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Mad Men: Tea Leaves

And just like that we are at episode 3. 

Season 5, Episode 3: Tea Leaves
As Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce tries to build upon its current business, Peggy is given new responsibility. Don and Harry indulge a client. 

So what did you think? 

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tomfoolery815
Apr. 2nd, 2012 11:34 pm (UTC)
I think JJ's acting ability has been unfairly maligned. For proof, I suggest watching her again in the scene in the nearly empty Draper house at the end of Season 4. And as I said above, I felt a great deal of sympathy for Betty during her health scare.

That being said, yeah, Betty's just not that likeable. She's permanently unhappy, and without much justification, given her privileged upbringing and comfortable life in two marriages. I stipulate that Don's infidelity is absolutely justification for unhappiness, but she was unhappy independent of that.

Plus, she has seemed on the verge of turning Sally into another Betty, and not in any of the ways that that would be positive or neutral.
gatsbyfan
Apr. 3rd, 2012 12:04 am (UTC)
I think January has her moments. The scene you mentioned as well as the scene in season 1 when she's shooting at the pigeons. But she rarely impresses me unlike the other actors on the show. Now maybe that's just because she's surrounded by incredible actors. But I sort of doubt it.

Matthew Weiner in the interview with Charlie Rose seemed to suggest that people hating on January had to do with being somewhat jealous of her beauty. Um, no. If I was going to be jealous of anyone's beauty on that show it would be Christina Hendricks.

I stipulate that Don's infidelity is absolutely justification for unhappiness, but she was unhappy independent of that.
That was perfect justification for being unhappy. However I think Betty's one of those people that is never happy. As soon as they get what they want, they discover its not what it was cracked up to be. Maybe it's the time and because she was always taken care of she doesn't know how to make herself happy. Or maybe she's just really in need of some antidepressants and unfortunately she's not living in an era when one in every ten people is on some antidepressant.
tomfoolery815
Apr. 3rd, 2012 01:00 am (UTC)
Matthew Weiner in the interview with Charlie Rose seemed to suggest that people hating on January had to do with being somewhat jealous of her beauty. Um, no.
That was a hollow defense, wasn't it? Weiner didn't seem to want to acknowledge that Betty is more unlikeable than likeable. And JJ, like so many actors who play unlikeable characters, seems to have talked herself into liking Betty.

However I think Betty's one of those people that is never happy.
Yes. This.
flippet
Apr. 4th, 2012 08:12 pm (UTC)
As soon as they get what they want, they discover its not what it was cracked up to be.

That was so much of this ep.

Poor Betty. She's so cold, but she really is just this broken little girl inside. She wanted the money, and the glamour - and she got it (just look at that house, and the events she was supposed to continually be going to) - but all her coldness has only been reflected right back on to her. Even Henry runs hot and cold - I agree with Tom that he was being genuine when he said he didn't see the extra weight, and still desires her - but I felt distance from him towards her actual fears and needs.

So when she gets a shock, although she does look for Henry first (which is at least how it should be) - when she needs that warmth, she homes in on Don. Who absolutely has it for her - he had no idea why she was calling, yet still answered with 'Bets'.

Henry knows that Don and Betty have something indefinable, that they'll always have, beyond the kids, and beyond the fact that they can't be/stay married, and that's naturally quite threatening, because Henry will never have that, and will never have the history they have.