The B is back! "B" as in Betty. Vain, cold, self-absorbed Betty, oh how I've missed you. Only Betty Draper Francis would say "No, I mean look at me, can you believe I've had three children?" to a man ogling her at a fundraiser for her political husband, Henry. Of course she is thrilled with the attention she is once again getting from the male population now that she's back to her thin, blonde self. Even proper Henry gets turned on by the fact that someone else wanted his wife. How will he feel once he discovers Don reunited with Betty at Bobby's summer camp? Not a happy camper, I'll bet.
While Betty is getting her life back on track, Peggy's is going off the rails. Ted and Don put her in the awkward position of having to pick which Fleishman's creative idea to go with. "It tastes better because it's expensive," is the angle Ted wants to go with and play up the price. Don feels that no matter how expensive it is; it's still margarine and not butter, and nothing compares to butter. Peggy tries to be diplomatic but Don is having none of it. He wants her to choose and gets mad when she leans toward Ted's idea. She confronts him about making her choose sides, because if there are sides to choose, then why are they trying to merge companies? Seems Don doesn't like sharing his protégée. Peggy looks like a little girl lost in the middle of the office. She's definitely on Ted's side, but still doesn't want to upset Don.
Meanwhile Ted tells Peggy he can't get their kiss out of his mind. Peggy thought it was over, done and forgotten but Ted indicates he's in love with her. Meanwhile, Abe is jumped at the subway near their fixer-upper apartment building. Remember, this was not Peggy's first choice of apartments and she gave in to Abe's desire to live in a changing neighborhood. Shortly after the attack on Abe, someone throws a rock through their bedroom window. Now Peggy is truly frightened and wants to put the building on the market. While sleeping on the sofa with sirens wailing in the dark of night, she hears a noise and goes to investigate. Clever girl has tied a sharp kitchen knife to the end of a broom handle as her weapon of choice. When she hears a voice behind her she quickly turns and accidentally stabs Abe in the stomach. Clearly, this is not Abe's week. Lying in the ambulance, with the knife protruding from his gut, Abe decides it's a good time to break up with Peggy. Poor Peggy looks like she's been sucker punched. Usually she looks like an up and coming career girl at SCDP; however, the day after the breakup she looks like a miserable wreck. She tells Ted about the breakup; probably thinking he'd be pleased to hear she's a free woman. But he is very curt and quickly gives her the brush off. Strong, independent Peggy is highly entertaining; I'm hoping she doesn't revert to mousy Peggy again.
Don decides to step up his daddy game and join Bobby for Parent's Weekend at summer camp. With Henry joining her the next day, Betty is on her own at camp too. "Bobby 5" as he's known at camp, is absolutely tickled to have both his Mom and Dad together with him. He even managed to get them both to join him in a silly camp song. Okay, I'll admit, it was a sappy moment, but I fell for it and knew those two were falling for it too. Sure enough, Betty managed to get Don's attention and back into bed with her. She doesn't appear to feel guilty at all, in fact she rather seemed to enjoy the reunion and having something over Megan. The next morning it was business as usual when Henry showed up to fill in his step-daddy role, and Don was relegated to table for one.
Megan is having a creativity crisis of her own. Her soap opera role has expanded and now she's playing twins on the show. One is the maid and the other is a glamorous blonde vixen. She's having trouble distinguishing the two on screen and asks for some help from co-star Arlene. A few bottles of wine later, Arlene makes a move on Megan. Megan rebuffs and immediately is concerned she jeopardized her career by turning down the head writer's wife — again. Time will tell.
The merger is taking its toll on the team and Harry Crane advises Pete to seek out a headhunter who turns out to be none other than Duck Phillips. Duck is now sober and placing ad execs in all the top agencies. Unfortunately for Pete, his best bet is to start over as a marketing exec in Wichita, per Duck. Duck stresses to Pete that he really needs to get his family life back in order. Family is what's important and all else will fall in line, like ducks in a row. Pete is just continually morose and rarely upbeat; he oozes desperation.
Speaking of desperation, Roger is desperately seeking fatherhood. He manages to get himself banned from seeing his grandson after taking the four-year-old to see "Planet of the Apes." Joan forbids him from being in Kevin's life. He's also wondering how he fits into Joan's life and right now, he doesn't. Joan and Bob have formed a unique friendship of sorts. Bob looks like a real-life Ken doll in his trunks and shirt as he and Joan headed to the beach.
I'll admit I do like petty Betty and flawed Don together, but for me the underlying theme of the entire episode is that you always want what you can't have.
So what did you think of the trysts and twists in "The Better Half"?