Ugly Betty

2006, TV Show

Ugly Betty Episode: "The Past Presents the Future"

Season 4, Episode 19
Episode Synopsis: The approach of Hilda's wedding presents RSVP choices for Betty, Ignacio and Marc. Meanwhile, Justin considers his friendship with Austin; Betty mulls a professional change; and Wilhelmina recruits an unwitting ally in her war against the Meades.
Original Air Date: Apr 7, 2010
Guest Cast Daniel Gerroll: Lindsay Dunne Bryan Batt: Spencer Cannon Matt Newton: Troy Adam Rodriguez: Bobby Talercio Neal Bledsoe: Tyler Lauren Velez: Elena
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Aired: 4/14/2010
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Ugly Betty Episode Recap: "Hello Goodbye" Season 4, Episode 19

In the series finale of Ugly Betty, Betty had a difficult time telling Daniel that she is leaving Mode to take a new job in London. Amanda had to cope with the death of a loved one, as well as with the idea that soap star Spencer Cannon may be her father. Betty's family came to terms with her departure.

What Happened With the Gunshot?

The final episode begins with a funeral in the pouring rain. We're led to believe that Marc's eulogy is about Wilhelmina, since she was shot at the end of last week's episode. But the services are actually for  Amanda's dog Halston — her late mother's pet.

So what happened to Wilhelmina? She has, in fact, been shot by Tyler, and is lying in a coma. But thanks to Marc, who has been keeping up her appearance —manicures, hair and makeup — she still looks fabulous. When Willy wakes up, she's greeted by Claire, who isn't there out of the kindness of her heart. She offers Willy a hefty check in exchange for her corroboration of the story that the gunshot was an accident and Tyler had nothing to do with it. Though she might have been willing to let things slide without a blackmail check —Connor's visit to the hospital helped her put things in perspective —now she's infuriated and rips up the check.

Betty Breaks the News

 Betty is looking for the perfect moment to break the news of her move to London to Daniel, but can't seem to find the appropriate time. Marc overhears her talking to Hilda about it and helps her out of that jam by sending a mass email to all Mode employees. Betty sprints to get to Daniel before the email does, but she's too late. He appears to take the news well: When she hands him a paper to sign that lets her out of her contract, he says, "No problemo." Actually, it's a big problemo.

The next time Betty sees Daniel, he's standing inside his glass-walled office taking a lighter to Betty's paperwork in a dramatic display of just how not-OK he is with her leaving. After burning himself in the process, he tells Betty the company invested too much in her just to let her go and that he needs time to think about it.

Betty confides in Claire about her son's resistance to her departure, and Claire confronts him, questioning why he's really putting up such a fuss about Betty leaving. After hinting that he has feelings for Betty, Claire tells her son to give Betty a real reason why she shouldn't leave, and he does — well, sort of. He marches up to Betty and tells her he can't live without her and offers her a promotion and a raise. Betty declines, so he sheepishly signs her papers and makes a quick exit, visibly on the verge of tears.

Amanda Finds Her Daddy

Marc reveals to Amanda that gay soap star Spencer Cannon may be her father, and she doesn't know how to take the news, especially since they are in a fight.

At Betty's going-away party, Amanda is carrying around Halston's ashes in an urn and distributing them throughout the Mode offices (I suppose that's a step up from storing his carcass in Betty's freezer like she was). Spencer arrives and apologizes for their fight, and just as Amanda is about to tell him that he may be her father, he reveals that he is and that already knew. It turns out that he hooked up with Fey back in the '80s when he was blitzed at Studio 54, and he hired an agency to find his daughter. He didn't want to intrude, so he hired her to be his stylist. The two share some cliché father-daughter bonding time and then share a big hug.

Wilhelmina Has a Heart

With Wilhelmina ready to even the score with Claire, Marc tells her that despite the fact that she is his everything, he's really tired of the schemes and the fact that she always wants more. He walks out, and something clicks into place for Wilhelmina.

Wilhelmina heads to her press conference to tell the world what really happened the night of the gunshot, and contrary to what we all expect, she lies to the reporters, telling them she accidentally shot herself. Claire is baffled by her good deed and tells Wilhelmina she can't help but feel like she'll be indebted to her for this in the future. "We're good," Wilhelmina tells her. "Well, as good as you and I can be." At last, fashion-diva peace is brokered.

Daniel flips through the anniversary edition of Mode and has a thought. He goes into Wilhelmina's office and tells her that he's stepping down as co-editor-in-chief because the job was handed to him and he just wants to start over, make something his own. Wilhelmina is now the sole editor-in-chief of Mode, what she's always wanted, and even has Claire's blessing. It's at this point that, for perhaps the first time, we see a true, genuine smile warm up her stone-cold face.

Marc congratulates Wilhelmina, but the good news keeps on coming. Willy tells Marc that she's going to need to lean on him more creatively. Alas, there's one last scheme: She's pulled strings with her daddy, the senator, to arrange for a reduction in Connor's prison sentence. For once, life is looking relatively drama-free for our Willy.

Betty Says Goodbye

The time comes for Betty to say goodbye... to everybody. At her party, she dances the night away with Marc and Amanda. Even Wilhelmina has what passes for kind words for Betty: "You've got big balls, Betty Suarez." Her family's goodbyes as she leaves for the airport are naturally very emotional. Betty's dad has finally come to terms with her departure. Also: Hilda, Bobby and Justin are moving to Manhattan. Betty leaves for London without hearing a peep from Daniel.

As the car pulls away from the curb in Queens and she waves goodbye to her family out the rear windshield, a reflection of the old Betty — braces, bangs and all — appears to remind us how much she's grown and changed. (Sniff.)

Betty Takes On London

The final minutes of the episode are a quick-cut montage of a very fashionable Betty walking the streets of London in very trendy outfits (she did learn a thing or two at Mode!), conducting business meetings, shopping and generally looking as if she has the world on a string.

But the montage comes to a screeching halt when she bumps into Daniel. Yes, Daniel is in London. They sit down in a square to chat. Daniel apologizes for not saying goodbye before she left and announces that he's decided to stay in London and wants to take her out to dinner. She accepts and he says he'll call her later. And she actually looks a bit smitten after his offer. As Betty walks off to return to work, she turns and tells Daniel that if he wants something do, she's looking for a new assistant. "Maybe I'll submit my resume," he jokes back. Get it?

The final shot of the series is of confident career woman Betty walking off into the London afternoon.

So what did you think of the series finale? Were you hoping for more closure or do you like Betty and Daniel's ambiguous ending? In your mind, where are all the characters in six months? Discuss!

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In the series finale of Ugly Betty, Betty had a difficult time telling Daniel that she is leaving Mode to take a new job in London. Amanda had to cope with the death of a loved one, as well as with the idea that soap star Spencer Cannon may be her father. Betty's family came to terms with her departure.

What Happened With the Gunshot?

The final episode begins with a funeral in the pouring rain. We're led to believe that Marc's eulogy is about Wilhelmina, since she was shot at the end of last week's episode. But the services are actually for  Amanda's dog Halston — her late mother's pet.

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