Ugly Betty

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  • Episode Guide
  • S 4 : Ep 20

    Hello Goodbye

    Aired 4/14/10

  • S 4 : Ep 19

    The Past Presents the Future

    Aired 4/7/10

  • S 4 : Ep 18

    London Calling

    Aired 3/31/10

  • S 4 : Ep 17

    Million Dollar Smile

    Aired 3/24/10

  • S 4 : Ep 16

    All the World's a Stage

    Aired 3/17/10

  • Cast & Crew
  • America Ferrera

    Betty Suarez

  • Vanessa Williams

    Wilhelmina Slater

  • Ana Ortiz

    Hilda Suarez

  • Eric Mabius

    Daniel Meade

  • Rebecca Romijn

    Alexis Meade

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  • show Description
  • Betty Suarez has always had one goal in life: to make it into the publishing business. Despite being smart, hard-working, and productive, her dream has always been shadowed by the fact that she isn't as traditionally beautiful as her cover ready colleagues. But despite it all, she is determined to do whatever it takes to fulfill that ultimate dream.Ugly Betty stars America Ferrera in the title role. The show is based on the wildly popular Colombian telenovela which has already been successfully translated in Mexico, India, Russia, Greece and Germany - all to stellar ratings.moreless

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  • Quotes (618)

    • Marc: (seeing Betty talking with Christina and two other less than attractive co-workers) Oh! The bizarro version of Sex and The City. Amanda: Stop it! I'm gagging!

    • Daniel: Betty, I could never compare my problems to yours, but they're mine. Nothing's ever easy.

    • Amanda: Where do you come from? Betty: Queens. Amanda: What job did you have!?

    • Daniel: (seeing Betty's braces and wide smile while introducing himself to his staff) I realize I have some awful big teeth - - shoes - - to fill.

    • Betty: (to Daniel) God forbid you have to live with the ugly girl your dad forced you to hire.

    • Amanda: (speaking about a client) Ah! She's so fabulously douchy.

    • Ignacio: So, how was your interview? Betty: Um... I think it was really good. I mean, they were impressed. Hilda: You didn't get it. Betty: Well they said that they had hired everyone they needed. Ignacio: I don't understand. You're sharp, you're prepared... Someone should have begged you to work with them the day you graduated Queens College. Hilda: Betty, have you thought about exploring other options? Betty: Hilda, I am not going to sell Herbalux. Hilda: I wasn't saying that... necessarily.

    • Daniel: Who is Gina Gambarro, a new designer? Betty: No, an old slut.

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    Notes (226)

    • In Latin America, the show was translated as Betty, Mi Fea Bella, which means "Betty, my ugly beauty".

    • Awards: -2007 Emmy Award for Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series. -2007 ALMA Award for Outstanding Writing - Television Series, Mini-Series or Television Movie. - 2007 DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Comedy Series. - 2007 Image Award for Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series.

    • International Airdates: Norway: January 3, 2007 on TVNorge Belgium: March 13, 2008 on VijfTV Greece: July 1, 2008 on ANT1 Latin America: November 7, 2007 on CANAL SONY

    • Featured Music: 'Hip Teens Don't Wear Blue Jeans' by The Frank Popp Ensemble 'She Works Hard For The Money' by Donna Summer 'Wanna Fly' by Vassy 'In The Car Crash' by Swayzak 'I Like It A Lot' by Princess Superstar 'Lo Quiere To' by Solo Dos 'Suddenly I See' by KT Tunstall

    • The role of Wilhelmina was originally played by Charlotte Ross. However, when Ross decided to pass on the role for another ABC pilot, Pink Collar, Vanessa L. Williams was cast. Pink Collar was never picked up by the network.

    • The series was originally shot in New York. However, filming was then moved to Los Angeles.

    • Ugly Betty was originally scheduled to air on Fridays at 8/7c. However, after scheduling revisions, ABC decided to air the show on Thursdays at 8/7c.

    • ABC has decided to offer the series in Spanish also in order to recruit Hispanic viewers. Viewers have the option of watching in either English or Spanish.

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    Trivia (123)

    • In this pilot episode Betty's hair is America's actual hair. America later cut her hair since she didn't know that the show was going to be picked up, so she had to wear a wig.

    • You can spot Salma Hayek, the executive producer, on a telenovela that Betty watches on the show.

    • The telenovela that was showing on TV has real Mexican soap opera actors, called Marlene Favela and Sebastian Ruly.

    • Gina said that an LCD display is better than a Plasma display (PDP), but when both are technologically compared, Plasma TV is still offering better quality/price than LCD, which is quickly closing the gap. The LCD could theoretically, in a few years, after the technology evolved enough, replace the Plasma display.

    • Throughout the episode, Betty continuously trips on her high heels.

    • In the 'Previously on Ugly Betty' segment is a scene in which Hilda tells Betty that their HMO won't cover their father anymore. This is actually out of place since this scene was featured in episode 11 'Swag' which was originally supposed to be aired before 'Fey's Sleigh Ride' but was postponed.

    • The components of the music box in this episode clearly do not move when it is heard playing.

    • Daniel mentions that MODE is 50 years old, which means it has been in business since 1956.

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    Allusions (103)

    • Marc: It's a bizarre version of Sex and the City. Sex and the City was a popular American cable television program based on the book of the same name by Candace Bushnell. It was originally broadcast on the HBO network from 1998 until 2004. Set in New York City, the show focused on the sex lives of four female best friends.

    • Betty: Hilda, I am not going to sell Herbalux. Herbalux is a form of herbal medicine used in foreign nations.

    • The story of "Jenna Fletcher" is obviously a replica of the movies about Bridget Jones (as the actress playing Bridget, Renee Zellweger, had to gain weight to play the role).

    • Natalie's publicist: And remember, we're still trying to land you Two Million Dollar Baby. Two Million Dollar Baby is not a real movie, though it is obviously meant to be a reference to Million Dollar Baby. Million Dollar Baby is an Academy Award winning film that was released in 2004 about a boxing trainer who teaches a young woman to box professionally.

    • Steve: I didn't know you spoke German. Bradford: I don't, I just own the newspaper. The Newspaper Bradford Meade is holding is the Berliner Zeitung, an Eastern German newspaper that was founded in 1945. The paper was bought in 2005 by the British publishing group Mecom Group and the America Company Veronis Suhler Stevenson. The paper currently has a readership of around 468,000 and is one of the largest subscription newspapers in Germany. The paper is also a nod to the German version of the telenovela which was called Verliebt in Berlin which translates to In Love with Berlin or In Love at Berlin.

    • Justin: I saw Prada like, seven times. This is a reference to the film "The Devil Wears Prada" released in 2006. The concept for both the film and this show are very similar - an unfashionable woman goes to work as an assistant at a top fashion magazine.

    • Gina: Who knew that this thing was like the freaking Dead Sea scrolls! The Dead Sea scrolls comprise roughly 825-872 documents, including texts from the Hebrew Bible, discovered between 1947 and 1956 in eleven caves in and around the Wadi Qumran. The texts are of great religious and historical significance, as they are practically the only known surviving Biblical documents written before AD 100.

    • Betty's Co-Worker: Yeah, National Geographic! The National Geographic Magazine, later shortened to National Geographic, is the official journal of the National Geographic Society. On rare occasions, special editions are also issued. It contains articles about geography, popular science, world history, current events and photography.

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