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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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marymary
Apr. 9th, 2012 04:34 pm (UTC)
Catching up!

As expected, a lot of great comments from you guys. I was nodding my head a lot as I read down the thread.

I, too, thought the conversation between Don and Betty was sweet. And afterward, he was sincerely worried about her. When Megan started talking about needing to step in with the kids, he cut her off because he didn't want to think about it. And when he told Roger, he said "Betty has cancer," even though he didn't have the test results.

I liked how both spouses were supportive...to a point. Megan seems good, until she starts blithely wandering into surrogate mom territory and Don cuts her off. At which point she says, "This affects me too, you know." Wow. And then, at the end, "She (Betty) just needs to have something to call you about." WOW.

And I do think Henry's a good husband. Where he crossed the line for me was not telling Betty Don had called. That's a lie -- Sorry, Henry. That interferes with Betty's relationship with the father of her kids. I get that he was jealous, and it's outweighed by his other good behavior, but still.

I agree with you guys, Betty looked strange. I think they did a typically bad job having Betty gain the weight. She gained a lot, for her, maybe 30 lbs? But it still doesn't make her very heavy. IMO, that kind of weight gain wouldn't change her face so much. But makeup artists LOVE to show it in the face. I think that's why she looked odd. Though she almost looked prettier than usual, to me, sometimes.

Some of you were talking about Betty being incapable of happiness -- I thought that was striking when she got the news from the doctor. Henry has a normal reaction -- happiness and relief. Betty's like, "Great, I guess I'm just fat, huh?" I laughed out loud because it's so Betty and it's also sort of understandable. Maybe only to women -- IDK. :) Anyway, she snapped back to sadness so quickly.
tomfoolery815
Apr. 9th, 2012 06:31 pm (UTC)
But makeup artists LOVE to show it in the face.
I saw a GIF from "Nixon vs. Kennedy"* in Season 1 that led me to pull out the disc and watch yesterday. Makeup artists do love to show it in the face, Mary: Not only did they put padding on underneath Elisabeth Moss' clothes, they attached stuff to her cheeks and under her jawline. It was jarring to be reminded how many pounds they put on Peggy.

You know, back when she had no idea she was pregnant. ;-)


*Not sure if we discussed this back then -- I suppose I could go back and look -- but this is also the episode where Pete attempts to expose Don's past. Mr. Silver Spoon (Kennedy/Pete) vs. The Self-Made Man (Nixon/Don).

Edited at 2012-04-09 06:58 pm (UTC)