I think people get distracted by the $16,000. The point isn’t whether it was a lot of money, it was/is. The point is community property doesn’t work this way. Dan, due to his legal connections, was able to withhold COMMUNITY funds from Betty because he is the one that held the checkbook. HE was deciding how much to give her, HE was deciding he would fine her and how much HE decided each infraction was worth. THATS NOT HOW COMMUNITY PROPERTY WORKS. That was the point I think this ep was trying to show us.
Dan was earning $100,000 a month at this point, he was GIVING Betty $16k (only after being forced to), legally she should have had access to ALL THEIR money, she didn’t because he cut off her access to it. He was giving her a 16% cut when she should have been getting 50%. For everyone saying she should just have been happy with that, think of it this way: you are OWED $50, you only get $16 and everyone is telling you to be happy with that.
It isn’t about keeping separate bank accounts. It’s that Dan and only Dan had CONTROL of their money. Dan and Bettys agreement had been she would stay home and he was the one that worked. Just because he changed his mind doesn’t make what he did legal. Part of the outrage here was he was skirting the law and because of his connections he was able to get away with it. If you dont accept that premise it makes it hard to understand how Betty felt screwed over, she WAS getting screwed over. I’m not defending her murdering them but it was partly what added fuel to her madness.