Recap – Mad Men 3.8 “Souvenir”

bettyhenryFrancine, Betty and Henry walk in the parking lot. Francine offers her thanks and heads to her car. Henry walks Betty to her car, which is her dad’s Lincoln. She opens the door, and he stands leaning against it. “I just want to say thank you,” she says. “You really did everything we wanted. And I know how busy you must be.” “Well, I think you’ll find that I put my heart into things when something’s important to me. Or someone,” he replies. They chat more as she takes her seat, then the moment we all knew was coming arrives. Henry leans in and kisses her passionately, and she definitely kisses him back. The moment the kiss is over, she looks guilty and excited all at the same time. “Goodnight,” she says. “Drive safe now,” is his reply. She looks back in the review mirror as she drives away.

Betty’s home, and Don wanders down to the kitchen to ask her about some cuff links. She answers with a big smile, and shares the news they won, while doing a little twist. Betty’s behavior is complicated, but in this moment, she’s adorable. The moment ends quickly as they embrace and we see guilt run across her face. They go on to talk some more, and Betty basks in the glow of her accomplishments. Don is genuinely proud of her.

Draper bedroom. Betty wakes a sleeping Don to tell him she wants to come with him. “I know you’ll be working the whole time, but I just want to get on a plane,” she says.

Bonwitt Teller. Pete asks a saleslady for help. She says she can’t help him, and he asks for a manager. “Of the entire store?” the saleslady asks. “Of the Republic of Dresses! Whoever can help me with this because you’re falling short,” he snaps. She heads off as Pete stands with a big pink tulle dress under his arm. The manager arrives and (gasp!) it’s our girl Joanie! Oh, Joan! Greg the Rapist sucks. She looks fabulous as ever in a lovely purple dress and great hair. What follows is a great scene where Pete and Joan both have things to hide, with Pete claiming the dress is Trudy’s and Joan knowing good and well it isn’t, and Pete knowing Joan isn’t just working for fun. Joan helps him out and they chat, ending with Pete asking for her discretion. “Of course. This never happened,” she replies, as much for her benefit as his. Come back, Joan! We miss you!

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