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Ugly Betty Recap: Episode Four, "Betty Suarez Land"

Ugly Betty Rundown: Episode Four, "Betty Suarez Land"

OK, I am such a sucker for Ugly Betty, and I totally cried at the end of this week's episode. I blame a couple of things: First of all, anything related to bad things happening to Hilda breaks my heart, and of course a Suarez family hug will get the tears flowing. And Claire Meade protecting her children and Daniel and Alexis having a "moment" on a tarmac is exactly the kind of thing to finish me off.

I enjoyed the episode, and even though there wasn't as much Marc and Amanda as last week, we get the return of Gio! And he is extremely angry. Ready to chat about it? Just


  • Claire urges Daniel to visit Alexis in the slammer, and Betty's glad they're able to get along, "even if she did, you know, push my best friend down the stairs."
  • Alexis tells Daniel she's the actual father of D.J., at which point Daniel lunges across the table and tackles her. Rebecca Romijn is such a good sport, and it's hilarious to see her wrestle with the guys.
  • The way she starts the story about being D.J.'s father is funny, too: "Thirteen year ago, I was a man, obviously . . ."
  • Gio returns, but when Betty asks him about Rome, he's so mad at her! ("I hate you. You're not a nice person. Not only are you banned from Gio's Deli, you're banned from my life.")
  • Even furious, he's so cute with his passion for sandwiches. I love how he went to Italy to find his flavor!
  • The running gag of the night is about how Daniel is a wimpy fighter. Betty, after learning about his run-in with Alexis: "We've talked about that. You suck at fighting."
  • Ew! In that same scene, Daniel refuses to tell Betty all the details about the fight, and she points out that it's a funny time to have "boundaries" considering she was just looking for a mole on his back. Um, I would not search for moles without a promotion and a raise.
  • So Wilhelmina convinces the district attorney to charge Alexis with attempted murder. How? Through kinky sex, of course.
  • By the way, how'd you like Willi's awesome '80s outfit? You know, the black one with the foil green and purple flowers and the belt. Only Vanessa Williams could wear that and look hot.
  • Betty, of course, cannot leave well enough alone and has to make Gio her friend again even though she turned him down romantically. So she goes about finding his this really special cheese, which led to my favorite line of the night from Amanda: "A pair of smelly, sweaty balls arrived for you."
  • Gio's address for Betty is hilarious: 25 Teddy Bear Lane, Betty Suarez Land.
  • Betty's name for Gio's ride is pretty funny, too: "Meaty, cheesy van!"
  • Did anyone catch who played D.J.'s grandfather? Why, it was famed French chef Jacques Pépin! I only know that because of my mom.

I'm really glad Gio and Betty worked things out in the end ("You're gonna do great things, Suarez — I don't blame you for choosing yourself") but they're so darn cute together that I'm sad to see it end. Also, that neighbor musician of Betty's is waiting in the wings, and I'm just not ready for Betty to date again. Daniel saying goodbye to his son was sad, Hilda breaking up with coach was sad (but right), and Alexis leaving the show for a bit was sad. So, overall: Sad! What did you all think?

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fakeplanettelex fakeplanettelex 8 years
i think gio & betty will get together eventually, they are so meant to be. sad to see dj go, sad to see coach go (strictly for the eye candy), sad for hilda, and actually did tear up at the end. and oh willi... i can't stand her, sorry to say.
californiagirlx7 californiagirlx7 8 years
I thought this episode was pretty good. I liked seeing Gio return, even though I don't like him with Betty (as a couple), and it was nice that they had some closure although I'm sure he will be back. I hope Henry comes back too (but not in the same episode as Gio - I hated that love triangle). There wasn't much Marc and Amanda, but that's okay once in awhile. I liked Amanda's line about the cheese balls :P I cried at the end too, especially when that Coldplay song came on (I think it was "Lost"?) mcpro26: Are you kidding me? Debra Messing's pregnancy was painfully obvious on Will & Grace, her big belly was hard to hide. Rebecca Romijn has been obvious too, but she's expecting TWINS and it would be uncharacteristic of her to wear loose, frumpy clothes at a fashion magazine if she wasn't expecting. rubywren: I agree, the writers haven't handled any of Betty's romantic relationships well AT ALL.
rubywren rubywren 8 years
Unfortunately, being in the UK, I have to wait until next year to see the 3rd Season of Ugly Betty. Firstly, this sucks because I miss it...secondly, because I'm gutted that Betty and Gio will not get together because I think they'd be brilliant together! It's a shame the writers made such a big deal of the Betty and Gio relationship and nothing really happens with it.
pinkprincess1101 pinkprincess1101 8 years
i felt somewhat bad for hilda but she put herself in that position she was with a married man, sure he left his wife after the fact but she made the right decision at the end, is anybody else picking out on betty's style her socks and heels, i hope that style doesn't come in
demonkitty18 demonkitty18 8 years
I was so happy to see Gio back!!! He has me laughing so much but yea I was crying at the end too :( I feel so bad for Hilda
Beatrice1979a Beatrice1979a 8 years
Oh this was one h*ll of an episode! Almost all stories were really entertaining. I liked it very very much! Hilda and her love affair was so heartbreaking!! DJ was so cute I really feels sad to let him go of the show :( And of course: the exposure of Gio`s painful feelings for Betty when he said "Because you broke my heart". Oh yes. That`s why I love Rodriguez so much. I like your small recap. Definitely is hilarious how Gio and Betty keep calling names to each other, and trying to win over the other in endless witty fights that they are really fun to watch on screen. The whole theme about bringing back "Gio's balls" was very suitable for his character... after all, he is the one that has a pickle for business logo. Honestly I want more Gio but it is really okay to see them space out for a while. About Val Emmich, I love his music but that's pretty much it. For Betty's love interest I want my "cheesy, meaty sandwich maker" Gio. Ah! This is entertainment.
tatsauce tatsauce 8 years
I always get teary or verge of tears whenever the Suarez's are overcoming something, anything. I'm so happy Gio is back! I'm really not feeling down the hall guy.
tlsgirl tlsgirl 8 years
amloveaffair - I thought that about the wife too! She was just kinda harsh looking. And I definitely felt bad for Hilda rather than her. She's so sweet, and it was so cute at the end when they're all hugging and she's all sniffly but knows that she has her family. I loved the sweaty balls comments, especially when combined later with Gio yelling at Betty not to squeeze them. LOL, and also ew. I'm sad that DJ isn't going to be around anymore, because he was such a cute kid, but I'm glad that we know now how Alexis is going to hide her rapidly growing belly. I was wondering when she might go on a little hiatus.
haydeedoll haydeedoll 8 years
Gio and Betty are so cute together and have such chemistry...I hope they end up together eventually.
supertramp supertramp 8 years
I don't want to see the end of Gio and Betty. They're too cute together. Even when Betty wanted to know why he wasn't being so open to friendship and he said, "Because you broke my heart!" They looked so meant to be. Well for now that is.
McSquish McSquish 8 years
I teared up a bit too. I like how finally, Betty demanded something of Daniel, "call him NOW!" about the balls. She bends over backwards for Daniel, but when she has a favor to ask of him, suddenly his problems are too big. But on the flip side, it was good for Geo to point out how she was being selfish, but also accepting the fact that she has to be because she wants to go places. I like the boundary comment cuz seriously! Ew!
amloveaffair amloveaffair 8 years
Graylen I don't think the musician was in this weeks episode
graylen graylen 8 years
I cried at the end, too. Glad I wasn't the only one! I wonder where they will ultimately take the Betty storylines with Wilhemina now owning half the company, etc. My TiVo cut out the musician neighbor so I hope to see him again soon, too!
amloveaffair amloveaffair 8 years
mcpro, she's pregnant with twins for one and 2 not everyone can hide it.
mcpro26 mcpro26 8 years
I can understand Alexis leaving because we laugh every time we see her because she can not hide her pregnant self no matter how hard she tried. It is funny because I remember when Debra Messing was pregnant on Will and Grace and she hide it a lot better than Rebecca can!
amloveaffair amloveaffair 8 years
This episode reminds me why I love this show so much. I cried too! Am I the only one who though Coach's wife wasn't pretty? That whole story line really broke my heart. I didn't feel bad for his wife, I felt bad for Hilda. I loved Daneil "You look like crap." Rebbecca is so gorgeous always but you can really tell she's pregnant! Oh and Eric Mabius [aka Daniel] is really hot but he just does not photograph well. I have never seen a picture of him where his on screen hottness translates into the photo.
Entertainment Entertainment 8 years
ah, oui cpreynolds - thanks for catching that!
cpreynolds cpreynolds 8 years
I think you mean the "grandfather" was played by the French chef. Good recap though!
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