out she has cancer and painting her living room without being asked in 4.03.
    • Dick + Anna '64
  • The Pet the Dog scene where Greg stitches up Joan's finger and makes her laugh with a joke. It is a genuinely sweet moment that may even almost make you forget about the whole RAPE THING.
  • Towards the end of "Waldorf Stories", Peggy sees Kenny at SCDP, her reaction is to approach him and hug him.
  • Don and Peggy in "The Suitcase", once Don stops acting like such an asshole. They steal each other's dinner at a diner, get drunk, and end up curled up on his office couch. In the morning, Peggy is there when Don calls California, discovering that Anna died. He breaks down, and Peggy puts an arm around him:
    Don: She was the only person who really knew me.
    Peggy: That's not true.
    • The end scene the day after when Don calls her in. Peggy and Don are looking over something that Don had finally come up with and they discuss it for a few. During a pause, Don reaches over for Peggy's hand, squeezes it, and lingers there as they look at each other smiling. Anna may be gone, but he recognizes a kindred spirit in Peggy.
      • And, of course, it's an echo of the end of the first episode. How far we've come.
  • Bert Cooper's eulogy for Ms. Ida Blankenship: "She was born in 1898 in a barn. She died on the 37th floor of a skyscraper. She's an astronaut."
  • Much of The Beautiful Girls with Sally and Don's interactions, Sally trying to show how much she wants to live with Don and Don trying to be a good father. The Rum French toast was awesome. A very subtle one is Don telling Sally they can only go to one place, and have to be at the office at noon. In the next scene, they arrive at the office just before 5 o'clock.
    • A subtle one but Megan comforting Sally after she falls after running away from Don (who revealed Betty is picking her up), assuring her that she falls a lot too; with Joan and Peggy looking on with concern at the Drapers, the two are the least involved in the Betty/Don/Sally drama yet with the knowledge that Peggy has a difficult relationship with her Mom and Joan later turns out to have a competitive relationship with hers, the fact that they can grasp Sally's pain is very sweet.
  • Sally's delight at finding out when Don gets her tickets to see the Beatles at their Shea Stadium concert, and Betty being genuinely happy for Sally.
  • After Don has a panic attack because he thinks the feds are going to discover his secret during an otherwise-routine background check, Faye stays with him despite him asking her to leave, and when he, tired of running, tells her about his identity theft, she stays with him. This is in stark contrast to Betty's (pretty much justified) reaction the previous season. Close to the end of the episode, she tells him that they'll do whatever it takes to keep him safe. This is particularly heartwarming, considering he thought that, with Anna gone, there was no one else in the world who could know him and love him anyway.
  • Don anonymously making Pete's contractual payment to the company coffer, repaying Pete for taking the fall for losing the government contract that would have exposed Don's identity.
    • Also, the fact that Pete immediately starts trying to help Don cover himself after he realizes that the security clearance is threatening him. How far they've come since the Season 1 blackmail attempt.

Season 5

  • Lane and Joan's chat in his office, where he goes as far as to recreate Megan's cabaret routine to cheer her up.
    • Earlier everyone welcoming Joan back, especially Peggy hugging Joan and Caroline remarking how amazing she looks. Everyone at the once does miss you Joanie.
  • Don being a proud and concerned dad to Sally in "At the Codfish Ball": "You know what makes me happy? A beautiful young lady who will someday be wearing makeup, but not today".
  • Harry giving Paul $500note  so he can start a life outside the Krishnas. As Paul says, while the Krishnas keep saying that they want to help him, Harry is the first person who actually has.
  • Don coming over to tell Joan she doesn't need to worry about spending the night with Herb since he'll ace his pitch and if he doesn't, life will go on; it touches Joan to know that not all the partners were up for this indecent proposal.
    • In The Christmas Waltz: Don takes Joan for a day out for drinks and fun after she loses her temper after receiving divorce papers from Greg. He doesn't have all the details but he recognizes Joan's pain and respects that; the episode shows that they are clearly platonically close to one another and very alike. Then Don sends Joan roses with a note that reads "Your Mother succeeded" as an Ironic Echo of Joan stating her Mother raised her 'to be admired' and that Don tripped her up because he never made a play for her. That note stated that he admires Joan for who she is as a person rather than for her looks.
  • Betty hugging Sally, who is distraught over having had her first period.
    • A tiny moment: when Betty explains to Sally the biology of menstruation, she tells Sally it's to prepare her for childbearing and she makes a little comment that tells Sally that she doesn't have to be a mother.
  • The bittersweet ending scene of "Commissions and Fees" where Don lets Glenn drive his car after asking him "What's the one thing you want to do most in life?" Glenn had asked Don why everything turned to crap and in an effort to cheer him up, he let him do that. It was just a really bittersweet end to the episode.
  • After a rather awkward parting in "The Other Woman", Don and Peggy meet again in "The Phantom" where they finally treat one another as equals. It shows how far both of them have come.

Season 6

  • Finding out in the season premiere that even though she's been at a rival ad agency for months Peggy and Stan call each other late at night to laugh about work. Their relationship has come along way and they've developed a great friendship.
  • Following the death of his mother, Roger's sense of mortality is shaken further when he learns that his shoeshiner has also died and left him a shoeshine kit, as Roger was the only person who asked about him. While it initially left him weeping, Roger eventually kept the shoeshine kit in his office as a piece of furniture for the rest of the series (even after moving his office to the second floor), even using it to polish his shoes in "For Immediate Release".
  • YMMV, but seeing Peggy so happy while interacting with Ted was pretty adorable....at first.
  • Don taking his son Bobby to see Planet of the Apes even though Betty is punishing him by forbidding him to watch TV.
    • Bobby trying to comfort the black usher after Martin Luther King's assassination by telling him that people like to see movies when they're sad.
  • Joan and Peggy talking about how things are going in their lives during the merger. It's really sweet to see them interact this way, especially when Joan remarks that her son is "the man in her life".
  • Peggy helping Stan with his "dart" injury and the heart to heart (and kiss) they share. He tells her that his cousin (who attended Don's birthday party last season) died in Vietnam months ago and he's been numbing the pain with drugs and sex. She tells him (and also a reversal of what Don told her at the hospital) that he has to own his loss, an altogether sweet moment until she finds him having sex with Gleason's grieving teen daughter.
  • Oddly. Peggy and Mrs. Campbell conversing. Mrs. Campbell may be senile (and mistook Peggy for Trudy) but she treats a patient and bemused Peggy warmly and congratulates her for sticking by Pete "for the sake of the baby". Heartwarming also in that she was often snubbing Trudy during the earlier seasons.
    • Later on, Peggy and Pete have a deep conversation over drinks and are giddy. They came very far from their interactions in the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd seasons.
  • Don and Betty visiting their son Bobby at summer camp on "Parents Day" and singing "Father Abraham" with him in the cafeteria.
  • Betty offering Sally a cigarette. That's right, the characters in this show are so dysfunctional that a mother offering her teenaged daughter tobacco is heartwarming.
  • Glen demonstrating his loyalty to Sally and kicking his friend Rolo's ass after the latter tried to coerce her into making out with him and called her a tease.
  • Ginsburg has an anxiety attack before the Manischewitz meeting and Bob tries to calm him down. Stan gets offended. "Oh him you can talk to him? Ginsberg: "I love you, you know that, you're a mother hen." and Stan accepts it. This after telling Peggy he hated Stan a few episodes earlier!
  • Joan inviting Roger over Thanksgiving (even if Bob Benson was also there) and his feeding their baby Kevin.
  • The look between Sally and Don as Don takes the kids to the dilapidated whorehouse that he grew up in that seems to show an understanding between them.
    • Followed by Judy Collins' cover of the Joni Mitchell song "Both Sides Now" playing over the end credits.

Season 7A

  • Stan counseling Peggy after dealing with Lou's ass-hat behavior, even when the latter lashes out.
  • After finding out about Don's leave of absence from work and spending the day talking with him, Sally regains a measure of her love for him:
    "Happy Valentine's Day. I love you."
    • What really sells it is Don's expression after she's gone. It's like a mix of relief that his daughter still loves him and fear that he could still lose that love.
      • Also a bit of surprise, as it's one of the few times that Don has been on the receiving end of such an unbridled declaration of acceptance. Aside from Anna Draper, so many of Don's loved ones had always "loved" him as how he wanted them to see him out of fear that they wouldn't be able to accept him otherwise. Whereas now Sally knew just about everything there is to know about Don and recognizes him anyway (in contrast, she displays little care for Betty when talking about her with her friends).
    • The Zombies' "This Will Be Our Year" playing over the end credits.
  • While Don's return to SC&P in "Field Trip" is mostly awkward and depressing, the creative team (sans Lou and Peggy) and Dawn are genuinely pleased to see him again.
    • Ken being happy to see Don again and showing him pictures of his newborn son Eddie. He also tells Don of taking son to the carousel at the park reminded him of Don.
    • Even though it turned sour for Betty and Bobby, it was really great to see how enthusiastic Bobby was to have Betty come to the field trip with him.
    • And though Don and Roger's initial reunion in the episode was frosty (with Roger omitting to tell the partners about Don's return further straining things between them), Roger is extremely passionate in arguing for Don's case against the rest of the firm's partners.
    • Stan holding out his hand for a very prickly Peggy after Ginsberg insults her, shows how much he cares for her even at her worst.
  • After moving into Lane's former office, Don discovered Lane's Mets pennant forgotten for two years in a neglected cranny of the room. Just when viewers are left to assume that he has confined the relic to the trash, it ends up clinging in the same corner of the room as it was in Lane's time, as a reminder of a late partner whose contribution to the firm has been largely forgotten at this point.
  • Freddie Rumsen helping a very drunk Don get out of the office without the partners becoming aware of said drunkenness. After Don wakes up after blacking out, Freddie manages to convince him to get his act together.
  • Roger's secretary Caroline playing with his young grandson around the office and the boy being happy to see his grandfather.
  • Roger and his estranged daughter Margaret getting along at the commune she ran off to and he starts to see why she wants to live this more free lifestyle. Later that night they lie on hay in a barn looking up at the stars, talking and finally sharing a tender father/daughter moment. Unfortunately it doesn't last as later she goes off to have sex with one of her fellow hippies. The next morning Roger unsuccessfully tries to drag her back home to her husband and child but she refuses and she bitterly gives him a "Reason You Suck" Speech about the way he neglected her while she was growing up.
  • In "The Runaways" Sally and Bobby talk about his fears concerning Betty getting another divorce and about how lost and scared he feels (including a chronically aching stomach), Sally lets him in her bed and they sleep together.
  • Don immediately wanting to help Anna Draper's niece Stephanie when she calls him from L.A. when out of money and pregnant out of wedlock. He tells her to go to Megan's house there and wait for him. Unfortunately Megan gets jealous and sends her off with a check before Don arrives in LA to see her. She phones him later from Oakland and Don tells her he's worried about her and to call him as soon as the baby's born.
  • We learn that Peggy regularly has Julio, the young boy who lives upstairs over to watch television with her. Notice that she puts pretzels out. Awww.
  • Stan riding down in the elevator with Ginsberg as he's being taken out of the office, strapped to a gurney to presumably a mental hospital, after going insane and gave Peggy a box with his cut off nipple inside.
  • Peggy and Stan both happy to see Megan again when she visits Don at the office and Megan sad to hear about Ginsberg going crazy and being placed in a mental hospital.
    • Finding out that Stan has since visited Ginsberg.
  • Joan telling Bob that he deserves to be able to marry someone he loves. She's come a long way from season 1.
  • Don cheering Peggy up by dancing with her to "My Way" by Frank Sinatra and hugging her after she's spent a whole episode second-guessing the Burger Chef pitch.
    • And then there's the dinner they have with Pete at the end at Burger Chef. Peggy has made peace with both her father figure and baby daddy.
  • After finding out that Cutler's planning to push him out ("Waterloo"), Don lets Peggy take over the presentation of the Burger Chef pitch so that she'll get all the credit for the work that she's done.
    • And he has to talk her into it, both for the firm's sake to get the business as well as hers to finally make her big break. It is perhaps the biggest selfless act Don had pulled all series long.
    • And during the presentation, Peggy is scanning the room - we see it in slow-motion - at a roomful of male execs laughing at a bad joke Pete told, clearly nervous and overwhelmed. And then she looks at Don sitting next to her, who gives her the best smile he can give her to settle her nerves. And then Don gets the room settled down to business to listen to her pitch.
    • This makes the heartfelt hug between the two after winning the pitch even more satisfying.
  • The scenes of everybody watching the moon landing.
  • Peggy's relationship with Julio along with her assuring herself and the heartbroken boy that his Mother is moving them to Newark for his benefit.
  • Roger's reaction to Bert's death. While it's mostly a Tear Jerker, it also goes to show that, beyond the snark, the two men really did care for each other on a personal level. Additionally, after he realizes that Cutler will use this as an opportunity to oust Don from the firm, Roger calls the latter to express his sorrow.
    Roger: I'm going to lose you, too.
  • The joyful wave goodbye that Bert Cooper's ghost gives Don Draper as he sings "The Best Things In Life Are Free."

Season 7B

  • When the execs at McCann Erickson request that Ken be fired, Roger and Pete go along with it. When Don finds out about it, he immediately offers to help him fight it. Ken declines the offer but it helps him get over his Despair Event Horizon.
    • There is also (despite it ending in an argument) Cynthia's concern for Ken and wanting him to quit, just so he can do what he always wanted: writing.
    • In that same episode, seeing Peggy have fun with her blind date. This has been the happiest she's been in a long time.
  • Despite there being an argument, Peggy was rather concerned with Stan being seduced by a hustler-like Pima, no matter how much they disagree with one another, she does care for him.
  • Betty and Glen bonding once more before he leaves for Vietnam (of course it turns Squicky)
    • Joan having fun with Richard, a man she met in California. The happiest she's been in a long time.
  • "Time & Life" has plenty:
    • Pete warns Peggy about the takeover, just enough for her to look for a new job, he tells Joan she can kick ass anywhere she works after she worries no one else would take her seriously, and had comforted Trudy when she confesses to the harassment and ostracization she faces as a divorced woman. Nice for a guy that's normally a Jerkass.
    • Don and Roger talk. Roger gives him a platonic kiss.
    • Stan comforts Peggy when she confesses about her baby.
      • Then the following day (presumably) the two talk on the phone together locked up in their offices and Peggy asks Stan to stay on the phone with her even when they're not talking. In some ways, this could be argued as being far more intimate than a kiss.
    • Joan is on the phone with Richard (their relationship from the previous episode still intact), and tells him to brace himself for bad news (namely, that her firm has been dissolved). Before she can get to the specifics, he stops her and says that it's something that should be told face-to-face, before booking a flight from California to New York. It's enough to slightly brighten Joan's mood.
  • During SC&P's absorption into McCann, Shirley tells Roger that she's leaving the company because advertising is “not a comfortable place for everyone.” Her final words to him are, "You're very amusing."
  • Roger and Peggy bond in SC&P's abandoned offices. He starts being extremely reluctant and pessimistic about being absorbed by McCann but he gradually cheers up. He tells her a story about how when he was in the navy, he was reluctant to jump into a lagoon because it was too far a drop from the ship; he eventually did it, he "just needed a push."
    • Peggy reasons that SC&P wasn't completely cheery. He asks her, “Is that really how you’re going to remember this place?” "No," she admits.
    • He offers her Bert's copy of "The Dream of the Fisherman's Wife," which she refuses since she needs to make men feel at ease. He assures her that she doesn't. Sure enough, when she finally moves into her office, she's carrying "The Dream of the Fisherman's Wife" with her.
    • Before that, they have a routine where she skates around the office and he plays the organ, she even skates where Miss Blankmanship and Lane died. A fitting homage to a dead agency and their former colleagues and the most time two characters spent with one another.
  • Richard gives Joan advice on how to deal with the trouble she's having at McCann, first telling her she can quit and travel with him and when learning it's a business problem, he tells her to get a lawyer and "a guy" on her side who'll show up.
  • Don visits Betty at her home, and the two engage in some light teasing with one another. As Betty preps herself for schooling, Don gives her a vote of confidence, even using his old Affectionate Nickname for her.
    Don: Knock 'em dead, Birdie.
  • Roger and Shirley parting with him being disappointed at the thought she wasn't transferred and learning that she quit on her terms and she sweetly and snarkily gives him these parting words. Basically in that episode, with Shirley and Peggy (and later Meredith), it shows he came far from being the Dirty Old Man that lusts that lusts over women young enough to be his daughter to being an older, friendly figure to them.
  • After being offered a new job, Pete goes to Trudy's house and asks her to move with him to Wichita. She accepts.
    Pete: I want to start over. And I know I can. I'm not so dumb anymore. I'm not ignoring the fact that I could actually lose your love.
    Trudy: You never lost it. But I will never allow you to hurt me again.
    Pete: I love you, too. I always have. I've never loved anyone else. Never.
    Trudy: You think you can come in here when I'm all disoriented and say the things I wanted you to say to me two years ago and make me run away with you?
    Pete: I said it to you 10 years ago and I'll say it again: I do.
    Trudy: How will I explain this to Tammy?
    Pete: Tell her her birthday wish came true. I'm gonna go. And we're gonna have dinner on Saturday night. The three of us. Like it was the first time. Good morning.
    • Earlier, his scene when he helps take care of a cut Tammy received while playing and bidding her "good bye Wonder Woman" was sweet.
  • Don bonding with the other veterans at the fundraiser. They are all strangers to him but after surviving the horrors of war they share a bond. Don is able to share a terrible secret from the war with them because they understand what war is like and will not judge him for a mistake made in the heat of battle.
  • Don giving his Cadillac and keys to this young man he met at a Kansas hotel so he can start his life over and leave that town was mighty generous and heartfelt considering that the guy tried to frame Don for the theft of the fundraiser money. Don sees a young man who is about to embark on a bad path in life and tries to steer him away from it before it's too late.
  • After learning that she has lung cancer and is going to die, Betty leaves Sally a letter with instructions and leaves off with this note acknowledging their conflicts and Sally's strength:
    Betty: Sally, I always worried about you, because you marched to the beat of your own drum, but now I know that's good. I know your life will be an adventure. I love you, Mom.
    • When Sally came home for Betty to break the news, there is a moment where she spends time with her brothers and holds Gene and kisses his neck, even calling him "Genie". A very sweet moment.
  • The finale, "Person to Person", is filled with heartwarming moments:
    • Roger reluctantly firing Meredith, who he kept as a second secretary in spite of not needing one.
      Roger: I'll give you the recommendation (Don) would have. I'm sure you'll land on your feet.
      Meredith: (cheerfully) I always do.
    • Sally teaching Bobby how to cook. She also tells him that she's not going to Madrid, implying that she's staying to take care of Betty.
    • Peggy and Stan finally admitting that they love one another and getting together.
      • For a show that loved to subvert romance in every way, they surely created one of the cheesiest, satisfying, and overall romantic moments on television. The fact that it starts off where Peggy was so upset and freaked out over the call with Don that Stan was her first port of call is one thing. Plus, Stan's confession itself was so full of emotion. The kicker, however, was Peggy's reaction as she began to talk it through and realized that she loved Stan as well. Then seeing Stan running to her office and her saying "I love you" and then the super passionate kiss. It was just so satisfying for most people
      • Later she's sitting at her typewriter at night and receives a shoulder massage from Stan, they smile, kiss, and she keeps typing, even if Stan said he wished she wasn't such a workaholic; he, unlike Richard, isn't threatened by his girlfriend's ambition and her talents.
    • Roger tells Joan he's splitting his estate between Kevin and his grandson, Ellery. They bond over their new relationships and Roger affectionately calls his son (not to his face) a "little rich bastard".
    • Ken and Joan dining with each other amicably, with Ken offering her a stellar business opportunity.
    • Peggy's excited reaction at hearing Joan invite her to catch up. Additionally, Peggy is pleasantly surprised when she finds out that Joan had spoken with Ken.
      • There is also the implication that they've both moved past their differences and past conflicts and have truly became friends, even when Peggy decides to stay at McCann Erickson.
    • Pete and Peggy's final conversation where Pete assures her that she will likely be head of the creative department by 1980.
      Pete: Some day, people are going to brag that they worked with you.
      Peggy: (stunned) What am I supposed to say to that?
      Pete: I don't know. No one's ever said it to me.
    • Pete, while offering Peggy the cactus, saying matter-of-factly "I have a five-year-old."
    • Peggy calling out Don for leaving all of the sudden, it's still very clear she worries about him.
    • The montage at the end. Pete and Trudy happily board their new private jet, Joan starts her own business, Roger and Marie have a nice dinner, Sally does the dishes for Betty, and Peggy and Stan cuddle.
    • After Joan was dumped by her boyfriend, she starts her agency, with the assistance of her Mother and babysitter. There is also a bit before she hands Kevin to her Mom and gets to work where she's embracing her son after a walk. Kevin will always be "the man in my life".
    • The last scene: at long last, Don is happy. and before, there was an insecure man named Leonard who starts crying at the support group Don attends, Don comes over and hugs him while they shed tears.
      • The last half hour works on meta level as well because for the first time in his life Don is forced to stop running. He makes a tearful confession to Peggy of all of his sins and then finally makes peace with his past in the ending.
      • Another meta example of heartwarming is from the actor who portrayed Leonard, Evan Arnold. An actor who had been around since the 80s in all sorts of bit parts, he's given a pivotal part in one of the most important scenes of one of the final episode for Mad Men and he absolutely knocked it out of the park.