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Ugly Betty Recap: Episode 2, "Filing for the Enemy"

Ugly Betty Rundown: Episode Two, "Filing for the Enemy"

Last night's Ugly Betty asked a very important question: Just how much of yourself are you willing to compromise in order to get ahead at work? We all know that Betty is extremely ambitious, but she's also incredibly loyal and a totally nice person who eschews all things mean and evil. So it was fun to see her wade into the dark side of Mode office politics for the sake of her career, as uncomfortable as it may be. We even got a flash-forward of Betty as an evil Wilhelmina-type boss!

Meanwhile, Daniel gets some bad news related to his new son, and Hilda finally starts to see the downside of dating a married man (besides the obvious) after getting a good and solid judgmental stare-down from Betty. Also, there was sad news for Christina and a scary shocker at the end of the hour! Ready to chat about it? Just


  • The opening scene was so great. I love shows that take the first few minutes of an episode seriously enough to do something unexpected and hilarious to draw us in, and Ugly Betty rarely fails on that front. Lady lawyers stripping down to their underwear on the court steps for a photo shoot? Hilarious! Of course, that wasn't what Betty meant by a spread that shows women in a more professional light.
  • I think this was the first episode I started to feel invested in Daniel and his kid. They're cute together. I love Daniel dropping him off at school, leaving him with paternal advice gems like, "play the field."
  • Too bad Daniel's now in for a custody battle with the French grandparents. I wonder if we'll get some great guest stars to play them.
  • So Wilhelmina lures Betty to the dark side in a hilarious lunch. I died when they sit down together and Wilhelmina beams, "Isn't this fun . . . girlfriend?!"
  • Marc, of course, is thrilled to be the boss of Betty. On her first day back at Mode, he mocks Betty when she hugs Christina, whispering to Wilhelmina, "Christina must have a doughnut in her pocket." Why is his meanness so hilarious?
  • Before I forget — that scene with Hilda and Tony where he tells her "You're not the other woman, you're the only woman" was sad because, first of all, yeah right, and second, her top was more on the bra side of things than the shirt side of things.
  • Betty rises quickly in Wilhemina's eyes, even completing a Devil Wears Prada-esque task (remember when Meryl Streep's character orders Anne Hathaway's character to get the unpublished manuscript of a Harry Potter book?) by getting a fancy tiara to Mode.
  • Betty sounds so geeky when Wilhemina tells her she is "the one" — "Like Lord of the Rings?"
  • Ew, Marc hates being demoted because he no longer gets to inject botox into Wilhemina's face ("my favorite part is injecting poison into my bosses head"). Also, the demotion is totally worth it to hear Amanda's comforting song.
  • When Tony shows up at Mode looking for Betty, Marc and Amanda both lie and say, "I'm Betty Suarez!" because he's, you know, super hot.
  • Betty's future fantasy where she's the boss will probably go down as one of the best Ugly Betty moments of all time. Especially because she kicks a puppy!
  • Christina's man is on drugs, which is sad and stuff, but it gave her one of the best zingers of the night: "It's like Rush Limbaugh fornicated with Amy Winehouse and they spawned you!"
  • The "anatomically correct" ice sculpture was brilliant and I did not expect Claire to push it over like that!

Well, the Meades are back on top, and Marc and Betty have resumed their positions as rivals on opposite teams within Mode, just as nature intended it. Hurray! Hilda was, not surprisingly, stood up by her married man and I'm afraid she's in for a crash landing in the love department. Can we get the woman a decent dude please? This is too sad. And is it totally obvious who pushed Christina down the stairs, or is nothing ever as predictable as it seems on this show?

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Mädchen Mädchen 8 years
This episode has made me wonder (and not for the first time) whether they'll do what the original Colombian series did (and I think what all the other international versions did as well) and have Betty end up with Daniel. I don't know, I just got a bit of a vibe there.
yolanda6 yolanda6 8 years
I agree with you fleurfairy. I have always wanted Daniel and Hilda to hookup. In season 1 they played around with the idea when Hilda got the gig at Mode, but nothing ever came of it. It makes sense! Justin thinks a lot of Daniel and he and Daniel Jr. could balance one another out. The only person that would have an issue with it is Betty. Vanessa Williams is a great actress. She plays Wilhemina so well and I love that the producers hired her for this role.
NatashaAlexis NatashaAlexis 8 years
So many good lines last night, I loved them all! Justin helping his mother dress Amanda's comforting song Betty kicking a puppy Christina's line "It's like Rush Limbaugh fornicated with Amy Winehouse and they spawned you" Great loved it, but I'm not so sure about next week...
amloveaffair amloveaffair 8 years
I love this show so much =] So glad Daniel is back at Mode! Although he was sexy with a beard!
telewyo telewyo 8 years
I loved it when Wilhemina complimented Betty's blouse and Betty didn't believe her so Wilhemina admitted she hated it and said, "It's hideous, Like driving through Ohio."
tlsgirl tlsgirl 8 years
"Leopard and zebra? They fight each other in the wild! You'll never survive the evening."
Entertainment Entertainment 8 years
tlsgirl - So cute that Justin! I also loved when he helped his mom with her wardrobe. She had too many animal prints going on remember?
tlsgirl tlsgirl 8 years
I loved last night's episode! So many great lines, so much Marc and Amanda, the return to Mode. The premiere was sort of boring, so I was glad they stepped it up this week. The Amy Winehouse/Rush Limbaugh line was hilarious, and kind of gross if you think about it, which I tried not to. Also, did anyone find Justin totally adorable when he mixed up his golf and baseball analogies and blamed it on Player magazine? Such a fabulous kid.
fleurfairy fleurfairy 8 years
*killed off
fleurfairy fleurfairy 8 years
I am obsessed with the Marc & Amanda moments. I can't get enough. The flash-forward of Betty as Willie was hilarious and spot-on. I think Hilda and Daniel should get together for real! They are both lonely, they both have pre-teen sons, they both are cute and nice... it's perfect. I really wish they hadn't think off Santos (Hilda's husband). He was so cute. Anyway, Vanessa Williams is hilarious. I love her in this role.
Baluk Baluk 8 years
I loved last nights episode! Thought it was much better than the first one! The line that made me lol was after Betty said 'She smiled at me' after Willhemina's meeting with the cosmetic maker and Marks response was 'That wasn't a smile, she was showing her teeth!'
verily verily 8 years
I think there are lots of obvious choices for the "Who pushed Christina" storyline. Claire and Wilhemina being the prime suspects...but it will probably turn out to be her ex-husband.
verily verily 8 years
It is something to consider. If I were to move up into management, I would go from having a boss like Daniel to someone more like Wilhemina (without the cartoony plots). Could I learn to be a suck-up? Could I put up with his tantrums? I don't know to be honest...
hil34 hil34 8 years
Well, there are two suspects to who pushed Christina. It's either Claire, because she wanted the baby to be harmed. Or it's Christina's husband because he was well, angry. By the way, we need more dialogue for Justin! Whenever I'm in a bad mood I like to watch his little Hairspray performance he did on the subway on youtube :)
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