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Ugly Betty Recap: Episode 18, "Jump"

Ugly Betty Rundown: Episode 18, "Jump"

The title of the Ugly Betty finale is also the title of one of my favorite Madonna songs (not on her new album, FYI), and it was used to close the episode. It's a fitting tune for this episode, since a lot of the characters were forced to take a proverbial leap of some sort last night — especially Betty.

If the Gossip Girl finale revealed too much, Ugly Betty left us with a considerable cliffhanger which actually surprised me! Overall I thought the show was really cute, as usual, and I'm sad to see it go. To check out the rest of my thoughts on last night,


  • Aw, poor 1999 Betty! I don't fully understand what that opening sequence was supposed to mean other than to show us that Betty hates sports (and, I mean, duh) and that she wasn't popular (again, duh) but it was totally heartbreaking and her teeth were really big. Also, Lindsay Lohan plays a mean girl who tormented Betty in 1999. Kinda fun but mostly "meh" as far guest appearances go.
  • Now Naomi Campbell knows how to make a guest appearance (second only to Christian Siriano)! She showed up to the annual Mode vs Elle charity softball match in the most ridiculous sporty outfit ever. But would you expect anything less from the supermodel? And there was even a cute nod to her tendency to pummel others with her cell phones. The woman has a sense of humor!
  • Back to Madonna for a second: There were a lot of tracks from her new album throughout the show. In fact, I think they were the only songs powering the episode. And we saw a picture of a baby Betty dressed up as Madonna for Halloween (thanks to Hilda).

  • I loved the scene with Gio teaching Betty to play softball. Is it just me, or does he look cuter and cuter with every episode?
  • When a little French boy shows up alone to the office, this is Amanda's response: "Do you mind if I dress you up as a doll and put makeup on you?"
  • And. . . he's Daniel's son. I feel like I should have been more surprised than I was. Then again, even Betty wasn't fazed, saying to Daniel of the Meade men, "Sorry, but you guys are just really fertile."
  • We learned too that the kid is actually not part of some sinister Wilhelmina plot, and was instead, as she put it, a gift from God. To which Marc responded, "Go God! And viva la France!"
  • Speaking of cheery statements from Marc: How long do you think the writers have been waiting to get Marc and Amanda to perform a cheer together? It was a thing of beauty.
  • So, I'm probably going to sound callous here but a lifetime with Henry in Tucson versus a romantic trip to Rome with Gio (paid for by Daniel!)? Um, seems like an easy choice to me, but I get why Betty feels torn. I guess.
  • Who do you think she's going to choose: Gio or Henry? I have a funny feeling she might choose herself and go somewhere alone (hence Madonna's lyrics when they zoomed out, "I can make it alone"). Are you sad for Daniel getting squeezed out like that? Did you find his son cute or kind of creepy? Were you sad that Hilda's new man is married (kinda?), and do you think he's sincere or going to turn out to be a sleaze? Discuss!

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kkkcokegirl kkkcokegirl 8 years
betty always some problem , and me either... Dejavu
Beatrice1979a Beatrice1979a 9 years
Hopefully Betty will pick Gio. I want to see more Freddy Rodriguez in the show. Even if she doesn't pick him as her lover right now. Just give him time... Whoever created that character is a genius. I love bickering couples, I love caring friends. Not many characters can put Betty in the edge and bring the best (and the worst :) out of her. I just love that character... :) Ah! next season premiere is still so far away... aaah!!
rabidmoon rabidmoon 9 years
One final note: Amanda rocks. Funniest thing I have seen on TV in ages and her comic timing is superb. Marc is funny too, but Amanda always makes me howl. I still giggle at the scene at the Willy/Bradford wedding when she tries to get up and entertain them.
rabidmoon rabidmoon 9 years
I loved the suggestion that the baby Christine is carrying turns out to actually BE Christine and her husband's. (TO clarify, this has nowt to do with the French kid that showed up.) It also gets Willy out of the picture once and for all. Problem is, I kind of think the show would lose some fizz without she has to stay, somehow. I think I had read somewhere that Rebecca Romijn was not happy with the direction of the show..and in a way I understand. For me, anyway, Willy got "Pigeonholed" into an even more one-dimensional, driven character, and some of the humour was lost when you take her out of the magazine setting. As far as Henry goes, he was cute in his way, and a bit näive in trying to stay with Betty when a baby was coming. I saw his desire to continue it all less selfish and more just not understanding what was about to hit them in the face. As for Gio, give it time, I think Betty has never had a CHANCE to like him yet, because Henry was there. But the character he plays is just wonderful, I do not see how she will be able to resist forever. :D As for Daniel, I just want him to be happy, grrr. He's also such a good character, flawed and yet very human. Oh and I have to say this..Judith Light, if you ever read the internet posts about you, you..kick..butt. You are such an amazing actress. I am SO GLAD you are in this show!
koolbr33z3 koolbr33z3 9 years
It's Gio for the win! I really liked this episode. Too bad I'll have to wait a few months until the next season starts. I felt really bad for Daniel. Wilhemina is a she-devil for sure!
gossipqueen gossipqueen 9 years
I don't think Betty is going anywhere...but she got her own place...she'll be living alone next season. In the won't be Gio or'll be the end...
LaLa0428 LaLa0428 9 years
Pick Gio, pick Italy. I'm over Henry, he has away of showing up and ruining her good time, never fells with him. I like the way her and Gio interact he makes her carefree and fun. And I completely agree Naomi was a great cameo, but Linds could have sat this one out, anyone could have done that bit part. Daniels son was cute, but not feeling Daddy Daniel at either.
harrison980 harrison980 9 years
good show!! interesting "cliff hangar" Daniels son is a doll and we really hope he will be with the show full time-Bettys next move is cleverly left completely up in the air--Well done!!
cherub1175 cherub1175 9 years
I think Betty is going to go it alone without either guy! That would be being the biggest leap for her. I hope that they come up with a great/heroic story line for Daniel.....I am SO tired of seeing him to the loser! As for Hilda and her Coach...UGH I am so mad that she went back to him. I think he is going to end up being a sleaze :( I was not very happy with this episode. They didn't have to tell all but it was not even an exciting cliffhanger. LOVED Naomi Campbell though! She was awesome!
kristina920 kristina920 9 years
Oh my, talk about a cliffhanger! Yes, I do agree. I think perhaps Betty will go to Rome by herself, you know, think things through. And yes, I also agree that Gio is getting cuter and cuter. Perhaps it's his new hair? Hehe. Can't wait for next season!
bleusucre bleusucre 9 years
I thought it was so cute when the little French boy turned up as Daniel's son. I think that it's sad that Daniel had to go, but kind've inevitable, anyway, he's probably better on his own than with plotting family members, on his own he will never have to worry about other people freaking him out so much he can't work, ect,ect. As for Betty, I think it's blatantly obvious she should go to Rome, but I agree that it seems she isn't really picking either scenario. I don't think she will go with Henry, I think that was just a last little spurt of drama to make the finale interesting. I hadn't thought about Daniel and Betty making their own magazine, but after thinking about it, it makes perfect sense.
amloveaffair amloveaffair 9 years
Am I the only one who didn't really like this episode? It had its good moments but it was just, off. I'm really starting to find Daniel annoying. It seems like he never learns. I actually really love Willie and I'm rooting for her. [I always think of Daniel saying "Millaweina" when someone says her name] I too think Betty left on her on but I'm pretty sure she ends up with Gio; Christopher Gorham said [along with Rebbecca Romijn] he wouldn't be a regular next season. It made me mad when he came back because they'd spent the last episode having Betty get over him and it made me love Gio so much [and I also hated him to begin with]. Henry just gave in to Charlie all the time even though he said he knew she was doing it on purpose. Marc and Amanda are amazing as usual! Viva La France! Bon! I like the french kid but he looks so femme!
Belle17 Belle17 9 years
wow that post was ridiculously long
Belle17 Belle17 9 years
I didn't like the ending, I knew they were going to leave us hanging but I wish they wouldn't have. I also think she is going to choose Gio or go by herself cause of the wedding ring, I can't see her moving away to Tucson, & they have been building up the likeability of Gio for quite a few episodes...of course they also did that before they killed off Santos-which I am still not over-so you never know. I was finally on board with Gio & Betty after "the guy" speech, but I was rewatching seasons 1 & 2(early episodes) and it brought back all of the things I didn't like about Gio. The sundried tomatoes on her sandwich, taunting her about being a Mode girl, keeping the Wicked ticket, "quacking" when she made excuses about her career, etc. A lot of the things that may have been intended to be endearing I found extremely irritating, lol. I don't like Tony or that Hilda went back to him. Is she just going to date him even though he's married? I mean he said he was falling for her but it was right after he said he was working things out with his wife. I think she should step back unless he wants to make a real commitment to her and only her. Now for the good things about the episode! -I'm a huge baseball fan and I love when players wear their socks over their pants, so I loved Henry and Gio in their uniforms -Wilhelmina restating her alleged "plan" w/the french boy to Daniel. "I researched every woman you slept with..." I died when she said "..waited for the woman to die..." I could not stop laughing! I had to rewind it like twice. -Amanda saying "But thank you so much for trying out!" to Betty about cheerleading -Naomi Campbell putting on that show before her at bat -Daniel imitating Wilhelmina's voice "Daniel doesn't know how to do his job" and it looked like she was saying that -Willie and Marc speaking French to the boy and Marc's beret And I think there may be something to the suggestion that it could be Alexis' kid. She said she remembered Daniel all over the mom so she/he was obviously there, and we know they are/were constantly competing with eachother. I think its possible the DNA results show relation but not paternity and he finds out Alex/Alexis is the dad.
verily verily 9 years
I figured that Betty chose to go off to Rome alone. If she does pick someone, I hope it's Gio. Henry passed up a good thing over and over in favor of sticking around for his nasty ex who has a baby that may or may not be his. He's so wishy washy that who could ever trust him to be fully devoted to her. And a marriage proposal out of the blue after kinda sort not dating for a few months? Run away Betty!
DreaAST DreaAST 9 years
Henry needs to go. I can't stand him!
hadassah hadassah 9 years
what? I don't get the theory about how the baby would be christina's... how did he get to france? and there was no subtle hinting ever that christina ever had a baby.. if they threw that in there it would be so far out of left field, it wouldn't make any sense. I can see the paternity test coming back negative though... I bet that hand model was a total slut back in the day and slept with tons of people... maybe Alex pre Alexis? Speaking of Christina... where was she?
girlA girlA 9 years
I think kimdangirl is on to something here...the baby could definitely be Christine's--that would be a GREAT twist! It was interesting how much they pimped Madonna in this ep, but her song,"Jump" went right along with what Betty's dad was saying about "jumping off the diving board..." and taking that leap.
piksie007 piksie007 9 years
i deff. thought the exact same thing...i bet she's gonna do something on her own. pity, cuz i wanted her to go with gio to rome. total no-brainer! =(
divinedebris divinedebris 9 years
Team Gio! I like him more and more as he appears and he's good for Betty. I loved the cheer between Marc and Amanda, there should be more Marc and Amanda. Seriously, why isn't there more of them? They're hilarious, I wish I knew people like them. Over all, a good episode, I can't wait for next season. I will definitely tune in to see who she picks.
brittanyk brittanyk 9 years
I'm so excited for the new season! I really hope that Betty ended up going with Gio, who I HATED at the beginning of this season. I have a feeling that she went somewhere by herself though. As for Hilda's man, I think he's going to end up having some shady past and just not be a good guy for her. Mrs. Meade was really upset with Alexis, so I can see her trying to help Daniel start up a new magazine with Betty's help. They definitely did a great job of setting up tons of story line for next season, I'll be looking forward to its return :)
CoronaLove CoronaLove 9 years
ehadams ehadams 9 years
I think she will go somewhere alone, which is good. She needs some time to get over Henry and get some perspective before she can start a real relationship with Gio. As for Hilda's new love, I think he is hot but will be a total sleazeball in the end. Poor thing, I really want Hilda to be happy but I don't see it with this guy. Oh well at least he is nice to look at with a shirt of. ;)
MindayH MindayH 9 years
I think that Betty will definitely stay in NY, whcih means either alone or with Gio. Daniel needs her - and she is loyal to him, we have learned that many times. I absolutley adore Marc and Amanda - can't say it enough - the cheer, Marc in a polo with a scarf, CLASSIC!
SugarKim4203 SugarKim4203 9 years
I'm all over Team Gio which is weird since I DID NOT like him at the start of this season. He was so cocky, but now it's sweet. I have no idea who Betty will chose, but I have a theory that the Mode baby won't actually be a Meed. I think that it'll be Christine's (that's her name right...the Scottish lady). I think that her and the hubby were getting busy so often in the secret room that there wasn't much time to think of protection. Plus wouldn't that be an awesome twist to the story?!
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