Ugly Betty: Grin and Bear It
(S02E04) I felt like I was watching a bizarro version of Ugly Betty this week. Betty was a cheater, Justin belched, and the guy from Dawson's Creek was an insensitive jerk! What's next--Hilda dressing conservatively? There were several unpleasant surprises in this episode, but Gio's absence probably made some of the viewers happy. It's always difficult to watch the episodes where obstacles are set up for each character, but how else can there be a happy ending later on? Still, it took a while to get over the shock of seeing Justin wearing his Dad's leather jacket and hearing him say things like "Whatevs."
Season Two has been full of new Mode faces, and we were introduced to another one in this episode. There wasn't enough time to form a complete opinion about Kenny from Accounting. All we know is that he likes to rap and is kind of an eavesdropper. He didn't quack once, though, so I'm giving him a chance. Sheila, Wilhelmina's disciple from the season premiere, was back. I didn't realize that Wili was planning on leaving Mode once she married Bradford, and that Sheila was next in line for the Creative Director position. Will Sheila figure out Wili's plan to destroy Mode and make way for Slater? I'm guessing that she'll play a larger part in the Meade power struggle in future episodes. Why else would they cast Illeana Douglas in the role?
I think that I experienced deja vu during the Alexis-faces-discrimination scenes. Wasn't this already covered last season with Jerry O'Connell? This plot mostly served to bring Alexis and Daniel closer together and give Wilhelmina an opportunity to sabotage the magazine. At first I wanted the old, overly competitive Alexis back, but I'm willing to put that on hold until she and Daniel can band together to stop Wili's wedding. Hopefully Alexis hasn't forgotten how to destroy her enemies. It would be nice to see the Meade siblings bond over something besides magazine publishing, too.
Amanda's search for her biological father led her in an unexpected direction. How fantastic is it that Wilhelmina used to be Wanda, Fey Sommers' frumpy assistant? No wonder she can't stand to look at Betty. It must remind her of the bad old days before she was the toast of the fashion world. Amanda's list of possible fathers was more than a little strange: Ted Kennedy, Warren Beatty, and Ricardo Montalban, among others. While it's doubtful that any of these men would play the role, I really hope that they get a cool guest star to play Amanda's father. Any ideas?
What have they done to my sweet little Justin? Talking back, drinking beer, and kissing girls--what happened to Justin the Intern? I knew that Santos' basketball would lead to something horrible, and I was right. Henry had no luck with him; perhaps Marc needs to pay a visit to the Suarez house. I'd rather read "Queen of My Own Prom" than watch Justin become a delinquent and make out with a tween hoochie.
Betty might need to stop watching American Idol if she wants to improve her writing. She was making Idol comparisons left and right when describing her "Finding Your Voice" class. Sometimes I think that Betty is destined to be a misfit wherever she goes. The only place she ever fit in was MYW, and she ultimately chose to leave that job. Still, it's hard to believe that the only friend she would have in writing class is the post-breakup emo guy. Victor Garber's portrayal of the brutal, hyper-critical professor was excellent. None of my college professors ever gave students mean nicknames like Clappy and Crappy, but I'm sure those kinds of people are out there. Wouldn't Betty's earlier college experiences have prepared her for a teacher like this? On a side note, her guilt nightmare with Poquito was hysterical.
The results are in, and Henry is, indeed, the father of Charlie's baby. Boo! It was so sad watching Henry cling to his dream of being with Betty. It was even harder to witness Henry's frustration after failing to reach Justin. He referred to nine as a prime number, for heaven's sake! Part of me believed that the baby plot was going to get wrapped up early in the season, but I guess we're in a for long wait to see how the issue gets resolved. Keep the faith, people!
Funniest quotes from "Grin and Bear It":
- "She left for Dusseldorf with my heart in her backpack." --Unnamed emo guy in Betty's writing class
- "If you have nothing to write about, try killing yourself. If you fail, you'll have something to write about. If you succeed, your troubles will be over." --Professor Barrett
- "Like Simon Cowell, but with a Pulitzer." --Betty's description of Professor Barrett
- "Friends don't let friends wear glitter before noon." --Amanda
- "Anna Nicole Smith. Bam!" --Alexis' idea for Mode's new cover girl
- "I was a simple girl with an evil plan." --Wili
- "And the gays? Couldn't have an Oscar party without them!" --Luke Carnes, hater of the week
- "When Fey started puking up her breakfast, she was thrilled. Until she realized she was pregnant." --Wili, telling the story of how Amanda came to be
- "Catch you later, calculator." --Henry
- "You really shouldn't be wearing clothes like that until you're...ever." --Henry, to Justin's (sigh) girlfriend
- "Holy Rosie, Oprah, Martha!" Marc, on seeing the mock-up of Slater
Next week--Henry is ripped, Claire sets her sights on Wili, and Justin gets arrested. Seriously, Henry is ripped!
|Ted Kennedy||14 (5.9%)|
|Warren Beatty||53 (22.3%)|
|Ricardo Montalban||58 (24.4%)|
|Some other Studio 54 regular.||113 (47.5%)|