May 24, 2007

Ugly Betty Season 1 Finale

One of the hottest tv shows this season, the finale was last Thursday. And boy, has a LOT happened since its premier- I don't even know where to start! But I shall try, so if you don't want to know what happens- don't scroll down!
Based at the head of the fashion industry, Mode Magazine, the main character is ironically the most unfashionable person one can imagine- Betty Saurez. At first, I thought it was a sort of spinoff of Devil Wears Prada and so have been waiting for a magical transformation since the premier. But no, despite temptations of the wardrobe sale and being best friends with the wadrobe manager, Christina, Betty has stuck to her true self, unfashionable self- and you know what? I think it actually grows on you, its quite endearing. And if you look carefully, her completely awful looking outfits are actually very coordinated!
Relationship-wise, she started off dating Walter who works at a place similar to Best Buys and at first dumped her for another girl and then came crawling back to her. He tried to fit into Betty's new "Mode" life, but alas, they didn't work out. Meanwhile, there was Henry the accountant, who is just SO sweet, I was totally vouching for him and gave a WHOOP when Betty dumped Walter. But then comes a Charlie and messes things up. ARGH. I'm so frustrated for Betty. They're MADE for each other.

Family-wise, Betty lives with her sister Hilda, her nephew Justin and her father Ignacio. Justin is AWESOME. I love him. I just love how he's even more excited and knowledgeable about Betty's job than she is, and he's not afraid to be himself and all even if it means not fitting in. Plus, his acting antics are just great. And unlike Betty, her sister Hilda (Justin's mother) is a beauty queen. Drama occurs between her and her son's father, Santos. And just when things were about to go right, it gets messed up with a blast. Part of me feels really bad for Hilda and Justin, but the other part realises that if things went happily ever after, what else would the writers write about next season?
And then there is her father, whose status as an illegal immigrant becomes known and the family goes through a spam lawyer and a crazy psychotic immigrant worker (Constance) who tried to marry him to get him legal residency. But alas, he ends up back in Mexico, where I predict his past is going to come back and haunt him next season. (And I think we are going to see that guy who Hilda sat with while everyone went to the little blue house, a LOT more).
Work wise, this is Betty's boss Daniel Meade. The heir to the Meade publications empire and playboy. But with Betty's help, we eventually see his serious side and see that his activities is just a result of all the pressure he faces. He just looks so cute and lost that I feel sorry for him!
First he falls in love with Sofia, an up and coming magazine editor, who was out to con him from the start for a story to launch her magazine, hiring a stripper to pretend to be the perfect boyfriend and all.
Then, just when he gets over that embarassment, the scary bunched up woman in the institution thingy turns out to be Daniel's brother, Alex, who they all thought was dead. Turned out, he just went to get a sex change. And indeed, Rebecca Romijn, is starting to look manly to me. She comes back with a vengeance because her father wouldn't accept his/her sexual preference and fights with Daniel and all. But towards the end, I think all conflict is resolved and the bonds of brotherhood holds. Although I wonder what happens.....
And then there was that whole thing about Fey Summers, Bradford Meade's ex mistress and ex Editor in Chief of Mode. All this time, they made us think that Fey Summers was not dead, with Bradford sneaking around and everything. Very clever. And then there was Claire Meade. At first she seemed like an unimportant victim in this whole story, but in the end, Who knew she had so much in her? And I don't understand? What is with men and feet fetish? Its just that I've been seeing this fetish a lot on TV shows lately. First in Sex and the City, then in Dirt and now in Ugly Betty. What is with feet that would make you cheat on your wife and blind your good judgment?
Then there is WIlhemina Slater, the creative director of Mode, and has been plotting all season to get her hands on the throne as Editor in Chief of mode. At first I thought she was just a pawn under another mastermind- the masked woman who turns out to be Alex, but turns out, she's a woman of her own. But you got to admire her determination to succeed and devotion to the industry.
Although we're reminded of her good side, through her failed relationship with that Texas guy, her daughter and her assistant- she DID swap her wedding date to have him back. Its hard to decide whether I hate or love her. And for a woman her age, how chic are those outfits she wears?
And into all this, there is Mark the assistant and Amanda the receptionist. I just LOVE the two of them, their antics and the things they say are hilarious.
I especially love Amanda because out of this whole "fashion" industry show, her outfits are the cutest and chic-est that is close to our age. Plus, the two of them do have their own little side story, and it seems that Amanda will play an even larger role next season.
Overall, as much as I love this show, I think the quality has gone down since the first few episodes. WAY too much have gone on that its starting to get slightly ridiculous. I miss those episodes where something goes wrong, and Betty comes in and saves the day. Perhaps it will get better again next season?
Wow, I just wrote a whole essay on Ugly Betty....if only school papers were so easily written!


Blogger Berkley Magazine said...

Ugly Betty rocks!! I was sucked into it just after watching the first episode and have watched every single episode.
I will most likely by the first season on DVD. Justin is easily my favorite character, he is so funny. Marc is great too, I love his style.

5/25/2007 7:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

yeah, ugly betty is my most fave series right now! marc and amanda are the most adorable bitching pair ever. while betty's outfits aren't always easy on the eye, her attitude and smile makes up for all of that! great essay, you deserve an A+. (:

5/26/2007 12:32 AM  
Blogger Kristyn said...

I think Ugly Betty is much better now it's started to focus more widely on the other characters with a little less of Betty, she was starting to become a bit saint-like always saving the day, I like hearing more about the stories around her.

Amanda has got to be my favourite though, one day I aspire to wonderfully chic office wear like hers.

5/26/2007 1:01 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


I especially love the gays - Marc and Betty's nephew! So cute.

5/26/2007 7:13 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's supposed to be modeled after the Spanish telenovelas, which are probably the most dramatic, impossible to believe things EVER
so it makes sense Ugly betty is getting a little ridic

5/26/2007 8:06 AM  
Blogger Asi Mod said...

I love Mark the Assistant and Amanada the Receptionist. They may not be the main character but they are as funny and critical to the tone of the show as Jack McFarland and Karen Walker.

5/26/2007 10:36 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I lvoe ugly betty thanks so much for the review etc!! I think ugly betty is the funnest show yet!!

5/26/2007 9:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks! I missed this episode!
Haute Concept

5/26/2007 11:37 PM  
Blogger Mrs Fashion said...

Love love love Ugly Betty! And it's all the smaller characters that make the show. Hilda rocks, Justin is so funny. Even Constance was hilarious! Sigh. I just can't wait for the new episodes!
Mrs F x

5/27/2007 1:06 AM  
Blogger Sherry said...

You're right, the ugly outfits become really endearing, especially when she is so sweet.

I almost want a poncho like hers. . . maybe I should stop watching it.

5/27/2007 4:20 AM  
Blogger Jen (MahaloFashion) said...

I love that show, betty has great style! Amanda is so funny I can't get enough of her and marc, I wonder when the show will be back on!

5/28/2007 3:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i cannot believe how amazing the whole show is! its THE best thing since fashion started. the characters are some of the most memorable we have ever seen. there are those we hate, but love inside, such as Wilhemina and Alexis. and then those who are just the cutest, most adorable people, such as betty herself and justin. and then there are THE most amzing, fantastic, fashionable, hi-wait for it-lariouse bitches, the one and only Marc and Amanda.
i have to say i love this series more than anything i have ever seen before. cannot wait for the series 2.

5/29/2007 10:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i love Mark and Amanda but my fave character has to be Henry. I LOVE him!!!! He is so cute and adorable, the perfect boyfirend...

5/31/2007 7:59 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ugly Betty is awesome, it has to be my fav right now too.

6/01/2007 4:47 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i am thirteen and i have braces and since ugly betty came out i have been piked on at school and being called ugly betty but thats life and i dont care ugly betty rocks x

6/16/2007 1:50 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is nitpicky, and on an ancient post so unlikely to be seen but it's not considered pc (and speaking as a gay woman this is something that really does bug me) to use the phrase sexual preference, which implies a choice in the matter that gay people just don't feel.
I love your blog, but this bugged me.

8/24/2007 7:07 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Love that show!!!!!!!!!!

The last episode had me glued to the TV and I actually cried at the end. Can't wait until the next season premier. I will be watching. Amanda is my favorite, so mean and bossy but really sensative on the inside.

9/15/2007 8:33 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ugly betty is the hottest tv show i have seen ever.I have seen this finale which was really interesting.I am the viewer of this show from a long time.

5/20/2008 1:05 PM  
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Its really a great post!!! Season 1 is very nice part of the show. Even I Watch Ugly Betty Episodes online and now I have a great collection of all episodes.

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