Mad Men - Don Draper and the waitress - Sukiyaki

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

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.

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. 

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

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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)

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

jjrod33 : how did he not hit that.

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

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.

Llewellyn2844 : "Not tonight" is the gracious way to turn down an offer from a high-class hooker. She accepts Don's polite rebuff just as politely, so it's clear they understand each other perfectly.

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.

Luboman411 : The skills here in this subtle flirtation are centered in the eyes. He stares at her from across the room, she stares right back at him. This is how men who are successful with those women do it--they're subtle with everything else but the eyes. If the men are good looking, it helps. But if you make her laugh or charm her, while staring at her like that, it disarms her and then her interest spikes. But the eye-interchange has to happen. And it can't be a creepy/lascivious stare. Those make women recoil. So it's extremely subtle, the difference...

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

tim gong : He would make. A great Bruce wayne

w67bv2cxm : Great Feynman almighty ! This guy has some kinda' willpower.

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


Generic Meme : This scene is literally the epitome of loneliness

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

Jose Maria Grisolia Santos : Who is the actress?

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

Evilmike42 : This. This is how you know you are a player. This. Also, cool guys don't bother to watch the explosions.

Ed Na : I've seen some handsome white guys with pretty Asian girls but it seems most good looking ones just aren't into Asians.

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 :)

ElegantNoir : She's pretty but he wasn't interested in her. All white men do not have yellow fever.

Judo Lover : I wish I could be Don Draper!

sólveig Diðriksdóttir : Í love this song

the Voice in your head : I'm glad the waitress spoke perfect English.

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.

80sruler : She love you long time

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

borderlord : Should have Banged...would've taken the Edge off!

Rick Malone : Asian yum 😋😋

The Dumb Dog : What is she saying??? "something something waitress"

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

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?

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.

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

Allons Gatz : You know you're alpha when YOU choose what girls you bang.

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

nyterpfan : I'll be honest, if I were Don Draper and a woman that beautiful approached me I don't think I could resist!! (WOW--oh man is she a stunner or what LOL!!)

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

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.

Beau74 : First time I saw this episode, I think I had the same reaction as Don when that waitress walked in.