Ugly Betty

2006, TV Show

Ugly Betty Episode: "Betty's Baby Bump"

Season 2, Episode 16
Episode Synopsis: Betty tries a different tactic in her rivalry with Charlie by throwing her the mother of all baby showers. Meanwhile, Justin's poor grades in gym prompt a confrontation between Hilda and his teacher (Eddie Cibrian); Daniel is sent reeling by relationship woes; and Christina learns the identity of the father of the child she's carrying for Wilhelmina.
Original Air Date: May 8, 2008
Guest Cast Christopher Gorham: Henry Grubstick Rob Brownstein: Dr. Weiss Derek Riddell: Stuart Eddie Cibrian: Coach Diaz Brandon Johnson: Paramedic Kari Matchett: Dr. Wallace Jayma Mays: Charlie Freddy Rodriguez: Gio
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"Betty's Baby Bump" Season 2, Episode 16

Hey guys, Mickey O'Connor here again. As usual, everyone in the world of Ugly Betty is scheming and scamming this week -- to varying degrees of success. Let's tally the scores: Scheming the coach Hottest Gym Teacher Ever Coach Diaz (guest star Eddie Cibrian) is going to fail poor Justin, sending mama bear Hilda into action. And how! After a snappy exchange with Coach Diaz, which was equal parts sass and eye rape, Hilda decides to use her substantial feminine wiles -- and her shears - to bend the poor coach to her whims, which may or may not only include a passing grade for Justin. She achieved a certain measure of success: Justin will get to choreograph the cheerleading squad instead of gym class! I like the chemistry between these actors, and I look forward to their inevitable courtship. Ana Ortiz did some fine acting during her "mourning Santos" phase; it's time for the girl to have a little fun. Advantage: Tie (Nobody's a loser in this pairing.) Scamming the ladies So Daniel is depressed about Renee going all cuckoo's-nest last week, so he, naturally, decides to bury his sorrows in a pigpile of willing female flesh. It's happened to the best of us. Claire and Alex - ever the busy magazine-producing beavers these days - encourage him to see a shrink, which, eventually, he does. I had higher hopes for these scenes, as I really like Kari Matchett, the actress who played the comely Dr. Wallace. She was sharp as a tack as an acid-tongued corporate attorney on Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, and I hoped she might be more of a formidable adversary for Daniel in this forum. But no. They hooked up, driving her shrieking for her own shrink. It took a typically folksy talking-to from Papa Suarez to encourage Daniel to channel his passions elsewhere, to find his "mole," which turned out to be his work (heh-heh) at Mode, where he knows how to saturate the color-balance and move the photo essays to the front of the book. (Groundbreaking.) It was the Meade version of a tender moment, albeit a short-lived one. Enter Wilhelmina. Advantage: Daniel (though feminism is the only loser here) Scamming the Meades Can I get an Amen for "the biggest comeback since Jesus"? With the help of one hell of a PowerPoint presentation, "Pretty Barbara, not Freckly Barbara" from PR powerhouse PMK, and a lot of hand-on-hip posing, Willi's ramping up to her version of a coming-out party. Christina is far enough along that it's pregnancy-announcement time, and I'm guessing it's this revelation that will facilitate Willi and Marc's re-entry into the Mode fold that was hinted at in the previews for next week. In Marc's words, it was blasphemous. and sexy. Thank Prada! Not so fast though. It seems that Christina and her scheming, terminally ill husband Stuart are fighting Willi's schemes with one of their own. And it's a doozy. Christina actually asked Willi to watch the beating heart on the sonogram, and "for once in [her] monstrous life," think about the baby. She asked her to love it (ack) and give it everything that it needs. What could be a more devious request of someone like Willi? Ashley Jensen, who I already loved from her run on Ricky Gervais' Extras, really demonstrated some fine, straight-faced acting in this scene, despite her Scottish burr that always makes me giggle. ("Mur-der!") Advantage: Team Slater (for now) Scheming the pregnant ex So Betty takes a little of her own advice to Daniel and decides to become Charlie's best friend and yoga partner, and plan una fiesta del bebe for Charlie, which includes flying some tamales in first-class from Tucson (the hell?). Because she's Betty, she thinks this is a good idea, but I'm with Claire Meade on this, planning a baby shower for your boyfriend's ex-girlfriend is B-A-N-A-N-A-S. Although it was clearly a thinly veiled attempt to give Amanda something to do this week, Becki Newton owes the writers big-time for their clever inclusion of Amanda at the festivities. One of my favorite details about Amanda is that she is powerless in the face of Latino cuisine. Watching her scarf down Charlie's precious tamales while she equated the pain of her not-a-nose-job to childbirth was richly comic. What a difference a week makes. Last week I was railing against the producers' attempts to pit Henry against Gio, and I was all Team Henry. This episode changed my tune. As I watched Betty tear up as Henry cradled his new baby boy, I started thinking that meeting Henry halfway in Springfield, Missouri -- where they have weather -- was probably the worst idea yet for Betty. I still don't think she should end up with Gio, but nevertheless, I'm hoping the powers that be agree with me and ship Henry off to the desert for good. I know I'm as surprised as you are. Advantage: Betty (as it should be) Are you as ready as I am for Willi's comeback? Do you think Betty would be better off playing the field for now? Did your gym teacher look like Eddie Cibrian? And does anyone know the name of that soulful song they played over the end of the episode. I'm in the habit lately of only downloading songs I see on TV, in a movie, or in Apple ads, and I must have it. [UPDATE: I love the Internet! The song is "Didn't You Know (You'd Have to Cry Sometime)" by Gladys Knight and the Pips. Off to iTunes! ] show less
Hey guys, Mickey O'Connor here again. As usual, everyone in the world of Ugly Betty is scheming and scamming this week -- to varying degrees of success. Let's tally the scores:Scheming the coachHottest Gym Teacher Ever Coach Diaz (guest star Eddie Cibrian) is going to fail poor Justin, sending mama bear Hilda into action. And how! After a snappy exchange with Coach Diaz, which was equal parts sass and eye rape, Hilda decides to use her substantial feminine wiles -- and her shears –- to bend the poor coach to her whims, which may or may not only include a passing grade for Justin.She achieved a certain measure of success: Justin will get to choreograph the cheerleading squad instead of gym class! I like the chemistry between these actors, and I look forward to their inevitable courtship. Ana Ortiz did some fine acting during her "mourning Santos" phase; it's time for the girl to have a little fun.Advantage: Tie (Nobody's a loser in this pairing.)Scamming the ladiesSo Daniel is d... read more

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