Ugly Betty: Burning Questions
(S02E15) You can add "glamourtunity" and "preg-nasty" to the Ugly Betty lexicon. While this episode gave us some cute moments and clever dialogue, I felt like it was light on plot. Yes, we got Renee's storyline out of the way, but the rest of it was build-up to the season's bigger issues. I'm ready for things to start happening.
Gallery: Ugly Betty: Burning Questions
I'm a bit let down by the Renee character. At first she seemed like a bigger threat to Wilhelmina, but Wili took her down with very little effort. I also hoped that Daniel would get more of a serious love interest this season. Sofia broke his heart in season one; did Daniel need another bad relationship? More could have been done with Christina and Betty's raid on Wili's files, too. I expected them to find a file that would introduce a new mystery or storyline. Instead, we got a neat-and-tidy explanation of Renee's personal history. Still, Gabrielle Union deserves credit for taking the character as far as she could.
Christian Siriano provided most of the comic relief in this episode. He fit into the Mode world as well as some of the fictional characters. Becki Newton took advantage of limited screen time (what's up with that, by the way?) to ham it up around Siriano's models. I wish they had given Christian a bigger cameo and taken some time away from Renee's inevitable breakdown. Perhaps he can come back for a short story arc. Wouldn't it have been great to see him and Marc in the same room? Mode hasn't been nearly as funny during Wili's absence. Not only did we lose Wili and Marc, we lost Christina. I was relieved when I heard that Christina will be released from baby jail once the baby is "safely on the way."
I'm glad that the writers let us in on Henry's side of the Charlie problem. He's been going about things with Betty all wrong, and he finally figured it out during his heart-to-heart with Gio. Betty and Henry should make the most of their limited time together; with or without Gio, their relationship is going to change. To be fair, I don't think that Betty developed feelings for Gio because Henry was less available. Gio appeals to her in a way that Henry doesn't, plain and simple. It's interesting that Gio and Betty seem to talk more often than Henry and Betty do. Gio told Betty about Henry's visit even before Henry did.
The reunion between Hilda and her frenemy, Gina Gambarro, felt tacked on at first. I understood its purpose once Hilda admitted that she wanted the kind of love that Gina and her chiropractor husband shared. It's time for Hilda to get back out in the dating world. Until Mode gets back to normal (Wili and Marc's return, in other words), Queens needs to pick up the slack in the plot department.
If you're the kind of fan who wants Betty and Daniel to get together, this was the episode for you. It was sweet that, even after Renee's meltdown, Daniel still believed that Betty had feelings for him. Didn't he understand that it was all a misunderstanding? The episode ended on a sad note for Daniel. He sat alone in his office watching Henry and Betty kiss. I wish that something good would happen to Daniel before the season is over. His father is dead, his sister is his boss, and his latest girlfriend tried to kill his assistant. This guy needs a break!
My favorite lines of the night:
"Give Betty enough food and it's just a matter of time before she falls in love." --Amanda
"The House of Siriano has arrived. Worship me, bitches." --Christian Siriano
Christina's thoughts on Wili's Ryan Seacrest file: "I don't know why she's sitting on that. Someone needs to take him down." Truer words were never spoken.
"This is Prada. This is nada." --Hilda
Next week--Wili and Marc take Mode by storm, and Betty throws Charlie a baby shower.
|Loved it.||70 (29.9%)|
|Hated it.||45 (19.2%)|
|I didn't have a strong opinion.||118 (50.4%)|
|Other (elaborate in comments).||1 (0.4%)|