Ugly Betty: Bananas for Betty
(S02E10) Even with her Mode days behind her, Wilhelmina had another Betty to contend with. The fabulous Betty White was on hand to take advantage of Wili's bad PR and contempt for the elderly. There were no St. Olaf stories, but it was still one of the funnest Ugly Betty episodes I've seen in a while! I mean, come on--Betty White and a paintball war? It's like Christmas came early!
Gallery: Ugly Betty: Bananas for Betty
Leave it to Wili to piss off a Golden Girl. Who will she alienate next--one of the Designing Women? Actually, a showdown between Dixie Carter and Vanessa Williams might make for good TV. I loved that the Ugly Betty world was filled with people who loved Betty White (even Marc!). I like to imagine that's what Betty White's real life is like, minus the broken hand. With the swing of a door, Wili ruined her plans to launch Slater magazine. I'm still waiting for Wili to make her way to back to Mode somehow, even if only for Marc's sake. In the meantime, Alexis will be taking Wili's place as the office villain.
It had to happen sometime. The famous Meade sibling rivalry put Daniel and Alexis on opposite sides again. Thanks to Bradford's techno-incompetence (couldn't he have had someone operate the camera for him?), the fight for control of Meade Publications was settled by a paintball war. And what a glorious war it was! The gullible softie in me wanted to believe that Alexis would accept Daniel's offer to share the company. Naturally, both Daniel and I were mistaken. Alexis' competitive streak came out once more, and she shot her brother during a fake hug.
Amanda and Nick made an unlikely love connection during the war, although it was mostly based on mutual hatred. How long will this bizarre romance last? Amanda probably needs someone to get her through these lonely, Marc-free days, but still. I'd rather see her being catty with Marc than making out with Nick Pepper. I was glad that Halston's still in Amanda's life, though. That paper clip sweater was priceless.
Is it just me, or did Gio just get considerably hotter? His speech about couples making the most of their time together got both Hilda and Betty's attention. As the only currently single woman, Hilda got the first shot at the passionate sandwich maker. At least she didn't get her hopes up too high before she realized that Gio had his eye on Betty. I know that Gio has been intended as a love interest for Betty all along, but I thought he had a lot more chemistry with Hilda at first. It's clear that Gio isn't the type to pine away for someone just because she's spoken for. How long before he makes a move on "The Eater"?
"Egg Salad" might have a little something to say about that. Things were looking bad for Henry and Betty this week, but they avoided a messy break-up (thanks to Henry's smoking hot bod and adorable dance moves). I really thought that Betty was going to have another Walter moment where she tried to make her boyfriend something he's not. I was having flashes of the hotel restaurant blow-up. Thankfully, Betty has matured since then, and apologized to Henry. Betty's side was understandable, though--Sundae Saturday is a cute idea, but did they have to do it every week? In the next few months, I hope those two find a healthy balance between ice cream mishaps and a dull routine.
So, Wili's Plan B involved Bradford's frozen sperm. Gross. And kind of lame! Can't she come up with a more evil scheme than impregnating herself with the next Meade heir? What will that plan do for her in the here and now? Slater is kaput, and she was just forced out of Mode--Wili's got to have something else up her sleeve. As a die hard Betty fan, I'm willing to see where this leads, but I don't want to watch Wilhelmina twiddle her thumbs for the next nine months. She has to find another way to get back in the game. If anyone can do it, she can!
My favorite lines of the night:
"Wear socks, 'cause they're gonna get knocked off." --Henry, preparing Betty for their date
"The goal is to make me look five years younger than I say I am. Be prepared to work through lunch." --Wili, to the staff of Slater
"It's like Eleanor Roosevelt has come back to life...as a woman." --Suzuki St. Pierre
"The bulls are giving me a wider berth." --Claire, on the benefits of being an escapee in prison
"She's Alexis. Big as Texas. She knows what it's like to be both sexes." --Kenny
"It was an Anna Sui. I know I should feel something, but I feel nothing. War has changed me." --Amanda
"I love 'em. Except for the few sickos who write lesbian fan fiction about me and Bea Arthur." --Betty White, on her fans
Next week--a re-airing of "Family/Affair."
|Betty and Henry||141 (28.5%)|
|Hilda and Gio||22 (4.4%)|
|Betty and Gio||159 (32.1%)|
|Amanda and The Pep||31 (6.3%)|
|Marc and Cliff||113 (22.8%)|
|Wili and Bradford's frozen sperm||29 (5.9%)|