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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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Ejmcmis Ejmcmis 10 years
I'm sorry but Henry is HOOOOOOOOOOOTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTT. There's nothing like a sexy nerd... and Henry's it! Oh, the other one is JOHN KRASINSKI as Jim Halpert on NBC's The Office... OMG how totally HOT & CUTE. I'm kinda happy with the fact that they've stretched out a little on Betty and Henry's hook-up... . The only thing though in the Spanish novela "Betty La Fea", Betty eventually hooks up with her boss the 'Daniel' and I just don't see that kind of chemistry between Betty & Daniel (America & Eric). I'm actually worried on how they are going to handle the character of Henry if Betty ends up hooking up with Daniel, like in the spanish version. Then again, in the Spanish novela, as soon as they hooked-up, they ended the show. . Oh, and I really liked the nerdy orthodontist character. He should definitely come back at some point to strike jealousy again in Henry... ... that's my thoughts for now...
MsRoyaLTee MsRoyaLTee 10 years
When are Betty and henry gonna hook up?!!? Haha I LOVED Daniel's mom - she really was fantastic this episode!
vrico2005 vrico2005 10 years
I love this show!
HoneyAndtheMoon HoneyAndtheMoon 10 years
I was really proud of Betty for being honest about her feelings for Henry. They seem so right for eachother, but for whatever reason the writers that be decided it wasn't the right time! In the OG Spanish Betty la Fea, Betty hooked up with the editor. Does anyone think Betty and Daniel might be in the mix?
Classy-Amelia Classy-Amelia 10 years
Amazing recap. I hope Betty and Henry will be together. Constance is completely unreasonable and I love Betty's orthodontist.
divinedebris divinedebris 10 years
the show was cute yesterday. i liked it. i secretly hope that Betty and Henry get together.
Linda-McP Linda-McP 10 years
Another great recap, Buzz. Really enjoyed last night's show. Betty was at her best in all of her interactions, especially when flirting with the orthodontist and at the end when she told Henry how she felt. The "Amanda dress" scenes were so funny; when I picture them now, I'm still laughing.
Maggie-Mae Maggie-Mae 10 years
And the Amanda dress thing was hi-lar-ious
Maggie-Mae Maggie-Mae 10 years
This was a good Ugly Betty episode- I am glad that Betty finally told Henry she couldn't hang out with him and his girl anymore. Way to stand up for yourself!
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