Mad Men star Jon Hamm is very fond of discussing what a bad guy his character Don Draper is. Don has pulled some numbers over the years, for sure. Some of our personal favorites? Well, let’s see. We really loved when Don was banging that old hag Bobbi Barrett, crashed the car while driving drunk, and had to call Peggy to come bail him out of jail. We guess that may be a mark of a bad guy–no one close to call when things go wrong–but we still don’t agree with Jon Hamm that Don is all that bad. Mad Men would have us believe that DWI was a birthright back then. If you’ve watched lately you may have noticed Campbell’s driving skills. If so, you’d probably rather take your chances with Don, bombed.
Now Pete Campbell is a bad guy as far as we’re concerned, but that’s another story. Certainly was gratifying watching Lane best him in a bout of the gentleman’s sport though. In fact, the entire season has been gratifying. Most notably, Roger’s LSD trip, the aforementioned fisticuffs, Roger’s blowjob from Megan’s moms (Julia Ormond), and the whole Don’s new life/Megan (Jessica Pare) dynamic. And who could neglect the return of Glen, an absolute favorite of ours?
When Sally called him (who is now being fed pills by Henry’s mother), after she witnessed Roger’s blowjob, he said “how’s the city?” Sally’s response framed the episode perfectly.
But Henry’s mother is far from the worst bitch on the block. That honor still belongs to Betty Francis, who, in limited scenes has taken on an expanded capacity. To state it plainly, she is enormous. But to us, she’s even meaner than she is fat.
While Betty’s actions are apparently somewhat predictable in Matthew Weiner’s version of the American tale, every man a cad, every woman a rag, at least every divorcee that is, they are no less startling or reprehensible. Sure, Don took Sally to see the eclipse that time and then started having sex with her teacher, but at least he takes an interest in his kids not named Gene, and refrains from partaking in another ancient birthright: child abuse.
Then there’s Betty. January Jones makes such a mean bitch in this role that now Queen Cersei (Lena Headey) from Game of Thrones looks like a human being to us, and there is still some question as to whether she is human at all. This week Betty overdosed on jealousy when in picking up the children, she pressed her way into Don’s penthouse and spied upon the life of the new Don Draper.
Then, when “helping” Sally with her family tree project, she casually mentioned to her that daddy had another previous wife, and suggested that Megan had lied to her about it. Whomever coined “time heals all wounds” apparently never met Betty Francis.
Thankfully, Sally, with a little help, figured out her Mother’s game. And when she had revealed to Betty her revenge plot was foiled, Betty became enraged. Dragging the kids into the fray? We jest about Weiner’s tale of Americana, but that doesn’t mean we necessarily doubt it.
With Mad Men being a show that tends to follow up on most major storylines, we are expecting, well, big things from Betty’s character the rest of the way, whether she has limited scenes or not. Matthew Weiner fought to keep Betty’s character alive when AMC tried to pinch their margins because he felt the jilted ex was a compelling plot line. We are sure AMC is happy now that he did. They probably didn’t even gripe too much about springing for her fat suit.
Try Googling “Fat Betty Francis”. And then run the image search. The fans are in love, if not with Betty, then with the fact that she is a beefed up version of the old bitch we knew and hated. Here’s one of our favorite pics:
For us though, it’s the ugly factor that we are bent on. Can you imagine what her reaction will be at the inevitability to come, when she finds out her daughter is fucking Glen?
Hell’s bells, Trudy!