their first confrontation when cutler said: "You know, Ted and I, whenever we would hear that your agency was involved, we would always be so intimidated “What was that man up to?" Such a cloud of mystery. Now that I've been backstage, I'm deeply unimpressed. You're just a bully and a drunk. A football player in a suit. The most eloquent I've ever heard you was when you were blubbering like a little girl about your impoverished childhood." then he calls him out and outright dares don to physically attack him. - of course don is smarter, and changed therefore wiser to engage - but he got called out so badly it was a basic debasement that he must have had to collect himself afterwards. don ultimately "wins" in the end, but the 2nd encounter (one of the main gun fights) he relies on cooper, sterling, and campbell's loyalty to win. when cooper dies, he's basically a dead man walking, but it was sterling who came to the rescue.