I love this show and yay for the two Golden Globes! (and how much does America rock?? Even the fuggers were kind) Ugly Betty can at first glance appear “silly” but behind the silliness there are real issues addressed in a nonconfrontational manner to an audience who may not have ordinarily considered issues such as illegal immigration, the unrealistic expectations of beauty pushed upon us by the media, feeling like the odd one out, sticking to your ethics despite pressure, the value of family and the struggles to balance cultures are all dealt with an emotional sincerity that is touching, endearing and utterly lacking in television today (Free full episodes online if you want to get on board). Now the fun stuff: the story lines! If you watch please share your thoughts! (If you don’t watch there are spoilers though its not a thriller type of show so you’re not ruining it for yourself if you do end up reading)
Betty’s love drama Walter cheated on her and dumped her and gets her back? I know he’s sweet and seems to adore Betty and though he whines quite a bit about her job he eventually comes around but he seems the sort of guy who’ll only bring her down in the end. What really gets to me is Hilda, Betty’s sister is pressuring her to make this work. She lied to Henry when he called saying Betty wasn’t home and threw his number away! Who is she to meddle like that? I understand its scary to see your sister who you love throw away a “good opportunity” but isn’t Betty worth more? Does Hilda think she’s too ugly to find a better catch? Why won’t they give her the benefit of the doubt? And isn’t Henry just fabulous and don’t they have great chemistry? I hope the misunderstanding at the Christmas party when she thought he kissed a model (which he wasnt, she kissed him) will get cleared up very soon!
Wilhelmina. Yes, she has evil tendencies, but can you blame her for being angry? She’s more capable than Daniel but got passed over due to nepotism. She also knows the curious circumstances behind the former editor’s disappearance and the shadiness of Daniel’s father. So I’ll see how this story develops to truly understand the depths of her wickedness. She showed her sweet side by reaching out to her daughter and passing up a fabulous Gucci party to bake a turkey much to her consternation. I feel so bad about her broken heart. Love made her so sweet and happy. She was about to put an armadillo up on display people! In Wilhelmina land that is the mark of true love. And he knew it wouldn’t work beacuse he was married! What a jerk for breaking a heart that was frozen in frost for so many years.
Salma Hayek. I loved her, now I hate her. My jaw was hanging after last week’s episode and her evil back stabbing. I didn’t realize she was lying to Daniel though in retrospect its ludicrous to think she would have dumped such a perfect guy who she had been dating for years who was on the verge of proposing for Daniel Meade a known philanderer who she barely knew. She is correct that he has broken women’s hearts but these women mostly knew what it was about. He never asked them to propose. She intentionally led him on and met his family and tricked him into proposing only to break his heart on national television! And she USED Betty. I can forgive many things but cannot forgive her taking Betty as her pawn in her sick publicity stunt. Now I’m afraid Daniel will blame her for the backstabbing leaving her jobless. And can she get her job back considering Amanda has it now? Also, did you notice in last week’s episode that Daniel’s mother said something about Salma being heir to a fortune which Salma denied vehemently? I’m starting to wonder if there is more to that story now.
The AI aside: Watching today made me feel sick. Part of the show’s charm is the laughing at bad singers who think they are good but the truth is these people auditioned at least twice before meeting the judges and so they think they are good enough when they meet the judges. But today I felt very queasy watching because today on the second half of American Idol they had two boys on who clearly were mentally challenged or had some sort of special needs and my heart broke. These boys had no chance to make it so clearly they were sent through the prior rounds because the producers felt they would make good television. I dont think making fun of the handicapped is funny and encouarging the handicapped to humilate themselves (by putting them after through two rounds of screening auditions) is cruel.
**********Ugly Betty: Okay I just watched last night’s episode online and a few questions 1) Is Amanda now totally evil? That makes me sad. 2) ALEXIS???? That is Daniel’s brother??? I knew Rebecca Romign would be in this episode bc her name showed up as part of the CAST (not a guest appearance) but I thought she’d be Fey after a reconstructive surgery, not a MAN! WOAH.