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Ugly Betty Rundown: Episode 20, "The Sex Issue"

Ugly Betty Rundown: Episode 19, "The Sex Issue"

The promo for this week's episode of Ugly Betty made it look like Betty's wealthy Prince Charming is potentially a cheating player. This wouldn't be too hard to believe because of all the weird lying Matt does.

Well, it turns out that he is, in fact, hiding something from her that's a little more uncomfortable than it is scandalous. Also, Marc and Amanda give Betty an amazingly weird and fun tutorial on seduction.

Meanwhile, Hilda and Archie give their relationship a go and Daniel learns about metaphors! Let's get chatting, just


  • When the episode opens Matt and Betty are all into each other and gross and shmoopy. Matt uses terms like "Monthiversary" and when Betty tells him that he doesn't always have to bring her back to Queens he responds with, "Well that's where my queen lives." Um, barf.
  • OK, so Ignacio awkwardly interrupts Betty and Matt's kiss and then he interrupts Hilda and Archie, and you know what this makes me think? Maybe everyone shouldn't live together at this age. Just a thought.
  • Betty and Matt haven't had sex yet (Amanda: "Are you actually saying that you haven't tapped that yet?") and when Betty tries to give Matt the signal, he stuffs her in a cab (cab driver: "That guy couldn't' get rid of you fast enough!").
  • Both Hilda and Amanda tell Betty she's got to go after Matt sexually if that's what she wants. Betty calls her style "subtle" to which Amanda responds, "Maybe like a 100 years ago in like, the 1950s, but these days bolder is better." Ha! Amanda + math = funny.
  • OMG, Marc and Amanda's "Operation Betty Sexification" is so funny and not sexy at all. It involves "the art of the sexy hair flip" and a ladle.
  • And, oh wow . . . Betty's attempt to seduce Matt? Yikes. Here's a taste: "What's your hurry, soldier?" Ha!
  • So the episode is titled "The Sex Issue" because it's time for Mode's annual sex issue and because Matt has a little sex issue of his own.
  • Yep, turns out that lady he's hugging on in the promos isn't his lover — it's a therapist he sees because he's had sex with, like, hundreds of people or something. So does that make him a sex addict? They don't come out and say that. Maybe he's just promiscuous? Hmm.
  • This weirds Betty out and then she gets over it. If the guy's in therapy for the number of ladies he's "tapped," to use Amanda's phrasing, I might have requested an STD test from him if I were Betty. Just saying.
  • How amazing is Hilda's fight with Archie's old girlfriend?! I love the vanilla vs. hot caramel tough talk. I love Hilda like this.
  • I also died of laughter when Hilda not-so-gently suggests that Archie get a tattoo on his butt right after sex.
  • Finally, best line of the evening goes to Willie, of course, because it's oh so true: "What is it with white people and Taye Diggs?!"

Molly and Daniel are actually pretty cute this episode (Betty has to explain to him that Molly's poem about the ocean was a metaphor for the sex they have), which almost made me forget she's dying. Sad. Also, it looks like a good cry into a hot nanny's sculpted bare chest helps Willie finally get over Connor, thank goodness, and the Suarez women appear to be in love. All is well in Betty land. What do you think of this episode?

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jhilly123 jhilly123 8 years
I only watched the episode because of Mark and Amanda and Hilda and Archie. I'm over Matt and Betty, I initially liked their relationship but it's become boring... even with him being a player or whatever. I love Archie (Ralph Macchio) I think he's adorable, and his scenes with Hilda were hilarious!! And of course Mark and Amanda are just both so amazing. Love when they pushed Betty out from behind the mailbox and then walked away, lol.
pianoteacher1 pianoteacher1 8 years
I think we should all lay off the Suarez family. I am still living with my family and I'm in my late 20s. It has to do with our culture. I guess in asian/latino culture, the idea of family is a tight-knit unit that helps each other out and live under one roof. We learn to be considerate of other family members, learn to share happy or sad moments. There are moments of frustrations (such as getting interrupted all the time, or have little privacy, or having guilt issues), and I feel I have the best family ever. No one kicks each other out when they get to 18 years old. I can still survive on my own, and I have done it, and I am independent enough, but it is not as lonely with family members who care about you. And I'm glad that Ugly Betty try to portray the reality of a close-knit family without judging it. So sad the show is going on hiatus:( And yes, the idea of family in the western culture also has a lot of positive attributes too.
a-million-suns a-million-suns 8 years
Lisa, I think she meant the show (not the character) is leaving on hiatus. I thought this was the best episode in a long time, so I agree that it's a bummer they're taking a huge break now. All the sexification stuff was hilarious. How I love Marc and Amanda. I called that the lady Matt was hugging would be his therapist, but I didn't predict he'd turn out to be a sex addict. I thought it would be something like the opposite. I agree; I'd definitely want him tested before I went to check out his wall color. She got over it a little too easily--"oh, I'm special? OK, let's do it!"
lisabethgrey lisabethgrey 8 years
Betty's leaving? why? Then again, many people watch the show for the supporting characters. ..
mnxygrl mnxygrl 8 years
Marc and duo since Jack McFarland and Karen Walker from Will & Grace.
genesisrocks genesisrocks 8 years
Matt was acting so cheesy in this episode, the part where he was like "You are a number, number 1" I almost died from laughing. That was pathetic, I would have slapped him for that one if he weren't a millionaire.
smileyface smileyface 8 years
LovelyLilKatie, funny you should say that! ABC has posted a webisode called Mode After Hours. It says online that they will be posted every week so I guess thats ABC's way to make up for taking Betty off the air. But anyway I watched the first one and it was just Marc and Amanda and of course it was hilarious!!! Check it out. Don't know if all of the webisodes will be just them, but lets hope so!
LovelyLiLKatie LovelyLiLKatie 8 years
moreee mark and Amanda!!! they should have their own show... or at least their own webisodes!
pinkprincess1101 pinkprincess1101 8 years
I used to dislike Mark and Amanda at first, now they are the stars of the show, they actually make the show.
tlsgirl tlsgirl 8 years
Totally agree about the white people and Taye Diggs line, and that all the children should not live in the same house right now, especially if you're wanting to have some naked time. Because, ew, I could not do that in the same house where I lived with my Dad. I'm sort of sad that Betty's leaving just when the show has gotten its groove back.
khameel khameel 8 years
I was screaming with laughter when Willie said her Taye Diggs line. And I also agree with Matt getting tested. Hundreds of women? Gross.
bransugar79 bransugar79 8 years
Last night's episode was a little weird but Marc and Amanda and all the Willi madness made it better. Also the Hilda Archie thing and Justin's loathing of the outdoors. I'm with you on the STD test because how weird is it that her only problem was that she didn't feel special? I would have been freaked out and probably not gotten over it that easily. And yes what is the deal with white people and Taye Diggs???
Loved this episode. It was sooo funny. First off I loved when Willie was sleeping with her eyes open and Mark freaks out and runs into the office screaming in a high pitched voice, She is dead!!!!! It remind me so much of a scene on Will and Grace where Rosario is sick and Jack sees her in his apartment and starts screaming in this hitch pitched screaming "Rosie!!!!!!!!" and then she is all like "what." I also loved the Betty Sexification sequence sooo funny. I laughed sooo hard. Ditto about the STD testing, thats the first thing that would have happened between me and Mr. banged 100 women or whatever. I don't blame Betty for feeling weirded out but I would have been worried about his cleanliness status more than the number of chicks he has been with.
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