Betty's got a big surprise on 'Mad Men'
April 2nd, 2012
09:31 AM ET

Betty's got a big surprise on 'Mad Men'

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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  1. Elchico

    Hi Marg and Paul,I just found you again. I had lost the link and was searching for your coneoctinn. I'm so glad to have found you both well and living happily in paradise. Wayne has returned home safely from Ecuador and was so inspired by his journey. The people who work there and the locals who so desperately need their help were happy to have the group helping for 10 days. He will share his experience with you when he gets back on the ground. We are having a big storm today and most things are closed. Schools and Universities are closed and we are getting ready to do our third shovel of the day. We will keep your sunny photos in mind as we dig out. All our love to you be well and celebrate paradisePat

    April 26, 2012 at 11:40 pm | Report abuse |
  2. J.J. Bugs

    Jon Hamm is basically Fabio – #MadMen

    April 2, 2012 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
  3. T

    Not a bad episode, interesting...

    My Prediction: Peggy, eventually will be running the entire company and retire in the '90s. And probably be the only one still living in 2012 out of the entire group.

    April 2, 2012 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Observer

    Nyuuuk nyuuuuk nyuuuuuuk. I'm moe. Which stooge are you?

    April 2, 2012 at 10:18 am | Report abuse |
    • Muse

      No idiot,Curly did the Nyuuuk,Nyuuuk,Nyuuuk,Moe was "why I ouhgta".It took a lot of finesse to be a real stooge.

      April 2, 2012 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Observer

    I wish I was a man. I'm just a stooooooge.

    April 2, 2012 at 10:06 am | Report abuse |
  6. Webster

    Whachoo talkin bout, Willis?

    April 2, 2012 at 10:04 am | Report abuse |
  7. Observer

    Great episode of a great show!
    I've been wondering how they were going to deal with JJ's pregnancy. I thought for certain they were going to write it in as a plot line. Just what that woman needs is more kids to accompany the ones she currently ignores.

    April 2, 2012 at 9:47 am | Report abuse |
  8. Humpty

    She's really a man.

    April 2, 2012 at 9:43 am | Report abuse |

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