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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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Did You Know?


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 Rope (1948) See more »


Swingin' Saints
Performed by The Gigalos
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Introduces a New Plot
6 August 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

For everyone who's seen a lot of "Mad Men," it can be difficult to remember what happens in which episodes. So fear not, I will explain. This is the episode where Betty's father has a stroke.

It's the end of the Season Two Mid-Game, and in the next episode ("The Jet Set"), the Endgame kicks off. So naturally, there are some things worth noting about this episode.

There is nothing wrong with this episodes. Just, some things are more right with it than others.

The highlight of the episode was absolutely the acting. Don and Betty are undergoing a crisis. The natural question to ask is, "Will this bring them together?" The answer is no. It will take a lot more than that to re-unite them, and I'd say more, but any more is a spoiler. The acting props in this episode, go mostly to January Jones, and actress that was greatly under-appreciated at the Emmys. She's fantastic, and this is one of her episodes. And as usual, Jon Hamm and Elizabeth Moss do great work as well.

The episode reminds us that problems more important than the marriage and the agency still exist in "Mad Men."

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