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Ugly Betty Recap: Episode 17, "The Kids Are Alright"

Ugly Betty Rundown: Episode 17, "The Kids Are Alright"

Look out, world (or just Mode) — Wilhelmina is back! Her Evilness and Marc made a triumphant return to power on this week's Ugly Betty after the revelation that she is the mother of an unborn Meade family heir. Again, this entire plot line is so hilariously far-fetched (and just not logical!) that it's always funny to me when they try to explain it to us.

In other news, Betty awakes to the lonely person ballad "All By Myself" as she tries to get over Henry (who we learn is back in Tucson) but she finds herself drawn to Gio and his sandwich shop. She also — surprise! — deals with her pain by immersing herself in work.

Here are some more thoughts:

  • I know I have a tendency to gush over Marc and Amanda but there was just so few of them when the season started up again. And come on, how great were they last night together? Their little BFF moments are so tender, yet they are both superficial and mean — it's a mix I can't get enough of!
  • Hilda's break-up advice to Betty was perfect: "When I break up with a guy I like to get a little scary so he never forgets me."
  • Best descriptions of Wilhelmina first came from Marc: "You are a horror movie I wish would never end." And then Daniel: "She is one third of this company and she has the Devil on her side!"

To read the rest of my thoughts and start chatting about the cuteness that is Gio,


  • Justin is such a doll-face and so wise beyond his years. Who among us can say we had the fortitude to declare school dances tacky in junior high? But he went so his mom could hit on the hot coach (aw!).
  • Wilhelmina went straight to work angling for Daniel's job with a divide and conquer sort of strategy. After making her rounds through the Mode offices during her first day back she asked Marc, "Am I smiling? I can't tell?" Marc: "I think you are..."
  • There isn't much to say about Amanda's little reality TV show opener thing with her "father" Gene Simmons besides admitting that I laughed really hard. And I can't help but think this was a little jab at The Hills from the Betty writers who gave Marc this description of reality TV, "It’s what every pretty girl with no specific talent dreams of!" Oh, snap.
  • Here's why I am on team Gio: He brings out the fun side of Betty! The junior high dance scene where he points out who Betty was when she was younger and explains that the little rebel kid defacing school property they were looking at was him. . . it just made a lot of sense to me. They really balance each other out. And honestly sometimes I felt like the way Gio gazes at Betty ignites the kind of chemistry that gives McDreamy and Meredith a run for their money.
  • When she was in junior high, Betty gave her good citizen award back to the school for everyone to enjoy because that's what a good citizen would do. Gio's right — it does sound exhausting to be Betty sometimes.
  • So of course, Gene Simmons is not Amanda's dad. Poor thing was so sad. But her celebrity was coming between her friendship with Marc, so I'm glad that part is over. You could tell things were bad when Marc snapped, "If you're really such a celebrity then where's your posse? Where's your hybrid? Where's your inappropriately named baby?"
  • The coach that Hilda has a crush on does seem nice and he is very good-looking, but did you get a weird vibe from him last night? Even when he dropped by to give her soup, I couldn't tell how into her he was. I guess she was disgustingly sick and he could just be shy. Basically, it remains to be seen if he is worthy of Hilda.

What did you think? Are you as happy as I am to have "Wilemeaner" back in the office with Marc in tow? And what about Gio? My heart melted a bit when he told her he didn't want to be the "rebound guy," he wanted to be "the guy." Based on the previews from next week I think Betty's going to have to make some tough choices to make. Also, did Daniel drive anyone else nuts last night? Pull it together man!

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Adrenalynn75 Adrenalynn75 9 years
Loved Loved Loved this episode! Disappointed about next weeks epi because of LiHo, but I digress. Whenever Gio enters a scene, I get such a goofy smile on my face. I really like Henry too, or at least I did until he had to be all righteous and move away for the baby. Hee hee. Anyway, Gio brings out Betty's feisty side, which I love. She challenges her, and I love that about him. I can't wait until Thurs. to see how this plays out and looking forward to next fall!
JeJaJa JeJaJa 9 years
Oliverose - I'm pretty sure the song is "This much is true" by Spandau Ballet.
maze1 maze1 9 years
Yay! Finally Marc and Amanda are together! Vanessa Williams looked so pretty with the red lipstick. She gets more beautiful with age. I hope I am so blessed. I can't believe there is only one episode left!
MindayH MindayH 9 years
I absolutely love Amanda and Mark - everything about them is priceless, so glad they are back together at Mode!
limelindsey limelindsey 9 years
I've been on Team Gio since the beginning....LOVE him! When he said "I want to be THE guy," I teared up - so sweet!
CoronaLove CoronaLove 9 years
oliverrose. i'm pretty sure you can go on and watch the full epsisode. just fast forward to the dance and see if you can catch any of the lyrics.
oliverose oliverose 9 years
does anyone have any idea what the song was that played when betty was at justins dance right at the beginning of the scene? loved it so much but with all the talking couln't catch any of the lyrics to find it with. thanks
graylen graylen 9 years
"if only my husband had a script writer." hahahaha! so true!
CoronaLove CoronaLove 9 years
i looooooooooooooooooove gio for betty. i almost fell of my treadmill when i heard "the guy" line. i understand Ejmcmis. i dont watch this with my guy anymore. he thinks i'm a maniac when i watch this show. so i now watch it alone happily.
lynettes lynettes 9 years
Definitely Team Gio here! I welled up when he said he wanted to be "the guy," if only my husband had a script writer.
hadassah hadassah 9 years
hahaha YES misshouston! I am still laughing about the mexican accent thing
fleurfairy fleurfairy 9 years
Freddy Rodriguez is too cute for ugly Betty.
misshouston misshouston 9 years
Best exchange of the evening, when Gio was mimicking Betty's Good Citizen award calling out to her... Betty: "My trophy speaks with a Mexican accent?" Gio: "All trophies do."
animatedpunk animatedpunk 9 years
oh, and I also loved the entrance of Mark and Wilhelmina!!! I cracked up the entire time. I love how their outfits matched =D And i'm so happy that Mark and Amanda are back together!!!!!!!
animatedpunk animatedpunk 9 years
I looove Gio and Betty. He's going to bring out a better side of her!!! And I love how he looks at her... <3 and i looooved the entrance of Wilhelmina and Mark!!!!!!! I was cracking up the whole time. I love how they matched and everything. And I'm so happy that Mark and Amanda are back together =) Great episode all around!!!
MissE-816 MissE-816 9 years
Didn't anyone else find it funny when Justin went up to coach Diaz and asked if he liked Hilda? Coach Diaz: What is this? Junior High? Justin: Actually, yes. Maybe it was just me, but I lol.
graylen graylen 9 years
I LOVE GIO! He is so sweet (and hot with that short hair!), and I love how he gets Betty in a different way. He seriously melted my heart with that "the guy" line. *melt*
mikedamic mikedamic 9 years
I'm loving the Gio factor. He's much better for Betty, and more fun to watch than Henry (excepting L'Amanda scenes). Can't wait for the next episode, although I'm dismayed it's the last of the season. Even though it won't happen right away, I keep thinking there is so much potential for entertaining animosity between Lohan's character and Amanda. And I think there's a need to resolve some of the crazy plot lines that are currently running (ie, Christina's situation).
polly17 polly17 9 years
i love last night episode..i cant believe next week is the finale! couple months without my weekly dose of ugly betty what would i do?!! i have always love gio and betty!!! can't wait for next week!! i hope eddie cibrian stays..he's hott!!!!
fattiecat07 fattiecat07 9 years
I love Gio and Betty :B
SugarKim4203 SugarKim4203 9 years
I'm surprised nobody has mentioned how Gio smells like salami and that's why Marc and Amanda think he's perfect for her. Oh and in real like Henry had a way hot body! Who here doesn't remember when he was getting fitted in his undies!
nakitabanana27 nakitabanana27 9 years
Ok, stance has been in general support of Henry and Betty...HOWEVER..after seeing this episode I am now liking the whole Gio and Betty was so endearing to see how much he cares for her and she does have a good time with him... Can't believe I'm saying this but....YAY Betty/Gio! hehehe
elle619 elle619 9 years
I am so glad to have the comic duo of Amanda and Marc back :) I hope that Hilda can find love with the coach because really I was super heartbroken for her when the season started. I was so into the Betty and Henry storyline, I never thought I would be sick of them. And then they had to bring the adorable Freddy Rodriguez on and I melted and couldn't wait for Henry to be out so Gio could be in. I totally teared up at that line and screamed at the t.v. that I wanna find that guy :)
smileyface smileyface 9 years
Daniel has ALWAYS been whiny. But I do feel for him now...I mean Willie is basically trying to steal his job. The whole Larry King thing was hilarious and after when Willie was like good job getting a cell phone from Vermont and Marc was like you told me to. I love having them back cause they just have the best scenes. I am moving on to Team Gio more and more also, tho I still really feel for Betty loosing Henry. And I too almost cried when he told her he wanted to be the guy. I felt sorry for Amanda cause she still doesn't know who her dad is, and the reality show into was HILARIOUS. I pressed me TV info button yesterday morning to see what the episode would be about and it said the whole reality show thing, and I couldn't wait all day for it to come on! I love Hilda since the show has been back on. She also has some of the best lines. Can't wait for the finale!
tulipsaki tulipsaki 9 years
Correction: with Gio she is sweet and natural.
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