The New York Post’s Linda Stasi doesn’t rank very high on my list of favorite TV critics, and she reminded me as to why with this border-line incomprehensible lament about the relative absence of January Jones on the current season of “Mad Men.”
Actually, I think the show has gotten off to a remarkably strong start, with a terrific mix of comedy, drama and advances in the storyline. But I do agree with one point (however oddly expressed) in Stasi’s rant, which is that Jones’ Betty Draper is fundamental to the show — a woman who, through three seasons, was gorgeous on the outside, the spitting image of Grace Kelly. Yet that exquisite beauty obscured how profoundly unhappy she was on the inside, which is the essence of the show — that nostalgia for the 1950s often ignores the ugly parts that were hiding behind those Norman Rockwell paintings.
Even with the depth and strength of the cast, she has indeed been missed, though I understand why these episodes — which focused largely on Don — have veered away from her. With the central couple split, it’s difficult to get back to Betty, though I suspect she’ll resurface in significant ways before the year’s over.
Until then, as they say, divorce is always hardest on the TV viewers.
Plus, writing about this gave me a nice excuse to run this picture.