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episode 10: hands and knees

It's Sunday so that means it's tome for another episode of Mad Men.

Episode 10: Hands and Knees
An unannounced visitor at the Francis home rattles Betty.

(I'm hoping this episode is better than I anticipate. Expectations are low since Betty annoys me.)

Comments

gatsbyfan
Sep. 28th, 2010 01:51 am (UTC)
Could it be that Joan kept the baby? I didn't get that *at all,* but it's certainly an intriguing possibility...
See I was wondering about it for many of the reasons that the article mentioned. We actually chatted about this at work. Joan really wants to have a baby and has had two "procedures" before. She's in her early/mid 30s. It would be a bit risky for her to have another and then try to conceive when her husband is back. Plus, her husbands now gone for a minimum of 2yrs. There weren't a lot of women having their first babies in their mid/late 30s back then.

My coworker mentioned that she knew a woman who had one in the 60s and she didn't seem to bounce back that evening/the next day.


Was she seizing an opportunity to not be identified as a woman about to have an abortion?
That's exactly what I took it to be. Look at her. She's older and married. I think the woman would have had a completely different reaction to that. She and her daughter were both teenagers and felt that there was no real choice. That's not necessarily the case with Joan now.

I also wondered about the age thing. My first thought was that it was 15 years since her first procedure.
flippet
Sep. 29th, 2010 02:08 pm (UTC)
Could it be that Joan kept the baby? I didn't get that *at all,* but it's certainly an intriguing possibility...
See I was wondering about it for many of the reasons that the article mentioned.


I thought it could very well be, too, for the reasons you stated.

We've seen that she wants to have a baby. We've seen that she's had two abortions before - and with her current problems getting pregnant, she regrets it to a point. (Not that she regrets having the abortions exactly, just that it sucks to give up something that you want eventually, only to find that you can't have it.) I think that it may also be running through her mind that if she's pregnant now - that it's her husband that has problems with his swimmers. If she wants a baby, this may be her last/only chance.

And, her husband will never know. The timing is close enough, and he won't be around to count months and days. And he's off to war - he might never come back. Joan didn't look particularly horrified when Roger mentioned that possibility. Which doesn't mean she wants that either, but I think it's crossed her mind enough to not be shocked at the mention.

My coworker mentioned that she knew a woman who had one in the 60s and she didn't seem to bounce back that evening/the next day.

And then there's that. She seemed far too chipper, yet not a 'forced' chipper. And she was moving around much too easily and comfortably. She's tough, but that would be extraordinary, and I think we'd be allowed to see some small chink in her armor, even if the office isn't.


Edited at 2010-09-29 02:11 pm (UTC)