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Lane Pryce
Lane Pryce
Portrayed by Jared Harris
First appearance Out of Town
Final appearance Commissions and Fees
Details
Gender Male
Employer Puttnam, Powell, and Lowe
Sterling Cooper Advertising Agency
Occupation Finanical Chief (Season 3-5)
Junior Partner (Season 4-5)
Residence London
New York City
Relations
Wife Rebecca Pryce
Parent(s) Robert Pryce
Child(ren) Nigel Pryce

Lane Pryce worked for Puttnam, Powell, and Lowe and had been sent to the Sterling Cooper Advertising Agency as a financial officer.[1]

Early History

Lane had been raised in a strict London household (mostly under his father). In his adult years, he met the girl of his dreams, named Rebecca, and eventually married her. She later gave birth to their son.

At some point he earned a degree in advertising and landed a job at Puttnam, Powell, and Lowe. While there, he became their go-to man to handle recent mergers and takeovers. When PPL assigned Lane to the United States to oversee financial operations. After the planned purchase of Sterling Cooper by McCann Ericson, they would reassign Lane to India. Not wanting to lose Lane, Bert Cooper, Don Draper and Roger Sterling took Lane's advice to intentionally mess up, thus result in their firings, which would release them from PPL without the threat of breach of contract. The four men struggled for a while afterwards to form a new firm, Sterling Cooper Draper & Pryce. Lane invested in SCDP agency heavily and was a partner.

Although Lane was a good partner in SCDP, his financial status did not reflect his success. With no bonuses for 3 years, combined with living expenses and England's high taxes, Lane had amassed severe debt, which he repaid by forging Don Draper's signature on checks. A better fiscal year for SCDP showed promise of a long-awaited bonus, and a chance for Lane to cover his embezzlement. But when Draper announced there would be no bonus for a fourth year, Lane was stuck.

Draper found out about his signature mysteriously appearing on checks he did not remember cutting and asked Pryce about it. When Lane confessed to stealing the money, Don fired him (by demanding Lane withdraw from SCDP permanently).

Lane took the confrontation badly and that weekend tried to commit suicide in the new Jaguar his wife bought for him the same day.

His attempt failed, so he went to the Madison Avenue offices at night and hanged himself.

His corpse was later found by his co-workers and Don and a few others cut him down. Don was visibly upset that the others had left Lane's corpse hanging and insisted that they cut him down. The thought of Lane hanging himself seems to have reminded Don of his brother Adam's suicide.

The only note that Lane left behind was a standard letter of resignation. No one knew what had happened and Don didn't tell anyone that he had had words with Lane before his suicide.

Sterling Cooper

When Puttnam, Powell, and Lowe purchased Sterling Cooper, Lane was sent to be financial officer in New York City.

A New Company

Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce was formed in December 1963 when it became clear that McCann Erickson was going to purchase Puttnam, Powell, and Lowe. After the merger would occur, Lane was slated to be sent to India. Lane was convinced to free Don Draper, Bertram Cooper, and Roger Sterling from their employment contracts to start a new advertising agency.

After being fired, they began to collect their portfolios to convince the companies to move to their new firm. They were able to convince Pete Campbell, Peggy Olson, Harry Crane and Joan Harris to join the new firm.[2]

After Don discovered that Lane had been both embezzling from the company and forging Don's signature, Lane was forced to resign. With no idea what to tell his family or what he would do afterward, Lane hanged himself in his office and left a boilerplate letter of resignation for some of the senior staff to find.[3]

Quotes

Joan: "Were you celebrating with Don?"
Lane: "Celebrating?"
Joan: "Scarlett told me about your four A's chairmanship. Congratulations."
Lane: "Are you busy?"
Joan: "I'm thinking about taking a vacation this Easter."
Lane: "Oh. Where are we going?"
Joan: "Do you think there's a difference between Bermuda and Hawaii?"
Lane: "Well, neither are suitable for commemorating the death and resurrection of Our Lord."
Joan: "Can you imagine me, locked in a hotel room with a baby and my mother?"
Lane: "I suppose you'd rather I imagined you bouncing in the sand in some obscene bikini."
Joan: "I think you should take your party elsewhere."[4]
- An inappropriate comment lands Lane in hot water with Joan in Commissions and Fees.

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