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Ugly Betty Recap: Episode 17, "The Kids Are Alright"

Ugly Betty Rundown: Episode 17, "The Kids Are Alright"

Look out, world (or just Mode) — Wilhelmina is back! Her Evilness and Marc made a triumphant return to power on this week's Ugly Betty after the revelation that she is the mother of an unborn Meade family heir. Again, this entire plot line is so hilariously far-fetched (and just not logical!) that it's always funny to me when they try to explain it to us.

In other news, Betty awakes to the lonely person ballad "All By Myself" as she tries to get over Henry (who we learn is back in Tucson) but she finds herself drawn to Gio and his sandwich shop. She also — surprise! — deals with her pain by immersing herself in work.

Here are some more thoughts:

  • I know I have a tendency to gush over Marc and Amanda but there was just so few of them when the season started up again. And come on, how great were they last night together? Their little BFF moments are so tender, yet they are both superficial and mean — it's a mix I can't get enough of!
  • Hilda's break-up advice to Betty was perfect: "When I break up with a guy I like to get a little scary so he never forgets me."
  • Best descriptions of Wilhelmina first came from Marc: "You are a horror movie I wish would never end." And then Daniel: "She is one third of this company and she has the Devil on her side!"

To read the rest of my thoughts and start chatting about the cuteness that is Gio,


  • Justin is such a doll-face and so wise beyond his years. Who among us can say we had the fortitude to declare school dances tacky in junior high? But he went so his mom could hit on the hot coach (aw!).
  • Wilhelmina went straight to work angling for Daniel's job with a divide and conquer sort of strategy. After making her rounds through the Mode offices during her first day back she asked Marc, "Am I smiling? I can't tell?" Marc: "I think you are..."
  • There isn't much to say about Amanda's little reality TV show opener thing with her "father" Gene Simmons besides admitting that I laughed really hard. And I can't help but think this was a little jab at The Hills from the Betty writers who gave Marc this description of reality TV, "It’s what every pretty girl with no specific talent dreams of!" Oh, snap.
  • Here's why I am on team Gio: He brings out the fun side of Betty! The junior high dance scene where he points out who Betty was when she was younger and explains that the little rebel kid defacing school property they were looking at was him. . . it just made a lot of sense to me. They really balance each other out. And honestly sometimes I felt like the way Gio gazes at Betty ignites the kind of chemistry that gives McDreamy and Meredith a run for their money.
  • When she was in junior high, Betty gave her good citizen award back to the school for everyone to enjoy because that's what a good citizen would do. Gio's right — it does sound exhausting to be Betty sometimes.
  • So of course, Gene Simmons is not Amanda's dad. Poor thing was so sad. But her celebrity was coming between her friendship with Marc, so I'm glad that part is over. You could tell things were bad when Marc snapped, "If you're really such a celebrity then where's your posse? Where's your hybrid? Where's your inappropriately named baby?"
  • The coach that Hilda has a crush on does seem nice and he is very good-looking, but did you get a weird vibe from him last night? Even when he dropped by to give her soup, I couldn't tell how into her he was. I guess she was disgustingly sick and he could just be shy. Basically, it remains to be seen if he is worthy of Hilda.

What did you think? Are you as happy as I am to have "Wilemeaner" back in the office with Marc in tow? And what about Gio? My heart melted a bit when he told her he didn't want to be the "rebound guy," he wanted to be "the guy." Based on the previews from next week I think Betty's going to have to make some tough choices to make. Also, did Daniel drive anyone else nuts last night? Pull it together man!

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