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The Inheritance 

Don and Betty try to keep up appearances as they go to Betty's parents after her dad has a stroke. Peter has a long-dreaded meeting with his mother before he and Kinsey leave for a convention in Los Angeles.



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The talk around the office is the business trip that Pete and Paul are going on to Los Angeles to a aeronautics convention in the hopes of gaining contracts from the emerging aerospace industry. For Paul, this trip is a good excuse not to accompany Sheila to Mississippi where she hoped he would assist her in a civil rights campaign. Family fronts are not going as well. Pete and Trudy are still arguing about their lack of progeny, Trudy wants to adopt. With the other generation, Pete is finding it difficult to relate to his mother, who still is not aware of her new poor financial situation. With the Drapers, Betty's father, Gene, has suffered a mild stroke which brings Don and Betty temporarily back together as Betty needs Don's support in visiting with her family. Although the Hofstadt family outwardly does not want to discuss the seriousness of the situation, it looks like Gene is in the early stages of Alzheimer's. Back home, away from Gene and Gloria's, Betty still does not allow ... Written by Huggo

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5 October 2008 (USA)  »

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When the characters are on the plane at the end, the song playing is the 1962 space-age instrumental called Telstar (named after the AT&T communications satellite) by the music group The Tornados. See more »


While sitting with Glen watching cartoons on the sofa, Betty has a red straw in her Coca-Cola bottle. Carla and the children enter the home, when Betty stands up to talk to them, the straw is gone. After much of the conversation is over, the straw returns to Betty's Coca-Cola bottle. See more »


Trudy Campbell: We're not related by blood and you love me.
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References The Twilight Zone (1959) See more »


by The Tornados
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California dreamin'
9 March 2010 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

The trip to California is a way for Don to send representation to the big convention in Los Angeles for the aerospace industry. He figures all the important people will be in attendance. He has decided to have Paul go with Pete Campbell to drum business for the agency. Trudy Campbell is not happy about her husband leaving her behind, but he is determined to leave her behind. Trudy has decided to put herself on a list a respected adoption agency, something her husband thinks it's appalling.

Gene, the father of Betty, suffered a stroke. She has to call Don at the Roosevelt to tell him. Don will take the time to go with her. What they find when they get there is something Betty was not expecting. Her father appears to be on the first stages of Alzheimer's. He even takes his daughter to be his late wife. The situation is complicated with Betty's brother William, and his wife at the house. Betty is none too happy with the way Gloria, her step-mother is handling her father. Gene, has a conversation with Betty in which he tells her about not trusting Don because he has no family.

Pete Campbell and his brother Bud get together with their mother about some legal matters. Dorothy Campbell is dead set against Pete and Trudy adopting a child. She reckons the baby will not be his own. Dorothy even goes to threaten Pete to leave him out of the will if he so much as goes for the adoption.

At the office there is a baby shower for Harry, whose wife is expecting a baby. Don, who has gone with Betty back to the house, was told to leave again because 'nothing had changed' according to his wife. When he meets Joan he tells her to notify Paul he is not going, instead, he will be taking the trip to Los Angeles with Pete. Joan can't wait to go back to tell Paul in front of the whole office about Don's decision.

Betty surprises Glen Bishop in her backyard. Glen is clearly smitten about the beauty of Betty. He has a big crush, but of course, Betty tries to discourage the boy from coming again. When his mother Helen goes to see Betty about the incident, she is assured nothing had happened, while at the same time she tells her friend Don is not living at home anymore.

Matthew Weiner, the creator of "Mad Men" co-wrote the script of this episode with Lisa Albert and Marti Noxon. He also directed this chapter of this excellent series. Excellent acting is one of the things Mr. Weiner gets from all the principals and the supporting cast. Paying attention to detail also is a big plus for the program at it takes a look at a not too distant past.

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