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Ugly Betty Recap, Episode 13, "Kissed Off"

Ugly Betty Rundown: Episode 13, "Kissed Off"

A bunch of you weighed in on what's ailing Ugly Betty these days, but while the Internet may have heard our ideas for how to make it better, the show's writers have yet to turn it around (hey, any Betty writers out there reading our comments? Hey, you never know) because this week's episode is another sad sack of a show.

There's something so listless about it right now — even Marc and Amanda's zingers are falling flat! Several of you mentioned that it gets boring when Betty makes the same naive mistakes over and over again, and I totally agree. I mean, once again she forgets to complete a task as simple as ordering flowers. She may have a lot to learn about the fashion industry (I can believe her learning curve in that regard is steep), but she should be nailing the idiot-proof tasks by now. Ready to discuss? Just


  • The episode opens with Betty hustling to move her stuff home. The Suarez household is abuzz with activity now that Betty's moving in and they've hired a hot nurse for Ignacio.
  • Every time Ignacio stands up the girls are still all "No, Papi, sit!" It makes me uncomfortable to have them treat the man like a baby when health-wise he doesn't seem to need such gentle treatment.
  • Daniel tosses his change into the garbage after buying something ("I hate pennies") and Molly gives him the nickname "Rich Jerk." (Clever?) Then she sends him the tackiest t-shirt ever with the words "Rich Jerk" scrolled across the front.
  • Connor is still obsessed with the fact that Molly is dating someone else and needs to know who. Dude! You are dating someone else!. Ugh.
  • He even disses Willi after she tells him about booking a table at restaurant for them — the same restaurant Jennifer Aniston apparently cries at!
  • So Betty is trying to find a "responsible" new roommate for Amanda. It's cute how Amanda thinks everyone is "perfect!" but Betty rules them all out. One lady shares Amanda's enthusiasm for being naked, but Betty's all, "This is still my furniture.
  • Ooo! But then Betty hears Jesse making music in the hallway. Amanda: "I bet you'd like to smash that guitar over his bedhead."
  • But Betty doesn't, because as she tells Daniel, she has some kind of fantasy about having a boyfriend in the big city. Which, um, she had like two boyfriends a second ago and decided she needed "me time."
  • Also, Jesse was a jerk to her before, but Betty wants to give him a shot anyway. Amanda: "Betty, this is very big of you, and unlike in the past, I mean that as a compliment."
  • So then Jesse and Betty hang out in Betty's apartment and they kiss! I knew then we were in for a lot of overanalysis.
  • Betty turns to Marc and Amanda for advice, and they decide to reenact the date, and then they start making out. Which is . . . awkward? I kind of laughed, but then I was like, "Ew no. Quit it."
  • Daniel's advice on the whole matter is sage: "In my experience a drunken kiss is just a drunken kiss."
  • It turns out that Jesse is super self-centered, which Betty should have caught onto when she heard his "Hello it's me!" ringtone — ha! Betty's "me me me" song/vision thing is sorta cute but kind of fell flat. I caught myself thinking, "Is this scene still happening?"
  • Also, Betty's hat? Maybe the funniest part of the episode for me.

So, all the secret love affairs are out in the open now. Marc and Amanda are roomies. Betty's back at home. I don't know what's next, really. What's there to look forward to, you guys?

You can find all the fashions from this episode at CelebStyle.

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dalialia dalialia 8 years
Allyace, actually does have webisodes with Marc and Amanda. I think they are really funny. :)
Beatrice1979a Beatrice1979a 8 years
Oh well... this wasn't this season best episode (okay not even top 5 best episode). It was just okay. Marc Amanda and Connor did it for me. What's to look for next? More Gio! I'd love that!
Allyace Allyace 8 years
beached -- I could NOT agree more. I still watch Ugly Betty but I wouldn't be upset at all if it got cancelled. We just got a call from Neilson the other night, so we are going to do a diary for about a week. My first thought, was "Darn you for not sending this to me while Pushing Daisies was still on the air." But don't you girls worry, I will do what I can for Chuck! Also, if ABC does cancel it...can they PLEASE make some sort of 1/2 hour comedy spin off w/ just Marc and Amanda?
Happsmjc Happsmjc 8 years
I don't hate it as much as everyone else--I mean I think Marc and Amanda are still funny--When Wili talks to Marc I always laugh (esp when she told him to sit, stay, come, etc.)--I mean some things are repetitive, but I just like it as a funny show to make me laugh for an hour. But bleached--I AGREE---Pushing Daisies is amazing, and although I do love Ugly Betty I would pick Daisies any day.
divinedebris divinedebris 8 years
Betty keeps disappointing, I just wish they'd have more fun with it instead of making every episode a " very special Ugly Betty"- type of episode. I like when people were having fun and running around and doing completely ridiculous things. Sheesh, it's called escapism not boring reality.
bleached bleached 8 years
So ABC keeps Ugly Betty, which has fizzled, and canceled Pushing Daisies (which was still awesome)... there is definitely something wrong with the world...
genesisrocks genesisrocks 8 years
Bring back Gio! I'm sick of all of Daniel's loves. We all know they're just temporary except for him.
tellmemorex2 tellmemorex2 8 years
^Same. I'm not over it yet.
cupcake_ cupcake_ 8 years
Sorry but I still LOVE this show. I will watch it until the end.
fleurfairy fleurfairy 8 years
Yup, I'm done with this show. Even Marc and Amanda aren't as funny anymore because now they are friends with Betty! And Willi is actually nice now? She and Daniel like each other and exist peacefully. Time to pull the plug, ABC.
bransugar79 bransugar79 8 years
I love Ugly Betty but the Betty storylines are tired and the family thing is getting old. The show needs a new conflict or American TV needs to realize that when we copy shows from other countries that had a limited run in the first place we can't keep dragging out a story if there is no story. I mean seriously can Betty just get it together already? I too was yawning at the whole I forgot to buy flowers thing. And the Rich Jerk deal was beyond played. Who would be ok with their partner calling them rich jerk. The bests parts of the show were Marc and Amanda's make out session which I thought was funny teh roommate interview montage and Daniel throwing his pennies and a nickel in the garbage. I am not rich but I hate pennies too and it made me laugh to see the writer's throw that in because it's so real slice of life.
YMO YMO 8 years
I don't know what it was about this episode and the last, but I definitely feel some of the original spark missing. Hopefully the episode shuffling will give the writers time to come up with something good
fakeplanettelex fakeplanettelex 8 years
agreed about laguerta from dexter playing ignacio's nurse - i heart her. ep was also kinda flat.... MEH.
McSquish McSquish 8 years
Yeah, I wanted to like it but was disappointed. But I did love the Lt. from Dexter playing Ignacio's nurse. She's great!
amloveaffair amloveaffair 8 years
God this episode was so boring, I didn't even finish watching it! Didn't we all know Jesse was a douche a long time ago?! I kept saying "God why is Jesse back?!' I'm thinking about stopping watching this show.
emms emms 8 years
I found it hard to believe that Amanda loved all the roommate candidates so much when her character is known for snarky comments about peoples appearances. I would have expected Amanda to be far more critical. Secondly, I know it's awful but I hate pennies too and often throw them in the trash! So I loved that part!
tlsgirl tlsgirl 8 years
The "Me" scene = way too long. Jesse in general = kind of a douche. And Marc and Amanda kissing = hilarious, in an icky kind of way. Just as a quick aside, did anyone else notice that when Betty was walking toward the stalker car, the side mirror said "Objects in mirror are larger than they appear"? Doesn't it usually say "Objects in mirror are closer than they appear"? I wasn't sure if I was overanalyzing, or if it was another goofy dig at Betty. I felt like this episode improved the teensiest bit, but I kept wanting her to grow a set and stay in the city, and the Rich Jerk bit was a bit too much for me to handle. I'm sort of hoping that at this point Amanda and Marc rooming together can bring back some of the original fun.
Francesca-Fiore Francesca-Fiore 8 years
Yeah, you hit the nail on the head... what's to look forward to about this show anymore? I'm sad to say I have to quit this one. Sorry Betty, it was fun while it lasted.
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