Remember when the first episode of the new series of Mad Men aired last week and everyone was talking about the lack of January Jones? Well, last night’s episode proved that Betty’s back and she's better and err, bigger than ever.
After over-indulging mid-season, Betty Francis takes a visit to the hospital to seek out diet pills, only to find out that she’s got a [benign] thyroid tumour. Heavy stuff, right? But true to Betty’s character, her hair is as flawless as ever and she's still rocking her signature pastel florals, pearls and neck scarves. Phewf! And her hubby, Henry, didn’t seem to mind the weight gain: did you SEE that rather passionate PDA?!
The dramatic story line is a crafty way to cover up January’s real-life pregnancy (the actress gave birth to a son, Xander Dane Jones, in September last year). We were rather impressed with the quality of Betty’s fat suit (recycled from Peggy from Season 1 perhaps?) as although clever camera angles concealed Jan's baby bump, we saw a naked Betty emerging from the bath looking rounder than ever.
So our favourite Betty fashion moment of the series so far? The Chanel-esque jacket which she accessorised with her pink satin neckscarf. We weren’t AS keen on the white floral shirt she wore to the hospital...
Meanwhile, our new Mad Men style crush is Megan Draper and her yellow lace blouse was the scene-stealer last night, although we couldn’t help but notice that Megan’s brassiere – which she teamed with a high-waisted white mini-skirt - was SO made from the same fabric as one of Betty Draper’s old dresses from Season 3. Janie Bryant, we approve in these frugal times.
It was a slightly more stressful week for Peggy, who’s feeling the competition against new copywriter, Michael Ginsberg, who made a clash with all those checks, polka dots and patterned ties. Could this be a new love interest for Ms. Olson perhaps? We hope so.
But do tell: what was your favourite moment from last night's show? And are you a fan of the bigger Betty?