Ugly Betty: Giving Up the Ghost
(S02E09) Thanks to the Medusa X virus, Wilhelmina Slater nearly changed Mode and Ugly Betty forever. Wili's plans for Slater magazine didn't come to fruition this week, but something tells me that she won't stop trying to destroy Mode. While Wili was busy trying to get money from her father, Alexis, Daniel, and Betty were trying to honor their dead parents. I guess we all have different priorities around the holidays!
Gallery: Ugly Betty: Giving Up The Ghost
Betty's dilemma about returning to Mode made for an interesting contrast with Wili's conversation with the senator. Unlike Betty, who could only guess what her mother would think of Mode's influence on her, Wili got to hear firsthand from her father that Mode has turned her into a bad person. Daniel said it best: making difficult decisions is part of growing up, and switching jobs wouldn't change that. For the most part, Betty has made decisions based on her selflessness and love for her family and friends. Wili, on the other hand, has chosen to pursue her ambition at any cost. I'm glad that Betty wised up and realized that working at Mode would never turn her into Wilhelmina. At least not without a lot of surgery.
Bradford's ghost took several forms in this episode. For Betty, he was the "island casual" representation of her guilt. Daniel and Alexis were haunted by Bradford's perceptions of them. After breaking a celebrity out of rehab and nearly giving her a drink, Daniel learned that he didn't have to become his father in order to honor his memory. Alexis' talk with Harvey taught her that, whether Bradford accepted her or not, her opinion was the only one that mattered. For a long time, these issues with Bradford were a major part of Alexis' and Daniel's lives. What will they do now that they don't have to impress or argue with him? I'm curious to see what new conflicts and relationships come into play for the Meade siblings.
Before the end of the season, we might get to witness the beginning of a new father-daughter relationship. Fresh off her failure at the magazine, Amanda returned to the search for her biological father. She'll need something to do, now that Marc is part of the Slater gang. How sad was it to watch Marc make fun of Amanda, and to watch Amanda figure out that she and Marc are on different sides now? I don't care how the writers do it; Wili and Marc have to return to Mode! I don't think I can handle more than a few episodes' worth of this separation.
Once again, Betty needed a figment of her imagination to help her make an important breakthrough. I hope that laid-back Bradford's appearance was the last one of these visions. Hilda's vision of Santos was touching, but Old Betty and island casual Bradford were distracting. There has to be a better way to depict Betty confronting her problems than through fake conversations in daydreams.
All in all, this wasn't one of those classic Betty episodes, but it had a few nice moments. I'm thrilled that Betty and Daniel are working together again, and their high five reminded me of the good old days. I also thought it was funny that the supposedly fashion forward Amanda keeps making questionable clothing choices. In Season One, she got duped into wearing a latex hobble dress because she thought it was from a hot new designer. This week, she received inspiration from a pizza delivery guy. Betty's sweater vests aren't looking so bad all of a sudden.
Daniel made the memorial issue of Mode issue Number One, hoping for a blank slate. What will this fresh start mean for everyone? How long will Wili's scheming keep Marc and Amanda apart? I still have a few questions leftover from earlier episodes, too. What happened between Wili and the doctor last week? Where's Gio? The next two weeks will be tough; we're talking serious Betty withdrawal, here. Stay strong, people!
My favorite lines of the night:
- "My guilt wears island casual?" --Betty
- "Is this going to be some kind of murder-suicide thing? Because Cliff and I have Chorus Line tickets tonight." --Marc
- "Girl fight...kinda." --Nick Pepper
- "I always imagined you rising out of a cauldron or born of a jackal." --Marc, to Wili
- "What am I gonna do now, work hard? --Amanda
Next week--a rerun, but fear not. A new episode is coming up in two weeks!
|Cliff and Marc's relationship||134 (40.5%)|
|Gio's role in Betty's life||48 (14.5%)|
|Wili's proposition to the doctor (from last week).||149 (45.0%)|