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Ugly Betty Season Finale Recap: Episode 23, "Curveball," and Episode 24, "The Fall Issue"

Ugly Betty Rundown: Episode 23, "Curveball," and Episode 24, "The Fall Issue"

Well, friends, this week concludes Ugly Betty's run on Thursday nights. The show brought out loads of stars for its third season finale, but then a lot of things happened and then unhappened and then rehappened again, and I'm wondering this morning if we actually needed two whole hours of that.

Betty has the job! Betty doesn't have the job. Betty's promoted! Betty isn't promoted. Betty's in love! Betty isn't in love. Betty's sort of in love? And then there's the ever-present threat of Molly dying hanging over everything, and even though it's predictable and slightly manipulative, I still cried. Let's get to chatting — just


  • So Molly didn't die after last week's cliffhanger, and after she gets out of the hospital, the whole world is smitten with her relationship with Daniel. He's no longer a man-whore to the world but Prince Charming instead.
  • Therefore, he gets to go on The View to promote the wedding issue. I feel like this could have been funnier.
  • Um, I think I might get fired if my boyfriend showed up to work as much as Matt does. He stops by with his first painting and it's so ugly! Betty is practically naked in it, too.
  • The best ever is when Amanda sees it and gasps, "It's like looking at the butt of Satan!"
  • Of course, when Betty is all, "Everything is perfect! There's even a rainbow!" when she and Matt talk about moving in together, that's right when she spots Henry.
  • Then she Facebook-stalks him! Turns out Henry has a new aerobics girlfriend (Hazel from Gossip Girl), so now he's all buff.
  • I got so irritated with Betty when she does the whole compare-Matt-to-Henry scoreboard thing. Betty's inner voice is kind of funny, though: "Should I mention Matt's rich? No! That's gross."
  • And then Matt making his stomach talk is awesome.
  • Daniel is so awkward at the baseball game with Molly when he tells that other lady he doesn't want to go out with her! I cringed.
  • I'm convinced the only reason Betty gets the job at The New York Review is so we could get a teary Daniel/Betty goodbye moment. But then of course she doesn't get the job and is staying at Mode, so . . . whatever.
  • Meanwhile, Matt was driving me nuts. He gets mad at Betty all the time! He's so sensitive that she doesn't announce to the whole world they're moving in together.
  • But then, um, Matt totally has a right to be mad because Betty makes out with Henry! And Matt sees it, of course. Why is he there? Also, do people really do this Facebook status message stalking thing? For one thing, it's kind of hard to find people's status messages on Facebook these days.
  • Christine Baranski and Vanessa Williams singing together at the piano is brilliant. Dream come true.
  • Baranski spills the beans that Claire has a love child somewhere out there. I kept hoping/thinking it would be Matt.

Who does Willi see in the end? Connor?! And does Daniel really see Molly's ghost? Also, I never really thought Matt and Betty were destined to be together, but I didn't see evil Matt coming, either. He's going to be so awful next season, I just know it.

What are your highlights from this week's two-hour bonanza? Who's your favorite guest star? And was it enough to make you follow Betty to Fridays in the Fall?

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Symphonee Symphonee 8 years
I am not surprised that it is over between Matt and Betty. You don't kiss your ex on the lips if you have a new man. I really want to see how the Matt and Betty thing will play out now that he is her boss. I want to know who the mystery baby is? I feel sorry for Daniel losing Molly but we ALL saw that coming. I think somehow someway he is going to end up with Betty. I felt sorry for Justin not getting accepted into the school that he wanted until he whined like a two year old.
Allyace Allyace 8 years
I'm really starting to dislike this show. I loved it in the first season, but all the characters keep repeating the same things over and over. Ugh. We'll see how it is in the fall, but I might be done.
minxa25 minxa25 8 years
I can't betty made out with henry after everything that happened.
Happsmjc Happsmjc 8 years
*Matt was NOT necessarily a jerk for breaking up with her (although like others pointed out she put up with all his crap), but he WAS a jerk for how he said he was going to see her everyday and be her boss--ugh! *BTW isn't Daniel her boss, if he is working at Mode and not just Mead what job could he possibly have above Daniel's if not Daniel's?? Not looking forward to this. *So sad about Molly :( *Also hoping love child was Matt! *Why I love this show--DELIVERY. Last week the Beyonce hand move, this week some lines like when Matt showed Betty the painting and her robe and she said "I should be wearing it". And anything Marc/Amanda say. *Justin is SO CUTE! So sad he didn't make it into the school. Loved the scene with him and Mark.
a-million-suns a-million-suns 8 years
I don't think Matt is a jerk for breaking up with Betty. He didn't break up with her because of the kiss; he broke up with her because he found out she still loves Henry. I was totally bummed, though. I actually really like Matt now despite his issues; his sweetness seemed to be (slowly) making up for them. Although I love Henry too and was really excited to see him again. I was depressed by the ending too of course, even though I (along with most other people) predicted it. Overall, I liked these episodes; I think they were a big improvement from some of the stuff we've been getting this season. I loved the facebook stuff, haha. I will follow Betty to Fridays, although I probably won't actually be watching it on Fridays that often. Yay for DVRs and the internet! Oh and THANK YOU Buzz for reminding me why I recognized Matt's new girlfriend. It was bothering me for that whole episode.
tlsgirl tlsgirl 8 years
I really dislike Matt. First the sex addict thing, then the daddy issues, then the lack of follow through. I get that she kissed someone else, but I really don't see that he was such a terrible thing to lose. I sort of saw Molly's death coming during the awards ceremony. As soon as she showed up I was like "well, that's a ghost/vision." Still, it was sad. I kept sort of holding out hope that she would miraculously get better, even though I would've hated the show for doing that.
jhilly123 jhilly123 8 years
Actually, I didn't hate Matt until the last episode, when he bailed on their project. I knew it was going to go downhill, I just didn't expect it so quickly, but I guess that's why I'll watch next season. It sucks that it's on Fridays, I'll try to watch. I also thought Henry looked awkward-his character doesn't fit the muscular type without his glasses lol. But I guess it works for Harper's Island??? I feel so bad for Daniel-Molly's death was so sudden, not out of nowhere, but I didn't think she was going to die at the end of the episode. I hope Marc gets a job as an editor if Wilhelmina can get the money back from Connor or by any other means, I just love him and Amanda together.
DeppObsession DeppObsession 8 years
I thought it was really good ..very sad.. totally called Molly passing away the minute she said that she was staying home ..I also feel really bad for Mark, but at least he`s not unemployed, I believe he`s still working as Wilhemina's assistant .. I wonder who was in her bedroom .. with that shocked look, I'm guessing someone coming back from the dead??? Definitely going to watch next season, this season was really good. It has kept my attention, I haven't checked out Ugly Betty for a while so glad this season was good.
genesisrocks genesisrocks 8 years
You know, of all the ways the Betty/Matt relationship could end, I didn't see him breaking up with her. After the sex addiction and no steady job I really thought she was going to dump him. Also that's stupid Matt gets relationship advice from his dad. A few weeks ago he didn't even like his dad. Kinda awkward that Daniel was basically declaring his love for Molly on stage while staring down Betty. I wonder what she was thinking. I feel really bad for Mark for not getting the promotion. But doesn't he have a fall back job at Vogue? To end this long paragraph I will probably be watching UB next season online. Fridays don't really work for me.
smileyface smileyface 8 years
TOTALLY called that Molly was going to die during the awards ceremony. But it was still sad when she did. Poor Daniel. And OMG Matt is Betty's boss now. All kinds of awkward tension will result next season. I didn't think Henry looked that good. He looked kind of awkward all buff and with a 6-pack. Amanda was so funny when she saw the pic of Betty. "MY EYES!!!!!" Hahahaah. It was a good episode. Well episodes. I hope it doesn't go to Friday night to die next season.
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