084 Mad Men Podcast – 708 Severance

In this episode of the Mad Men Podcast Jeremiah Panhorst and Elise Crane Derby review episode 8 of season 7 “Severance”. Then they take questions from the listeners.

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Mad Men Episode Info: Episode Info: “Severance” is the 8th episode of the 7th season of the American television drama series Mad Men. It was written by Matthew Weiner and, and directed by Scott Hornbacher. It originally aired on the AMC in the United States on April 5, 2015.

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  • captbilly

    Jeremiah! You look like Moriarty from Sherlock.

  • captbilly

    You know, going back to your comment about handling ” a low amount of Betty ” , I always thought Betty was one of the best characters on the show. Matthew has written about a mom who does not like her kids. She doesn’t hate them and want to destroy them, like some soap opera mom, just a true disinterest. Here’s a woman who is as lost and unhappy as Don, on a lot of levels. She was the first to remarry, if I remember right, so obviously she feels she needs a husband to define herself.

    What if they wrote Betty more likable ? Would we hate Don for cheating on her? Or would we feel she was just a shallow ninny? And wouldn’t she just be another cliched long -suffering TV wife? By making her unlikable, Matthew has created a truly memorable character. You like plenty of people on TV, how many do you hate? You might not like Betty, but she makes for great TV.

  • jeremiahp

    All great questions! Personally I have been up and down on how I feel about Betty. There is no doubt they wrote her character this way so we don’t hate Don quite as much. I agree that Matthew has written a beautiful character that we can all dislike. More people dislike her than Pete and he is an awful human, most of the time. I do think fans will look back on her character and realize she was very important to the narrative.

  • jeremiahp

    I will take that as a compliment. Andrew Scott is a decent looking chap!