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*Spoiler Alert! If you haven't yet watched this week's episode, you should proceed with caution when reading this.*
It's no secret that Betty Draper, the leading mama on AMC's hit TV show, Mad Men, hasn't exactly had her unborn baby's best interests at heart. There's been nary a scene in which the seemingly 10-months-pregnant Betty isn't either lighting up a cigarette or downing a potent cocktail. In Sunday night's episode, it became increasingly clear that Mrs. Draper isn't in danger of winning the Mother of the Year Award any time soon. And Peggy Olson's mom isn't doing Peggy any favors, either. How do these women upset their offspring? Let us count the ways:
1. Betty Draper barely looks at her daughter, Sally, when addressing her. Ever. Anytime the tween appears onscreen, she is quickly shooed away by her mother.
2. After a police officer appears at the Draper's front door to notify them of Betty's father's death, little Sally -- who had begun to form a strong bond with her grandfather -- was left outside. Betty literally shut the door in Sally's face as she went inside to speak to the policeman.
3. Sally is ensconced in her preferred hiding place under the dining room table when she hears some melancholy laughter spill out from the kitchen, where the adults are swapping memories of Sally's grandpa. Offended by what she interprets as disrespect for the dead, Sally throws a sobbing tantrum. Once again, Betty shoos the girl away. For his part, Don Draper is his usual chilly self, merely nodding in agreement with his wife.
4. When Peggy informs her mother that she'll be moving from Brooklyn to Manhattan, the elder Olson turns evil. Mama Olson takes Peggy's decision as a personal affront, and reacts by hurling a series of insults at Peggy, the culmination of which is: "You're going to get raped." Youch!