Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Re-watching ‘Mad Men’: S2/Ep10, “The Inheritance”

Betty’s father has a stroke, which prompts a detente between her and Don as they leave the city to visit him. The second half of the episode then delves more into what life is like for Betty without Don living at home. It’s a terrible thing, her having to decide between loneliness and misery or accepting a man who betrayed her so deeply. In the end, the only person she can confide in is Helen Bishop, the divorcee down the street who Betty and her friends ridiculed mercilessly in the previous season.

Best Scene: When the Drapers retire for the evening at Betty’s father’s home, Betty makes Don sleep on the floor … but later joins him in the middle of the night, out of desperation to avoid the pain that awaits her in every other room of the house. Really, though, every single scene January Jones is in during this episode is outstanding; she did her best work on the show in Season 2.

Best Line: Betty: “Sometimes I feel like I’ll float away if Don isn’t holding me down.”

Grade: B