”Ugly Betty” recap: Willy meets her match
I love you, Betty. And for once, I’m not talking about the awkward magazine assistant with the thick glasses, gleaming braces, and mismatched clothes. I still adore that Betty, too, but I’m talking about the other Betty on last night's episode — the one who was once a Golden Girl, who once played the sharp-tongued Sue Anne Nivens on Mary Tyler Moore with such wit. More so than any of the genius stunt casting on Ugly Betty this season, Betty White gave the show a much-needed jolt of sass after a couple of weeks of dour episodes focused on death and sadness.
Deservedly enough, it was nasty Willy who took the brunt of White’s ferociousness. In a rush to get to a celebratory dinner and avoid the rain after securing funding for her new magazine, Slater, Willy stole a cab from someone who she thought was just a run-of-the-mill old lady. ”You’re wearing plastic,” said the editrix curtly, waving off the shuffling woman without a care. But not so fast: Some harsh words and a few crushed fingers later, we found out it was none other than Betty White who Willy shoved aside. Wrong move!
The whole fracas, which in this crazy age of instant media was caught with a cell-phone video camera by zealous fans and quickly reported by Fashion TV, was exactly what Willy didn’t need. She had just spent the day remaking her image into that of a charitable, inspirational, song-singing (”Rise and shine and give God your glory, glory!”) do-gooder after investors told her they didn’t like her harsh edge. The real showdown, however, came when White called Willy to forgive her and Willy invited her to do it publicly on Fashion TV. That’s where things really got good.
”Did I not mention that Regis and Kelly called?” snapped White after further vilifying Willy on TV in a nasty but delicious turn. ”And The View! They want me. They all want me. I’m sorry, honey, this feud is huge, and I’m gonna milk it till it’s dry.” Go, Betty, go, Betty, go, go, go, Betty! Take the b—- down! I’ll always love Willy, but if one person has to best her, I’m happy that it’s none other than a sassed-out Betty White. (”Oh terrific, I’m going on TV with whore eyes.” When Willy was interviewed about the incident, one reporter referred to White as a national treasure, and that, my TV-watching friends, she truly is.
As for the other Betty, the namesake of the show, she was dealing with a battle of her own — but with her soon-to-be-whisked-away (17 weeks, something something, blah blah) love Henry. Let me just start by saying that I think it’s fab-u that Betty has such a hunk for a boyfriend. I know we all got a glimpse of Henry’s ripped chest a few episodes ago in a dream sequence, but this week was just gratuitous, with the disgusting ice-cream-eating scene.
Betty and Henry were on different planets throughout the episode. Inspired by Gio’s fun-loving ways with Hilda, Betty decided that her stay-in-for-the-evening relationship with Henry wasn’t exciting enough. For me, this whole story line was — and maybe this was intentional — totally predictable. I mean, yawn! Betty and Henry making ice cream sundaes. Again. Betty and Henry watching obscure DVDs. Betty chiding Henry for not wanting to go dancing. Is this really where we are in this relationship? Have we gone as far as we can go? I sure hope not.
By the end, Henry was dancing — in a very dorky fashion, I might add — in an attempt to upstage Gio, but by that point, I was checked out of their boring back and forth. Honestly I’m still a fan of Betty and Henry, but for the first time, I was intrigued by Gio’s spirit and was kind of rooting for him to make some progress with Betty. Obviously, he just went to the club with Hilda to try and make Betty jealous, but his demeanor was so genuine and sweet. Part of me wants this possible love triangle to round the corner. What’s wrong with Betty broadening her horizons? Especially since she’s gonna have her heart broken when Henry leaves anyway. Gio might as well be the one there to pick up the pieces, so I’m challenging him to really make a play for Betty. Maybe, just maybe, that’d make Henry value Betty just a bit more.
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