Ugly Betty

2006, TV Show

Ugly Betty Episode: "A Thousand Words by Friday"

Season 2, Episode 13
Episode Synopsis: Betty's assignment to interview a writer is spoiled by a case of mistaken identity; Daniel is surprised to learn he's closer to his new love interest (Gabrielle Union) than he imagined; Marc helps Amanda in her quest to meet her biological father.
Original Air Date: Jan 24, 2008
Guest Cast Gabrielle Union: Renee Freddy Rodriguez: Gio Gene Simmons: Himself Paul Hipp: Phil Roth Christopher Gorham: Henry Grubstick
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Season 2, Episode 13
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Aired: 1/24/2008
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A Thousand Words By Friday Season 2, Episode 13

Happy Thursday everyone! It looks like this is going to be the last happy Thursday for a while. We had a good run though didn't we? In this last Betty outing, we got a great guest star (Gabrielle Union) who totally brought it (sorry, I had to do it!) and a nice cameo by Gene Simmons. On top of it all though, we got two of the best moments I've ever seen on this show but we'll get to those later. As things got started we were treated to another classic Suarez family moment with Hilda testing out her beautician skills on Betty while Justin provided some brutally honest feedback. Betty was preparing for a night out on the town to see the band Henry manages at a little place called The Beer Holenot to be confused with The Bear Hole, which is an entirely different type of establishment. The night got interesting when Daniel entered the scene and was immediately hit on by Renee (Gabrielle Union.) Daniel was about to close the deal with Renee when a text came in letting him know a writer had to drop out of writing a story. With no one else to get in such a short time, Betty called in a favor she was owed and got herself the story allowing Daniel to resume his evening with Renee. However, his big plans were cut short once again when he found himself feeling up the wrong chest in the darkness of his bedroom. Who's mysterious bosom was he copping a feel on? Mama Meade! Eww. Time to call up the shrink! While Betty, Henry, and Daniel partied the night away to the sounds of I.R.S, Marc and Amanda were scheming as usual in Fey's no-longer-secret sex room. This week, they were cooking up a plan for Amanda to get in contact with the man she believed to be her father, Mr. Gene Simmons of Kiss. After failed attempts to reach him by phone, e-mail, and father's day cards, Marc suggests she reach the man by using his own languagethe language of song. If only Amanda could find a band to help her perform her little ditty to daddy. Well, as luck would have it, she found what she was looking for when the lead singer dropped out of Henry's band. With a gig locked down, Amanda and Marc got to work writing the song that would hopefully get Gene's attention. At the office, Gio seemed just as excited to have the famous author Phillip Roth in the Mode conference room as Betty. Much to Betty's disappointment though, the man she believed to be one of her favorite authors was actually the author of a book on how to pick up women entitled "Tap That! How to Score with Hot B*tches." As she tried to make the best of her assignment, it seemed that Phil Roth wasn't going to give her much to work with based solely on his demeaning approach to the opposite sex. When Betty presented her article to him, she had decided to write a piece on Hilda starting her own business instead. Daniel was disappointed but relieved as he broke the news that Phil Roth requested a new writer anyway. Determined to prove the misogynistic author wrong, Betty set out to write the best article she could with a little help from Henry and Gio. The 3 amigos hit up a bar to try out Phil Roth's A.S.S method, which quickly escalated into a competition to see who can get the most phone numbers. When Henry won, Betty was obviously pretty ticked off that not only did the A.S.S. method work but that Henry was able to execute it so successfully. They discussed how Betty didn't like seeing Henry hit on other women but Henry came back by saying it was exactly how he felt watching her and Gio together. Nonetheless, Betty ended up putting together a great article that was later scrapped and she found out that Phil Roth never actually complained about her in the first place. Nicely played Daniel! Elsewhere however, things weren't going so well for our man Dan. Shortly after his second date with the gorgeous Renee, Daniel learned his new squeeze is actually Wilhelmina's sister and what's worse is that he learned this by walking in on Willie in the shower. After trying to make a clean break from Renee, Daniel found it to be quite the task to get Renee off of his mind. Rather than let Wilhelmina get the better of him yet again, Daniel turned the tables and stepped things up a notch with Renee. As the two grew closer, their relationship dug deeper under Willie's overly botoxed skin while Christina lounged around Wilhelmina's apartment enjoying every minute of the show playing out in front of her. On top of his issues with the Slater women, Daniel also dealt with a bored Claire Meade. With no husband to care for and kids busy at work, Mama Meade was desperate for something to do. Her solution? Start up a magazine for older women called "Hot Flash." Looks like there will be plenty of more fun with Claire in the episodes that will come whenever this strike ends. As things wrapped up, Amanda finally got her time on stage to perform her ode to Gene. And this, my friends, was favorite Betty moment number 1. The combination of the song lyrics, the way she sang the song, and the gyrations she made while singing had me re-watching that scene at least 6 times. Once Amanda saw that Gene Simmons had actually turned out to hear her sing (he Googles himself every morning,) she left the stage to have some father/daughter bonding time. This left an opportunity for Betty to push Henry up on stage to live out his own rock star fantasy (favorite Betty moment number 2.) Betty and Henry rapping along to It Takes Two by Rob Base and DJ E-Z Rock was another scene I watched numerous times before sitting down to write this recap. I was only sad that it took 55 minutes into the episode to get to this scene. The episode ended with Wilhelmina threatening to reveal her sister's dark secret if she continues to date Daniel while Christina eavesdropped from the bathroom. This episode is up there as one of my favorite all-time Betty episodes. Both musical performances and the competition between Gio and Henry at the bar almost had me in tears. I even loved the little evil glare Marc gave when Gene Simmons confessed to picking Fey Sommers instead of Cher that night at Studio 54. I must admit that I was really enjoying Henry this episode (though I still like Gio) and I'm even coming around to the Christina story. The pregnancy still stinks but it seems like she's taking advantage of the opportunity to get some dirt on Wilhelmina's past and her family drama. I'd love to see the wrath of Christina. If anyone could take down Wilhelmina, it's gotta be Christina. Those two will have a lot going together in the next 9 months. Anyone else have a change of heart with that? I would have still liked a bit more Hilda though. It seems like she hasn't had a lot to do since Santos' death. They need to find her another storyline fast! So that's it folks! It's been fun. I hope to see you all again when the show comes backwhenever that will be. Quotes of the Week: -Amanda's initial reaction to Marc telling her to speak to Gene in his own language: "Hebrew?!" -Phil Roth's approach to picking up women: "Approach, Subdue, Scoreeasy way to remember it: A.S.S." -Betty and Daniel discussing "Tap That!": "Betty, you are literally judging a book by its cover!" -Betty, in response to Justin's interest in what he was told was a book about tap-dancing: "Always remember tapping is demeaning to women!" -Marc's reaction to Amanda's song: "I can only hope that one day I'll have an illegitimate daughter who will sing me a song that beautiful" -And finally, Amanda's intro to her ode to Gene: "It's Mandy, b*tch!" show less
Happy Thursday everyone! It looks like this is going to be the last happy Thursday for a while. We had a good run though didn’t we? In this last Betty outing, we got a great guest star (Gabrielle Union) who totally brought it (sorry, I had to do it!) and a nice cameo by Gene Simmons. On top of it all though, we got two of the best moments I’ve ever seen on this show but we’ll get to those later. As things got started we were treated to another classic Suarez family moment with Hilda testing out her beautician skills on Betty while Justin provided some brutally honest feedback. Betty was preparing for a night out on the town to see the band Henry manages at a little place called The Beer Hole…not to be confused with The Bear Hole, which is an entirely different type of establishment. The night got interesting when Daniel entered the scene and was immediately hit on by Renee (Gabrielle Union.) Daniel was about to close the deal with Renee when a text came in lettin... read more

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