Review: Ugly Betty, Season 3, Episode 19

I took the time watching this episode of Ugly Betty after I heard rumours about how it was going on hiatus until the month of May – and apparently guys it’s true, no new Ugly Betty episodes until May 7th! Can you believe it, how they are toying with our emotions like this? How rude!

Seriously though, why the hiatus? It’s not like the writers don’t have anything to write about – between the baby, Wilhelmina’s not getting over Connor, the company potentially going under, Betty’s evil step-mother, YETI, Amanda trying to find her father (what happened with that by the way?), Hilda and Ignacio both dating and, of course, the absolute fabulosity of Justin… GET WRITING ALREADY!

And if you don’t have any ideas, well… Just send me an email, why don’t you?

In any case, I ended up watching it and as usual, thoroughly enjoyed the episode. While it’s still far from what UB was about in Season 1, kudos needs to be given to the show for still being interesting even when everything about it has changed in the last two years. If things keep going at the speed they have been, Betty is going to be married with kids by the end of Season 4.

And no, I am not taking any bets on that.

Let’s start with the Wilhelmina story arc. I loved the whole sleeping with her eyes open – it really adds to the psychosis that is Ugly Willy (how the heck did she get that name? She’s gorgeous!). It was also interesting how we got some insight into how she felt without the typical boring sob fest a break-up, particularly a traumatic one, usually gives way to. Even her sob-fest near the end of the episode was hilarious, and the fact that the model/nanny became her counsellor really added to the quirkiness of the moment.

Yes, I used the word ‘quirkiness’ in a paragraph pertaining to Wilhelmina. Like I said, the show has come a long way.

Hilda’s story arc was also interesting, all the more that not only many women I work with had been in that situation, but so had men. Marketing does affect the way the level of attractiveness someone is attributed, and the sad fact remains that a person can become more interesting if their attributes are highlighted by the fact that someone else wants to get their hands on them, too.

Does that make a hypocrite out of Hilda? I don’t know. I hesitate to pronounce myself on the topic since Hilda was set up and felt uncomfortable from the beginning. Perhaps the ex-girlfriend coming back was a nice wake-up call for an attraction that was there but that Hilda was ignoring for all the wrong reasons? Or perhaps it was just a way for Hilda to ‘win’ something – i.e. being with the guy in demand.

Who knows.

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Episodes funny moments:

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Ignacio managing to slam the door into his daughters’ at the most inopportune moments.

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Wilhelmina (after falling asleep at a Mode meeting): I can’t even take a sleeping pill because of that damn baby.

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Amanda (giving Betty boyfriend advice): You have been dating for like a year.

Betty: A month.

Amanda: Exactly.

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Justin (unhappy about the camping trip): He can bring 6 cans of bug spray and I can’t bring a hair dryer

Ignacio: Justin there is no electricity

Justin: Oh dear God

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Amanda: Maybe a hundred years ago, in the 1950s!


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EW: ‘Rihanna is NOT a role model’

A little while ago, I mentioned how confused I was that celebrities were role models, and yet role models were not celebrities. As I have been scouring the internet for other opinions on the subjects, I am quite happy to note that more people than expected agree, one of the being EW’s Mark Harris:

Maybe we could all take a minute off from clucking ”Don’t do it, girl!” alongside Oprah to ask ourselves what on earth made any of us think Rihanna was a role model in the first place. She is a singer — after all, only a singer — who became famous as a teenager because a couple of years ago, she sang one song in which she found new and interesting things to do to the word umbrella, and another (”Don’t Stop the Music”) in which she expressed her desire to blow off steam by going to a club and hooking up with a stranger. There’s nothing wrong with that. The songs are catchy and sexy, she performed them well, and people liked them, so she became a big success. Good for her! (…)

But role model? Have we lost our minds? If we really think that being famous now automatically qualifies you as someone whose example should be imitated and followed by young people, then that can only mean we now believe that fame in itself represents a form of moral superiority.

Or perhaps we’re all just looking for new ways to beat up Rihanna and get away with it.

Read the rest of the article here.