— Don Draper, Mad Men
Oh Betty, Betty, Betty. The third episode in season 5 was the only time I finished a Mad Men episode thinking, Really? It was so … on the nose and not just because of the “we need the audience to like Betty more” storyline. The dialogue was stilted and obvious. Roger and Don’s scene toward the end of the episode provides a good example of it.
Don: He grew up. What’d’ya expect?
Roger: I’m tired of it Don. Tired of trying to prove I have any value here. I’m exhausted from hanging onto the ledge and having some kid’s foot on my fingertips.
For a show like Mad Men, this is very trite stuff. (Don’t get me started on the gypsy, too.) Fortunately, there was lots of good Peggy stuff. Peggy for the win!
ZOMG! How can I choose?
Like almost any other Maddict, I love “The Suitcase” from Season 4 because it rewards the audience with some amazing Don and Peggy material. Season 4 is also my favorite season of the show.
However, I also really like Season 2’s “A Night to Remember,” which is when Betty confronts her husband about his affair with the (fabulous) Bobbie Barrett. January Jones gets a lot of flack regarding her acting ability, but when I first saw Betty fray into a sloppy little puddle in a polka-dot dress, I was agape with amazement. For the first time, we got to see this character completely unwound and vulnerable. It’s never happened since, but it was a stunning display.
Whenever a new season of Mad Men starts, I become obsessed!