Ugly Betty: Something Wicked This Way Comes
(S02E06) Ugly Betty made it to Broadway this week! Half the cast went to a performance of Wicked, Betty and Henry ended up onstage, and Justin broke out his collection of Playbills. That boy snapped out of his delinquent phase just in time. Wili and Marc busied themselves with wedding arrangements, and Hilda got a surprising new job. The biggest surprise? Gio made another appearance and managed to be less abrasive.
That's right, folks, Gio's back. Losing his job (thanks to Betty) motivated him to open up his own sandwich stand, just as his remarks inspired Betty to take the writing class. Even if those two don't start dating, I can at least see them becoming friends. They got along very well this week. Gio was a pretty good sport about the whole fake relationship thing, too. I know that a lot of fans aren't pleased with the presence of a rival for Betty's affections, but I'd love it if Freddy Rodriguez became a series regular.
Justin got into the Broadway spirit with some more appropriate and adorable friends. How cute were those little Broadway fanatics? They were a refreshing change of pace after last week's creepy widows and tween punks. More of the kids, please! It was sweet of Justin to sell his favorite Playbills to help his Mom start her own salon; I love the name "The Sweet Hair-After," by the way. How awful was it that Hilda lost her job at Bumble and Bumble and had to work at a Hooters-style restaurant? Ick. I love how each member of the Suarez family takes care of the others when they need it. I want to be a Suarez.
The Meade family, however, is far from perfect. My fears about Alexis turning on Daniel in order to stay in Bradford's good graces weren't far off. After making a half-hearted attempt to defend her brother, Alexis walked off with Bradford and didn't look back. I was relieved that Daniel didn't wallow in Scotch, women, or self-pity this time. He almost seduced a cougar (Marlo Thomas!), but it was for the good of the magazine. Daniel showed even more maturity in his talks with Betty. In Season One, Daniel was usually too busy with his own troubles to give Betty advice. Now he's a truly concerned friend. I love that this show is willing to let its characters grow and learn from their mistakes. It's one of the many things that sets Ugly Betty apart from other comedies on TV right now.
"Did someone say pasta?" Wili was hilariously trying to gain weight so she could fill out her Vera Wang wedding gown. As much as I'm praying for Claire to put a stop to the ceremony, it should be a sight to see. Vera Wang will be guest-starring as herself, Victoria "Posh" Beckham is Wilhelmina's matron of honor, and "something called a Shania Twain" will perform at the reception (OK, not really, but two out of three ain't bad).
I figured that Marc's romance with Cliff wouldn't last forever, but did Marc have to screw it up so soon? I'm torn about whether or not Cliff should take Marc back. They make a great couple, but Marc needs to get it together and recognize that he's lucky to have him. Cliff probably deserves better than someone who lets Wili take his steak dinner and insult his haircut. That said, David Blue is charming as Cliff and I hope he and Marc give it another shot. There are a lot of engaging guest stars this year--keep 'em coming. With such a large cast, I'm impressed at how seamless the introduction of new characters has been so far.
I was frustrated with Henry and Betty's rationale for keeping their relationship a secret at the start of the episode. Do other people's opinions really matter if they're happy? Apparently they matter greatly to Betty, since she was ready to throw in the towel after one harsh word from Daniel. In another touching Suarez moment, Hilda convinced her sister that the pain that often accompanies love is completely worth it. I was also proud of Henry's reminder that Betty wasn't the only one risking heartbreak to pursue the relationship. I wonder how things will work out between them now that Daniel has voiced his disapproval and Ignacio is still in the dark? Where does Gio fit in with all of this? Henry could tell that Gio's interest in Betty was genuine--will Betty ever figure it out?
My favorite lines of the episode:
"You need to be with your family...and food." --Ignacio, concerned for Betty
"He's delicious and I can't tell anyone." --Betty, on her secret "doughnut," Henry
"Oh, what does Wang know about boning, anyway?" --Marc
"Find out what Betty is having for lunch and order me two." --Wili, trying to gain weight
"You know the fashion world. Very homophobic." --Marc, lying to Cliff
"You're about to hear me gagging. That's me gagging." --Gio, annoyed at Henry and Betty's signals
"Wilhelmina treats all white people like slaves. Something about payback." --Marc
Next week--the Meade-Slater wedding, someone goes to the hospital, and Victoria Beckham! Major!
|Gio's Sandwiches||23 (6.4%)|
|On a Roll||115 (31.8%)|
|Hero Worship||78 (21.5%)|
|The Sweet Hair-After||146 (40.3%)|