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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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Glen has three comic books. Betty thumbs through "Action Comics #203" cover date April 1955 and "Showcase Presents #39" cover date August 1962. Poking out of Glen's bag is "Showcase Presents #40" cover dated October 1962.

Because comic books of the day had cover dates three months later than their release date, (e.g. October cover date means July release date) the events in this episode must take place on or after July 1962. See more »


At around 37:00, Betty is standing, and has her hair tied on the back of her head. When she is sitting down, her hair is untied. 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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