'Mad Men' Recap: Betty's 'Dark Shadows' Are Back to Poison Megan & Don

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betty draper mad men dark shadowsWelcome to the week leading up to Thanksgiving 1966. But don't expect everyone to feel very festive. This holiday-time seems to be bringing out the ugly, envious, selfish side of everyone's personality ... or, as the episode title puts it, their "Dark Shadows."

Take Betty Francis. It seems that since the last time we saw her, she has joined Weight Watchers -- weighing out her portions and attending weekly meetings -- in order to slim down. She's doing alright, but nothing like emotional stress -- triggered by crazy jealousy -- to throw a wrench into any well-meaning Weight Watcher's plan.

A visit to Don and Megan's to pick up the kids and an accidental glimpse of Megan getting dressed has Betty seeing green. Soon, she's trying to poison Don and Megan's relationship "from 50 miles away" by telling Sally (who is working on a family tree while visiting Don and Megan) about Anna -- Dick Don's first wife. Betty convinces Sally that Megan would have told her about Anna if she had really wanted to help her with the project. Way to be totally manipulative, Bets!

Although this temporarily turns Sally on Megan, when Don and Megan realize what's going on with Betty, Don shuts it down -- laying out the truth for Sally, tells her Megan isn't to blame for keeping his secret, and makes her apologize to her stepmom -- bam! Thank goodness. Yeah, that sympathy I had for Betty the first time we saw her this season? Kinda went out the window this week.

Meanwhile, we saw what a selfish bastard Roger can really be -- using his soon-to-be-ex-Jewish wife Jane to score points with potential client Manischewitz wine, then having sex with her in the new apartment he bought her (because she had sad memories attached the old one), effectively wrecking the new pad, as well. He's sorry, but come on ... obviously not that sorry or he wouldn't have never done it in the first place.

And speaking of selfish ... hmm. Don wasn't exactly on his best behavior either -- getting uber-nasty and competitive with relatively new copywriter Ginsberg, trampling on his excellent "in-your-face" attempt at a campaign for Sno Ball soda. Seemed like the vet felt like he needed to prove he still has creative juices, not just the title of Creative Director.

In the end, Betty may have been thankful for having everything she wants and claiming she feels "no one else has anything better." Funny, because nothing could be further from the truth -- for her or anyone else whose dark shadows haunted them this week.

Do you have any sympathy for Betty, Don, or Roger?


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mamivon2 mamivon2

I still need to watch season 1.. Thank God for netflix

nonmember avatar Rosie

I DON'T LIKE MEGAN. She's too fucking perfect. It's ridiculous. I think that Matt Weiner is going TOO FAR in trying to present a character that is supposed to be the antithesis of Betty Francis.

We don't know why she married Don. We don't know her initial reaction to the Dick Whitman revelation. She is young, beautiful, automatically talented as a copywriter and modern. She's too perfect.

And instead of complaining about this, fans are wallowing in her perfection. Frankly, I wish that Betty had poisoned Megan "LITERALLY". I'm getting tired of her and her perfections.

nonmember avatar TheVodkaParty

The return of Betty was a low point in an otherwise unremarkable episode. “Dark Shadows” explored the various rivalries afoot at SCDP (Betty vs Don, Don vs Michael, Peggy vs Michael, Roger vs Pete, even Sally vs Megan) so I wonder if it’s not the calm before the storm to come? After all that, frankly, I could use a drink. To that end, I’ve dug up some contemporary Mad Men-era cocktail recipes that will do the job: http://thevodkaparty.com/how-to-throw-an-authentic-mad-men-era-cocktail-party-the-inside-skinny/

nonmember avatar Jennie

This episode sucked. I can't stand Megan. She is so annoying and one demensional. I was actually hoping that Betty's plan would work because I am so bored with Don's marriage. Try harder next time Betty.

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