“You know? I got everything I have on my own. It’s made me immune to those who complain and cry because they can’t. I didn’t take you for one of them, Don. Are you?” — Conrad Hilton, Shut the Door. Have a Seat.
“You did not give me what I wanted.” — Conrad Hilton, Wee Small Hours.
The first quote popped up on Random Quotes when I was looking at Basket of Kisses yesterday. It made me want to re-visit Conrad (“Connie”) Hilton and discuss him further. He was such a big part of Season 3 and I kept wondering if we would see him in Season 4. We didn’t, of course, but it’s always possible he could reappear again somewhere down the line. Time will tell. In the meantime, there is plenty to discuss.
What do you think? Was Connie a bit cryptic at times, or was he quite clear with Don about what he wanted? Did he use and manipulate Don, or did he help Don realize what he really wanted out of his career? Is it possible he did Don a favor?
If Don did feel used (“…And you wanted to play with me, kick me around and knock me down to size, while you called me son,”), did he also briefly enjoy having Connie as a father figure?
In the long run, will Don regard Connie as an unpleasant memory, or as a true inspiration?