Mad Men Recap: Everything As It Was

Mad Men Season 6 RecapThis week’s Mad Men brought to mind that old adage: The more things change, the more they fall back into bed with their newly thin ex but admit that sex is an empty act on par with a handshake or a tip of the hat. While we’re on the topic of traditional wisdom, how about “A stab in the gut and your relationship’s kaput” or “The shorter the shorts, the less certain the sexuality”? Feel free to come up with your own as we review the major developments in “The Better Half.”

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BUTTER FACE | The episode opens with Don and Ted arguing angles to use on the Fleischmann’s account: They call in Peggy, who refuses to take a side. Draper follows his protege into her office and uses a very nasty tone as he says he wanted her to make a decision: “You should try it sometime. It’s what professionals do.” Whatever, Don. You really wanna get into a discussion of what’s professional? Just give me a minute to get Bobbie Barrett and Rachel Menken on the line, then come at me, bro. Peggy doesn’t take the bait and instead calls him on making her choose between him and Ted. They go back and forth a bit, and it ends on an ow note when she says, “Well, he never makes me feel this way,” and Don replies, “He doesn’t know you.”

Maybe Ted doesn’t know her, but he’s definitely thinking about her. That becomes clear when he accuses her of the heinous crimes of touching his hand and smiling at him during the Fleischmann’s presentation. “I never should have kissed you,” he blurts, leading Peggy to utter a line I’m going to start using in all uncomfortable situations: “I assumed we were forgetting about that.” She makes like she hasn’t thought about the smooch since it happened, but after Ted confesses that he’s in love with her (!) and that he’s thought about the (admittedly poor) possibilities for their future (!!), she admits that she’s maybe considered their amorous moment once or twice.

STABBING GUILT | But Peggy loves Abe, right? Right? After all, she’s very upset when he gets stabbed on his way home from the subway… but she can’t understand why he won’t cooperate with the cops and is stymied over his sympathy for the kids that assaulted him. Then, after someone tosses a rock through their bedroom window, she gets him to admit that it’s time for them to move somewhere a little less rough. “Maybe we’re not cut out to be pioneers,” he says before leaving for his late shift at the paper and advising her to sleep in the parlor if she’s still freaked. Oh she is, Abe, a point driven home when you surprise her later that evening and the long poking stick she’s fashioned with which to defend herself accidentally winds up lodged in your abdomen.

The ambulance ride is hilarious in that way that every time you think it can’t get worse, it does. Peggy assures her boyfriend that he’s not going to die, but the attendant merely gives a noncommittal shrug when she asks for backup on that opinion. (Ha!) Then, in between agonized gasps, a sweating, shaking Abe informs Pegs that, as an advertising professional, “your activities are offensive to my every waking moment.” She’s incredulous. “Are you breaking up with me?” Yes, honey, he surely is.

HOW BETTY GOT HER GROOVE BACK | It’s not enough for Betty, now back at her fighting weight, to don a canary colored gown and teased-out ‘do to attend a fundraiser with Henry: She wants undeniable proof that she’s still got it. So when a man all but asks her to sleep with him, and then Henry’s jealous/a little turned on that someone wants to bag his wife, Bets is feeling just fine, thank you. (Though maybe you shouldn’t step on a scale before taking off your makeup, Betty; there’s at least a pound of peacock eyeshadow dabbed over your peepers. We all know you’re back, girl. Tone it down a scooch.)

But Betty’s ultimate verification comes from her ex-husband, who’s also visiting Bobby at summer camp the same weekend she’s there. (Side note: “Bobby 5,” whom I normally find kinda annoying, was super cute as he proudly showed off his folks. And the “Father Abraham” scene that had the Draper trio all singing and making goofy arm movements = the first time all season I’ve not been grossed out by Don. That’s a far more impressive accomplishment than whatever stupid wallet you made in leather shop, kid.)

Later that night, Don and Betty hang out outside her motel room. “Did you find a bottle?” she asks. Of course he did; Draper’s GPS (Gin Positioning System) makes Garmin look like a blindfolded trek through foggy darkness. They drink, they reminisce… and even though Helen Keller could see what’s coming next, I just don’t care: It’s something. And it’s happening. And with those two categories checked off, it far outshines anything from last week’s episode.

So yes, Don follows Betty back into her room, and they have sex. Some of the episode’s best writing follows. “I love the way that you look at me when you’re like this,” she says across the pillows. “But then I watch it decay. I can only hold your attention for so long.” He counters that being close to someone is intimate, but sex is … nothing. Or, as he so eloquently puts it, “Just because you climb a mountain doesn’t mean you love it.” (Side note: Are we to infer that Don’s de-virginizing via hooker and subsequent beating with a wooden spoon made him unable to equate sex and love? Because if so, that rationale seems a little weak, no?) Removed from the anger that polluted their marriage, Betty studies her ex-husband with a kind eye and raises his hackles when she asks about Megan. “That poor girl,” Bets says, laying a palm along his cheek. “She doesn’t know that loving you is the worst way to get to you.”

WIGGED OUT | Meanwhile, “that poor girl” is fending off the affections of her co-star, Arlene. (You remember her, the star of the soap and the wife of the headwriter, aka the swinger?) But let’s back up a minute: Megan is now playing two roles on the sudser, and the new part involves wearing a blonde wig. She’s having trouble making the twin characters seem different, and just in case you didn’t get it, some of the episode’s clunkiest writing comes when Megan spells out tonight’s theme during a sullen dinner with Don: The parts are “two halves of the same person, and they want the same thing but they’re going about getting it in different ways.” Oy. Anyway, Megan invites Arlene over to work on a scene and winds up confessing that she feels “so lonely” in her marriage. So Arlene kisses her. And Megan says thanks, but no thanks — so her embarrassed colleague takes off and says they’ll pretend nothing happened. “Everything as it was,” Arlene says with a flourish of her hand. Hmm. Why don’t I believe that? When Don returns from Bobby’s camp, Megan stands on the balcony in her underwear and tells him that he hasn’t been present in their marriage for some time. He agrees and embraces her. Real change or just another chapter in The Drapers Are Doomed? You be the judge.

ELSEWHERE AT SCDPCGCWHATSITSNAME | Roger botches an afternoon with his grandson and wants to soothe his hurt feelings with Kevin, but Joan shuts that down (she later tells him she can’t count on him) and heads to the beach with Bob. (Thoughts on this storyline: 1) Does Bob always have at least one coffee on his person?  2) Roger’s “Who are you?” was a retread of an already-old joke, but it still made me laugh out loud. 3) Is Bob gay?) The third point – which I didn’t get any sense of earlier in the season and, I admit, may have been heavily influenced by the shorts he was wearing in this week’s episode – kinda sorta seems backed up by the way he helps Pete find a nurse for his ailing mother. When Bob says, “Your well-being is also an interest of mine,” it reads to me as more than either friendly compassion or corporate ingratiation; log your thoughts on the matter in the comments. (Side note: Isn’t it nice to see Herman “Duck” Phillips in a non-trying-to-turn-Roger’s-chair-into-a-toilet capacity?)

MOVING ON | Let’s end on an up note: At least Peggy is now free to possibly start an affair with Ted, yes? Nope. She marches into his office and announces her newly found singlehood, and her boss is all, “Other fish in the sea, you’ll find someone great, yadda yadda ready to work?” Slightly shellshocked, Peggy wanders into the hallway where Don has just arrived. He and Ted both step into their offices, closing their doors behind them, and Peggy is left back where she started the episode: alone and stuck between her two bosses. I’d make a comment about her limp humidity hair, but in the interest of not piling anything else on poor Pegs this episode, I’ll assume we’re forgetting about that.

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  1. John Crook says:

    SO glad to get rid of the sanctimonious Abe, and it was a kick to see Betty and Don on-screen together again in a non-adversarial context. Gotta say, though, I am still on Team Megan.

  2. J Mitchell says:

    I think Bob & Joan are maybe dating or at least enjoying a friendship based on his helping her out when she was sick. As far as Bob & Pete, I think he helped Pete as a way of ingratiating himself for a professional favor to be determined later.

    Pete & Joan could be headed to some kind of affair down the road. Remember when they were drinking after going over the IPO details? When Pete asked to walk Joan out, I thought we were going to see another flirtatious moment happen.

    • NJ idoloonie says:

      Funny recap!
      Going back to Bob – he is gay. Joan is the beard but doesnt know it.

    • Olive says:

      I just like seeing Pete and Joan interact. I like seeing any of the characters interact with Joan. I personally like sad Pete over creepy Pete. I also like the aging that’s going on with Pete.

  3. Anon says:

    Ms. Kimberly Roots, please inform your bosses that you should be writing every RECAP/REVIEW on this website.

    ‘Nuff said.

    • Cottage101 says:

      Agreed!! This is great to read :D

    • Jeannie says:

      Yes…also agree! Great recap!

    • Britta Unfiltered says:

      Yes, I agree, Kimberly’s writing on the darker cable shows is always great. If I am remembering correctly, she is the one who wrote all the fabulous Breaking Bad reviews last year that were really perceptive and sometimes had me in tears of laughter. Her writing is sharp.

    • Frank says:

      I came to the comments section only to make note of how great this recap was. Very funny, great writing – from someone who reads Mad Men recaps religiously.

  4. rowan77 says:

    Yes, you could see the Don/Betty “reconnection” from a mile away, but it was so satisfying to see. Watching them interact not as adversaries, but as a family (with Bobby) and a couple (later) makes you think that at one time, they were happy together.

    As for Betty’s make-up while in her canary yellow dress – it’s 1968. THAT was stylish back then. Get with the program. Same with Bob’s swimsuit. That’s what they looked like back then. And no, I didn’t get “gay” from the swimsuit or the interest in Pete’s welfare. Not yet, anyway. What I got was that he’s still a sycophant (as he always has been), trying to make himself indispensable to his boss. If later there are actual signals about him having a thing for Pete. Well, I’d feel bad for Bob, because Pete – as progressive as he tends to be about other things – will not be flattered and does own a rifle, which he keeps in the office.

    • The Beach says:

      Same here. I didn’t get a gay vibe from Bob. Guys didn’t wear board shorts or speedos (at least in America) back in the 60’s. They wore colorful, mid-thigh swim suits. My gardar wasn’t pinging with Bob last night. But a suck-up? Oh yeah!

      • Terri says:

        I think more importantly we were supposed to realize that although Bob is a suck-up, he isn’t a backstabber and he can in fact be trusted. Bob suspects there is/was something between Joan and Roger, maybe even now suspects Roger is Kevin’s father, and when Bob went into Pete’s office the next morning I think we were supposed to suspect that he was going to report those suspicions to Pete, but instead was actually discreetly helpful to Pete.

        • Jamie says:

          Spot on.

          I think it’s all going to end terribly for Bob, he’s too nice. He’ll be everybody’s shoulder to cry on until he finds out too much. I have a feeling he’ll be fired, followed by a Lane style fall from grace…

        • Bob says:

          Agreed…but Joan and Roger are a poorly kept secret. During the exchange when Rizzo spills the beans to Peggy about ‘Ketchup’, he also asks her if she thinks they (Joan and Roger)’are still sleeping together?” Only the fact that she was married at the time has prevented Roger from being the suspected baby daddy.

          • Bob says:

            Correction…it was the set-up for Rizzo’s famous loose lips snafu. As in second hour of first episode it’s revealed that Stan and Peggy are still ‘phone pals’, but he’s telling her about Ginsburg’s inclusion in a discussion about ‘ham’ not ‘Heinz’ that leads to comments about Roger and Joan when Stan underlines his suspicions about them by saying he’s ‘got pictures of them doing it in his mind.’

    • Derek says:

      I think Don and Betty were actually happily married. They were just unhappy people. I used to think it was Don’s lie that made him cheat on Betty. He was his Dick Whitman self with his mistresses, someone he couldn’t be with Bets. I thought that because when Don finally confessed to Betty about his past, he told his mistress the next morning that he doesn’t need to see her anymore because,” He’s happy now.” But the fact that he cheats on Megan, someone who knows his past and still loves him, just proves that ” love” is not a factor when it comes to being faithful. He has some strong mommy issues.

  5. Tom says:

    Although i wasn’t as down on the last couple of episodes as others, that was a good course correction after things had gone a bit off track.

  6. Jen says:

    We all knew that Don and Betty would have a steamy affair. It’s sad. They were only in love with the idea of each other when they were together and we still want them together. Henry and Megan love them unconditionally and for who they are and Don and Betty don’t even appreciate them. These two terrible people belong together. I don’t know why I continue to root for their happiness and sympathize with them.

    • Paula says:

      I am rooting for Don and Betty too. I thought the same thing, these two miserable people deserve each other. I loved the whole scene, very “film Noir ” I thought.

      • Jen says:

        Even though Don cheated on Betty, was possessive with her and lied to her about his past, he did love her. Throughout seasons 1-3, he did whatever he could to make her happy. He even tried to stop cheating ( he did say no to Bobby, Joy, the stewardess, and Susan) but he couldn’t help himself. So it’s not like he cheats out of entitlement, his mommy issues are just that bad.

    • Mindy says:

      I believe that Betty does appreciate Henry for loving her unconditionally, but she was treated horribly during her marriage with Don and very much felt rejected because of his affairs. This was her way of regaining power. As awful as Betty can be at times (actually much of the time), I do sympathize with her in regards to Don.

    • I thought I was the only one who was happy about Don & Betty’s whatever that was. I’m glad I’m not crazy.

      • Jen says:

        Lol, no, we all root for them. I think it’s because we feel sorry for them. I couldn’t hate Don for his affairs and possessiveness with Betty and Megan because I know it’s not from entitlement, but from a deep seeded issue. It’s sad that both Betty and Megan have to pay for it. Sadder for Megan because unlike Betty, she actually loves Don. I don’t think Betty ever did love Don unconditionally. And I can’t hate Betty for being so mean to her kids because she wasn’t always like that. She was so sweet in season 1 and 2. I just want her and Don to find happiness.

  7. icequeen33 says:

    I thought the comments Megan made at dinner were written to parallel Ted and Don and how Peggy said sometimes she couldn’t tell them apart. I thought the writers wanted us to think about similarities in Megan’s and Peggy’s story lines. This has been my favorite episode so far this season

  8. cfm says:

    I know Weiner loves symbolism, but tonight’s was not remotely subtle. But it was a welcome change of after last week’s trippy bender.
    I noticed a lot of “tomorrow is another day”, ” let’s just forget this happened”, etc juxtaposed against the past popping up very much in the present. Duck and Roger’s daughter obviously. Duck’s advice to Pete, manage your family first or you’ll never manage your career, said with obvious regret. Roger’s daughter telling him you can still pretend to be a dad but you’re done being a grandfather. Betty and Don’s tryst, followed by her happily eating breakfast with Henry while Don sits alone.
    Things I loved…
    The multiple Bobby joke
    The shrugging paramedic
    Roger’s “who are you?” greeting for Bob
    Pete asking if the nurse is Spanish from Spain
    Don singing “Father Abraham”
    Peggy’s polka-dots
    Also, I know that Weiner doesn’t want spoilers but the guide description for the episode was a joke.

  9. Bob says:

    Bob ‘Bunson’ is not ‘gay’, just a consummate gentleman in a cynical world. When he introduces himself in an earlier episode he declares that after earning his MBA he attempted to pursue the Financial Planner path and found his colleagues and seniors to be drunkards deeply detached from their work. And so he is wide-eyed about the possibility that working accounts and caring about people (always at the ready with an extra cup of coffee) will bring him fulfillment. Joan is at a place where she can appreciate a sincere ‘better half.’ Betty is finally growing up: resolved to accept the fact that the Don she is/was in love with will never hold up his end of the bargain but why not take advantage of a spontaneous opportunity to re-live the benefits of their physical chemistry. Technical foul for your comments about Bobby. He has been spot on all season: from the wallpaper obsession, to his concern about Henry being a target of political violence, to his true to life obsession with watching television at all costs–even if it means spilling the beans to the burglar about the whereabouts of Don’s gold watches, to his precocious appreciation of ‘Planet of the Apes’, and his self-effacing acceptance that he is ‘Bobby 5.’ I too had five Roberts in my grade school class (in that precise era) and it led to all of us dividing the potential abbreviations: I became ‘Bob’, my best friend became ‘Bobby’, there was a Rob, a Robert and the remaining individual decided to be recognized by his last name. Weiner did his homework: there were no shortages of Roberts back then and ironically, as he has not so subtly implied, our country was cheated out of being led by the greatest of them all: RFK. Finally, Megan is not as bad as you state. Her encounter with Arlene was realistically awkward and her giggled resignation after Arlene left was on the money as was her handling of Don upon his return. Sorry, you don’t get to be Matt Weiner. Quit while you’re ahead.

    • sophie says:

      Also Mason Vale Cotton is the 4th actor to play Bobby, so Bobby 5 was pretty close haha

    • TD says:

      I think Bob being gay is off the mark, too, but I’d hardly call him a “consummate gentleman.” Consummate weasel, maybe. He’s just playing his cards with the partners (he knows Joan’s a partner), usually a bit too obviously.

      • Bob says:

        Yes he did start off ‘trying to hard’. The platter sent to the memorial for Sterling’s mother; his ridiculous ‘showboating’ in the lounge outside the creative area. But as soon as Cosgrove put him in his place he has been ‘Bobby on the spot’: saving Joan’s life when no even noticed her suffering, keeping his mouth zipped about Sterling’s appearance at Joan’s apartment and finally, coming up with a nursing solution for Pete’s mother. If surviving at your job and advancing in this world via ‘heads-up’ and considerate behavior makes one a weasel, then someone or something here needs to be re-evaluated. And if he turns out to be ‘gay’, all the better. It doesn’t require a red-blooded hetero-sexual to do backflips for Joan and she’s already wise to the world. At this point she can use a good ‘friend’ as much as a ‘reliable lover’. Maybe Weiner will surprise us and Bob will just turn out to be a decent guy. That doesn’t make anybody herein ‘a bad person’ or dare I say ‘boring.’

    • Mindy says:

      Bob, I enjoyed and agreed with much of your post. However, in Mad Men world, none of the males are what they seem and Bob Bunson I believe will have more layers. I, too thought that maybe he was gay in last nights episode based on the same thing as the writer on tvline along with the fact that this is Mad Men and there are usually surprises.
      I guess we will keep tuned and find out.

  10. charissa29 says:

    The Don and Betty connect was wonderful, but my favorite moments are almost always Peggy and Don. I am soooo glad that they have never gotten together and I hope that they never will. Their conversation always sizzles with connection and truth and zingers.
    P.S. I thought last week’s episode was great, well maybe not the flashbacks so much but everyone high was a hoot.

  11. sophie says:

    Betty, my darling, oh how I have missed the real you..
    It’s not so much about the body, it’s her confidence and the self absorbedness that made her character interesting.
    This was the first episode where Don was actually likeable and the road of redemption has really begun for him last episode.
    The family singing scene was so cute I wanted it to last forever, the Betty-Don chemistry is undeniable and their pillow talk was so intimite and real that I got chills watching it..
    But the reality check came too soon, Betty learned her lesson and she knows Henry is the right guy for her.. She will never love him like she loved Don but he will never hurt her like Don did and he is always there for the children.
    I was so excited about their reunion and it didn’t let me down. But now I’m really sad cause I think this was the last we’ve seen from these two together.

    • Mary says:

      Don was only likable for 10 seconds. Other than the scene in the restaurant, he was the same old Don.

      • sophie says:

        I found Don very likeable in every scene with Betty and Bobby, even in the last scene with Megan he showed some change.
        He opened up to Betty in a way he was unable before, he showed a vurnable side (regret) and he finally came home to his wife acting like her husband, not her boss or roommate.
        And he really needed it since his character became unberable in season 6. It’s one thing to be the antihero, it’s a whole other thing that the audience stops caring for the main character..

        • Mary says:

          Wasn’t there just one scene with Betty and Bobby and Don? I also agree with you on the last scene with Meghan. He seemed sincere. But all the other scenes with Betty, it’s hard to forget that he is cheating on his wife. That takes priority over his vulnerability.

          • sophie says:

            Of course, from a strict moral point of view- they both did unjustice to their significant others and that was wrong. But this cheating was different in my eyes, it meant something for Don, it changed his self image.
            Betty’s most perfect line ever: “Poor girl. She doesn’t know that loving you is the worst way to get to you” sum both of Don’s marriages up and he knew it.
            It was some kind of bitter-sweet closure for both of them, more sweet for Betty and more bitter for Don but there was finally a character growth seen.
            Yeah, there was only one scene with all 3 of them, but it was one of my favorite in the whole Mad Men history.
            Also, did you really find Don more likeable last season? Cause he wasn’t cheating then, but to me-he was even more miserable and pathetic. He was cheating himself, falling in love with the image of Don&Megan in his head.

  12. Melanie says:

    I need more Betty and Don affair. K? OK.

    • Jennifer says:

      Yes! Really hoping this was not a one time thing. They just ooze chemistry and his lack of it with his wife was so evident when compared to the chemistry between JH and JJ. Now I know why Matthew Weiner kept them from having scenes because they just blow his other couplings especially the one with Megan out of the water. More please!!!

  13. sophie says:

    also I thought that this recap sum it up the best:
    ”It was great to see Betty dish out what we’ve seen Don do so many times in all these seasons of Mad Men. Finally a dose of his own medicine where he can feel what these women feel when he disposes of them. Betty, in this episode, showed that she was more of a master at this game of sexual politics than Don is. While Don is hung up on garnering approval from everyone, she is content with getting what she wants without getting emotionally involved. She is married to a powerful politician who values and provides for her, giving her what she needs, but she indulges in pleasures that make her feel wanted, like sleeping with Don.
    Peggy, on the other hand, makes the mistake of falling into the male trap of forcing a decision where there is actually none, and she ends up with nothing in the end. This episode was so well done and so interesting in its approach to sexual politics. I thought the theme was executed perfectly and yet it was done so in a manner that wasn’t too obvious. The moral of the episode is that men want what they can’t have, and women’s power is in withholding choice. The best part of the episode, however, had nothing to do with any of this but rather, was when Don Draper was fist pumping to the tune of “Father Abraham”. It will never not be amusing.”
    (the film fatale, tumbir)

    • wow, i was unclear on the theme of the episode and you summed it up best. you should analyze the show. i get it because you explained it so well. thanks!

      • sophie says:

        As much as I would like to be the author of this recap, I just copy pasted it from tumbir because I found it very useful and well writen. That’s why I wrote the name of the site at the end. But I’m glad you liked it:)

  14. The Kaibosh says:

    This episode was one big tease! The description was “Joan goes to the beach”. THE BEACH! Not Joan tells Rogers she’s going to the beach. Not cool AMC, not cool.

    • Pat D. says:

      Haha, I thought the same thing you did….it also sounded like Roger’s “recurring dream” was the other big plot element this week. Sometimes Matt Weiner really irks me with his misleading teasers and tv listings.

    • Bob says:


  15. anna says:

    The Don/Betty scenes were amazing! I hope this isn’t the last time we see them together. The Peggy/Abe breakup was fantastic.

  16. Joseph Philip says:

    I am confused. I thought Bob told Ken that his father had died. It was the episode where he had sent food to Rogers apartment when his mother passed away.

    When he gave pete the name of the nurse- did he say his father was alright.

    Maybe I heard it wrong. Can someone clarify? Thanks.

    • Bob says:

      Great catch!! In the second hour of the season premiere, Bob Benson does indeed tell Kosgrove that he sent the platter to the Sterling memorial because he appreciated such acknowledgments when his father passed away. So Nurse Colon’s sudden availability for Mrs. Campbell because he has completed the successful revival of the senior Benson is the second worst screw up of this season. The first: watch the scene when Sterling fires Bert Peterson. Slattery directed this scene and in a succession of cut-ins, Peterson’s collar goes from being untucked to perfectly placed. Huh? Who edited this sequence….pathetic.

      • ES says:

        Funny you think it’s a screw up instead of an intentional lie by a character. It could be this guy is not who he is representing to be, or making up his past like Don.

    • Dillon says:

      Nice – I didn’t remember that at all! I kind of wish someone would go back and make note of where Bob is and what he is doing in all the episodes so far – it seems like he is moving from the background to the foreground very quickly, and all his little appearances that seemed insignificant before are going to add up to something important. I wish now that I’d paid more attention to him early on.

    • Deborah warner says:

      Exactly. I don’t think this is mistake in writing. I think it is a reveal of the fact that Bob Bensen is duplicitous…he’s conning everybody.

  17. DramaMomma says:

    It is terrible but I busted a gut laughing when Peggy stabbed Abe. I really like Ted. They have moved his character along since he first impersonated Bobby Kennedy on the phone (no wonder Don hates him). As much as I think he would be good for Peggy, I like that he is realistic to know anything they start will end bad. I don’t have a gay vibe from Bob but he does seem like more if a friend to Joan to a suiter (gossiping about the office) and male influence for Kevin.

    • Pat D. says:

      Ahahaha, I thoought the ambulance scene afterwards was even better—with the paramedic that shrugged when asked “Is he going to make it?”

  18. tnsmoke says:

    Finally a decent episode that I just might keep on my TiVo for awhile. Loved Don and Betty together and still hate Megan, she just can NOT act and there is NO chemistry between her and Don. I believe Betty was and will always be the love of Don’s life. Go back to those first 3 seasons and see the real emotion he showed the many times when he thought he was losing her. I wish Joan would let Roger be a Father and wish Roger’s daughter wasn’t such a brat. Peggy stabbing Abe was actually kinda funny. Wish Megan would run off. Funny how her acting in the soap is as bad as her acting on MM. Is she STILL Matthew W’s gf?

    • Goku says:

      Actually, Jessica Pare is so much better actress than January Jones, who is the worst(and I can say this as Betty’s fan).

      • sophie says:

        I disagree, I think she is one of the few people that doesn’t overact and I appreciate her take on Betty..
        For example when she gave birth to Gene or last season with her weight struggle, the way she was eating her thanksgiving dinner said more then 1000 words.
        I’m not even gonna talk about last night’s pillow scene, they both did it flawless.

      • GG says:

        Regarding Betty or January Jones. In the 1960’s, people placed much emphasis on correct grammar and spoke in a more formal tone

        Betty will utilize sentences such as “the day ended bad”, instead of the day ended badly, or most important Henry feels bad.

        Betty is supposed to be a Bryn Mawr sophisitcate for goodness sakes

        Most important, I feel so bad that Betty talks like that…just kidding…hee hee

        Most importantly, I feel so badly that January Jones articulates in the 2012 style of botched english language usage

        If the writers of MM desire to have their prized baby (thier show) appear authentic, it may behoove the writers to brush up January Jones or Betty on her lower class language skills

        • Chester says:

          Good writers use ‘use’ not ‘utilize’ and spell ‘their’ correctly.

          • GG says:

            The misspelling of the word their was a one time typo due to blurry vision and temporarily broken glasses on this Memorial Day. I am not the one on television viewed by millions week after week continually botching the English language

            Betty is physically beautiful, but her use of grammar, her posture, and her mannerisms are often out of sinc with the way that a Bryn Mawr upperclass sophisticate would have carried herself in the 1960’s

            On the other hand, the posture and usage of speech of Joan is accurately executed, when Christina Hendricks portrays her 1960’s character

        • Zuzu says:

          “Henry feels bad” is correct. “Henry feels badly” would mean that Henry’s not good at feeling.

          • GG says:

            ZuZu, you are correct
            I should have used the example Sally feels bad that her grandfather is no longer with us. The correct usage should have been Sally feels badly that her grandfather is no longer with us

            i enjoy Betty, and I consider her character fascinating and physically beautiful. However for me, Betty sometimes slightly misses the mark when portraying the speech, posture and diction of someone of that time period

            At his point I will humbly bow out

    • Jen says:

      Thank you for saying this! I always rejected the notion that Don cheated on Betty because he didn’t love her. Matt Wierner made it pretty clear that Don had serious mommy issues. He even tried to stay faithful to Betty but he couldn’t even stay faithful to Megan and the poor thing knows about his past and still loves him! I always saw Betty as the unhappy one in their marriage.

  19. Mr. M says:

    It’s almost as if Benson read a copy of “How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying” and was planning his rise up the corporate ladder. The movie version of the play was released just a year earlier.

  20. SylwekG says:

    I love the new Betty! I hated her in seasons 2-4, I felt sorry for her in seasons 1 and 5, and now I just love her. She has become so strong and self-confident.
    But I also love Megan. Poor thing. She should leave Don and find someone who deserves her. She is one of a few decent people in the show and I will always root for her.
    And Don disgusts me this season. I hate that wreck of a person he became.

  21. KC from DC says:

    While I share the popular sentiment about last week’s episode (namely, WTF?) I feel worse about this one, because it was so…obvious. Betty’s cat-in-heat inability to say no to any proposition (except the one interrupted by her husband). The gas pump guy. Don having a far easier time finding sex than finding love. But don’t forget to telegraph this week’s theme – duplicity! Megan’s playing two roles! The margarine people sell two products, one cheap, one not so cheap! Peggy has to choose between her two boss/mentors’ positions; failure to do so gets her two doors literally slammed on her! Am I the only one who KNEW that Betty and Don would end up in bed the minute we realized it was her derriere we (and Don and the gas jockey) were looking at?
    Look, if I want to watch a girl kiss Jessica Pare, I’ll watch Lost and Delirious. The rest of the crew needs to knock back some Chivas Regal (nice namedropping, guys!), sharpen the pencils, and get to work. I can only hope that Ted’s call to get to work is heeded by the writers as well as the staff. First order of business – pick a name! A company that is supposed to excel in marketing needs a better name than SCDPCGCEIEIO.

  22. Bates says:

    Don follows Betty into her motel room where they have sex. In the morning Betty has left to have breakfast with her husband who drove up to meet her. Strange that he doesn’t go straight to Betty’s room and finds Don in his wife’s bed.

    • Melanie says:

      Easy! Betty left to meet Henry outside, before he would get to the room, and steered him straight to the restaurant.

      • Chester says:

        What about the sheets? I thought maybe Betty shifted all of her things to Don’s room to avoid him. It did not make sense.

    • Gayle Dottino says:

      I agree with that one totally! Why didn’t Henry go right to Betty’s room? makes no sense to me….Unless she was up early sitting outside!

    • Dillon says:

      Maybe pre-cell phones and email, Betty and Henry just arranged to meet at the restaurant. She may not have known which room she’d be assigned.

      • Chester says:

        Henry goes to reception to ask where the room is. That’s how we did it pre-cell phone.

        • Dillon says:

          Or maybe they just arranged to meet at the restaurant. Either is plausible. I was just pointing out that it is not especially strange that Henry didn’t go inside Betty’s room – there are easy explanations for why he wouldn’t have.

  23. michaelene gon says:

    would like to have Megan FIRED…and get Don’s reaction. Abe was a jerk. peggy will get someone better someday.

  24. Heathers says:

    It was so great to see Don and Betty together! Barbie and Ken! I wish Don wasn’t such a douchebag, then they could get back together. Megan is a moronic, immature fool. I was also happy to say bye-bye to that sanctimonious, smelly hippie, left wing nutjob Abe! I hope things work out for poor Peg. I do not think Bob is gay. That was how men dressed back then for a trip to the beach. I think he is enjoying Joan’s company. He helped Pete because I’m sure he’s hoping for something in return.

  25. Heathers says:

    And another thing, why did Roger let his daughter go ballistic on him, all over her brat having a nightmare?!!! He should have told her to get over it. Wasn’t he in WWII? She really needs to get over herself too. What a little biach. This is how she treats the man who gave her everything and paid for a wedding (was it at the Waldorf?), that even though it was the same day Kennedy was killed, would have been any girl’s dream wedding. I’m thinking maybe she doesn’t want to be bothered with her own son. The child who played Roger’s grandson was so miscast. I wonder which producer’s kid/ grandchild he is. He was dark skinned, nothing like Roger and his ex and their daughter!

    • GG says:

      Heather, another ROFL regarding the dark skinned child comment

      Even though Roger was in WW2 he is a Peter Pan. Peter Pan’s don’t always defend themselves overtly. Often times PP’s are passive aggressive

      However, I agree with you that Roger should have told his spoiled brat daughter to take a hike. I love the Roger character

  26. tess says:

    Betty was deliciously vapid. (No, I mean
    can you believe I’ve had 3 children?) Bob is trouble but not sure what kind of trouble. And once again, the whole thing is really about Peggy, not Don–he’s just a gorgeous distraction.

  27. Karen says:

    Couple of things….first, this was the best recap I’ve read this week…thanks.

    Second. I think Bob ‘Bunson’ (hat tip to Roger for the laugh) is a snake. I don’t think the bit about the nurse bringing his father back to complete health was a mistake in this episode–since he mentioned in an earlier one his father was dead–I think it was deliberate, because he’s duplicitous….somehow. Still don’t know how that’s going to resolve, but he’s not a nice man. He’s got an agenda, and it involves saying whatever he thinks will get him there. He could be gay, but those shorts prove nothing….very correct for those times. (Oh, how I’m glad those times are gone.)

    Third: was I the only one who had a moment watching Roger and his grandson on the stairs at SCDPetc. who thought it possible he might fall down them? After watching Pete slip on them a few episodes ago, (going down?!) I was concerned until he safely got to the landing. Someone will have a tragedy on those stairs.

    Lastly, I was ROARING with laughter during Abe’s ambulance ride. Hysterical. Peggy deserves better anyway.

    Aside: loved Betty and Don together for one more time. Bobby five. Hee hee hee.

  28. GG says:

    A fun turn of events would be that we find out that Bob is a spy from another firm

  29. GG says:

    Is Bob Bunson Bob Number 6

  30. Britta Unfiltered says:

    With all the Arrested Development binging I’ve been doing the last 24 hours, I nearly forgot about Mad Men. I just barely watched it. Still haven’t gotten to Veep or Game of Thrones yet, and I’m about to go back to Arrested Development in a minute.
    I howled at the paramedic shrugging when Peggy said Abe would be okay. That was a surprisingly funny moment for Mad Men. I thought Betty looked fantastic, and was glad for it. That double chin was really annoying me. The hook-up was not surprising at all. Betty’s line about Megan was great. Speaking of Megan, I really liked her scene with Arlene. It was really funny how Arlene wouldn’t let it go and kept pushing and Megan had to keep pushing her away. I thought Megan handled that whole awkward scenario really well, and dare I say it, but was likable in those moments. I didn’t think she embarrassed Arlene as Arlene claimed she had, but I thought that Arlene was acting very drunk and childish. It was weird seeing Duck again. Mad Men has a strange way of bringing back characters you think you’ll never see again. It gives me hope we’ll yet see Saul one day. I didn’t think Bob was gay. I actually have to wonder if Bob is Joan’s end game. And I didn’t think Bob was coming on to Pete, I just think he’s kissing ass for the sake of his career, much like Pete used to do when he was in Bob’s shoes. Though now that it’s been brought up, I’m thinking about it…Wasn’t there a scene two weeks ago where Bob was at a whorehouse with Pete and had no interest in hooking up with any of the girls there? Or am I remembering that scene wrong?

    • GG says:

      Yes. Bringing back Sal Romano would be awesome. Now that Mad Men is 1968 Mod Men, Sal would fit right in

  31. twnkltoze says:

    I think Bob’s a spy. What the hell is his job anyway?

  32. Edmalex says:

    Did anyone else get the meta-message about Bobby 5 coming from the fourth actor to play the role (NOT the fifth)? If I was that kid I’d keep one of those spears ready for when they try to re-cast his role.

  33. Katie says:

    What I want to know is will Betty get pregnant? Will it be Henry’s or Dons? Loved that scene!

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