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Ugly Betty Recap: Episode 14, "Twenty-Four Candles"

Ugly Betty Rundown: Episode 14, "Twenty-Four Candles"

It may come last in my list of rundowns today, but Ugly Betty came first in my marathon of TV viewing list on Thursday. What better way to kick off the evening than with that eternally upbeat go-getter Betty Suárez? Hopefully you were able to refresh your Betty memory before last night. It was pretty easy to pick up from where the show left off, and I thought the opening dream sequence (something in the writers' water? Gossip Girl opened the same way this week) was adorable and fun. Here are my thoughts:

  • Amanda didn't have a lot going on this episode, but she was still funny reveling in her Gene-Simmons'-daughter-dom by hilariously dressing like a rabid Kiss fan, wagging her tongue, and uttering little "hardcore" lines like this one to Gio when he asked if she gave Betty a message: "I’m a receiver, not a giver."
  • Back to Betty's birthday dream: For some reason, when Henry showed up with a horse carriage and Betty asked him where they were, his answer made me laugh and reminded me of something people said in my dreams when I was 12 years old: "We're in the best place ever!"
  • For more of my thoughts on last night's Betty,


    • Hands down my favorite moment of the night was when Hilda showed up at Charlie's door to regulate (aka deliver cupcakes and tell Charlie she sees right through her little game to break up Betty and Henry). I loved when she shoved her fake nails in Charlie's face, yelled, "These are not just decorative!" and then proceeded to scratch the wall out as she exited the apartment.
    • Claire Meade's magazine about "extreme adventures for the over 50 set" called Hot Flash is still making me giggle. Plus, Claire's little tender moment with Betty in the bathroom was so adorable! The best was when she exited a bathroom stall and apologized to Betty with the line, "I try to keep up the appearance I never use the bathroom."
    • Speaking of the bathroom scene, we got a very earnest little speech from Betty to Claire (who was disheartened by the fact that Alexis won't support Hot Flash) about picking yourself up and — this part was so adorably nerdy — utilizing your resources! It totally inspired Claire, so in return she gave Betty her earrings as a b-day gift. Aww.
    • The Henry-Betty-Gio love triangle seems to be building some major steam, and I'm confused about which guy I'm supposed to root for. On the one hand, Betty seems to really love Henry, but he irritated me with how easily he allowed Charlie to pull the "I'm carrying your child" card. Really, ditching your girlfriend for a baby seminar? And Gio was lovably charming in his working-man kind of way and definitely saved Betty's big day, so right now, I'm leaning toward him.

    • Now we know Renee's big secret: She has to see a therapist and take pills to stay mentally stable. And since this is Ugly Betty, and since we got a little sneak peek of next week's episode, this clearly won't be a little garden-variety depression. No, Renee is going to take a sharp turn onto Psycho-Possessive Lane and park it for a while at Violent-Lashing-Out-Ville. I can't wait for next week.
    • Aaaand turns out Daniel didn't forget Betty's birthday after all. It kind of killed me she didn't open the gift. I'm still really curious.

    So was the return of Betty everything you hoped it would be? Are you as annoyed with Henry as I am or do you, like Betty, feel like he should be cut some slack because of the baby? Does Gabrielle Union look more and more like Vanessa Williams to you every episode? They seriously look like sisters. Also, do you really think that a baby born of stolen, dead-man semen will really count as a Meade heir? This plan strikes me as fundamentally flawed on many levels.

    Photos copyright 2008 ABC, Inc.

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animatedpunk animatedpunk 9 years
See.... i love Henry, but not with Betty. It's all just TOO cute, and TOO easy, and TOO boring. I think Gio is better for Betty. He adds something edgy to her life.... and the way he looks at her..... love it! But yeah, I love both Henry and Gio... but I'm definitely leaning towards Gio. And I don't see why Henry is falling for Charlie's lies so easily... i mean, it might not even be his baby, right? Or did i miss something? and SERIOUSLY, what was daniel's gift to betty????? will we ever even know???
givelivelove givelivelove 9 years
Betty definitely needs to dump Henry and get together with Gio. They were so cute together watching the "fireworks"! Hilda cracks me up! But, it looks like she didn't scare Charlie enough because she still stole Henry away from Betty that night.
Asia84 Asia84 9 years
betty needs to ditch Henry. he got a kid on the way. there is no future in that. and i say that because he is choosing to move away to be with her and take care of the kid . . .there are plenty of people who have kids and do summers or whatever and the kid is just fine. homechick ruined betty's b-day, and henry didn't even check her. i say cut off the romance now, just be friends . . .just in case it isn't his kid. Gio is cuter all the way . . .okay, 82% of the reason why i watch the show is for Freddy, the other 18% is for fashion.
dblgoldens dblgoldens 9 years
Henry! Henry! Henry! You know that baby is not actually his... am so over Gio, blech.
melanierules melanierules 9 years
does anyone know what kind of flowers Henry is holding for Betty in the pic/show? I love them and would like to use the same kind for a party setting...
Emma412 Emma412 9 years
Can't Betty get together with Gio instead
maze1 maze1 9 years
Has anyone else noticed how toned down Betty's clothes are?
maze1 maze1 9 years
Gio + short hair = me likey! I don't care who Betty ends up with, as they are both good for her. I too am dying to know what Daniel brought her for her birthday. YAY 4 Claire!
meeshee meeshee 9 years
i like henry too but gio is SOOOOOOOOOOOOOO sweet and he seems so "real" (on the show anyway lol) i love him!!! and he and betty have great chemistry as well
californiagirlx7 californiagirlx7 9 years
nakitabanana27 - I don't get why people don't like Henry either, I really want him and Betty to work out.
YMO YMO 9 years
The cheese fondue in a ziploc bag was hilarious. I agree with lolagrape though - there's no way that restaurant would give out a doggy bag that looked like that
cupcakers cupcakers 9 years
My favorite scene was when Marc was in Daniel's apt and was holding up his racy underwear, and Daniel catches him-Marc then pretends he's lusting after Daniel, hahaha so hilarious!
Happsmjc Happsmjc 9 years
I'm kind of for Henry too--ohhh I dont know! But I'm sad they are cutting back on Alexis's story lines---I LOVE HER :(
crazylovevbug crazylovevbug 9 years
i looooooooooooved gio in this episode.
allthingspop allthingspop 9 years
Vanessa Williams and Gabrielle Union look NOTHING like sisters.
lolagrape lolagrape 9 years
avettafawna--that cheese in the ziploc was my favorite moment too! Like any restaurant would ever really do that! I forgot how much I love this show! So campy, but so so so funny!
nakitabanana27 nakitabanana27 9 years
i think i may be alone entirely on the whole Betty/Henry thing...i really want them to work it out, and i dont really know why...also, HAHA on Marc and the chocolatinis!
RioAravwyn RioAravwyn 9 years
So glad I'm not the only one who ended the scene frustrated that we didn't see what the gift was.
avettafawna avettafawna 9 years
I'm so over the Betty/Henry story line, all it does at this point is make both of them look like spineless chumps. How can I root for a guy that stands up his girlfriend on her birthday, whatever the circumstances? On a side note, loved the fondue in a ziploc bag moment.
lesley1216 lesley1216 9 years
I really wanted to know what Daniel gave Betty for her birthday...
brittanyk brittanyk 9 years
I really liked Henry until the whole pregnant girl friend thing. At this point, it's pretty much impossible to dislike Gio. He tries so hard and Betty just keeps turing him down, it's sad.
CocoChic CocoChic 9 years
I'm all for Gio! Hilda was hilarious with her nails and I died laughing when Claire said she tries not to let people know she uses the bathroom.
hoyagrrrl hoyagrrrl 9 years
Gio! He pushes Betty out of her comfort zone and calls her out when it's needed. I liked that Daniel remembered he'd forget.
californiagirlx7 californiagirlx7 9 years
I really loved Henry until they knocked up Charlie with his baby...which I still don't think is his. Grrr...I try to like Gio but I don't want Christopher Gorham to leave the show which would probably happen if Betty picked Gio. I might be okay with it if Betty dated Gio for awhile and then realized Henry is the one.
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