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Ugly Betty Recap: Season Three, Episode Three, "Crimes of Fashion"

Ugly Betty Rundown: Episode Three, "Crimes of Fashion"

This week's eventful Ugly Betty takes on a "whodunnit?" mystery tone in the funny, melodramatic way that only this show can pull off. Last week, Daniel returned to Mode as editor-in-chief, but before any celebrating could occur, someone shoved Christina down the stairs. At the start of this episode, Betty is under the white-hot light of police interrogation, and as the story unfolds, practically everyone becomes a suspect.

Unfortunately for Daniel, too much of the evidence starts to point in his direction, forcing the sexy detective (Mark Consuelos) to haul him off to jail. Of course, this rocks Betty's world as she decides whether her boss, in whom she puts so much faith, could actually attempt to murder someone. To talk about the episode,

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  • How funny is Marc's announcement in the office that Christina's in the hospital? "Don’t worry, the baby and Wilhelmina are fine!”
  • I also thought the little news flash animation of pregnant Christina (aka the "Scottish rent-a-womb" — Wilhelmina) falling down the stairs was really funny. Wow, that sounds so much worse than I mean it. You get my point, though.
  • Sigh. Can we talk about how cute Mark Consuelos is? Amanda thinks so too and urges him to interrogate her (“You have to interrogate me for hours and hours and I do not break easy. I am totally easy.”)
  • Meanwhile, the secret is totally out on Hilda and her married man and everyone is very disappointed in her. Ugh — now I just want this story to end. It's so sad for Hilda!
  • I definitely thought Stewart as the person who pushed Christina would be way too obvious — and it turns out he's dying! And it is so freaking sad. Seriously, I was so teary last night.
  • How cute is Wilhelmina's transformation from being a shameless media whore to caring for Christina and reading What to Expect When You're Expecting? I like the softer side of Willi, even though I never want her to really change.
  • Awesome grandma Claire Meade is pretty bad-ass and has some advice for anyone headed to the slammer: "Do your own time and don't trust the po-po." Ha!
  • We learn two secrets Amanda and Marc have been keeping. First, Amanda is in serious credit card debt. Not surprising. Second, Marc keeps a mannequin of Wilhelmina around ("Willi-mannequin") and sometimes yells at it and slaps it.
  • I laughed loud and hard at Amanda's "night of the crime" flashback wherein she recalls Betty eating a giant sandwich.
  • Claire falling off the wagon and getting wasted is funny too: "Wilhelmina Slater? More like Wilhelmina Slutter."
  • Secrets are swiftly revealed near the end. Alexis did it! Daniel's kid is not his — it's Alexis's! Daniel's sleeping with his immigration custody helper lady!

Did you predict Alexis as the culprit? How much did you love Marc, Amanda, and Betty on the case together? Do you care that much about the future of Daniel and his kid? What should Hilda do about her man?

Photos copyright 2008 ABC, Inc.

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shafiii shafiii 7 years
Mark Consuelos is love. i thought this episode was great! my favorite part was finding out DJ isn't Daniel's son and i can't wait to find out how thats going to play outt.
californiagirlx7 californiagirlx7 7 years
I totally* ^
californiagirlx7 californiagirlx7 7 years
It toally called it that Alexis was DJ's dad! The end was very good though, and it was a nice way to write off Rebecca Romijn as she goes on maternity leave. I thought this episode was pretty good...you can tell that the set is totally different now that they are actually in New York. Marc & Amanda were hilarious as usual. Wilhelmina was great too. Loved seeing Mark Consuelous, but there wasn't enough of him in this episode.
Mykie7 Mykie7 7 years
No, I don't think there CAN be any smackdown. With Alexis gone I believe the rights transfer solely to Daniel. We'll have to wait and see, but I'm next to certain that's what will happen. And Rebecca Romijn's contract is up, that's why she's leaving.
misshouston misshouston 7 years
So with Alexis off to jail, are we in for another smackdown for the top job at Meade Publications?
ehadams ehadams 7 years
I figured it would be Alexis since I read they cut her contract or whatever, so she was only in a few episodes...they needed some way to get rid of her with the possibility of bringing her back later.
menthadict menthadict 7 years
Yes, it is on abc.com. But aaah!! I literally gasped at the end. POor Daniel and Daniel Jr. and Alexis! But why did she decide to get a paternity test in the first place?
LuvLeoDiCaprio LuvLeoDiCaprio 7 years
Whoa I missed so much, everyone was calling me why it was on. Can you watch repeats on abc.com, does anyone know?
amloveaffair amloveaffair 7 years
Oh and I thought Alexis was the pusher because A. Clair said 'it's a family thing first grandma, the dad, then aunt alexis' or something and she's looking super pregnant so it's probably time to have her go away for a while anyway
pinkmystic pinkmystic 7 years
I only watch for Amanda and Marc. Thoughts: The Detective was delicious :-), Daniel was stupid for keeping that tape to himself (he rather be accused of murder, then have his son taking away from him...ummmm why couldn't he just get another lawyer... maybe a man this time), and sadden that Alexis is the "father" of DJ.
pinkmystic pinkmystic 7 years
I only watch for Amanda and Marc. Thoughts: The Detective was delicious :-), Daniel was stupid for keeping that tape to himself (he rather be accused of murder, then have his son taking away from him...ummmm why couldn't he just get another lawyer... maybe a man this time),and sadden that Alexis is the "father" of DJ.
pianoteacher1 pianoteacher1 7 years
Totally love yesterday's episode. Betty has been stellar (to me) since the start of third season. The detective, even though is short, is very hot, I wouldn't mind him and the Coach and Daniel having a basketball game....shirtless:) Speaking of the coach, man, is he gorgeous or what? And so many shots of him in the shower!! I love the mystery angle of the show yesterday! It revealed so much hidden traits of the characters that we don't usually see. I actually didn't predict Alexis to be the pusher at all. I thought it might be Willy. I think she probably want out of the show, so.....so sad to see her go. Her secrets are going to be interesting development in future episodes. I do think Daniel will fight in the end to keep the kid. His french accent is cute. Maybe he and Justin could be friends? I feel for Hilda, but I think she knows the whole thing would not have a future. She just wants to feel happy again:( Of course my favourite part of the episode being Amanda imagined Betty carrying a big sandwich ALL the time...lol I wish Housewives could be as funny as Betty right now
pianoteacher1 pianoteacher1 7 years
Totally love yesterday's episode. Betty has been stellar (to me) since the start of third season. The detective, even though is short, is very hot, I wouldn't mind him and the Coach and Daniel having a basketball game....shirtless:)Speaking of the coach, man, is he gorgeous or what? And so many shots of him in the shower!!I love the mystery angle of the show yesterday! It revealed so much hidden traits of the characters that we don't usually see. I actually didn't predict Alexis to be the pusher at all. I thought it might be Willy. I think she probably want out of the show, so.....so sad to see her go. Her secrets are going to be interesting development in future episodes. I do think Daniel will fight in the end to keep the kid. His french accent is cute. Maybe he and Justin could be friends?I feel for Hilda, but I think she knows the whole thing would not have a future. She just wants to feel happy again:(Of course my favourite part of the episode being Amanda imagined Betty carrying a big sandwich ALL the time...lolI wish Housewives could be as funny as Betty right now
amloveaffair amloveaffair 7 years
"Do you have any mustard for the big sandwich I'm always eating?" Hahahaha Amanda and Marc crack me up! I feel really bad for Daniel, he's going to be crushed! That breaks my heart. So did the whole Stewart thing! The detective was not hot =[
amloveaffair amloveaffair 7 years
"Do you have any mustard for the big sandwich I'm always eating?" Hahahaha Amanda and Marc crack me up!I feel really bad for Daniel, he's going to be crushed! That breaks my heart. So did the whole Stewart thing!The detective was not hot =[
lilkimbo lilkimbo 7 years
My Tivo was full, so I missed it! Thanks for recapping, Buzz.
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