--What ever happened with Betty's hand problem? Was it just nerves/boredom? Was it solved by taking up riding and having affairs? And what was the deal with the scene when she was shooting (was it birds?) in the backyard? That seemed completely out of character - maybe that was the point.
I figured it was "nerves". As a result of living that "good wife" suburban life .. which she was so unhappy with & unsuited to. While her husband in Manhattan ...
But what happened to her "nerves"?
Not too much of that earlier nervy Betty in series 3. Rather a sudden jump, I thought.
--What's happened to Peggy's baby?
I honestly have no idea, mac. I figured the baby was adopted out "to a good family situation", as was the custom at the time. In more recent times she might well have considered keeping it. And perhaps as a single mother?
--How is it that Joan is so bossy and in charge at work and in her relationship with Roger, but seems so willing to be passive with her husband?
No, no, mac! She wasn't "bossy"!
She was just good at her job & adopted the necessary personae to excel. The trouble was, being excellent in her job was considered secondary to meeting the "man of her dreams" & settling down to putting all her efforts into the marriage. Women resigned from work (as she & Betty did) to put all their efforts into creating successful marriages. And they stood by their man. (Though clearly, she hasn't made a great choose of husband!
They were expected
to be subservient to their husbands' requirements as family heads & sole breadwinners & most accepted that role. At the start, anyway ...
Having just finished series 3, I predict her marriage has as little future as Betty's did. Disillusionment will probably not take too long. If she was going to marry at all, she should have married an equal. However she has the nous & the talent to move on & land on her feet. Besides, the times are changing very fast indeed. Big changes coming up in how women see themselves!