Ugly Betty: A Thousand Words by Friday
(S02E13) It might not have been an official season finale (a faux-nale?), but this week's Ugly Betty could be the last one we see for a very long time. I miss the show already. So many issues are up in the air! What will happen with the Henry-Betty-Gio triangle? Will Wili's baby scheme succeed? Is Ignacio ever going to get another storyline? For now, we'll either have to use our imaginations or content ourselves with the Season One DVD. I've never been big on fanfic, so I'm going with Option B.
There were a lot of promising new storylines introduced in this episode, which makes the show's hiatus even more depressing. Daniel got himself a new love interest, and of course there were complications. Renee (or is it Rhonda?) initially set out to use her fling with Daniel to annoy her sister, Wilhelmina. Yes, Daniel slept with the woman who was almost his step-aunt and nearly showered with his almost-stepmother. Daniel hasn't had a serious relationship in a while, so it's too bad that we won't get to see how things work out. We'll have to wait to find out what Renee's big secret was, too. I couldn't believe it when Betty convinced Daniel to give Renee another shot. Have Daniel and Betty learned nothing from their dealings with Wilhelmina?
Daniel is getting a little wiser, though. He managed to outsmart Betty and motivate her to do the interview with Phil "Tap That" Roth. I'm glad that someone was able to get Betty out of her comfort zone. She's really been sticking to that "write what you know about" philosophy, with little success. I was surprised that Betty was so quick to ditch her assignment and write about Hilda. She didn't read Phil Roth's book and only spent about five minutes interviewing him--hardly the best way to get more work at the magazine. Unfortunately, she didn't learn her lesson in time; Alexis ultimately nixed the story. Perhaps she can do some freelance work for Hot Flash when it gets going?
I was wondering what Claire would do once she was a free woman, and I got my answer this week. In lieu of a celebratory bender, Claire decided to become a snooping, style-cramping, full-time parent. After her falling out with Daniel and Alexis, I expected her to show up with a hot new boyfriend, but I guess it isn't her turn yet. Instead, Claire will throw herself into her work as the new editor of Hot Flash, a magazine for the pre-ice floe set. This idea is even less appealing to me than Slater was. On the bright side, this means that we'll be seeing more of Ma Meade at the office!
Henry and Gio did have a showdown in this episode, but it wasn't over Betty. The Tap That experiment turned into a contest for strange women's phone numbers, and the results were hilarious. There's something to be said for the esteem killer theory after all. It certainly worked on Betty, possibly more than once. Betty couldn't stop thinking about Gio after he called her a Mode girl back at the start of the season. Do you think that she'll keep her promise to Henry and cut Gio out of her life? I seriously doubt that Gio will go away quietly. He might lay low while Henry's around, but he'll make his move once Egg Salad returns to Tucson. I feel like I'm just waiting out the Betty-Henry relationship, and I'm not alone. According to last week's poll, most of you are on Team Gio. Sandwich lovers, unite!
At least one storyline was resolved this week--for the most part. Amanda finally got to meet Gene Simmons, and it looks like he really is her biological father. We didn't get to see them catch up as father and daughter, though. After all the time that was devoted to Amanda's search for her Dad, I was hoping for a little more. They did get a cute moment together at the club, so that's something.
Naturally I'm sad that this season might be over, but this half-season still lived up to the Season One standard. Feel free to talk about your favorite Season Two moments in the comments section. I'll start: Wili beating mannequins on the roof was totally classic.
My favorite lines of the night:
- "Approach, subdue, score. An easy way to remember it: ASS." --Phil Roth
- Gio: "Are you serious?" Henry: "Serious as a nova."
- "You have a beautiful face. Your doctor did an amazing job." --Henry
- "I'm really impressed that you're not intimidated by all the young women here." --Henry
- "Don't touch the yogurt, Christina. I don't eat breakfast, but I have it there so I know what I'm depriving myself of." --Wili
- Gene Simmons: "Oh, I Google myself every morning." Amanda: "Me too!"
|Will Betty really stop seeing Gio?||87 (26.9%)|
|Will Wili's baby plan work?||53 (16.4%)|
|Is Stuart telling the truth?||32 (9.9%)|
|What's Renee's secret?||139 (43.0%)|
|Will Claire's magazine succeed?||5 (1.5%)|
|Other (elaborate in comments).||7 (2.2%)|