Ugly Betty

2006, TV Show

Ugly Betty Episode: "Burning Questions"

Season 2, Episode 15
Episode Synopsis: Renee's delusions have her convinced that Betty is in love with Daniel. Meanwhile, Hilda's latest client is her old nemesis, Gina Gambarro, who comes back to Queens to flaunt her new, wealthy lifestyle as a doctor's wife. "Project Runway" winner Christian Siriano and judge Nina Garcia have cameos.
Original Air Date: May 1, 2008
Guest Cast Freddy Rodriguez: Gio Daniel Davis: Dr. Morgan Remus Christopher Gorham: Henry Grubstick Gabrielle Union: Renee Nina Garcia: Herself Christian Siriano: Himself Jeff Clark: Larry Goldfarb
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"Burning Questions" Season 2, Episode 15

Hey guys, Mickey O'Connor here filling in for Adam tonight. I'm an avid watcher of Ugly Betty , but my love for the show is a tough love, so I apologize in advance if I seem too negative or if things aren't up to the quality you expect around here. In the meantime, worship me, bitches! We've got a lot to cover I'm sure it's tough juggling an ensemble cast of gifted comedians such that Ugly Betty boasts, and tonight's episode demonstrated the difficult choices the producers and writers must have to make every week. I love this show, but unfortunately, for me, they seem to have made some strange choices tonight. Some tired stories got the spotlight while more intriguing ones enjoyed little screen time. Let's survey the damage: Henry vs. Gio: I am a fan of Freddy Rodriguez as an actor, and loved Rico, the very real character he portrayed on Six Feet Under, but boy, is he misused on Ugly Betty. Here's the problem: I really like Betty and Henry together, and while Gio is a perfectly innocuous guy, I don't believe in the idea of Betty and Gio getting together. So while the producers have tried to up the dramatic tension, forcing us to take a Team-Jolie-vs.-Aniston-type stake in Betty's choice, it's really no contest for me. I feel the same way about Charlie and her pregnancy. (I'm also a fan of Jayma Mays, who has done great work in guest spots on Heroes and Pushing Daisies.) I think the romantic comedy that Betty and Henry provide really works, and I hope to see more of that in the future. Christian Siriano and Nina Garcia: On the other hand, I wish that Project Runway celebs Christian Siriano and Nina Garcia were permanent fixtures in the Betty world. Both displayed very un-cameo-like line readings, and played well off their real-life (or reality-TV-life?) personas. Christian's entrance was flawless, and he didn't make me hate the words fierce or hot tranny mess as much as I did every time he spat them out on Runway. So, bravo (so to speak), writers, for giving them excellent stuff to work with! Marc and Willi: When Bradford Meade died and Willi and Marc left Mode, it let some of the air out of their wickedness. I know they'll be back eventually, but in the meantime, their illicit pregnancy is going to take nine months to hatch, and it's left them in a bit of a holding pattern. Their machinations to convince Dr. Facial Hair to put Renee in the booby hatch seem to lack motive. I mean, what's the endgame in breaking up Renee and Daniel besides just plain enjoying it? I suppose if Daniel is heartbroken, you might argue the magazine would suffer and they'd need Willi back, but come on, how much work does Daniel really do anyway? In the past, Willi's schemes have had much more precision, furthering her ultimate goal to take over Mode. We need to get back to that somehow. For now, their bumbling lacks teeth. Renee: In TV time, it only took Renee seven days to go totally as Amanda put it ca-ha-ha-ra-zee. Anyone who has followed the career of Gabrielle Union ( Bring It On, Deliver Us From Eva) knows that she has the potential to be a true leading lady. And again, I really liked Daniel and Renee together, so I feel like tossing her the nutjob card really does her a disservice. I'm sure the strike truncated what could have been a more complicated storyline. So I wonder if that's the last we've seen of our beloved pyromaniac. I hope not. Amanda: A puffy-shirted Gene's Kid had a nice moment with Daniel, advising him to be more sensitive to other people's feelings when he lets them down. Of course, since it's Amanda, her advice is totally misguided, since Betty isn't in love with Daniel at all (yet). Otherwise, Becki Newton's fierce comic timing was fun to watch as Alexis yanked her out of Christian's conference room walk-off. Alexis: Speaking of Alexis, you've probably already heard that Rebecca Romijn will be around less frequently next season (see below). As sad as I am to see her go (she acted the hell out of what could have been a one-liner story), I feel like Betty's momentum is moving away from the Meade family, so it's probably all for the best. La familia Suarez: Though, as always, it's Betty's family that represents the true heart of the show. I have to admit that the idea of Hilda's beauty salon intrigues me, and I'm hoping they make better use of it as a setting in future episodes. Ana Ortiz really inhabits her character, and together with Justin and her papa, they make you realize why Betty is as genuinely nice a person as she is. Betty: The producers have announced their intention to get America Ferrara back to the charming Betty with whom we all fell in love last season. And I think we're getting there. Her superhuman assistant skills are fun to watch (check out that schedule, so many Post-Its!), and if any of you ever get a job in which you have to extinguish a fire in your boss' apartment, quit immediately. But it's fun to watch Betty do it, right? "You don't pay me enough," Betty complained, as she waved away toxic fumes. Indeed. Quotable Quotes: "Hilda's Beautility, are you ready for a glamour opportunity, a glamourtunity?" Justin, cold-calling for Hilda "Crazy train, now arriving at Gars du Renee" --Marc "Don't pout, Marc; you haven't the lips for it." Willi "You shouldn't feel bad; everyone gains weight on a cruise." Hilda, to Gina "Go away, you wanker!" Christina, to Marc when he offers her a "decadent foot rub" "You smell good, like muscles and power." --Betty, to Daniel, in a dream sequence "Mur-der!" --Christina, in that awesome Scottish burr "This is Prada; this is nada." Hilda, to Gina, comparing their shoes And, of course... "Worship me, bitches!" Christian Siriano, spawning his latest soon-to-be-annoying catchphrase What do you think? Was I too hard on "Burning Questions"? Who are you rooting for -- Henry or Gio? Will Willi and Marc ever get their well-toned butts back into the Mode fold? What did you think of Gabrielle Union's guest-starring arc, assuming it's finished, of course? And how about Ausiello's scoop that Lindsay Lohan might be appearing in a few upcoming eps (see below)? Work it, my friends, in the comments section below. Related: " It's Official: Ugly Betty Demotes Rebecca Romijn " Exclusive: Lindsay Lohan Finally Getting Ugly? Watch full episodes of Ugly Betty in our Online Video Guide. show less
Hey guys, Mickey O'Connor here filling in for Adam tonight. I'm an avid watcher of Ugly Betty, but my love for the show is a tough love, so I apologize in advance if I seem too negative or if things aren't up to the quality you expect around here. In the meantime, worship me, bitches! We've got a lot to cover…I'm sure it's tough juggling an ensemble cast of gifted comedians such that Ugly Betty boasts, and tonight's episode demonstrated the difficult choices the producers and writers must have to make every week. I love this show, but unfortunately, for me, they seem to have made some strange choices tonight. Some tired stories got the spotlight while more intriguing ones enjoyed little screen time. Let's survey the damage:Henry vs. Gio: I am a fan of Freddy Rodriguez as an actor, and loved Rico, the very real character he portrayed on Six Feet Under, but boy, is he misused on Ugly Betty. Here's the problem: I really like Betty and Henry together, and while Gio is a perfectly i... read more

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