This was another of those episodes where there a lot of scenes where not much happened, and yet…there WERE a lot of scenes. This is the type of episode that people who don’t like Mad Men talk about when they say, “I watched a couple episodes, but nothing happened so I stopped.” Not necessarily in relation to the above, but this was also clearly an episode about Betty. All of the stories, except Pete’s obviously, revolved around her or advanced her character in some way.
-The ‘August Episode’. Or maybe one of them. Things seem to happen in August on Mad Men. Don got kicked out last season in August, right?
-Pete in dungarees, eating cereal, watching cartoons was great. What a little boy.
-I liked the response by the councilman to Henry Francis’ letter from the Governor. “Really?”
-“Of the whole store?” “Of the Republic of Dresses!” Indeed. Oh, Joanie, how’s it going? I couldn’t tell if she was mortified to be seen working at all, or to be seen working at the department store. Probably yes. Hard to say what’s planned for her character, though I don’t think she’s been written off the show.
-“You think that because of the way I’m dressed I’m shallow?” I liked when Don sat at the table next to Betty’s and pretended to pick her up. Totally burned the Italians. Also, who knew Betty spoke Italian? That was a lot of kissing when they got back to the room. Thanks for the show! And then jumping into the shower! Yipe. She’s a wildcat.
-Pete’s neighbor coming over to warn him off his nanny… there was no judgment, he just didn’t want Pete messing up everything with the nanny his wife liked. Pete really is a child.
-I can’t decide if Don needs to take Betty on more business trips or less. It’s almost as if she can handle the boringness if she’s not reminded of it. And nothing reminds her of it more than coming home from Rome.
-Can’t get myself to care about Sally. She’s a symbol for something. Probably Betty.
-It wouldn’t be responsible to go an entire recap without mentioning Betty getting kissed by Henry Francis. She seems over it and I wouldn’t be surprised if we don’t see him again, or maybe she’ll have an affair with him. Who knows?