Recap: Mad Men Has Father Daughter Touching
Episode 2.10, “The Inheritance” starts on Pete Campbell listing potential clients in a meeting with Don and the bunch. Looks like the team is headed to Pasadena to schmooze with the aerospace industry about finding ways to sell their image. Back in the bedroom with his wife, there’s still tension about the no-baby, and Pete is not hearing any of it.
We know Pete's white soldiers work, since he successfully created an adoption child by launching them into Peggy’s receptive womb. And adoption is the option being pushed by Pete’s wife, something he’s opposed to. “We’re not related by blood and you love me” is her logic. It's all very ironic.
Betty calls Don at the Roosevelt to say that her father has had a stroke. They go to visit him, and he seems fine, but he looks like John McCain (a young version). He’s a little confused as to who is who, calling Betty by the wrong name. It’s clearly more than a stroke, and we see him devolve into the trappings of Alzheimer’s as the episode goes on.
Back at Sterling-Cooper Paul’s girlfriend has come for lunch. She’s African American and not holding some sort of cleaning utensil, so she receives plenty of confused glances. Pete spills the beans that Paul will be heading to LA, which angers his girlfriend as they had plans to go to Mississippi to register voters. The fight continues into the elevator and we realize that Paul might be a little scared.
Pete and his brother discuss the inheritance from their father, who recently died in a plane crash. Apparently the mother will be controlling all the funds, and they lightheartedly discuss offing her. It’s not the healthiest relationship.
Betty and Don are still at the parents’ house. There’s tension because Betty’s brother feels like he’s saddled with taking care of the aging father. Over a jigsaw puzzle, Betty’s dad gives Don hell in a moment of craziness that is actually very truthful. He yells that Don cant be trusted.
Pete visits his mother to sign some papers about their estate. His brother has mentioned that Pete is considering adoption, and mom is none too happy. “Suitable for some, but really, you’re pulling from the discards.” Pete gets a little pissed and mentions that her husband (his father) spent all the money on strangers. Snaps.
Still at the rents, it’s bedtime and Don has been banished to the floor while Betty takes the bed. She can’t resist though, and sneaks over in the middle of the night for some make up sex. At breakfast the next morning, Betty’s dad gets some more neural pathways crossed and takes a pass at her, going in for a quick boob-grab. The table is alarmed by the incestuous advance, and decides that maybe a milkshake will make it all better. If there’s one thing we know about incest it’s that milkshakes do not make anything better.
Don and betty go home. But Betty does not want Don to stay. She tells him that nothing has changed. They were just pretending.
At Sterling-Cooper, they’re throwing a baby shower for Harry. Mr. Cooper (the big boss) pops his head in for a second and says, “ I just wanted to say, happy birthday.” Don decides that he needs to get the shit away and has Joan clear his schedule so he can jet off to LA for the rocket convention. Paul gets bumped from the trip, so he calls his girlfriend and tells her that he’s decided to go to Mississippi. Pete pulls Peggy aside to mention that he is flying on a plane. In a moment of honesty he mentions her that he hates his mother and would not mind dying in a plane crash like his father.
Betty is hearing noises at the house. The next morning she finds Glen, the neighbor’s kid taking residence in the Draper’s backyard playhouse. He once again admits his love to Betty, explaining that’s the reason he’s run away. She gives him one of Don’s undershirts. Over a glass of chocolate milk, he explains that his family is broken, and that his mother doesn’t seem to care about him. While they’re watching cartoons he says that he’s come to rescue her. His strategy is all off and he does not get any. Betty calls his mom. I hate it when a girl does that. Glen is not happy, and tells Betty that he hates her. After taking him home, Glens mother returns. Betty explains that a woman’s first job is to be a good baby’s momma. She also talks about how Don has left, finding a new confidant in her marital woes. She says that sometimes she feels that she’ll float away without Don holding her down.
On a southbound bus filled with blacks, Paul is eloquently speaking about the impact that advertising can have on changing the world’s consciousness. He says that “the consumer has no color.”
The show ends with Don ripping a butt on an airplane, headed West.