Let's get right to it: last night's Ugly Betty was a blast! That was mostly thanks to Rebecca Romijn who killed it as Alexis figuring out how to put on make up/dress/act/go to the correct bathroom as a woman. I guess then maybe she was in character when she was walking into Letterman yesterday? Ha. On the other hand, Betty herself was disappointing. It was just hard to believe that she would ever, ever do something like that. Okay, no spoilers just yet. Here are my thoughts on the episode:
- Back to Alexis for a second. I love that she thought that she had to use up all the make-up in the containers to get herself ready for the day...and that she didn't wear a bra. Great Amanda line: "Friends don't let friends wear glitter before noon." Such the thing a guy would do in that situation. She and Daniel are so cute as brother/sister these days.
- Laugh out loud moment when Alexis has this recommendation for Mode cover girl: "She's big! She's sexy! She's outrageous! Anna Nicole Smith!" Insert awkward silence here.
- I've been looking forward to James van der Beek's guest starring stint since I heard about it over the summer. I just wish there was going to be more of him. Bring back Dawson!
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After last week's end-of-episode emotional wallop, "Ugly Betty" returned to mostly light-hearted fare this week. While I did enjoy it thoroughly, I felt like it was missing something. Maybe there just wasn't enough Daniel, but luckily Wilhelmina was sassy and catty and awesome enough to carry the show.
- Can I just say that I love everything about the Justin/Marc banter. Everything, from the bendy straws to the rice cakes to the best line of the episode, when Marc tried to comfort Justin about his father. "I just made a little person feel better about his day. I'm a good person. No, I'm a great person." Ha.
- While I'm happy to see Hilda feeling better, I'm not happy to have back her overdone hair, makeup, and wardrobe. Ah, but then I guess she just wouldn't be herself without it.
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Of all of last night's season premieres, I didn't think it would be "Ugly Betty" to make me cry. I thought "Grey's" would, because that's what "Grey's" does. I even thought "The Office" might, out of sheer frustration for continuing to not deal with story lines (but — yay on that front). But, no, it was "Betty." To be fair, it made me laugh hard and smile a lot, but in the final minutes...tears.
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It's always nice when two things I really like merge together, and that's exactly why I'm getting a kick out of the new collaboration between "Ugly Betty" and Mika. For a promotional video for the series' second season — one of 11 ABC plans to make for its shows — Mika re-recorded a new version of his hit song "Big Girl" with lyrics focusing on Betty (the new version is aptly titled "Betty Girl"). Then, the song took a starring role in two videos: one more traditional music video with scenes from the show's first season, and one shorter promo with the cast goofing around in a colorful woodland setting.
Of the two, I'm more excited about the promo, which shows Betty cheering up a gray, rainy world just by putting her red glasses on. You can see both videos, plus a behind-the-scenes clip from the making of the promo, if you read more
This summer, I'm looking back at the most recent seasons of some of my favorite shows and posing a few hypothetical questions about their future in this feature, Five Questions. Today's questions are for "Ugly Betty," which will start its second season in the fall.
- What about those cliffhangers, huh? "Ugly Betty" had one of the most packed season finales around, and almost all the developments were bad, sad things: the possible deaths of several characters, Charlie's deception of Henry, Claire escaping, etc. It was a pretty dark episode, very well-done but more dramatic than anything we've seen from "Ugly Betty," and I'm curious to see what the writers will come up with to get us out of such a seemingly tragic situation.
- Can the show maintain its tone? "Ugly Betty" made its mark by blending over-the-top campy elements, great physical and verbal humor, and occasional heavy drama. Hmm, sounds like how I used to describe "Desperate Housewives." And yet that show took a serious turn for the worse in its second season when it introduced characters and story lines that didn't fit the show's established tone. How will "Ugly Betty" avoid that pitfall?
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If you're looking for big laughs in the Season Finale of "Ugly Betty" you'll have to look somewhere else. This episode was a downer. Love is lost, hearts are broken, one or more characters may be dead! I was hoping the show would end on a wild and wacky note but no such luck. Guess all of that bad blood floating around Mode has to manifest itself somewhere!
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In the penultimate "Ugly Betty" episode of the season, Betty gets a magical twist as she explores her roots in Mexico. Back at Mode, Daniel experiences a little magic of his own with Alexis' ex-girlfriend (and those pills he got from Tyler). Meanwhile, Alexis is pretty fed-up with both of the men in her family and makes plans to do away with one of them!
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First "Buffy" did a musical episode, then "Scrubs," now ... "Ugly Betty"? The show's cast and crew said this week that a singing, dancing "Betty" is in the works.
Cast members have been talking about doing a musical on the show's podcast for a while now, but I always assumed it was a joke. Earlier this week, though, star America Ferrera told an audience at the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences that the cast had been begging to do a musical episode since day one — and the show's executive producer confirmed that a musical is being planned.
While I have mixed feelings about gimmicky TV in general, "Ugly Betty" might be the rare show that can pull off a musical. We've already heard Justin (Mark Indelicato) belt one out in the subway, and Vanessa Williams was a singer first. "Betty" is pretty campy already, and I'm not sure characters breaking into song would even feel out of place.
Meanwhile, the lucky folks in the audience when ABC announces its fall schedule this month will get a bit of a preview: Michael Urie, who plays Marc, has said that he, Mark Indelicato and Becki Newton will be performing a song-and-dance number.
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It's been a while since we last visited with Betty, Daniel and the rest of the "Ugly Betty" gang, so let's take a moment to recap: Daniel has ceded control of Mode to Alexis; Wilhelmina is courting Bradford in an attempt to win the magazine for herself; and Betty is, unsurprisingly, caught in the middle of it all. Following the shockingly serious episode where Marc came out to his mom, "Betty" really dialed up the camp this week, introducing a gossip writer (and Dominick Dunne clone?) who threatens to expose the Meades' dirty laundry. For all the juicy developments and snarky one-liners, read more
Dare I say this was my favorite episode of "Ugly Betty"? I'm always impressed with the show's ability to balance comedy and drama, but Thursday's episode took it to another level. What other show could combine one-liners like "so this is where the tragic happens" with totally heartbreaking family scenes? For all the goodies, read more