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"Abandoned!" returns to the softer side of these complicated women, captured by the deft, empathetic hand of director Helen Hunt.
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.
What has made it the quality series it is has come down almost entirely to the performances.
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.
Lange and Sarandon are still power-houses, the show still has quiet, painful moments of human emotion, and bits of glorious camp.
Feud is at its best when it allows female directors behind-the-camera, and that's proven handily with Helen Hunt.
"Abandoned!" is the closest Bette and Joan come to acknowledging that their rivalry continues because they each want what the other has.
Helen Hunt, who directed the episode, beautifully sets up Crawford's feeling of isolation on that set.
So farewell Joan, and sayonara Pepsi: The queen is dead. Long live the queen.
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.
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.