Ugly Betty

2006, TV Show

Ugly Betty Episode: "Giving Up the Ghost"

Season 2, Episode 9
Episode Synopsis: When a crisis caused by Wilhelmina's sabotage forces the Mode staff to redo an entire issue, Betty and Daniel try to spring a cover girl (Eliza Dushku) from rehab for another photo shoot, while Alexis attempts to coax more time out of the magazine's printer.
Original Air Date: Nov 23, 2007
Guest Cast Max Greenfield: Nick Pepper Ron Canada: Senator Eliza Dushku: Cameron Ashlock Illeana Douglas: Sheila Christopher Gorham: Henry Grubstick David Steinberg: Harvey Milfree Wendy Benson: Veronica Freddy Rodriguez: Gio
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'Giving Up the Ghost' Season 2, Episode 9

Everyone imploring last week for more of Judith Light has one more thing to be thankful for today! Perhaps the best part of the episode was thanks to her presence at Bradford's funeral. When Wilhelmina appeared (with Marc close behind, stirring up PR), Claire Meade - despite her shackles - swiftly tripped her, causing her to fly six feet deep into the fresh empty grave. Then she promptly held a board members meeting (with Daniel and Alexis) calling a "motion to terminate" Wilhelmina as the creative director of Mode immediately. "Rest in peace, bitch." Nice. But you just can't keep that woman down. With some Mission Impossible III-type gadgetry, WilhelMommy derailed the latest Mode issue, due to the printer in 12 hours. Then she poached most of the staff to her "Slater" magazine, luring them via 15% raises, dental coverage and/or cosmetic surgery. The saddest result of this latest scheme was watching Amanda and Marc separate. I'm pleased that Amanda decided to remain at Mode out of loyalty to her mother, but hope that this dynamic duo won't be parted for too long! Betty left her family's traditional tree-trimming to help Daniel, Alexis, and remaining staffers who didn't join the Dark Side. The task of filling this father's shoes and carrying on the Meade publishing legacy sent Daniel into another crisis of confidence and identity. But Betty - with some guilt-trip prodding from a luau version of Bradford - was there for the it's-so-cute-it's-sick pep talk we've come to expect and adore (I'm thankful I never seem to tire of those). Though he wasn't able to coax the rehabbing starlet Cameron ( Eliza Dushku) to drink her way through another photo shoot, he pulled through for the magazine (and thus for his father's legacy) in his own, sensitive Daniel way. Alexis was having some identity issues of her own, starting with the realization that her sexy Red Riding Hood ensemble wouldn't always get her out of a bind. To persuade the printer to delay the deadline, she needed to tack "Little" onto her persona. But that's just not who she is, and now that Bradford's gone, she can be whomever she wants. It doesn't matter what he thought of her. With an issue in flux and a skeletal workforce, some other new identities came to the fore: Sheila ( Illeana Douglas) became an artistic and editorial force (and was someone who worked with and made out with Fey Sommers, apparently). Henry can grow orchids and cook, and contributed to the issue as Food Editor. Amanda realized that fashion may never come easily to her, and that she doesn't want to work as hard as her mother did to acquire her inspiration (and perspiration). Instead, she's more motivated than ever to find her real father, hoping that his gene pool will offer her some easier, lazier talents. And Betty made some realizations about her own identity. Daniel was right: She had changed because she was growing up; and every job would involve some tough decisions. She could still make her mom proud and continue to work at Mode. And even though many of her and her mother's tree-trimming traditions literally went up in flames, the Suarez family could keep some traditions, and shake things up as well. I'm thinking this is the first and last Christmas with a pink tree, but I'm hoping Justin's Madonna-and-child nativity scene (that is, with Material Girl and Lourdes/Rocco figurines) was unscathed and will be around for many holidays to come. Happy Thanksgiving! show less
Everyone imploring last week for more of Judith Light has one more thing to be thankful for today! Perhaps the best part of the episode was thanks to her presence at Bradford's funeral. When Wilhelmina appeared (with Marc close behind, stirring up PR), Claire Meade — despite her shackles — swiftly tripped her, causing her to fly six feet deep into the fresh empty grave. Then she promptly held a board members meeting (with Daniel and Alexis) calling a "motion to terminate" Wilhelmina as the creative director of Mode immediately. "Rest in peace, bitch." Nice.But you just can't keep that woman down. With some Mission Impossible III-type gadgetry, WilhelMommy derailed the latest Mode issue, due to the printer in 12 hours. Then she poached most of the staff to her "Slater" magazine, luring them via 15% raises, dental coverage and/or cosmetic surgery. The saddest result of this latest scheme was watching Amanda and Marc separate. I'm pleased that Amanda decided to remain at Mode... read more

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Premiered: September 28, 2006, on ABC
Rating: TV-PG
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Premise: A bright but ordinary-looking woman is a fish out of water working at a glitzy fashion magazine. Adapted from a Colombian telenovela.

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