Finally. Betty Hofstadt/Draper/Francis is back. She’s slim and trim and taking the path of least resistance when it comes to parenting in this latest episode of Mad Men (7.3 Field Trip).
Bobby’s comment (after swapping her sandwich for gum drops) was pretty telling: “I didn’t know you were going to eat today.” And hang on, she must have been in the bathroom for a helluva long time for Bobby to have eaten and traded her sandwich. Maybe that warm cow’s milk didn’t sit well with her, or maybe she’s incorporated purging prior to lunch into her weight loss routine.
Joan was sporting some major bitchface in this episode too. This look says, “You are so not welcome back.”
If anyone knows about moving on in life, it’s Joan. She’s got a past, one where she learned the disappointments of life and how to play an accordion and sing French ditties – you know there’s a story behind how she picked up those talents. She had a roommate who was in love with her. She had a couple abortions. She was raped by her fiance, and later had the guts to kick him out and divorce him. She had sex with a man in order to buy a partnership share of SCDP. She’s brave enough to raise the love child of a fellow SCDP partner, a fact that could become public knowledge any time if Roger let it slip. She’s in a tenuous position as the newest account “man” in the company and is not an expert at how to do this, unlike her ability to do her Head of Personnel position. She’s a survivor, and she has everything to lose, and she knows there are no second chances in life. No wonder she doesn’t trust Don. He’s lost almost everything, and has nothing left to lose. He’s dangerous.
Peggy was perhaps the bitchiest of all in this episode, and she only said a handful of words to Don.
She was always Don’s gal Friday, willing to borrow a car to drive out of town in the middle of the night to bail him out of jail and let his latest nookie crash on her couch for a few days.
He made her a copy editor but he also treated her like crap. She owes him but she hates him for it. Maybe if she’d stayed a secretary she’d be married by now with a few kids. But isn’t there a saying about “the devil you know…?” Yes there is. Lou Avery is a dickhead. Don Draper is a dickhead too, but at least when she was in her lowest moment of her life (in the psych ward at the hospital), he was there for her and gave a shit about what happened to her. He told her to do whatever they (the doctors) wanted her to do, and that she’d be amazed at how she would move on from this and forget about it.
Maybe she learned so well from Don that she’s able to lose any loyalty she once had to him and move on from their legacy too? She may be miserable with Lou, but having Don back will probably mean having yet another man be a jerk to her and criticize her copy.
Megan had every right to be a total bitch this episode.
She gets surprised by her husband, hooks up with him, then is accused by him of being crazy and needing to calm down, learns that her manager is gossiping about her to her husband as if the men in her life need to control her, and then realizes that Don has “with a clear head”, woken up every day for the last few months deciding he didn’t want to be with her. Now that’s a bad day.
And you know that it was Megan who arranged for the woman in white at the restaurant in New York to hit on Don and try to get him to hook up with her. She has arranged for these kinds of things before to test Don’s loyalty. We don’t know if he passed or not. I’m going to guess that he didn’t knock on that woman’s door because his libido has been nil ever since he was put on leave from SCDP. It’s not that he’s “been good” as he said, he just hasn’t felt like “it” at all. Now he’s back at SCDP, that might just change.