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Ugly Betty Recap: Episode Eight, "Tornado Girl"

Ugly Betty Rundown: Episode Eight, "Tornado Girl"

On this week's Ugly Betty, the senior management at Mode is whisked away into the country for a team-building retreat led by Daniel and Connor. This is a brilliant move, as it makes possible all kinds of good stuff, including a plethora of hunting and forest jokes and some amazing costumes that are supposed to denote a casual time in the woods (see Claire's get-up below).

And while the adults are away, the young assistants at Mode do play. However, things go awry rather quickly. Before we know it, Marc, Betty, and Amanda are on a road trip to the country to help save their bosses, which is, as one would expect, pretty hilarious. To see the rest of my thoughts, just


  • Betty dressed up in Amanda's clothes from her "hefty years" is just more reason that these two as roommates is a great development (Amanda: "You look like a plus-size princess!").
  • Amanda has so many laugh-out-loud lines in this episode, it's hard to keep track. When Betty earnestly says the retreat sounds like fun, Amanda responds, "Fun like herpes."
  • Meanwhile, Wilhelmina is extremely frustrated that Connor is not on the market and tells Marc she's looking forward to her time in the country: "If I can’t be with the man I want, at least I can kill something."
  • And another hunting joke comes when Claire restricts all cell phones at the retreat. Wilhelmina whispers, "Just so you know, I'm going hunting later today — feel free to stand in the way."
  • So Hilda tries to get a permit for her salon per Ralph-Macchio-the-councilman's advice and is denied. She and Justin decide to start an "underground styling speakeasy."
  • The way it works is people have to leave the salon with a hat on. I love the phone conversation between Hilda and Betty about the hats. Hilda: "Where’d you put the hats during your ugly hat phase?" Betty: "I never had an ugly hat phase." Hilda: "Oh yeah . . . your hat. . . phase."
  • Daniel goes for a walk in the woods at the retreat (how funny was his inner monologue thinking about "bold ideas"?) and Molly, Connor's fiance, falls out of a tree. They spend just enough time together for Daniel to form a crush on her.
  • Willi and Connor, out hunting together, see Daniel helping someone they can't quite make out through the forest (Willi: "It's Daniel and some crippled wood nymph").
  • Claire tells Daniel he obviously has a crush on someone and then says, "Her name wouldn't be Betty, would it?" Huh?! Daniel just shrugs that off as if it's not a wildly misguided statement. That line threw me for a loop.
  • Amanda, Marc, and Betty in the car is so funny! And even funnier after they crash. Amanda's little dance in her stilettos to get some help cracked me up.
  • After Betty walks a long way to get help (and beef jerky for Amanda) she saves the day with an airplane fly-over message to Daniel about the tornado issue. Also, Amanda throws the jerky at Betty's head: "This is teriyaki, Betty!"
  • Daniel allows Betty to take the fall for the inappropriate tornado cover after he lets it run and Betty gets harassed ("Someone put my phone number on")
  • Finally, Marc's informant moment with Betty at the office is silly and fun: "Things are not what they seem. Not all birds fly south in winter."

So Betty is terribly disappointed in Daniel. Daniel is totally falling hard for Connor's woman. Willi thinks Molly is rather unextraordinary, and Cliff knows the truth about Marc's infidelity. Oh, and the councilman is clearly starting to have eyes for Hilda! What did you think of last night?

I really loved Wilhelmina's "hunting look," and CelebStyle has all the details here.

Photos copyright 2008 ABC, Inc.

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zcoral zcoral 8 years
Who is that in the picture on the right?
fashionsake87 fashionsake87 8 years
that road trip was sooo funny!! I love this show!
fakeplanettelex fakeplanettelex 8 years
ix-nay on betty and daniel. would love to see daniel and willi plot TOGETHER to separate connor and molly to end up with their crushes. maybe willi will lighten up a bit if she gets connor? i <3 amanda. i don't <3 marc (solely for cheating on cliff)... i really did love him and cliff together and hate to see that plot thin out so quickly. :(
californiagirlx7 californiagirlx7 8 years
I think Daniel and Betty would be a great couple, but I don't think they are going to go that way. I heard in an interview awhile ago that the actors (Eric Mabius and America Ferrera) do not want their characters to get together and they made that known when they signed on to the show. I can't find the source, but I think it was from Michael Ausiello or Watch with Kristin. Here's one source I found (hope it works...its about 2 minutes in): I think Hilda and Ralph Macchio's character would be great together. He seems like a nice guy! This episode was kinda boring, I have to say...I'm not really digging Connor's fiancee. I was never a big fan of Marc and Cliff to begin with, but its sad that Marc cheated on him.
fashion4ward fashion4ward 8 years
I love Ralph Macchio! He's half the reason I've started watching the show again. And Connor's fiance is really cute, I hope she's there for a while. I see a future love-square between Daniel, Willi, Connnor, and her.
YMO YMO 8 years
And Justin is growing up so fast! I still want more of him
YMO YMO 8 years
@cupcakers, I think Willi is just trying to get in the way of Connor and Molly for her own sake. I sort of like Betty and Daniel together (though as everyone's said, Molly would be good with him too), but that would feel like the end of the show, so hopefully they don't go down that road for a few seasons
cupcakers cupcakers 8 years
So did Willi notice that Daniel has a thing for Molly, so now she is going with trying to separate Connor from her? I have no idea what the writers are trying to hint at with Daniel and Betty, but please stop. It threw me off too Buzz. I can never see them as a couple, they have chemistry but not the romantic kind at all. I hope Cliff forgives Marc, they're so cute together. I love Amanda, her trying to hitchhike was my favorite part. Love Hilda and Justin scenes
tlsgirl tlsgirl 8 years
Did Marc's first outfit with that huge necklace remind anyone else of the gay fashion assistant version of Flava-Flav?
shafiii shafiii 8 years
Marc's hair was unacceptable. and Cliff's reaction! =[=[=[=[ i really hope they end up together because i absolutely loveeee Cliff with Marc!
animatedpunk animatedpunk 8 years
Well I think the reason that Claire ASKED if it was Betty was because of they sky writing ("Daniel - Call Betty"). But, the way that Daniel RESPONDED to the question!!! That excited me. :) He didn't act like it was the most bizarre question ever. Although i do like him with Molly. And I LOVE Amanda rooming with Betty.
notoriousmle notoriousmle 8 years
In the original version of Betty (the Colombian soap Betty la Fea), Betty ends up marrying Daniel, so I think they are just teasing us with that idea, although I don't think it would really work out with our tv format. In Latin America, novelas have defined ending dates so the stories have defenite arcs with a finite ending.
amloveaffair amloveaffair 8 years
omg I melted too when he mouthed 'I'm sorry' it was so sexy and sweet!
popculture-whore popculture-whore 8 years
how heartbreaking was cliff's reaction to marc's news? aahhh it was so sad! daniel & betty are so gonna be together, eventually, in the end. i know it. i mean, he was tearing up over the fact that he betrayed her and let her take the fall. when he mouthed "i'm sorry," it totally made my heart melt but i also think that he and molly are sweet together... i love that she's "wonderfully ordinary"
amloveaffair amloveaffair 8 years
Marc was looking really cute last night! He and Amanda crack me up! They have the best lines. Betty's 'hefty years' outfit was awful! She dresses so cute every now and then! Come on! The 'Would it happen to be Betty' line made me sqeel! It's gonna happen people. Trust me! I like he and Molly together though. I still feel like something is off with Connor. He's evil, I know it! I really liked this episode! Oh and poor Cliff! That made me sad =[
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