”Ugly Betty”: The naked truth about Amanda
Braces and ill-fitting blouses notwithstanding, Betty has found herself embracing her inner Mode girl this season. Not only has she had no qualms about bending the law (see: breaking into Wilhelmina’s apartment last week), but Betty also found herself making a dreaded deal with Beelzebub herself. And last night our heroine dropped her usual pleasant demeanor and had an Amanda moment, thanks to — that’s right — a sandwich. After getting into a fight with Gio, Mode’s new sandwich guy, about her order, Betty was accused of being spoiled and demanding, just like the other staffers at the magazine. (Speaking of sudden changes, your usual Betty watcher, Tanner Stransky, is out this week; he’ll return next time.) But could you blame Betty? With all she has gone through over the past few months — the death of her future brother-in-law, her father’s deportation, and her boss’ drug addiction and near-death experience — is it such a crime that a girl would want a sandwich prepared the way she wants it prepared?
Well, according to Gio, it is. And also according to Gio, a girl can no longer be considered down-to-earth if she even knows what a sun-dried tomato is. So an angry Betty vented her frustrations to Daniel, who did what any good boss would do: fire the employee who insults his customers. Naturally, Betty, being Betty, felt bad and — in fear of becoming one of those Mode girls — told him he could make some extra cash by driving her to New Jersey to pick up a space-age wheelchair for Daniel. Cue the awkward sing-alongs and deep conversations about Betty’s life and future.
And boy, did Gio hit the nail on the head when it came to Betty. I was glad that the conversation between the two characters touched on the fact that our heroine has yet to contribute any real work to Mode, as Betty has seemed far too content as of late just delivering bagels to Daniel. And Gio’s observation that Betty is ”one of those people who wait for things to happen”? Couldn’t fit Betty more. Whether it’s waiting for her feelings for Walter to grow, waiting for Henry to make a decision about Charlie or waiting for an assignment at Mode, Betty has been all too passive. So kudos to our heroine for deciding to use her lunch break for writing classes — hopefully we’ll see her take more control of other parts of her life as well.
While Betty was off chasing iBots and justifying her career choices to Gio, the rest of the Mode staff was preparing for the night’s Black and White Ball. Marc and Amanda made plans for her to come out as Fey Sommers’ illegitimate daughter to snag some attention — and swag — at the party. Though Fey’s old attention-grabbing technique — wearing red to the Black and White Ball — failed to garner interest from the paparazzi, Marc wasn’t above staging a little (scratch that: big) wardrobe malfunction to land Amanda on Page Six. Now with her newfound fame, I wonder how long Amanda will continue to occupy the receptionist’s chair at Mode.
But it seems Amanda is more interested in discovering her true roots than submitting résumés. We learned last night that the DNA test proved that Bradford was not her father, which means we can now breathe a sigh of relief knowing she wasn’t sleeping with her brother last season (seriously?gross). But the moment between Daniel and Amanda seemed a bit odd to me. First, I feel that we Betty fans were cheated out of a scene showing Amanda telling Daniel that they could be brother and sister. And having the two kiss again, albeit mostly out of relief, seemed a bit out of character for two people who have put their relationship long behind them.
After all, Daniel’s wandering eye was far from focused on Amanda. When a basketball tutorial for Justin proved that the wheelchair-bound Daniel can not only walk but dunk a ball, he admitted, in true Daniel style, that he was faking his pain in order to bag a chick — his physical therapist, in fact. (Do I smell possible future guest star? Bonus points to whoever can predict who it might be.) Justin, ever the honest boy, called Daniel a dog, then told the editor that he reminded him of Santos. Beyond an interest in women and basketball, I’m not sure I see the link, but it is touching to see Justin discover a new father figure. But as moving as that was, last night’s episode could have used some Justin-Marc moments. Wouldn’t we all rather see Justin accessorize than attempt to throw a basketball?
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