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episode 5: the chrysanthemum and the sword

Much to discuss. Much to discuss.

Episode 5: The Chrysanthemum and the Sword
Don and Pete go against Roger in efforts to win a new account.


Aug. 24th, 2010 04:42 pm (UTC)
And I believe she smiled when Henry calmed her down, after she slapped Sally.
I think you're right.

That's what was so impressive and charming about that scene -- once Henry pointed out that she was really mad at Don and Henry sympathized, all the aggression went out of her.
Yes, I agree. But that brings me back to the idea that she doesn't actually like children. Betty looks at Sally and sees a burden, rather than a person or a daughter.

It occurs to me that, even in this moment with Henry and Don, that Betty has always defined her world according to the man in her life. Is that accurate? I know it's a reflection of the times, and the character relative to the times in which she lives. But we look at her in comparison to Joan and Peggy, who are defining their world for themselves, albeit to differing degrees.

I agree that she's basically a child. In fact, didn't January Jones even say that about her character? I think so... Betty tells Dr. Edna she feels Sally is acting out just to punish Betty -- a very immature interpretation. That's how a kid would think about it.
I believe JJ did. And I have to think it's to her credit that I dislike Betty so much. Srsly.