Betty is still struggling to lose weight, while Don is struggling to prove he's still got that magic advertising touch. He's still good, but might Ginsberg be better? And Roger reconnects with his ex-wife Jane who instantly regrets it, while Pete can't stop thinking about Beth.
So many of the characters on Mad Men are inherently sad (at least under the surface) that I could have put nearly anyone in this category. But let’s begin with the saddest of them all, Betty Francis.
Oh, Betty. These outfits are doing your heftier frame no favors. Before picking up the kids from Don’s, Betty checks herself out in the mirror and sucks in her stomach. We've all been there, Betts. It never works, BTW.
Unfortunately, it didn’t help that she walked in to find (OK, she was totally spying) Don’s new, hot wife changing into a super cute printed top. This is a girl who doesn’t need to measure her cheese. The following encounter was, to say the least, awkward.
Betty’s having such a hard time coping with all this that she rushed home to stress eat some whipped cream straight out of the can.
Yikes. Good thing she spit it into the sink before swallowing, because she had a Weight Watchers meeting to attend.
Yes, Weight Watchers, which is apparently a haven for women who are desperately trying to conceal those ten extra pounds with some Jackie O. style tweed and pearls.
Why does Betty always have to dress like she’s on her way to a PTA meeting? At least the woman running the meeting looks somewhat chic – she’s donning a cool patterned scarf.
You know, maybe Betty would have a better body image if she wore something more flattering? This ruffled nightgown looks like the adult size of something Sally would wear. Not very sexy, if you ask me.
And this? Stop. Dressing. Like. You’re. 60.
Another Weight Watchers meeting, another tweed outfit. Is it meant to create bulimia? Because looking at that jacket makes me want to throw up.
At least the meeting leader brings it yet again, this time with a cool patterned coat. Betty can take some life advice and some fashion advice from this lady.
By the way, does she look familiar to anyone? She totes reminds me of Anna Nardini (April’s mom) from Gilmore Girls, but I can’t find a cast listing anywhere. If so, that would be a weird Gilmore Girls reunion.
I think this is the most pregnant we’ve seen January Jones look all season – they caught a side angle and it definitely reveals the baby bump.
But at least Betty’s in something other than the political wife uniform. An actual sweater! A plaid skirt! Still pearls, though. God forbid she take those off for even a moment.
I think Betty’s Thanksgiving outfit is worst of all. A boxy jacket, the double-strand of pearls and some kind of themed brooch? Lord help us all. When Betty said she’s thankful that she has everything she wants “and nobody has anything better”, she’d clearly overlooked her wardrobe.
[Ed note: I have those exact same water glasses! My next Thanksgiving dinner is totally going to be "Sad Mad Men" themed. - Jen]
But you know what? Thin, well-dressed people can be miserable too. Just look at Roger’s poor newly divorced ex-wife Jane.
Those bright pajamas can't hide her pain. She accepts Roger’s dinner invitation, even though he’s only using her.
At least she gets a new apartment out of the deal, plus she looks absolutely stunning at the business dinner.
Sad, but stunning. This was my favorite outfit of the episode. She looks like a movie star. Yes, a sad movie star. But a movie star! Sad! Stunning! Stunning! Sad! Oh Mad Men, you take me on such an emotional roller coaster.
I think Roger was too busy checking out his dinner companion’s bad plastic surgery to notice how gorgeous his ex-wife looked, though.
Too bad Jane ended up naked and teary on her pretty paisley couch. Even that fur coat can’t keep away the chill of Roger’s manipulations. (Did I really just type that? Oh yes, you bet I did.)
Speaking of fur coats, Rory Gilmore made another appearance this week – and it was oh so scandalous! For reals, I have a hard time seeing Rory this way.
Of course, Pete was just having a dream. No girl would show up to someone’s office dressed like that and coo “I saw your piece in the New York Times.”
Pete really is a sad cat. He’s not even wearing the best tie in the office. That honor goes to Harry.
Nice diagonal stripes! Roger is the best dressed male lately, though. Check out his silk polka dot scarf!
But why so glum? Is Roger too sad to even muster a smirk at whatever stupid thing Pete Campbell said? Uh-oh.