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By bringing Bette and Joan together, "Mommie Dearest" provides the juicy, backhanded delights Feud needs.
This was, absolutely, the best episode of Feud so far with some wrenching scenes and a quietly devastating final ten minutes or so. I think I'm a fan of Feud now.
And now here we are at the third episode, in which the portrayals of each women deepen and become more nuanced, even as the show gleefully embraces high camp and humor.
Sunday's FEUD: Bette and Joan made it clear once again that Davis and Crawford also could have been pals - and, in fact, could have really used one another's support, especially in dealing with their children.
On this week's Feud, the battle isn't just between Bette and Joan. It's between mothers and daughters more generally-with a special emphasis on daughters who have become mothers, but are still very much in need of parenting themselves.
Bette putting out her ashes on Joan's Pepsi machine as the wrap on Whatever Happened to Baby Jane's wrap day is hilarious in concept but much more understated in execution.
A round of applause for the best scene of the episode: Bette and Joan sitting down together for drinks. Whew, boy. I never wanted this to end.
This sort of acting is almost a lost art, but it is the kind of work that Davis and Crawford did, too.
It's understandable why it's often so lustfully over-the-top. Yet, humanity always rings true.
The tone of their voices as they were arguing were perfection, and I loved hearing this as Joan was dragging herself off set: "And it was Gloria Swanson who was robbed in 1950, not YOU, b----!"
It's also a wrap, after one cool staredown outside the dressing room.