April 2nd, 2012
09:31 AM ET
Editor's Note: The following post contains spoilers for the April 1 episode of AMC's "Mad Men."
Much of the debate in the weeks and months leading up to season 5 of "Mad Men" was how January Jones’ pregnancy would be written into the show, if at all.
On Sunday night, we got our answer. Betty is…fat.
Internet rejoicing aside, a more genteel (read: 1960s) way of putting it would be to say that she’s simply let herself go after becoming too comfortable with Henry and life in their house on the hill.
Henry’s mother Pauline paid Betty a visit, and said that her weight was affecting her husband’s happiness. She suggested that Betty take the “Valley of the Dolls” route and see a doctor for a prescription to help her slim down.
During the appointment, the doctor found a lump on Betty’s thyroid and sent her for a biopsy. (Not so funny is it now, eh Twitter?) It was there that she ran into an old friend who was undergoing radiation, and the two caught up over lunch afterward.
Then, in what was undoubtedly the most random moment in television history, a psychic appeared and offered to read Betty’s tea leaves. The reading revealed that not only was Betty a “great soul” but that the psychic was a hack. Betty? A good person? Really? C’mon.
Anyway, Betty spent the bulk of the episode confronting her own mortality as she awaited the test results. She was eventually given the all clear when the tumor came back benign. Her relief wasn’t entirely convincing, however, as if being plus twenty was a fate worse than death. Henry assured her that he loved her just the way she was, and that this was a second chance at life. She later celebrated by polishing off Sally’s leftover ice cream sundae.
Elsewhere, Don continued to court Heinz, and indulged Raymond Heinz’s fantasy of having the Rolling Stones record a jingle for his beans to the tune of "Time Is on My Side."
The Stones happened to be in town, and Don and Harry – SCDP’s own Odd Couple – set off for the concert, where they hung out backstage with a couple of 10-year-old fans while they waited for the band to arrive. Both men tried desperately to be cool and failed miserably, ultimately failing to ink a deal with the band.
After being dumped years before for American Airlines (in a deal that never came to be), Mohawk Airlines returned to SCDP. Because of its good ‘ol boy leadership, Roger charged Peggy with hiring a new (male) copywriter to handle the account. Enter Michael Ginsburg, Total Lunatic.
Michael came equipped with an impressive book but the interview skills of a ferret, leaving Peggy completely put off but under pressure to hire someone. Michael performed significantly better in an interview with Don and got the job, thus joining secretary Dawn at the new, more diverse SCDP.
Later, at a firm-wide announcement where Pete shared the news that Mohawk would be returning, he subtly revoked the power over the account he’d promised to Roger earlier in the episode.
What did you think of last night’s show? Were you surprised by Betty’s big reveal? How do you think Michael will fare at the firm? Grab a donut and let’s hash it out in the comments!
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