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"Ugly Betty" Rundown: Episode 2, "Family Affair"

"Ugly Betty" Rundown: Episode 2, "Family Affair"

After last week's end-of-episode emotional wallop, "Ugly Betty" returned to mostly light-hearted fare this week. While I did enjoy it thoroughly, I felt like it was missing something. Maybe there just wasn't enough Daniel, but luckily Wilhelmina was sassy and catty and awesome enough to carry the show.

  • Can I just say that I love everything about the Justin/Marc banter. Everything, from the bendy straws to the rice cakes to the best line of the episode, when Marc tried to comfort Justin about his father. "I just made a little person feel better about his day. I'm a good person. No, I'm a great person." Ha.

  • While I'm happy to see Hilda feeling better, I'm not happy to have back her overdone hair, makeup, and wardrobe. Ah, but then I guess she just wouldn't be herself without it.

To read what else I thought and my big worry about next week just

  • I know I'm supposed to be all excited about the return of Henry and that Christina told him that the baby might not be his, but I've just never really been all that into the Henry thing. Though I will say that his showing up at her doorstep on a "bender" with a wine cooler in hand, reassuring her that he drank milk beforehand to coat his stomach made me laugh hard.
  • Of course Fey Sommers owned a Chinese Crested Hairless. Of course. Just looked so natural in Amanda's arms, right?
  • Last I heard Vanessa Williams and Rick Fox had a kinda nasty divorce, so seeing them wrapped up in a torrid love affair on screen was a little bit strange. Do you think that was maybe a little awkward to film?
  • Afternoon Delight joke = awesome. "That's what that mean? I never understood that song until just now."

  • Everyone lying to Alexis about the past and the fact that they're one big scandal free happy family is all well and good, but they realize she's probably going to wake up and remember everything, like, tomorrow right?
  • So Betty made a deal with the devil (or, you know, Wilhelmina) in order to get her father the visa. Loved the rooftop mannequin graveyard and that Wilhelmina referred to Betty breaking into her apartment as "growing." Also, in making the deal when Willi said, "I am black, you are Mexican, lets not talk around it like a couple of dull white people."
  • So Justin is going to try and change to be more like his dad? Sad and sweet, but mostly sad. The moment he walked into that store, I recognized it as where Santos was shot and my heart dropped. Justin is such a strong little kid. But, that basketball so does not fit in with his fabulous wardrobe.

What did you think? Is Betty back in its hilarious groove? Still tugging on the heartstrings? Am I crazy for not loving Henry? How long will it take for Daniel to realize Betty is hiding something from him?

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nicachica nicachica 9 years
i think Justin was so funny and yet achingly sad when he thought about his father. tears just welled up when he found out he could go to the Shakira shoot and he was soooo excited to go home and tell his...ohhhh...then the sad face. (tear...)
Francesca-Fiore Francesca-Fiore 9 years
Its weird, I love love love Henry, but for some reason, the star-crossed lovers thing is just not resonating with me this season. I think you're right, it's been going on for way too long. I did think it was incredibly adorable that he's really excited about being a Dad though. Marc was far and away the best part of this episode for me- his reaction when he spotted Willi's new bodyguard, his banter with Justin, the metal "thunder sheet" bit- he was hysterical.
yxel yxel 9 years
i love ugly betty!
musiclvr224 musiclvr224 9 years
Loved the episode.
Happsmjc Happsmjc 9 years
I loved everything about this episode! I thought the jokes buzz mentioned were hilarious...can't wait to see what happens next. Well, the only thing I did think was stupid was Betty's confusion over who to chose, tell Daniel or get her dad home. I mean it's her dad, and although shes loyal to Daniel I just would have thought it would be an easy decision. I guess not Betty though!
demonkitty18 demonkitty18 9 years
This episode had way too much drama for me, there should've been more "pot, kettle, black" moments haha N enuff with all the dragging already- get Ignacio home & get Betty and Henry together!
ebgirl ebgirl 9 years
I love Henry and I think he and Betty are perfect together. They make the nerdiest yet cutest couple! I thought last night's episode was good. Vanessa Williams is amazing. I can't believe she was married to Rick Fox. He looks like Frankenstein to me. She is way too hot for him.
mallomar mallomar 9 years
You dont love Henry?! He's so cute and sweet and innocent and nerdy with his glasses and his sweatervest. He's basically my ideal man haha. Yeah so actually if anyone knows of an available 'Henry' in the SF area, please send him my way! :)
divinedebris divinedebris 9 years
I love Vanessa Williams as Wilhemina, such a fabulous character. But I agree, the season is starting out dark, it's not the light hearted dramody from last year. Oh well, it still has it's on auto record on my dvr list. ps- get over the Henry and Betty relationship thing, done with that. I was rooting last year, but this year it's so over. I can't wait for the new man.
californiagirlx7 californiagirlx7 9 years
I love Henry! I can't believe more people aren't into their relationship. He reminds me of a sexy Clark Kent. And that scene with Vanessa Williams and Rick Fox? Awkward.
SassAndBide SassAndBide 9 years
it was a good episode. amanda's got a new dog! haha i was laughing so much @ the afternoon delight joke :rotfl: lol i remember Will Ferrell sang that in Anchorman
alexlove alexlove 9 years
I agree Molly, I'm not huge on Henry. I don't know why, he's cute and everything, but Betty + Henry I'm not so into. I loved this episode, it reminded me of last season. The best part was definitely Marc with the metal thing. How amazing is Marc? I wish Daniel would get some more screen time!!!
popculture-whore popculture-whore 9 years
i thought the episode was great. rick fox and vanessa williams did seem to have a rough break up, but she said she was perfectly fine with having him on the set and kissing him. weird huh? i like marc so much! he's hilarious.. one of the highlights in every episode
Zahara-Pitt Zahara-Pitt 9 years
loved the episode
pinkflats pinkflats 9 years
fleurfairy i also loved that part with marc waving the metal sheet on the rooftop. i swear ugly betty has to have the best writers in any show because they give their characters some great lines to say. there are just too many to mention as my favorites. also i like how henry was drinkinh wine cooler and acting like he down some heavy alcohol. such a cute dork.
Betty-rox-4ever Betty-rox-4ever 9 years
I aint seen this yet but im like one of the shows biggest fans im watchin it on the net cause im from the uk so its annoyin
fleurfairy fleurfairy 9 years
I thought Willi was hilarious as always. I loved her expression when Bradford told her he wanted to wait to get married. Priceless. I also loved the part when Marc was standing on the roof waving the metal sheet to make it sound like thunder. I feel bad for Justin. Is it me or does he look ALOT older this season? Can kids grow that fast? I guess so. I think they've dragged this Betty/Henry thing on too long. Either make them be together or let it go. Either way, I liked the 1st season better. It just seemed funnier. This season is so dark already.
indielove indielove 9 years
That Justin in the store part was filmed 3 minutes away from my apt. That was cool to see, although I'm not into the show much at all.
nomerz nomerz 9 years
Best line I thought was when Amanda and Marc (is that right? I'm a new fan so I dunno all of their names) were at the pound and the lady behind the counter called the dog ugly and Marc goes "um, pot, kettle, black" hahaha. I laughed really hard. I really loved this show. I set it to record the whole season. Thank goodness for DVR! :)
koolbr33z3 koolbr33z3 9 years
It was a great episode!
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