January Jones Ditches Slim Figure For Fat Suit on ‘Mad Men’ (PHOTO/VIDEO)

/ April 2, 2012

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After being completely absent from the show’s two-hour premiere, January Jones returned to Mad Men last night looking a heckuva lot different than she normally does.

The 34-year-old stunner appeared to pack on a fat suit and heavy makeup (no pun intended) for the episode – presumably as an attempt to conceal her real-life pregnancy.

But while the physical transformation was initially jarring, it led to a rather somber storyline for her character, Betty Francis, who, in the wake of her divorce from Don Draper (Jon Hamm) and new marriage to Henry, finds herself incredibly lonely and depressed.

Even worse, (SPOILER ALERT) a doctor discovers that Betty has a lump on her thyroid, sinking her into a deeper state of depression. (The tumor later turns out to be benign.)

Given the many ways in which shows try to hide an actress’ pregnancy (on Sex and the City, the show simply had Sarah Jessica Parker wear baggier clothes in season 5), we’re not sure if having Betty pack on the pounds was the best route to take, even if it did show a softer side to her notoriously stern character.

What do you think? Was it the writer’s only logical option, or could they have done something else? Have a look at the photo, and the video below, then sound off in the comments!

January welcomed her first child, son Xander, in September.

For more coverage from this episode, check out the video below: