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Ugly Betty Recap: Episode Five, "Granny Pants"

Ugly Betty Rundown: Episode Five, "Granny Pants"

Well, it happened. The original mean girl in Betty's life, Kimmie Keegan (Lindsey Lohan), infiltrates Mode this week, throwing all kinds of office dynamics off-kilter on Ugly Betty.

The last time we saw Kimmie, she was slinging burgers and telling Betty about how awful her life is. When she shows up at Betty's office looking for a job and gets one, she soon discovers life in the fast lane is hard and she's pretty much a disaster. Betty has a choice to make: She can exact revenge on a girl that made her youth a living hell or rise above the past and help out a new friend in need. Which route does Betty choose? Well, she's a highly predictable goody-goody with a big heart, so . . . we can talk about it if you


  • The opening sequence is pretty amazing, especially when Wilhelmina shows up channeling Cruella de Vil wearing a dalmatian jacket with a bunch of puppies trailing her.
  • Daniel and Wilhelmina are off to a bumpy start as coeditors of Mode. Daniel: "Wilhelmina Slater does not support the troops!"
  • Amanda is hilarious as usual, and her Betty-taunting early in the episode made me laugh: "I’m bored. This is a perfectly hideous outfit you’re wearing, but I’ve already mocked it."
  • And then Kimmie arrives, telling Betty that her life "has been a downward slide into sucks since high school." Betty tries to get rid of her, but Daniel basically hires her on the spot.
  • Then we see the flashback. First of all, Betty's high-school teeth were really big. Secondly, everyone in junior high called her Pig Latin! That is brutal. And third of all, Kimmie rises to popularity in high school by pulling down Betty's skirt in front of the whole cafeteria. After that everyone called Betty "granny pants." So sad!
  • Kimmie really sucks at Betty's job. I loved when she talks to Willi for the first time and Marc is summoned to get in her face and make that hissing cat noise!
  • But when everyone is ready to fire Kimmie, the train wreck, Betty stands up for her! I was pulling my hair out here, because I just knew this was Betty being naive. However, the Kimmie training montage is amazing.
  • Meanwhile, Justin has a bully of his own at school and is going to audition for Billy Elliot on Broadway. When Hilda has her super-angry reaction to Justin's bully news, I wanted someone to hand her an Emmy. It's small and subtle, but she's so amazing and sassy!
  • And OMG do things get hilarious when Marc and Amanda notice Kimmie. At first they're mean to her — "Cute tiny backpack. Do you put all your tiny scrunchies in it?"
  • Betty training Kimmie re: Wilhelmina: "If you screw up with her, you could be fired or die — I've heard rumors."
  • The lesson on how to pronounce Will-HELL-mina was great, too. ("There's an easy way to remember this. There's hell in it.")
  • Daniel misses D.J. and wants a family now ("My clock is ticking") and signs up for a dating service. And his former-model surprise date turns out to be . . . Willi! Raise your hand if you thought it might possibly be Renee. I sort of did.
  • Betty out all night clubbing is a pretty funny visual, and then she oversleeps and suspects Kimmie of foul play ("I should have known something was up when she ordered me that second Long Island iced tea. By the way — not tea!”)
  • And then Betty goes totally nuts! And pulls down Kimmie's pants! And Marc and Amanda nickname her "sexy pants," and everyone now thinks Betty is ugly and mean.

So where do we think Betty went wrong with Kimmie? I think she probably should have let her get fired. It would just be really weird to have a former high-school classmate, who made your life miserable, working with you, right? And now Kimmie's back to being terrible so I'm not sure what life lesson Betty is supposed to learn here, other than "Always look out for number one!" or "It's not your job to help people who have been mean to you get their lives together!" or something. What do you guys think?

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Andrew-Waldorf Andrew-Waldorf 8 years
I love America Ferrera *-*
lizlee89 lizlee89 8 years
Lindsay Lohan is NOT a good actress, I'm so sick of her getting work just because the American public is so obcessed with her idiotic antics - there are so many good actors out there that never get work - that is so wrong...
cupcakers cupcakers 8 years
LL ruined this episode for me, I can't wait until she leaves! I don't like Kimmie's character at all, it's a dumb storyline and seriously Betty? I know she can be too nice but she let Kimmie go too far, she needs to stand up for herself. And how in the hell would Willie and Daniel have the brand new assistant become an editor?!?! And Betty's more qualified and been there longer? So I hated it, except I loved the other storyline because Hilda is hilarious and adorable. Do you think they are cooking up Justin's storyline with that boy for a possible romance? Would they do that on this show, since Justin is young? I know they won't directly have Justin come out but it's obvious... Oh, need more Gio!!
dallastarzz dallastarzz 8 years
Lilo such a great mean girl. Poor Betty. Where the undies the Fruit of the Looms that come in the 6pack? :( lol
californiagirlx7 californiagirlx7 8 years
verily - :rotfl: That's what I took away from this episode too ;) Seriously, I thought Lindsay was a good actress. What the hell happened? She seems so awkward. Ana Ortiz (who plays Hilda), on the other hand, is AMAZING. She seriously doesn't get enough credit. Her comic timing is great, and (this is shameful to say) but I actually thought the accent that she has on the show is how she really sounds (it's not). Another display of good acting. Betty is WAY too nice sometimes. If someone was mean to me in high school, I don't want to be their best friend. Maybe they've changed, but a part of them is probably still the same (which is what I've found from my own experience) and it's probably best not to get too close to them or help them out like how she helped Kimmie keep her job. And I don't understand how Kimmie gets promoted to such a high position in such a short period of time. Seems dumb to me.
Linda-McP Linda-McP 8 years
LL is the perfect mean girl, so I really don't feel guilty about hating Kimmie. Betty will be back on top by the time Kimmie is gone. Buzz, I so agree about Hilda; she gave an amazing performance last night. And, I have to admit, the training session, especially when Betty was teaching Kimmie how to pronounce Wilhelmina, made me laugh.
misshouston misshouston 8 years
Really hated this episode. Fortunately, La Lohan's stint on the show "ended early" and I think next week is her last appearance. And I'm sorry, but since when does clubbing til the wee hours count as a qualification for an editorial position? So very lame.
Happsmjc Happsmjc 8 years
Yeah, I'm ready for LL to be out too! But, even if she was raised to Assistant Editor--which was redic--she still couldn't tell Betty to get her coffee!
Entertainment Entertainment 8 years
verily — Ha! Hahaha. And yes it's so true.
sunny1intucson sunny1intucson 8 years
I was surprised. Not that Lindsay Lohan is a stellar actress or anything, but she's always seem somewhat decent in her Disney movies. However, her acting was quite poor in this episode in my opinion. How many more episodes do we have to watch her for? Lol. It will be sweet revenge for America Ferrera...errr...I mean Betty....when this Kimmy character gets the boot.
Liz4aker Liz4aker 8 years
I love the whole text message issue and Kimmy's plan to ditch Amanda and Marc at the club. I like Betty, kept looking for Kimmy to ditch her.
jasmint jasmint 8 years
I love what high school Betty is wearing in that picture. I would totally wear that.
verily verily 8 years
The moral of this story is clearly that one should always wear cute panties.
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