”Ugly Betty” recap: Crashing Wilhelmina’s wedding
Wow. I can honestly say that never before has an episode of any television series — no matter how fantastic — made me squeal the way I did during last night’s Betty (and that includes you, Maury). That’s right, like an 8-year-old girl receiving her first Lisa Frank binder, I actually squealed. I think even my cat was embarrassed.
But it wasn’t Posh, or even Amanda’s rendition of ”Milkshake” (more on that later), that made me so happy to be a Betty viewer. It was simply Marc’s comment upon seeing his cleaned-up new boyfriend: ”Beauty is pain, Cliff. And you are hurtin’ me bad.” Sigh. It’s moments like these that make Betty one of the most lovable comedies on television. Sure, Betty is never short of fingernail-biting drama, or fantastic performances, but the fact that one single line in a television show could make a twentysomething college graduate act like a child is further evidence as to why Hollywood’s writers need that raise.
Let’s talk about the episode as a whole. After an iffy Wicked-themed show last week, Betty jumped back in the game full force last night with the long-awaited Slater-Meade wedding. Not only were we treated to an appearance by Posh Spice, but Vera Wang showed up as Willy’s wedding-dress designer. (And was that Karl Lagerfeld in the viewfinder of Amanda’s camera phone or just a look-alike? As I do not have DVR, I’m counting on you, TV Watchers!) But Wilhelmina should have known better than to recruit Vicky B. as her maid of honor — even the best of pods cannot contain two fabulous, attention-seeking peas. After Willy realized Posh was using her wedding to promote not only herself but a brand-new energy drink, Mode’s editor literally shoved her in a closet in order to steal back the spotlight.
But while the former Spice Girl was trapped in the closet (or was it a washroom?), Wilhelmina’s dirty little secret, her affair with her bodyguard — and real-life ex-husband, Rick Fox (awkward!) — fell right out onto the church floor. It didn’t help that (a) the entire Suarez clan, including Betty, is pretty bad at keeping secrets and (b) subtle is certainly not a word to describe Willy. Thanks to a little (emphasis on ”little”) detective work, Daniel discovered that his future stepmother was cheating on his father, and after Betty admitted she had seen the two together, Daniel decided to tell his father the news and thus break up the wedding. Trouble is, Bradford didn’t believe — or didn’t want to believe — the anti-Willy Daniel, and bottling up his anger toward his son, or his future wife, caused a heart attack at the altar. (Is it just me, TV Watchers, or does this feel a little Tommy Boy to you?) Though promos for next week showed that Bradford will live through the ordeal, I wonder if Judith Light will manage to reclaim her husband.
Sure, Bradford was being unreasonable by refusing to side with his own flesh and blood, but disloyalty seems to run in the family. Daniel fired Betty for keeping Wilhelmina’s affair a secret without giving Betty time to explain her actions. In any case, I found it hard to believe that the affair was such a shocker for Daniel. He’s known all along that Wilhelmina wasn’t marrying his father for love. And since it’s likely that Bradford himself has been at least a little suspicious all this time, would it have changed anything if Daniel had said something four months ago? Now Willy will likely exact some sort of revenge on Betty — or Ignacio — for breaking their deal. Of all the rash decisions our heroine has made this season, I think that this one could be the most damaging.
But last night’s show balanced all the drama with plenty of pitch-perfect comedy. Wish I could use the same adjective to describe Amanda’s singing. After the Mode receptionist realized her 15 minutes of fame as Fey Sommers’ daughter were running out, she tried her best to attract the public eye, LiLo-inspired outfit and all. And the girl certainly personified train wreck during her church-y rendition of ”Milkshake,” which I have to say I enjoyed far more than the original.
NEXT: Can these relationships be saved?