'Mad Men' Season Five's Most Depressing Moments

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Lane Pryce commits suicide - Episode 12, 'Commissions and Fees'

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The British financial officer had been showing signs of money trouble as early as the season premiere, but it wasn't until later episodes that we learned how dire his situation had become. When Don finds out that Lane had embezzled funds from SCDP to pay back taxes (and forged Don's signature on the check), he has no choice but to demand his resignation. Personally and professionally humiliated, Lane takes his own life by hanging himself on the door to his office – following a botched attempt to asphyxiate himself in his brand-new Jaguar – leaving his colleagues to discover his dead body.



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