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"Ugly Betty" Recap: Episode 23, "East Side Story"

"Ugly Betty" Recap: Episode 23, "East Side Story"

If you're looking for big laughs in the Season Finale of "Ugly Betty" you'll have to look somewhere else. This episode was a downer. Love is lost, hearts are broken, one or more characters may be dead! I was hoping the show would end on a wild and wacky note but no such luck. Guess all of that bad blood floating around Mode has to manifest itself somewhere!

To get the lowdown — caution, spoilers ahead —

Betty finally confesses to Henry that she's in love with him, and he reveals he feels the same way and has even broken up with Charlie so that they can be together. They decide to go on a date, but then Charlie reveals to Betty that she's pregnant with Henry's baby! Henry decides to do the right thing and go back to raise his baby. Betty is crushed, of course, and they share a sad goodbye kiss before he goes. After that, she goes to the dentist, where she learns Charlie has been having an affair with Dr. Farkas! They met when Betty took him to Charlie's party. Betty realizes Charlie's baby could be the doctor's, and she decides to try to stop Henry and Charlie at the airport.

Bradford proposes to Wilhelmina and she of course says yes. She then is forced to whore Marc out to Fabia in exchange for having her wedding at St. Patrick's Cathedral in June. Fabia treats Marc badly, naturally. Marc: "She makes me smoke. And she makes me eat pasta!" There's a funny montage of shots of Marc and Wilhelmina set to Barbara Streisand's "The Way We Were." In a rare moment of kindness, Wilhelmina decides to have her wedding in November instead. Marc is touched because Willi does care about him after all! Say it with me now ... ahhhhhhh!

Daniel comes into work with a black eye and tells everyone he got it from saving a girl scout in Central Park. Finally he admits to Betty that his drug dealer beat him up. Of course, she's very disappointed in him. Soon after, Bradford tells Daniel that he's marrying Wilhelmina, which sends Daniel into even more of a downward spiral ("They’re probably going to have some devil child together!"). He ends up overdosing on his pills, and Alexis — of all people — softens up and drives him to the hospital. Unfortunately she takes Bradford's car, and its brake lines have been cut by (we assume) the guy she paid to kill her father. Hey, didn't Fey die because her car's brakes were cut, too? Alexis can't stop the car on a winding road and crashes badly, and we leave them both bleeding and unconscious in a ditch.

Amanda accidentally reveals the secret love dungeon to Christina, and they both get locked inside. To pass the time, they get drunk on Fey's stash of wine and tell secrets. Christina says she left her husband back in Scotland and he has no idea where she is. Amanda says Fey was a friend of her father's and got her the job at Mode. They then find a safe with a birth certificate inside that says Fey is Amanda's mother.

Hilda and Santos are busy planning their wedding, and Justin is excited because he gets to play Tony in his school's production of "West Side Story." On the way to the play, however, Santos stops at a liquor store to pick up a present for Justin. He interrupts a robbery and is shot. Betty gets the call about Santos and abandons Henry to go tell poor Hilda her fiance is dead (we assume), leaving Henry and Charlie to fly away together. The whole thing is set to Justin singing in "West Side Story," and it's very moving but not very "Ugly Betty"-ish.

Oh yeah, and Claire escapes from prison. Just, you know, by the way.

Not a very fun way to end the first season, but I'm still dying to see what happens nonetheless.

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MissBonnie21 MissBonnie21 10 years
absolute best show! I got it on itunes so that I could watch every episode with out commercials. This episode was very sad but it makes me very excited for the new season coming up soon.
popularsugar popularsugar 10 years
The season finale was indeed a sad episode, yet left a lot of cliffhangers, which makes me look forward to the coming season. I love this show!
Aminah-Akalea Aminah-Akalea 10 years
Cool i like spoilers :D, i'm still in season 1....or 2 i think :( (after Selma's character fooled Daniel about the marriage thing).
reeveske reeveske 10 years
oh thats interesting uacosj, maybe Amanda is their Bradford and Fey's secret "love" child. I thought it was good finale, but as an audience member I felt for hilda when she got the news. I mean, can't anyone just be happy in that family? It seems like they are always having hard times...
Princess101 Princess101 10 years
i love that ugly betty show... that episode was too sad...
uacosj uacosj 10 years
OMG. that was sooo sad! You think Bradford is Amandas father? Im glad there is a chance for Betty and Henry. I was soo sad when i thought he wasnt going to come back. Poor Santos. It cant be!
LaLaLaurie06 LaLaLaurie06 10 years
this was a great season finale! I can't wait for the new season to see what happens!
crispet1 crispet1 10 years
It was sad, yes, but I cant wait for next season.
princess-bttrcup princess-bttrcup 10 years
loved it too! :) this show has quickly become my favorite on tv!! can't wait til it comes back on...
Mary-Mary Mary-Mary 10 years
I loved it! I saw it as very good theater and applauded at the end because the acting was wonderful. I'm hoping Santos was wounded, not killed - but the parallel to West Side Story/Tony's death leads one to believe he is dead. I thought it was clever and moving and some of the best television I've seen in a loooong time. But, that's just one woman's humble opinion :-)
rubiesymusica rubiesymusica 10 years
so then who is amanda's dad? very sad ending, but i think cliffhangers can't be happy or you won't be missing the show for 3ish months.
lillie lillie 10 years
*sigh* What a sad finale, I'm betting my bottom dollar that no eye was dry at my home. Anyways... I am always in love with your Ugly Betty recaps - keep em' up for next season. Although this finale ended with some sad notes, it has some heavy cliffhangers for the next season to show. :) can't wait.
juiceejuice juiceejuice 10 years
well it was kinda known that someone from betty's family was gonna i guess it was santos. although at first i thought it was gonna be her dad. it was a pretty good finale. not the best, but good enough.
brokenbracelet brokenbracelet 10 years
I LOVE this show, and am so glad I started watching from day one. Every character just sucks you in. Can't wait till next season!
pinupsweetheart pinupsweetheart 10 years
I think that is why they call them clif-hangers. It keeps us wanting to know all summer long!
SassAndBide SassAndBide 10 years
i love the show marcs my favorite I didnt see the whole finale but i saw the last scene when hilda was crying, so sad.
sethtexas sethtexas 10 years
I'm hooked!!
Linda-McP Linda-McP 10 years
The finale was satisfying--tragic, true--but it does keep me wanting more. Unlike Grey's this season, UB has been well scripted and acted. I really love this show!
LaLa0428 LaLa0428 10 years
I'm kind of torn about Santos death, like it was tragic not corney like the death of the Faye character. I'm not sure if it was out of place or not. I expect over the top cornball, Dallas death, not reality-like death from Betty.
tlsgirl tlsgirl 10 years
JLew I totally agree! That's like, exactly what I was thinking when the end of the show rolled around...this is supposed to be my anti-Grey's. That said, though, I still love Ugly Betty and can't wait to see what they start off with next season! I'm sure it'll be something totally crazy as usual.
sexyeyes sexyeyes 10 years
:drool: the guy who played Santos is soooooo HOT HOT HOT! I almost :cry: at the end when Betty told her sister about him been (assumed) dead and all!
curlyqmich curlyqmich 10 years
Although I also cried during that last scene with Betty and Hilda, I did like the finale. It definitely leaves you wanting more!
blondebombshell blondebombshell 10 years
I LOVED the finale! (Unlike the Grey's which was a total letdown). It had some twists that nobody would have predicted and I love how the show is a balance between drama and comedy. Can't wait for next season!
JLew1982 JLew1982 10 years
I hope he's not dead. I thought the end was a bit too tragic for Ugly Betty. I expect it on Grey's, but not Betty...
SaraSmile SaraSmile 10 years
Plus the actor playing Santos was super hot. Darn. It is a good thing I like the show anyway...
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