Like virtually every episode of UGLY BETTY, last night’s installment was the perfect Mode Mojito of hilarity, emotion and surprises. With the biggest shocker being that DAWSON’S CREEK James Van Der Beek is still acting! Who knew?
But in all seriousness, UGLY BETTY is perhaps the one series this season that’s completely managed to avoid the dreaded sophomore slump. From its brilliant use of guest stars [Spy Daddy Victor Garber] to its snappy dialogue ["When Fey started puking up her breakfast, she was thrilled. Until she realized she was pregnant!"] UGLY BETTY truly lives up to NBC’s Thursday night slogan ‘Comedy Night Done Right’ [and after last night's train-wreck episode of THE OFFICE, at least one show should, regardless of network.]
That said, my one issue with the season thus far is Justin. While I recognize the fact that the writers have to find ways in which to integrate him into the story-lines. His lightining fast transformation from
straight gay ‘A’ student to basketball playing, beer drinking badass seems a little quick. Outside of an episode or two last season, Justin had virtually zero relationship with his father. Yet now that he’s permanently gone from Justin’s life [ie. dead] we’re supposed to buy the fact that Justin wants to be just like him? He doesn’t really even know what kind of man he was.
In other dead [missing] parent news, Amanda’s search for her biological father continues to produce brilliant results. Willi’s recollection of her swinging Studio 60 days were hilarious as was Amanda’s ‘father collage’ of parent possibilities. While we have a feeling Ted Kennedy, Warren Beatty and Ricardo Montalban won’t be showing up at Mode anytime soon, the guest starring possiblities are endless.
And finally, this TV Addict’s thoughts on UGLY BETTY wouldn’t be complete without mentioning Marc, BETTY’s MVG [Most Valuable Gay]. Whether he’s sucking up to Wilhemena, mocking Betty or plotting with Amanda, Michael Uri can do know wrong.
Surely, I’m not the only one in love with this season’s BETTY? Post away with your thoughts. And if you have yet to listen, check out the official UGLY BETTY podcast starring Becki Newton [Amanda] and Michael Uri [Marc]. It’s hands down the funniest podcast out there.