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Ugly Betty: A League of Their Own

by Erin Martell, posted Oct 26th 2007 12:36AM

America Ferrera and Christopher Gorham

(S02E05) Love was in the air, courtesy of Ugly Betty's newest phony website, bachelosity.com. Betty found a date, Amanda found a new way to tease Betty, and someone from Christina's past found her. Even Marc found romance! While some characters made significant progress, others (thankfully) went back to basics. Alexis remembered what being a Meade is all about, and Justin's dreaded rebellious phase is officially over! I just hope he didn't throw out his old clothes.

Betty's first rebound date wasn't with Gio after all, but with so-called NiceGuy47. I couldn't believe that NiceGuy had the nerve to bail on his date with Betty. To be fair, it wasn't the smoothest first date in history. Answering phone calls and telling bathroom stories isn't the best way to charm a man. I should hate NiceGuy, but he brought Henry and Betty closer together, so he's forgiven.

At last, Christina gets her own storyline! We had heard about her husband back in the season finale, and FishandChicks finally tracked her down online. How long will it take him to turn up at Mode? How will Christina explain where she's been this entire time? I'm guessing that a simple apology won't satisfy Stuart. I'm glad that Ashley Jensen will have more to do than the typical sidekick stuff. She was hilarious in Extras, and is more than capable of carrying a scene on her own. If Stuart is mildly attractive and has a genuine Scottish accent (I'll accept no substitutes), he's more than welcome to stick around.

Marc didn't need to look online for an eligible bachelor. He found two this week, a dim-witted model and an adorably scruffy photographer. Kudos to Cliff for refusing to be brushed aside, and for snapping Marc out of his superficial rut. Marc needs someone like Cliff to bring a little substance into his life and make him watch something besides High School Musical. Seriously, how could he not have seen Psycho? Cliff and Marc actually have a lot in common--same quick wit, same saint surnames. Will love make Marc lose his edge, like it did with Wilhelmina? I hope not; Cliff's way more of a keeper than Ted was.

Speaking of Wilhelmina, her plan to sabotage Mode continued. I love that, for her, going green was merely a way to destroy the magazine. Is it terrible that I, like Betty, would totally go for a free detergent sample? I use detergent way more often than I use perfume--perhaps that's a bad thing. At the moment, everything's going according to plan for Wili. The magazine will be dead in 90 days, Daniel and Bradford are on the outs, and Claire is on her way to Italy with Yoga. I was hoping for some over-the-top evil laughter from Wili, but no luck. Maybe next week!

Even after Alexis got her memory back, she seemed like she wanted to maintain her relationship with Bradford. Will she hurt Daniel in order to stay close to her father? Will she ever get back in touch with her wicked side? I'm a little sick of Bradford always doubting Daniel; he's got to be the most fickle man on the planet. I'm surprised that he hasn't found a reason to dump Wili already. The rest of the Meades might be better off without him.

As quickly as he became a juvenile delinquent, Justin turned back into the sweet kid that we all know and love. Hilda also got over her new lifestyle, that of a quilting, early-bird-special-loving widow. You know you've hit bottom when your own father is making fun of you. The final scene between Ana Ortiz and Marc Indelicato was beautiful, and they seemed more like mother and son than they ever have before. Here's hoping that we get to see another drama club performance this year.

How hot was Betty's Henry hallucination? I haven't replayed a scene so much in my life. I'm so glad that Betty risked getting her heart broken and went for it. He's set to leave for Tucson (or "Tuck-son," as Kenny called it) in five months, but they could be the best five months of her life. They wouldn't be so bad for viewers, either. A lot of people believe that a show is ruined when the romantic leads get together (see Who's the Boss, Moonlighting, etc.), but I have faith in Ugly Betty. This show is about much more than will-they-or-won't-they tension. Who's with me?

Best lines of the episode:

  • "I've been drinking...I mean thinking. Actually, they're both right." --Claire
  • "I'll sign for that package." --Marc, drooling over the underwear model
  • "Sure, if by beer you mean appletini." --Marc, getting asked out for a beer
  • "I don't even think porn and malt liquor can heal the damage you have inflicted." --Kenny, on Henry's pain
  • "Why are you wearing your lucky sweater? It's not Taco Tuesday." --Daniel, to Betty
  • "Would you and the Golden Girls like a snack? I've got some soft food." --Ignacio, on Hilda's new friends
  • "You'll have two Christmases this year. One here, and one on the lam." --Wilhelmina, to Daniel
  • "You don't have to go home, but you can't quilt here." --Hilda, finally snapping out of it

Next week, Gio returns and Betty gets to see Wicked.

Most welcome change on Ugly Betty:
Betty and Henry--going for it!111 (26.3%)
Alexis gets her memory back.37 (8.8%)
Marc chooses substance over style.170 (40.3%)
Justin and Hilda get back to normal.104 (24.6%)

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La-Di-Dah

LOVE Cliff. Marc oughtn't let him go.

November 08 2007 at 5:23 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Myra Brown

The LINE of the episode was:
"you're a bitch and I'm a 7."
Mark to Amanda.
Ugly Betty is fabulous; I wish they would give
the writers of Grey's Anatomy lessons in seemingly
effortless, consistently high quality storytelling. This
show is fabulous.

October 29 2007 at 1:10 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Allan

Gio will not be a rebound date. But a date he will be.

Betty will eventually come to enjoy the fact that he challenges her, that he has the kind of brash confidence she could use more of, and that she has the kind of calm practicality he could benefit from.

Betty and Henry, two pale peas in a pod ...and boring. Betty and Gio, opposites attracting, real yin and yang at work... and interesting!

October 27 2007 at 11:34 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Karen

I can't believe you haven't commented this or last week on the fact that the hilarious Kenny is played by the brilliant, brilliant John Cho.

I really loved this episode, and must have played the Marc/Cliff banter over and over 5 times. Marc's scenes are always highlights for me.

I am ready, though, for the Bradford/Wili farce to come to a close, and for Claire story-line to come to some sort of resolution...

October 26 2007 at 3:42 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
clgbutterfly

Been loving Kumar on House and Harold on Betty has been great. I also love it when nerd boys talk gansta. It's fabulous!
I was excited to see Betty and Henry kiss, but feel bad that Betty has tarnished her good girl nature. I am sure the deception will get to her and Henry eventually. Beside what's stopping Henry for already trying for custody over his kid, since he has grounds of her cheating on him and shows signs of being unfit. Ah I love Telenovas. I can't wait to see what happens.

I felt awful for Claire who had one brief glimpse of the Happy Family Facade and thinks Willi's done her job for her. I can't wait until Claire comes back with a bang and kicks Willi's ass again. Claire needs her passion again.

Very surprised to see Marc pick the nice guy and I'm sure he will cave to pressure and either not let anyone know he's dating the non-model guy or worse humliate him because he doesn't want to lose his rep. I only see heartache in the future.

Oh and Niceguy47 was a total jerk. He instantly thought Betty was ugly and bailed without evening telling her. Geez, Not like he was a prize winner.

Hey Happy Justin is back! I really missed the old Justin. The only problem I had with this storyline was how quickly he changed. One day he's wearing his turned up collar and working at Mode and the next episode he's Johnny Bad.

The little touches they did with Hilda were great too. her hair in the low bun and then by the end of the episode she was wearing a shawl. Lovely. Go Papi, btw, commenting about her putting teeth in her purse.

October 26 2007 at 3:19 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
scazza

Kenny is HILARIOUS

October 26 2007 at 12:54 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
sarah

i wonder how Cliff's friends and Marc will get along... i dont think they would take to kindly to him dating someone as shallow as Marc. and Kenny is hilarious! "Tuck-son!"

October 26 2007 at 10:03 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Blaine

This was for sure the best episode so far of the season. I'm glad Justin's bad boy stage is over. It was very annoying. I'm really glad Marc has a really nice guy now also.

and I thought the funniest line was
"he's a 9, i'm a 8"
"he's a 10, you're a 6"
"you're a bitch, i'm a 7."

October 26 2007 at 2:01 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
J

I think this was the best episode this year. It was nice to see Marc actually find someone, and it was nice to see many of the characters actually make connections. A very heart-warming episode..smarmy I know but I enjoyed every minute of it.

Finally Justin can go back to "normal" and we can see the uneasy sexual tension between Henry and Betty. You just know that Henry's woman will somehow rear her ugly head and make life difficult for them.

I also think they need some more Evil Wili...and more Claire too. Hopefully we will get to see a showdown of sorts between the two of them..should be priceless!

October 26 2007 at 1:51 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Joseph Land

Come on "Mail Order Crack" was the funniest line!

October 26 2007 at 1:05 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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