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Ugly Betty Recap: Episode 15, "Burning Questions"

Ugly Betty Rundown: Episode 15, "Burning Questions"

Last week they laid the groundwork to facilitate a psychotic meltdown for Renee on Ugly Betty, and this week the show really delivered. But by the end, I just felt sorry for the poor girl (and thought she looked really smoking hot in her lavender dress). Meanwhile, the Henry-Betty-Gio triangle came to a bit of a head via a physical confrontation with the boys and a near-death experience for Betty — but ugh, I think she's leaning toward Henry again. He's so weak-kneed about this whole pregnancy thing and he's leaving, so I'm at a total loss as to why we should want to see him and Betty together.

The best part about last night? As expected, Christian Siriano. His moment was brief, but it was hilarious how well he fit in on a campy, over-the-top comedy about fashion. Here are more of my thoughts:

  • I now know that I view Daniel through Betty's eyes. He's far more older brother to me rather than crush material which is why I, like Betty, made an "ew ew!" sound when he was talking panties with Renee.
  • Funny moment with Hilda when she tried to get Betty to open up to her about boy trouble. "Tell Mama Hilda everything." I want my own Mama Hilda so bad!

For more of my thoughts on last night's Betty,

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  • Early in the episode Hilda tried to help a frazzled, workaholic Betty with her hair, calling it a "hot mess." Christian foreshadowing!
  • Sorry for all the Hilda, but her sequences were killing me last night. She didn't want to take on her ex-friend Gina as a client in her salon but Justin persuaded her with, “Mom, don’t we need the business? Even skanky business." Hard to argue with that logic.
  • Renee got crazier and crazier (because Wilhelmina replaced her happy-pills with something else) and it's mostly an issue for Betty. When the two broke out into an all-out brawl, Betty couldn't have looked more geeky. Someone needs to teach her how to fight.
  • There was so little Amanda in this episode! But how hilarious was her entire conversation with Daniel about Betty potentially having a crush on him? She fired off a lot of great terms — "pregnasty"! — and told Daniel that even though they weren't dating anymore she reserved the right to think about him in the shower sometimes.
  • The Christian guest-star appearance was predictably funny, as he informed Daniel that no one says "fierce" in his presence anymore and announced his presence at Mode with "The House of Siriano has arrived! Worship me, b*tches." Amazing!
  • Even better was Amanda posing up a storm, trying to blend in with Christian's models and getting kicked out by Alexis. I spit out my drink I was laughing so hard at her. ABC, you out there? More Amanda!
  • Henry punches Gio. Betty realizes she loves Henry. Could that whole plot line be more boring? Oh, and surprise! Charlie can't fly and has to stay in New York permanently, doctor's orders. Bet you didn't see that one coming, right?
  • Another brilliant line from Amanda on how nuts Renee is: "I'm all for some boyfriend stalking. I mean, who isn't? But she is crazy." I'm hoping someone makes that first part of her quote a T-shirt; I totally would wear it.
  • Finally, Betty saved the day and talked Renee down off of her crazy ledge after almost burning to death in Daniel's loft. Then she tells Daniel he's not paying her enough. Agreed. I'd demand a raise, too.
  • So what did you think? Are you as bored with the love triangle as I am? Are most of you still team Gio? Do you think we'll ever see Renee again? I'm looking for a little more Marc and a lot more Amanda next episode, how about you? Also, I thought it was funny that Betty and Christina discovered that Wilhelmina has dirt on a lot of powerful people and celebs including Ryan Seacrest. Christina wondered why she would sit on info about Seacrest and not take him down. Ha! Another Betty episode, another zinger. Until next week!

    Photos copyright 2008 ABC, Inc.

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nina_e nina_e 8 years
Christian was pretty funny...I'm over the Henry/Betty thing, NEXT! Go for Gio he has some edge. Which I feel this show lacks.
NGGurton NGGurton 8 years
Years ago there was an article in a magazine, (I do not remember which one or when it came out), that interviewed some of Hollyweird's and television's most beautiful women, who stated that if it were not for the pressure the industry puts on them to date equally attractive spouses, they would probably marry a less attractive man. The reason being, or so it was implied, was that less attractive men would not be into themselves as much as more physically appealing mates, would be more sensitive to their needs, and would probably be more trustworthy and committed to the relationship. Whether that is true or not, creates a new dynamic, and a new discussion.
Belle17 Belle17 8 years
Another thing, I'm not sure if it was this week or last but I liked when Amanda was like "you could do better" to Henry about Betty. Awhile ago on the UB podcast, Christopher Gorham (Henry) and Becki Newton talked about how they had their own little joke that Amanda was attracted to Henry and she would always hold stares and give him these looks with him looking uncomfortable but all of those parts got cut, which is a shame because I think thats so funny
Belle17 Belle17 8 years
I'm so ready for more Marc and Amanda scenes. And I may be one of the only people that still likes Henry and Betty together
NGGurton NGGurton 8 years
Gabrielle Union as a jealous psycho-pyro b*tch? Just didn't get that. Her character had a lot more potential. Sorry that the writers couldn't see the forest from the trees. Finally, is Betty the only one on the show who has a clue about what Wilhelmina has/is doing? They can run a magazine that rivals Vogue or Elle, but haven't a clue that she's the sole cause for many of the predicaments plauging various characters lives. Un-f*@king believable!
misshouston misshouston 8 years
Has everyone forgotten that the love "triangle" is actually a square -- including Dr. Farkas, the other potential baby-daddy? Where the bleep has he been? Henry's jealousy is really starting to p*ss me off. Once, just once, I'd love to see him say "I have no right to be jealous; I mean, I did totally (maybe) get that crazy redhead knocked up and could be leaving forever in a few weeks to help her raise the kid..." I'm so over this storyline that I'm tempted not to watch next week.
sugoionna09 sugoionna09 8 years
It's hard to not like Gio.....He's cute, really likes her and isn't leaving to become a dad in a month. The man has things going for him.
pharm_chick pharm_chick 8 years
hahaha.. i totally watched it just for christian.. and i loved it!!! the house of siriano is here.. worship me bi**hes.. haha
avettafawna avettafawna 8 years
I'm bothered by these last two episodes. Like everyone else I'm over Betty and Henry, and I miss Amanda. But what bothers me is not only the little screen time Amanda gets, but also the virtual abandonment by the writers of all the other minor storylines. What ever happened to Marc's boyfriend, or John Cho's character, or Nick Pepper, or Christina's husband that she is getting knocked up for? Even Alexis has been pushed to the side. I feel like the minor characters are what make the show truly great, and this whole love triangle is over dramatized and watering down the entire production.
Asia84 Asia84 8 years
I am SOOOO over Henry. he got another chick knocked up, and he keeps having bull-crap pop up, and all Betty does it play it off like it's okie-doke' . . .which makes me kinda lose respect for her . . . this is my thing; Gio is showing how a man should feel and treat a woman, and henry ain't steppin' up. i'm not saying betty should dump henry and date gio (okay, Freddy IS cuter than the guy who plays Henry . . .even though shorter . . .but i LOVE latin men), but she should stop letting herself be used. if i were her friend, i wouldn't butt in and tell her what she should or shouldn't do. but i sure as hell wouldn't wanna hear about any drama connected to this henry business . . .donkey's should carry their own load.
Peckaflexx Peckaflexx 8 years
I think the hilarious moments were when Betty made a conference call between Daniel and Renee. Seeing Betty's expressions while they were talking. I also thought Amanda was funny. Are the writers going to allow Wilhelmina to get away with what she's doing? Wheres the code of good practice?
mlen mlen 8 years
my favorite christian line was "you're a hot tranny mess, minus the mess" lol awesome
BlackKitty BlackKitty 8 years
I think that Amanda, Justin, and Mark keeps the show entertaining. I want to throw something at the TV whenever there's a Henry and Betty moment.. *yawns*
californiagirlx7 californiagirlx7 8 years
They need to do something different with the love triangle because I don't understand the point of Henry being there if he is really going away to be the father of Charlie's child. And hasn't she been pregnant for like a million years? I love Henry, but something needs to change. Buzzsugar, you should take a poll on who Betty should be with...Henry, Gio, someone else, or nobody.
smileyface smileyface 8 years
This episode is really good. I am kind of over the whole Henry/Gio/Betty thing, but I think they're setting up Gio to be there when Henry leaves. But I also think that maybe it might turn out that Henry really isn't the father. Who knows. Hilda always hilarious when shes on and even though there wasn't a lot of Amanda, I loved her hair all curly and of course was dying laughing when she was acting like she was one of Christian's models. And speaking of Christian, LOVE him. It was good to see him post-ProjRun. And I loved how he called Alexis a hot tranny mess, minus the mess. LOL. Overall, great episode!
elanakat elanakat 8 years
oh my gosh, supertramp that was exactly the one i was going to write down! and i know he threw a "ferocia" in there somewhere! i agree, they need so much more Amanda! and more justin. this was a REALLY good episode!
supertramp supertramp 8 years
I thought Christian was hilarious. After Renee left he said something like, " sometimes there is just no other word. fierce."
BeautiJunki BeautiJunki 8 years
I hate Henry, sorry but I do.
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