How to keep the Don Draper lifestyle alive after the ‘Mad Men’ finale

Don Draper is dead. Long live Don Draper.

That’s not a spoiler for the series finale of AMC’s “Mad Men,” airing Sunday. It’s a fact of life, because after the ragged remnants of Sterling Cooper & Partners gulps their last gimlets, it’s the end of Draper’s televised irresponsibility, debauchery and feats of charisma. But much like Joseph Gordon Levitt at the end of “The Dark Knight Rises,” someone must carry on the torch for our departed hero. Be the Peggy Olson you wish to see in the world.

(Photo by Frank Ockenfels 3/AMC)
(Photo by Frank Ockenfels 3/AMC)

Here are seven ways you can keep the Draper lifestyle alive after Jon Hamm shelves his Brylcreem for the last time. Minus the compulsive adultery. And the child neglect, and the identity theft. And … almost everything except for the cosmetic stuff.

  1. Catch a movie in the middle of the workday: New York’s favorite creative director is famous for his frequent escapist jaunts to the movie theater for a little “Casino Royale” or “Godzilla.” You are responsible for the consequences, of course, but why not look up some showtimes and check out of the office early today? We hear “Mad Max: Fury Road” is great, but “Pitch Perfect 2” is also an option. If you’d rather bask in a silver screen classic that Don himself might have played hooky for, check out the Paramount Theater’s summer movie schedule.
  2. Find your favorite bar to get an Old Fashioned: It’s Draper’s drink of choice, after all. Perhaps your poison will be the Bonneville’s peach and ginger version of the classic cocktail; the League has a more traditional version to wet your whistle. Or, as Don often does, you could mix your own. Try this torched citrus spin, or a smoky Oaxacan recipe featuring mezcal. (Also, check out this list of “Mad Men”-inspired cocktails.)
  3. Have a career-stalling breakdown during a meeting: You can console yourself with a Hershey bar. We recommend the ones with almonds.
  4. Head west: As any “Mad Men” fan worth their salt knows, Sally and Bobby’s dad likes to disappear to California for extended stretches of time with no warning. While Don favors Los Angeles, here’s a couple other Golden State options: Anaheim’s Disneyland (where you might want to propose to your secretary, like Don did) or San Francisco (which, come to think of it, might not be too Draperesque of a destination).
  5. Dress sharp: With the show’s plot transitioning into the 1970s during the final season, you’re apt to find a box of skinny ties on clearance somewhere.
  6. Change the conversation: There’s no better way to do it than with a well-emailed GIF.
  7. Check into a hotel for the day: But maybe not for, y’know, the reasons Don might. How about a midday nap after your trip to the movies? There’s a new JW Marriott downtown.


Author: Eric Webb

Eric Webb is a web producer for the Austin American-Statesman and Austin360. He blogs about Austin culture, pop culture and anything that lives on the Internet.

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