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"Ugly Betty" Recap: Episode 21, "Secretaries Day"

"Ugly Betty" Recap: Episode 21, "Secretaries Day"

In this week's episode of "Ugly Betty," the relationships between Alexis and Bradford and Wilhelmina and Claire turn even uglier. Meanwhile, Betty gets to play not-so-pretty princess with Henry, who doesn't exactly turn out to be her knight in shining armor. Daniel seems to have a real problem on his hands as well, which Betty tries to help him with as much as she can — but how much can you really do about your boss' sex addiction? Still, he seems to be pretty appreciative of his administrative professional.

To get the lowdown — caution, spoilers ahead —

Betty and Hilda are trying to get Ignacio a flight back to Mexico to wait for his visa so he doesn't get deported, but they don't have the money for a plane ticket. Meanwhile, it's Secretaries Day — sorry! sorry! — Administrative Professionals Day, as Betty keeps telling everyone. She hopes that maybe Daniel will give her a bonus so that she can help her dad.

Daniel, however, only gives her a cheap plastic trophy. She lets it go because she's still worried that he's spending too much time with the ladies. She's so convinced he's a sex addict that she even enlists the help of a psychologist named Tyler to help him. Daniel finally admits he needs help and Tyler gives him a bottle of pills.

The secretaries — correction — administrative professionals at Mode head over to Middle Ages, a theme restaurant, to make fun of the common people working there. Betty and Henry have some fun together by role-playing princess and knight. Betty attempts to make some quick money by riding a mechanical horse, but fails. Henry tries to defend Betty's honor when Nick makes fun of her, but Nick beats him down (literally). Before he passes out, he tells Betty he loves her. Charlie shows up and tells Betty to stay away from Henry. Betty then defends her own honor by knocking Nick on his ass with a jousting pole.

Hilda is annoyed with Valerie, the woman who runs her beauty school, who tells her she will fail if she doesn't get her act together. Hilda decides she's going to quit instead, but Ignacio says he won't leave for Mexico until he knows that Hilda can take care of the family. Hilda steps up to the plate and blows everyone away by passing the next exam with flying colors.

Wilhelmina keeps trying to get Bradford to leave Claire, but he isn't having it. She then visits Claire in jail to try and convince her to leave Bradford instead. But Claire realizes the two are sleeping together and attacks Wil across the table. That gives Wil an idea: She tries to get Marc to hit her so she can tell Bradford that Claire attacked her. Marc can't do it — they just end up getting in a very funny slap fight — but it ends with Wil accidentally falling down the stairs. Wil tells Bradford that Claire had thugs attack her. "They even tore my Chanel." He is deeply disturbed and agrees to a divorce.

Rodrigo continues to try to get Alexis to go to Brazil with him. She refuses at first (Rodrigo: "Why wouldn’t you want to go to Brazil with me?" Alexis: "For one, I've got sideburns and a mustache in my passport photo."), but after talking to Claire she decides she's ready to make a move. Then, however, she learns that Rodgrigo in cahoots with her father. She confronts Rodrigo and leaves in tears. Later she calls someone named Mr. Wolf and says "I heard you might be able to help me with a problem. I need it eliminated." She tears a picture of herself (pre-op) and Bradford in half.

Daniel learns that Betty needs money for her dad and gives her first-class plane tickets to Mexico for the whole family as a thank you for being such a great administrative professional. He then sees a hot model, but instead of going after her takes one of the pills Tyler gave him and frantically works the rest of the night away. Oh, it doesn't look good.

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halakahiki82 halakahiki82 10 years
i keep wavering back & forth on whether or not i'm a fan of henry. because...he is adorkable, but man make up your mind! and now i just feel sorry for betty and (to some extent) his gf, too.
crispet1 crispet1 10 years
I liked this eppy!
tomtom7 tomtom7 10 years
great, funny show. loved seeing betty ride the electric bull. and mark having to hit wilhelmina was the best. a classic! for me, vanessa williams is the life of the show. long live wilhelmina slater, who deserves being the editor in chief, because daniel is - after all - just in incompetent jerk ;-)
SaraSmile SaraSmile 10 years
sanD13 - I would think the condom would still protect against STIs (see, fitsugar, I am learning!). Alexis as a character is so irritating to me. She isnt very sympathetic, and I think with a transgender character - evil or not - that is so important.
thehabra thehabra 10 years
Yeah, please don't make alex an addict, that would be horrible.Anyway, I loved this episode, especially when marc was hitting wilhelmina, and the mechanic bull storyline.
sanD13 sanD13 10 years
Oh yeah and not to mention the fact that someone who doesn't have a uterus (Alexis) wouldn't exactly need a condom.
sanD13 sanD13 10 years
Did anyone else think it was a bit rushed in the previous episode when Brazilian guy asks Alexis to move to Brazil w/him after the first (not even!) date? Plus, her crying looked so fake when she found out that Brazilian guy is working with Bradford.
Linda-McP Linda-McP 10 years
Great recap, Buzz. Can't help feeling sorry for Alexis, though she appears to be on her way to getting revenge. I just read an interview with "Daniel" in which he said he hopes that he and Betty don't end up in a romantic relationship like they did in the other shows; he likes the tension and anticipation that exists now between them and worries that if they do end up in a relationship, the magic between them will be lost and viewers will be disappointed.
princess-bttrcup princess-bttrcup 10 years
I loooove this show... in response to the rumor about someone getting killed, I totally think it's Bradford. They really set that up tonight. I thought Rebecca Romijn was only temporary on this show, anyone know if she's supposed to stay?
mallomar mallomar 10 years
I love Henry! Hetty forever- seriously when are those two gonna get together?!
Classy-Amelia Classy-Amelia 10 years
This was a cute episode. Henry fighting for Betty. Very adorable. Also, it was funny when Marc was hitting Wilhelmina. I am hoping that Daniel do not start having a drug addiction. That would be horrible.
JLew1982 JLew1982 10 years
What kind of pills is he talking? That part bugged me...
reeveske reeveske 10 years
okay i heard on E! News that an "important member of the family" is getting killed off in the season finale. Ive been trying to figure it out ever since, esp since that reference is so vague. They didn't mention WHICH family, so it's either Betty's (I hope NOT!) or the Meade's. And based on this episode, it might be Bradford. Oh I don't know! I don't want anyone killed off. Has anyone else heard about this??
haze1nut haze1nut 10 years
when is betty and daniel going to get together like in the other ugly betty soaps all around the world?! like, isn't she supposed to be infatuated or in awe of him when she sees him? i feel like there's a lack of much needed chemistry between them, i can't really see them together
wiggy wiggy 10 years
next week's ep looks funny with betty in mexico.
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