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Ugly Betty Series Finale Recap

Why I Loved the Ugly Betty Series Finale

Last night, we sadly said goodbye to Ugly Betty and the wacky friends, family, and coworkers in her world. A lot has changed for Betty in four seasons (as evidenced when we got a quick flash of Betty's former self with her choppy bangs and orange poncho), and this week she embarks on a brand-new adventure in London. The series finale doesn't have any epic twists, but it still manages to tug on the heartstrings while squeezing in a few last-minute laughs. Here's why I loved it:

  • All of the characters get a new beginning. Wilhelmina gets Connor back (not to mention the magazine all to herself), Mark gets more responsibility, Amanda gets a dad, and Betty's whole family gets a fresh start. I especially loved that Betty's dad is excited to live alone after sharing the house with many a Suarez over the years.
  • Betty and Daniel come close, but no cigar. Many of you were split about whether Daniel and Betty should finally get together, and it looks like the writers were, too. Daniel all but admits to his mother that he still has feelings for Betty, but he never 'fesses up, and there's no big kiss. Instead, he follows Betty to London and offers to take her to dinner. Is it a date? Is it a friendly meeting? It could go either way, which I thought was a satisfying way to open up the possibility without jumping the shark.

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  • There were no shockers. Don't get me wrong — I love a series finale that makes my jaw drop (in fact, I'm counting on one from Lost), but we didn't need one from Betty. I was happy to have a nice wrap-up on each of the character's lives, instead of a lot of surprising new plot lines crammed in. The writers could easily have brought back the ghosts from Betty's dating past, or paraded around old memorable characters from the show.
  • Betty truly comes into her own. Betty's always been stepped on and bossed around, and now we see that she's finally come into her own. Yes, her hair is shinier, her teeth pearlier, and her outfits less frumpy, but more than anything else, she's a success story. In the pilot episode, we open on a young woman looking to make it in the magazine world, and we close on that same woman as she takes the next step toward her flourishing career. So many characters on television end up way off the path they were originally set on, that it's refreshing to see Betty's story stay on track and see her come out on top.

How did you feel about the episode? Are you sad to say goodbye?

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