It's fundraiser time, and while there's a decent turnout, Francis isn't there yet -- but just as Francine asks where he is, the doorbell rings. While Carla gets it, Francine says she wants to know how Rockefeller will deal with the South should he be elected, and that other woman from the Junior League who was at the meeting last episode adds that the situation must be bad "for the Negroes to descend on Washington like that, just to be heard." Some other random woman opines that segregation is uncivilized, pure and simple, and then the doorbell-ringer is shown in -- but it's not Francis. Instead, it's a fiftyish woman from his office who says she'll be speaking on Francis's behalf. Betty doesn't even try to hide her disappointment, rather gauchely saying it won't help their fundraising efforts to "promise one thing and deliver another" (or change the rules of the game in the middle, ahem), but the woman takes that in stride and says Francis felt she might be "a better match" for the group, and adds that she's "extremely informed" -- in fact, she's the one that briefs Francis. Misreading Betty's lemon-sucking face, she moves in and conspiratorially assures her she won't embarrass her in front of her friends, which is hilarious given that Betty's behaving like a spoiled child, and Betty, who's in an even worse mood given the mention of Francis and his briefs, rather sullenly invites her to begin whenever she pleases. The woman, however, tells Betty she needs to start things up, so she gets everyone's attention, but doesn't remember the woman's name (it's Elsa Kittridge, FYI), so intent is she on sulking. I'm sulking too, because the monstrosity is still there, although it's at least been moved so it's not blocking the fireplace anymore. But if you think Betty's being childish, you haven't seen anything yet....
Episode Report CardCouch Baron: A- | 2058 USERS: B-
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