Mad Men - Don Draper and the waitress - Sukiyaki

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md1960md : If you've seen the entire episode, this scene makes perfect sense. Don has just told Mohawk Airlines that SC is dropping them to pursue American Airlines. It was a decision Don didn't like because he gave Mohawk his word that SC would stick with them as they grew. He just got finished being unfaithful to his word in a business deal and he hated it. Now he has (another) chance to be unfaithful to his wife, but this time (surprisingly) he passes it up. He can't stomach the idea of being so unfaithful again so soon.

Mark Quintana : You know you're a pimp, when you can be depressed and women still come up to you and hit on you.

David Hutchinson : He's just one of those lucky guys. I had two friends who were like that. Just sitting around and women walk up to them and say the craziest shit. It's a wonderful life.

tallnsexy63 : I don't get why so many people are distraught by her garb/hair being Chinese and the song being Japanese. Someone mentioned that the commentary said it was intentional, and that seems perfectly plausible.This was America during the 60's. Honesty, most people didn't know the difference. It was all just exotic. Even now, most people watching this at home probably didn't notice. It's about atmosphere. The atmosphere of international restaurants is always exaggerated in a stereotypical way. It's even true in a contemporary light, albeit to less an extreme. There is a sushi place right down the road from me and not a single Japanese person works there. As long as the workers are Asian, no one bats an eye. I think the whole series portrays the ignorance of the time in regards to anyone who wasn't a well-off white male very well. 

Benny Forthwith : Now that is one fine woman right there.

Bre : Ever since I saw this scene when it aired I've probably listened to sukiyaki a million times.

Arundel Mercure : I love the subtlety and sophistication here. Don seems in the depths of loneliness, this lovely lady merely hints at attraction, in a ladylike way. There's so much unsaid. It's not to be, but that's all right. That's class. I wish I lived in such an elegant world. I always remembered this brief exchange, I found it nice to watch again, thank you.

David Kiperman : Draper has one rule: no Asian chicks.

Chris Mahon : The ability to pick up a subtle flirt and recognize it as such is a skill very few men possess. For most men, that initial question asked by the waitress would have been met with a response of "Yes, I am. Thank you." His reply of "excuse me" forces the waitress to be more direct with her flirt. That is why this scene stood out for most of us. Else, it would have been all but forgotten. +md1960md nailed it with the interpretation of the scene. I believe that is exactly what they wanted to capture with this encounter.

Abdul E : You know you're alpha when you're rejecting beautiful women.

Jose Flores : How do you guys know she's hitting on him, it's her job as a waitress to be nice, what hints that she wants him?

Eric Roberts : I don't know how politically incorrect this scene was. I don't care. I don't know about whether some are offended that is culturally mismatched. I don't care. I just know one thing for certain. The actress portraying the waitress is one of the most beautiful women I have ever seen. It was a joy watching her and hearing her speak. Mr. Draper would probably agree.

STFU768 : what is this man in the high castle or some shit lol

InsomnicZombie : I wish I had confidence like Don Draper...instead I'm living a boring life :/

Sri Sivarajan : Excellent music choice, especially given the guy who sings this song dies in an aeroplane crash in the 80s. Foreboding :(

Laman Ganbarova : I can imagine her wearing Guerlain's 'Mitsouko' perfume, what a stunning, mysterious beauty.

Oneiros : All the beta males commenting below on what they would have said and done - from the perspective of their scarcity mindsets haha

jazzytds : Despite all this was a great scene, and they both looked like a vintage magazine photo...gorgeous.

benana : My boss looks kind of like Don, except he has no hair..... At all.... :(

jjrod33 : how did he not hit that.

fos4242 : I don't get it.. If a waitress says "I could swing back around" I would assume she means she'll be back to take orders for more drinks. Maybe this is why I never get laid with waitresses.

Jack D. Ripper : My favorite scene from the entire series!

frycook48 : Such a small little scene, but I love this exchange. Mad Men is one of the finest shows on TV. What a soundtrack too, Sukiyaki is simply perfect :)

JoSoong : some creepy-ass comments, jesus christ.

sentafria : He could just take her to a motel and then throw her away in the morning.

umchanmademedoit : i don't get this scene...

kjborchers : Who cares if she is Chinese in a Japanese restaurant?  Geez!  You people are crazy!  A lot of asian restaurants have many different types of people working in them.  Lots of times, Chinese will work in Korean restaurants or Vietnamese restaurants and vice versa.  Just enjoy it for what it is and quit nit picking.

H Kn : asians are not a commodity or pieces of meat. Have some respect

pip4 : LOL I love all the alpha vs beta comments etc. How women throw themselves at him etc. Which is true in the series, but this scene is different. No one really picked on Don's smile followed by "not tonight", and her casual almost-business like acceptance of that? (hint: prostitution)

XxMyLameUserNamexX : I liked this scene because it shows us that Don doesn't cheat because of his libido, or because he can, he does it to comfort himself whenever he feels like crap. It also shows us that he doesn't want to cheat, but he does because it's like his medication. He's not such a man whore after all.

jonwiley : And I want everyone to note... Draper gets women coming to him without being half naked (as it seems one has to do on the Net these days) but fully dressed in a suit; it's all about animal magnetism

YouPube : I hate hollywood for making everything with asia into chinese, everything about east asia: japan and korea always be chinese in hollywood.. they are not same god dammit!!

SolidGaby : I wish I could be as smooth as that girl...

Simon Pheenix : She was not flirting or implying anything other than customer service.

Jack D. Ripper : Japanese waitress was played by Elisabeth Tsing.

Hol Dek : Yeah, I mean, remember, he fought them in Korea.

Richard Beman : The epitome of early 1963...We could use some of that right now..

Dixon Nahrwold : good to see the waitress hitting on charlie for once

vazquezb2011 : I'd be damned, the women throwing themselves at Don Draper are stunners...

Jan Viator : Haha, an Asian woman in a qipao while a Japanese song plays in the background. This reminds me of my pals and I like to joke about how it don't matter as long they're asian whenever we go to a sushi place and all the workers were obviously Vietnamese or Filipino.

Doofus Rufus : Guess Don doesn't have an Asian fetish, I sure do! ;)

SaddenedSoul : Don's a serial adulterer. I, for one, am not condoning that. However, I wouldn't say the man is totally irredeemable. He has his strengths. He's loyal in a different sense to his friends and family; he does have a certain integrity and work ethic that suggests a sense of honor. And he does try at different points in the series to be better, to not give into his appetites. He doesn't often succeed, but it's tantalizing to watch him try.

cuchulainn424 : "I have to drop this off but I could swing back around on my way out?"

Todd Hargrave : The song "Ue wo Muite Arukou" was sung and written by Kyu Sakamoto who died in an Japan Airlines plane crash deadlier than the AA one in this episode. Just thought that was an extremely brilliant reference.

RoxanneJ81 : It's so interesting to see how far Don has fallen. I'm guessing season six was "rock bottom." Come April 13, we'll see if he changes and/or bounces back.


Austin Newsom : Don the mind reader interacting with robotic Asian waitress who lacks all facial expression. This scene is a great example of subtle writing not being the same as good writing. It's a parody of human behavior and interaction.

whisp : Americans nowadays can't find iraq on a world map, don't expect them to know that.

Mprator : Draper turns down more tail than most guys will ever get.

Liusila : But he obviously was feeling like crap in this occasion. I agree that he does it to comfort himself, but he almost never bothers to at least feel guilty about being unfaithful and heck, quite often becomes infatuated with his lovers, at least for a short while.