Feud Bette and Joan



Critic Ratings: 10
Critics Consensus

"Abandoned!" returns to the softer side of these complicated women, captured by the deft, empathetic hand of director Helen Hunt.

Episode Info

With production of "Hush...Hush Sweet Charlotte" underway, the feud is intensified when Joan learns of a new producer on the project. Also: Bette reveals her vulnerabilities to Bob.

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Critic Reviews for Abandoned

So what was looking to be a heartfelt, sweet conversation devolves almost immediately into a cruel fight, which is kinda Feud in a nutshell, huh.

Sep 14, 2017 | Full Review…
Top Critic

What has made it the quality series it is has come down almost entirely to the performances.

Jun 19, 2018 | Full Review…

Joan Crawford's first day on the Charlotte set starts off promisingly, with the actress nailing her character's introduction in one take. But by nightfall, she's grumbling over the sounds of revelry spilling out from Bette's hotel room.

Sep 15, 2017 | Full Review…

Lange and Sarandon are still power-houses, the show still has quiet, painful moments of human emotion, and bits of glorious camp.

Sep 14, 2017 | Full Review…

Feud is at its best when it allows female directors behind-the-camera, and that's proven handily with Helen Hunt.

Sep 14, 2017 | Full Review…

"Abandoned!" is the closest Bette and Joan come to acknowledging that their rivalry continues because they each want what the other has.

Sep 18, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Helen Hunt, who directed the episode, beautifully sets up Crawford's feeling of isolation on that set.

Sep 15, 2017 | Full Review…

So farewell Joan, and sayonara Pepsi: The queen is dead. Long live the queen.

Sep 12, 2017 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

Jessica as Joan's complete and utter devastation this week and Bette's seeming cruelty toward her would almost be too much if we hadn't seen Joan absolutely gut Bette a few weeks ago at the Oscars.

Sep 12, 2017 | Rating: A- | Full Review…
Top Critic

Even we couldn't have guessed just how sad it was going to be to watch jealousy, insecurity and vindictiveness undermine the leading ladies to the point that Joan got herself replaced by Bette's pal, Olivia.

Sep 18, 2017 | Full Review…