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"Ugly Betty" Recap: Episode 17, "Icing on the Cake"

"Ugly Betty" Recap: Episode 17, "Icing on the Cake"

I knew this episode of "Ugly Betty" was going to be good when I heard Betty was going to ask her orthodontist on a date. Then I realized it would involve a Meade going to Queens, and I got even more excited. There's not too much I can say without spoiling the show, so to hear what happened,

Betty obviously can't hear the screams of "bad idea!" from the viewers at home, because in her effort to be friends with Henry and Charlie, she accepts an invitation to Charlie's birthday party. Christina points out that getting over heartbreak generally means avoiding the heartbreaker and insists that Betty take a date. So Betty calls her orthodontist, fakes a broken wire, and flirts shamelessly. Go Betty!

Daniel, meanwhile, is still sleeping with Grace, which he's keeping from Alexis, because nothing would drive a wedge between Daniel and Alexis faster than her finding out he's paying for top-shelf representation for the father she hates. Wilhelmina is all about wedge-driving, of course, so she hatches a plan to catch Daniel in his lie. Daniel's stowed Claire in a hotel room under a fake name so she won't get drunk and confess to murdering Fey, but Grace susses that out and shows up at the hotel. Daniel distracts Grace by insisting on sex, right now, on the floor, but Marc captures the whole thing on video and leaves the footage for Alexis to find.

Grace is in the middle of telling Daniel she knows Claire killed Fey — while they're in bed, natch — when Alexis walks in. Grace decides the case isn't worth the drama and walks out, and now Daniel and Alexis have a murderer for a mom and no lawyer.

Betty and her orthodontist go to Charlie's party, where Henry gets visibly jealous that Betty has a date. Soon, Betty gets a call from Claire, who says she needs a corporate credit card because she's "taking the first flight to wherever it is that people go when they disappear." In this family, disappearing tends to involve faking your death and coming back as a member of the opposite sex, but whatevs.

Betty stalls by taking Claire to Queens. I love when the Meades and the Suarezes interact; it just proves that dysfunctional families know no class boundaries. Claire keeps mistaking the orthodontist for Henry ("I've seen the accountant. Much hotter."), which helps the poor guy realize Betty still has feelings for Henry. Eventually, Claire decides to turn herself in, while Betty swears off seeing Henry.

Some other things of note:

  • Amanda finally became the victim of someone else's evil prank. A rival arranges for her to be presented with a designer creation named for her — which turns out to be, as Marc puts it, "a big silver rubber." She wears "The Amanda" proudly, even though it leads to her flopping around like a fish and standing on top of the toilet to pee.
  • I am so over the Constance/Ignacio plotline, but: She snoops on him, decides he's cheating on her with Claire, and slaps a tracking bracelet on his ankle. Immigration case worker or crazy stalker? We report, you decide.
  • Saddest exchange in television this year?

    Henry: So what does that make us?"
    Betty: "Two people who work in the same building."

Photos copyright 2007 ABC, Inc.

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