It's Thursday night and with
The Office, and
Grey's Anatomy all either not on or not new, I've got just one single hour of prime time television to take my mind off of what became a pretty cold and dreary night here in NYC. Of course, I'm referring to a brand-spankin' new episode of
Ugly Betty. And what's more is that this week's episode marked the return of everyones favorite homicidal matriarch, Claire Meade. Let the good times roll!
As the episode opened, Betty was passed out on the floor of Gio's Sandwich Shop after apparently tossing a bar stool through the store window. Betty awoke in handcuffs having no recollection of how she wound up there. Rewind to three days earlier as the Meade family prepared for the start of Claire's trial. As Daniel and Alexis contemplated how they could help their mother earn sympathy from the jury, Betty was sent off to gather some of Claire's belongings including some perfume she had once received from Bradford. Meanwhile, Christina met with Marc and Wilhelmina where they pitched the idea of using her womb to carry Willie's child (but failing to disclose who's sperm was used to father the child.) As many of you predicted, Christina wasn't so quick to volunteer for the job and elected instead to find another means to come up with the dough for her husband's medical needs. Her only hope was to sell off a dress that Jackie O wore to a state dinner that she found in the Mode closet. Those plans were foiled however when Marc overheard the plans and destroyed the dress leaving her no choice but to agree to be the surrogate.
Over in Fey's secret sex room, word about the room had finally reached the rest of the Mode staff and it was starting to get used as a break room much to Amanda's dismay. As she gathered some of her mother's belongings to keep away from the vultures, she stumbled upon hidden pages of Fey's diary which she hoped would shed some light on her father's identity. While Amanda perused the pages, she uncovered her mother's secret plot to get rid of Claire once and for all by poisoning the perfume that Bradford gave her after a business trip. When Betty brought Claire's things to the courthouse, Claire decided to give her perfume to Betty hoping it would bring her and Henry the same positive results it brought Claire and Bradford. And thus began Betty's brief descent into madness.
When the trial kicked off, things weren't looking so good for the Meade family. Both Alexis and Daniel were torn apart by the prosecutor (played by ER and Fame's
Paul McCrane.) Even Daniel's attempt to make nice with the judge backfired when it appeared he was paying her off rather than giving her change of a twenty. The judge was then replaced with the honorary Judge Biotch, the judge who presided over the one case that Claire's lawyer lost.
Back at the Mode offices, Betty decided to give Claire's perfume a go and immediately felt the effects. It was as if she had taken a combination of cocaine and Viagra. She found Henry irresistible, handled all of her tasks in hyper-speed, and compared the tomatoes on Gio's sandwich to eating sunshine. All the while, she was oblivious to Gio's various attempts to come on to her. He first tried to convince her that she couldn't be sure of what Henry would be doing with Charlie out in Tucson. As Betty saw Henry off on his trip, it was hilarious watching his reaction to her outlandish behavior as she played with his tie, told him he could sleep with whomever he wants, and then finally when she gave him his "care package." Hyper-Betty continued on with this behavior through breakfast with her family the next morning and then up until she woke up on the floor of Gio's shop with a note describing how much she loathes him. Despite breaking his store window and her hate letter to him, Gio still escorted Betty to the doctor's office where her family rushed to her side. The doctor informed her that she had been drugged with toad venom and once she realized the only thing she had being differently was using the perfume, everything became clear. When she rushed back to Mode to grab the bottle and get Claire exonerated, she had quite the time trying to convince Amanda to give it up. Although Amanda fooled Betty into believing she had actually given up the perfume, it was Marc who later got her to do the right thing but not before Betty got her time on the stand to be ripped apart by the prosecutor. Marc had a great point that although he can be evil and manipulative, he's always stayed on the right side of the law and has only acted out to advance his career. Amanda made her way to the courthouse just in time to help free Claire. And so everyone, Mama Meade is back and better than ever! Things came to a close with Wilhelmina, Marc, Christina, and Betty at the doctor's office getting the embryo implanted into Christina's uterus. This is going to be one helluva pregnancy!
First off, phew! With the length of this recap, transcribing the entire episode might have been an easier option. Hopefully you all have made it this far to read my actual thoughts on the show. I thought toad-venom Betty was awesome! From the way she interacted with the other employees at Mode to her rant about Molly Ringwald movies, it was all just so much fun to watch. It really showcased America Ferrera's talent and why she deserved that Emmy she got last year. As I pointed out earlier, I also loved Marc's justification for his actions and why Amanda couldn't destroy the evidence that would free Claire (not to mention the fact that its illegal.) Of course I'm ecstatic that we not only get Claire back but it seems like she will be playing a much bigger part at Mode in upcoming episodes. The one thing I'm iffy about, and it seems many of you are as well, is this whole Christina as surrogate story. I was hoping she'd find some way out of it this week. However, that was just a small part of what I felt was another classic Betty episode. And really, what's better than a great episode of Ugly Betty? Oh wait, I know. How about knowing that while most people are searching high and low for new shows to watch during this strike, we still get another new episode next week! Just one more reason to love it.
Quotes of the week:
- Mark, after Willie explains that she can't get pregnant: "It's tragic! Bono and Sheryl Crow should do a benefit for her lady parts."
- Amanda telling off the Mode employees invading the secret sex room: "All of this belonged to my mother who, I like to think, had multiple orgasms right where you're sitting. That's right, she was that kind of lady!"
- Betty, high as a kite and eating one of Gio's sandwiches: "The flavors in this pastrami taste like purple."
- Hilda's comment: "As soon as the blood work comes back we'll know what's going on. Oh my God, would you listen to me? I could soo be on an episode of Grey's Anatomy right now!" followed by her and Justin's banter about missing Addison.
- Amanda's text to Betty: "Meet me in the hallway, cheese fingers"
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It's Thursday night and with 30 Rock, The Office, and Grey's Anatomy all either not on or not new, I've got just one single hour of prime time television to take my mind off of what became a pretty cold and dreary night here in NYC. Of course, I'm referring to a brand-spankin' new episode of Ugly Betty. And what's more is that this week's episode marked the return of everyones favorite homicidal matriarch, Claire Meade. Let the good times roll!As the episode opened, Betty was passed out on the floor of Gio's Sandwich Shop after apparently tossing a bar stool through the store window. Betty awoke in handcuffs having no recollection of how she wound up there. Rewind to three days earlier as the Meade family prepared for the start of Claire's trial. As Daniel and Alexis contemplated how they could help their mother earn sympathy from the jury, Betty was sent off to gather some of Claire's belongings including some perfume she had once received from Bradford. Meanwhile, Christina met wi...