Joan HarrisPlayed by Christina Hendricks


Joan was raised to be admired, but as she struggles to be taken seriously in a man’s world, she set her sights on something better: respect. When Joan agrees to sleep with a client to help win the Jaguar account, she earns a partnership at Sterling Cooper & Partners, ensuring that her son will be provided for. She redefines her role at the agency, leaving behind her responsibilities as office manager in favor of a risky new position in accounts. Joan continues to look for true love while struggling to raise her son.

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Joan Harris Quotes

“Go home, take a paper bag, cut some eyeholes out of it. Put it over your head, get undressed and look at yourself in the mirror. Really evaluate where your strengths and weaknesses are. And be honest.”
Season 1, Episode 1: “Smoke Gets in Your Eyes”
“He may act like he wants a secretary, but most of the time they’re looking for something between a mother and a waitress.”
Season 1, Episode 1: “Smoke Gets in Your Eyes”
“This is why I don’t allow crying in the break room. It erodes morale. There’s a place to do that, like you’re apartment.”
Season 2, Episode 1: “For Those Who Think Young”
“It’s so obvious why you’re going out with her.”
Season 2, Episode 2: “Flight 1″
“Your decolletage is distracting.”
Season 2, Episode 5, “The New Girl”
“What on God’s green earth are you doing here?”
Season 2, Episode 5, “The New Girl”
“Stop dressing like a little girl.”
Season 2, Episode 6, “Maidenform”
“Fun-loving girl, responsible sometimes. Likes to laugh, lives to love seeks size six for city living and general galavanting. No dull moments or dull men tolerated.”
Season 3, Episode 4: “The Arrangements”
“When you wake up in the middle of the night and wonder what you forgot, don’t call me.”
Season 3, Episode 3: “Guy Walks Into an Advertising Agency”
“That’s life. One minute, you’re on top of the world. The next, some secretary is running over your foot with a lawn motor.”
Season 3, Episode 3: “Guy Walks Into an Advertising Agency”
“I thought American men were bad enough, but none of them has ever so consistently made me feel like a helpless, stupid little girl.”
Season 4, Episode 3: “The Good News”
“I’m not a solution to your problems. I’m another problem.”
Season 4, Episode 11: “Chinese Wall”
“I was just made Director of Agency Operations. A title, no money of course. And if they poured champagne, it must have been while I was pushing the mailcart.”
Season 4, Episode 13: “Tomorrowland”
“Yes, honey, they’re bigger.”
Season 4, Episode 13: “Tomorrowland”