Snowball buys Don’s ad…
….but Ginsburg is super pissed when he finds out his piece was left in the cab. (Peggy is mildly pleased, and Stan doesn’t give a shit as usual. Love Stan.) He confronts Don in the elevator, desperately ending with “I feel bad for you.” Don has to have the last word, though; replying “I don’t think about you at all.”
That’s a lie. Don knew this was a douchebag move. I know he has to be the bestest and all, but he’s been relatively (for Don) nurturing in encouraging Peggy’s talent, and of course Megan’s. I don’t know why he finds little Ginsburg so threatening. I thought he already had a mid-life crisis in marrying Megan, but maybe semi-pathetic copyrighter sabotage is next.
Douchebag Partner Part 3: Pete
On the SCDP douchebag front, we also get a gross fantasy from Pete. At first, I thought this was real, and I was actually terrified for Pete when Beth walked in wearing nothing but pearls, panties…
and a very large, hopefully dead animal
I thought there was at least some bipolar/Fatal Attraction going on. Also, the line, “I forgot you. And then I saw you in the New York Times Sunday Magazine” is not the clincher for most of my spank bank scenarios. Then again, I’m not a slimy little asshole, most of the time. Happily for everyone else (on a personal level) but unhappily (on a business level), Pete’s Times dreams are dashed and another agency is featured instead.
On the Home Front
Megan and Sally continue to bond through mini acting lessons; Megan’s teaching Sally to fake cry – an important skill for every ingenue.
Frankly, Sally probably has enough reasons to cry without faking it, but whatever step-mothery bonding works for the Drapers I guess.
There’s a sad moment later on when Betty arrives to pick up the kids, carefully fixing her hair between knocking on the door. I’m not sure if she’s trying to impress Don or Megan, or both. Although Betty does look more like herself now, she’s no match for the early twenties bosoms she accidentally glimpses through the window. The two Mrs. Drapers have an awkward, antagonistic moment in the living room while waiting for the kids. Although Megan’s bazoombas might come out on top, her outfit in that scene definitely did not - what was that orange velvet thing??
When she gets home, Betty goes semi-bulimic with a little bit of whipped cream. That’s actually kind of a good idea! Who says TV can’t be educational? She’s also started on Weight Watchers. You go girl! I can only stay on the points system for like three days before I crack. Then I’m off for three months before my momma makes an off-hand comment on my weight again (or TVgasm commenters are mean to me… that’s right, I’m looking at you.) It’s not only Mad Men characters that have mommy issues!
Betty seems to be making some progress, weight-wise and also character-wise. When she catches Henry having a depressed, work-driven midnight snack, Betty gives the best wife speech of her life about her support for him and how they can do it! I think I just AWWW’d over Betty! (Also, I find it interesting that this whole fat storyline was driven by January Jones’ pregnancy, which is a scandal in itself, as she refuses to reveal the father. Who knew nearly fifty years later having children out of wedlock would still be a scandal. How far we’ve come!)
My awww doesn’t last long. Betty’s busy being almost-a-good-mom, helping Sally with her family tree and Bobby with his homework, when she finds a romantic note from Don to Megan. Presumably still haunted by Megan’s hot rod bod, Betty instantly goes into jealousy mode and mentions Don’s “first wife”, Anna, to Sally. Sally apparently has never heard of this woman and is not pleased with Don or Megan for not telling her; in fact, she sees it as treacherous.
she has her father’s temper, and eyebrows.