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Ugly Betty Recap: Episode 15, "There's No Place Like Mode"

Ugly Betty Rundown: Episode 15, "There's No Place Like Mode"

I've never had much inclination to attend a show at Fashion Week in New York (I leave that up to my best buds Fab and Bella), but if all fashion shows were like the one on this week's Ugly Betty, I'd fight for a front-row seat each and every time. Between one of my favorite scripted-drama scenes of the year so far in terms of sheer pageantry and a nonannoying Betty and a nonannoying Betty's family — people, I think Ugly Betty's got its groove back! At least for the moment. So let's chat about it before someone (probably Molly) makes us all feel weird about the show again. Just


  • The episode opens at YETI, which is great because it means we're getting back to Betty's professional life and away from the family drama. A student is giving a serious presentation about a topical issue, to which Marc complains, "All right, we get it — Darfur's a bummer, but who wants those images in their head?"
  • He wasn't the only one with a somewhat crass take on "serious issues" — Betty also laments that "Fashion Week isn't nearly as fun as genocide week."
  • Betty gets paired with "Sports Guy" for the rest of the year at YETI, and he's cute in a Josh Grobany way, don't you think? He's so nice, too.
  • Betty gets really snotty about Fashion Week (you'd think she'd be less snooty about the industry now that she's been in it for a long time) and asks Daniel for a nonfashion assignment. I really love his reaction: "It's Fashion Week at a fashion magazine."
  • One of the best parts of the Heinrich story is his insistence that he and Betty "make love now." Ha! And each time she sort of says, "Um, no."
  • Sports guy (Matt) turns in the wrong press release, in which Betty makes fun of Heinrich's fashions, but as it turns out, that makes the press release seem totally not cliche and he wants Betty to produce his show! She sort of shies away from the responsibility, which is a little out of character.
  • Later, when Betty finally stops treating Matt like dog poo and follows him around on his job, she's totally weirded out when she is in the locker room with naked pro athletes. Hello? Carpe diem, Betty! I would have been more than happy to hang out in the locker room with fit, shirtless athletes. If anything it makes for a great story later.
  • Back at home, Hilda is still getting used to the idea of Elena dating her dad. I have to say, their PDA is a little much.
  • Oh, and Justin really wants that extra ticket to the Mode fashion show and blackmails Betty with "I'll tell everyone you still like Ricky Martin!" Ha!
  • Molly's attending Fashion Week as Daniel's date, and the tabloids slam her fashion sense. The poor thing. The best part of that plot is that we get a Molly makeover montage! Do you think she looked much better afterward?
  • Over in Connor and Willi-land — somehow by dating Connor, Willi no longer is on top of the fashion-industry food chain. I honestly don't understand how this correlates. She goes on to complain that she thought she could have it all. Ugh.
  • I loved, loved when Willi told Connor that the whole "baby in the corner" reference is really tired here in the USA. Thank you!
  • So everything converges at the fashion show in the most amazing way ever! Those costumes! The barbed wire on Betty's head! Christina giving birth on the runway! Willi holding the baby up in the air as Marc cues the lights and confetti! It was a sight to behold.

What do you guys think of the new boy in Betty's life? Are you so glad this baby was finally born? And what's wrong with Molly? Is she dying?

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a-million-suns a-million-suns 8 years
I don't think Molly would say "it's more serious than they thought" if she were preggers. I don't really want to see either storyline (pregnant or a serious illness). I really hope they don't kill her off. I have a feeling they're trying to use super dramatic stories to pull viewers back in, but that is so not the original spirit of this show. Of course, some dramatic events are fine, but I really don't want them to go overboard. So, yes, I didn't like that part of this episode and what it suggests could be coming next. But overall, I thought this ep was a big improvement over what we have been getting. And they actually cast a love interest for Betty who doesn't make me want to tear my hair out (at least not yet).
Countess827 Countess827 8 years
I was wondering that too, how does every guy keep falling in love with Betty? Seriously? It was nice to see the return to Yeti, finally!
tlsgirl tlsgirl 8 years
Also, I've been rewatching Season 1 and there was so much Christina! She needs to come back.
tlsgirl tlsgirl 8 years
I really hope Molly isn't pregnant. Not that I want her to die of cancer or anything, although that's what I think it is, but I'm sick of pregnancy stories. Other than that (and Daniel's cuffs - SO annoying), I thought this week was good! No after school special style stuff, no family guilt for Betty = happy me.
NouraBee NouraBee 8 years
this 1 was better than the few last episodes
princessya princessya 8 years
I agree, I think the whole pregnancy-themed dilemmas are REALLY getting tiring. :( Hopefully she has something like terminal cancer, not that I want to see her, go, but I think it would give us a chance to see Daniel and/or Conner fighting for Molly. Also, I thought the barbed-wire hat on Betty was some sort of reference to Jesus (she's a savior?) with the "virgin-mary" Christina (not getting pregnant via sex). Too much?
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 8 years
And what is with Betty being irresistible to men? Seriously, this show is really starting to irk me and I loved it so much!
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 8 years
That was the most ridiculous birthing scene I have ever seen.
genesisrocks genesisrocks 8 years
Just watched it. I'm a little concerned about Molly post makeover. Did anyone else think she looked like Claire Meade?
smileyface smileyface 8 years
This episode was sooo great! I laughed so much. Willie holding up the baby=priceless. I too thought Molly might be preggers but maybe she's sick or something. I hope the good episodes continue so it doesn't get canceled! Next week looks like it might be good with the whole stealing the money from Mode storyline and of course anytime Claire makes an appearance there are sure to be some laughs. :)
bleached bleached 8 years
I thought first that Molly was pregnant with Connor's baby too but that whole story line was done with Henry. I really hope they don't do that again... I do think that this was one of the best episodes all season. I just hope it isn't too late...
shafiii shafiii 8 years
i think Molly aas a disease. with the new baby i don't think they would add another one and am i the only one who thinks that its odd that we haven't seen Christina in forever! and all of a sudden she is giving birth when she ready to pop like a bazillion weeks ago!?
Entertainment Entertainment 8 years
emms - ooooooh, gyno. Very astute. I was thinking sad things like cancer or something.
emms emms 8 years
By the look of it, Molly was at the gyno. She is probably pregnant with Connor's baby and they will get back together. But ugh! I'm so sick of the pregnancy storyline!
Molly Molly 8 years
I read this post and I was all, what did I do? ;)
Happsmjc Happsmjc 8 years
Hhaha I was just laughing at loud when Willi was holding up that baby--it was just hilarious and perfect.
genesisrocks genesisrocks 8 years
Are you telling me this was the one good episode this season? The one that I missed?!
graylen graylen 8 years
I think Molly has cancer. I actually really like her character, though I guess a lot of people don't. All around, I thought this was a great episode. I love that they can get real fashion people to make guest appearances and make fun of themselves on this show! I like how the newborn was just so clean, with no umbilical cord, and some kind of fabric diaper thing ... it's a fashionable baby after all ;)
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