Mad Men

Mad Men 5×03 – Tea Leaves

"When is everything going to get back to normal?"

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Oh Betty Draper, how I’ve missed you! I know a lot of people seem to detest the character of Betty but I think she’s just so awesome and complex. I’ve loved her since the beginning and she’s actually one of my favorites. January Jones just plays the role so well and I feel you can’t but root for her. While the cancer scare was a bit much in this episode, it undoubtedly made the character more sympathetic which I guess was something that needed to be done. Moreover, I really liked the hint of Betty and Don rekindling the old flame. I do want them together again even though they were just toxic as a couple (and Henry bores me to tears).

I also liked the fact that this episode emphasized just how much Don and Roger in particular are struggling with the fact that they’re getting older. They’re not being able to keep up with the youth and are finding themselves left out and confused. It’s a great little insight to touch on and it will undoubtedly remain significant throughout the season.

Pitches & Pieces

So that’s how they’re going to hide January Jones’ pregnancy? The fat suit is really distracting.

– Megan is quite the child; couldn’t be more evident than in the business dinner.

– I can tell from now I’m going to love the inclusion of Dawn as Don’s secretary.

– Peggy annoyed me in this episode. She’s getting way too pompous.

– Hilarious interview scene. Already love the new copywriter Michael.

– Don’s new apartment is just beyond awesome.

– The backstage scenes at the Rolling Stones concert were a bit too long for my liking.

– Bizarre Betty dream sequence. Apparently John Hamm directed this episode which might explain the awkward tone of some of the scenes.

– I really like the fact that Don and Michael got along. This should be a fun dynamic.

– Betty sure seemed disappointed to find out she’s not going to die.

– Very weird scene with Michael’s dad. Not sure what we’re supposed to feel.

– Don sure jumped the gun by saying Betty has cancer!

– Love the final shot with Betty deciding to finish Sally’s ice cream as well!

– So we got Betty but no Joan in this episode?

Crisp Copy

Don: Mohawk is going to insist on a regular copywriter.
Roger: Someone with a penis.
Peggy: I’ll work on that.

Betty: It’s nice to be put through the ringer and find out… I’m just fat.
Henry: I don’t know how many ways to tell you, but I don’t see it.
Betty: I know. Your mother’s obese.

Conclusion
A charming hour that restored some much needed focus on a beloved character of mine. Very enjoyable.

Nad Rating
B

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