Don Draper’s Relationships On “Mad Men,” From Most To Least Dysfunctional
Rachel and Don have screen-torching chemistry from their first meeting, and their relationship is a tricky negotiation of power, identity and passion. If Don feels he can be himself with Midge, with Rachel he realizes who he could become — or, to be exact, who he could have become, if he weren't a complete sham. She's too smart and too grounded to buy into his fantasies (in retrospect, you can see the end of their relationship beautifully foreshadowed by the conversation they have over drinks in the first episode); she closes the door on their relationship with grace and dignity, and finds someone who deserves her within a year. It's a tragedy that Don can't make this work, but that tragedy is the continuing tragedy of Don Draper, scam artist.