Ugly Betty

Season 1 Episode 18

Don't Ask, Don't Tell

Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Mar 22, 2007 on ABC
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Betty is in for some wild drama when Marc's mother stops by, given that the latter doesn't seem to know that her son is gay and Betty acts as his girlfriend to help him keep his secret. Meanwhile, Daniel and Alexis are forced to work together when Claire names them both co-editors-in-chief.moreless

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  • First and only episode I've ever seen of this show, but it was pretty great!

    Having never seen the show before but having read some things, I was most affected by the storyline between Marc and his mother. After seeing him as a snarky person talking to Betty it was truly heartbreaking when his mother said she didn't want to know him if this was the life he had chosen (to be gay I loved the moment when Henry was muttering under his breath all of Betty's favorite things as he walked away; he had the sweetest expression, and they were quite adorable together. I appreciated the fact that Daniel was willing to let Alexis win and I enjoyed his letter that was not going to appear. I like the dynamic between Betty and Daniel, especially when he was teasing her about Marc, but also when he was saying that he appreciated her pep talks.moreless
  • Marc and Betty pretend to be going out.

    Great episode! Betty is in for some wild drama when Marc's mother stops by, given that the latter doesn't seem to know that her son is gay and Betty acts as his girlfriend to help him keep his secret. Meanwhile, Daniel and Alexis are forced to work together when Claire names them both co-editors-in-chief. I just hate Alexis! I want to punch him in the face! If I was Daniel I would trip him while they were running. That would be so funny. I still don't get why he gived up so quick. He could of still tryed like Betty said.moreless
  • ugly betty is such a good show!

    I thought this episode was hillerious. betty helped mark by pretending to be his girlfriend when his mum come to visit. amanda had helped mark before and enjoyed pretending to be his girlfriend.I thought it was so funny how marcs mum was so shocked about betty's family.I felt sorry for mark when he told his mum about him being gay and for how she reacted to him. anyway i wouldnt like to see Wilhemnia as the new editor of mode. and i think it would be great if betty and mark become good freinds and mark starts to give betty info about all wilhemnia's and alex's devious plans to become editor of mode. cant wait till next episodemoreless
  • Poor Marc

    Oh my sweetboy: ) This episode makes the serie more in our life. It's like something we all know in our lifes or aomething we can hear from someone. The characters are like normal people on our normal lifes, not just a tv series. And because of that I like this show. No matter where they live(penthouses or Queens town) we can feel the goods and the bads in their lifes. They can be rich but they dont have someone to spent their money with. They can be laugh or dont take everything serious, in this episode like Marc, but in their orijinal lifes we cant know what they live. It's good, and I think this is the most important point about why this show continuous is.moreless
  • More about Marc

    Is Marc actually a person?! The answer is... yes! Yeah, I'm as surprised as you. I guess Marc isn't just a super annoying fasion industry guy. I feel really bad for him, but, in the end, he was better off without his mom. I hated that woman, she was a terrible, terrible person... kind of like most of the people in Betty's world. I didn't really like watching her be such a fruggen biggot, but, in the end she left and hopefully will never make another appearance on the show. It was an important message on the show to add with it's other morales. A very nice episode I think.moreless
Patti LuPone

Patti LuPone

Mrs. Weiner

Guest Star

John Burke

John Burke


Guest Star

Judith Light

Judith Light

Claire Meade

Recurring Role

Christopher Gorham

Christopher Gorham

Henry Grubstick

Recurring Role

Max Greenfield

Max Greenfield

Nick Pepper

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (8)

    • We're introduced to Nick Pepper in this episode and if you listen to the DVD commentary you learn that he was named after an executive from ABC.

    • From a deleted scene from "Don't Ask Don't Tell", Betty asks Marc: "Your real name is Weiner?" Marc answers: "I had to change it. A gay kid named Weiner? I wanted to beat myself up.") This would have explained the difference between his mother's and his name.

    • When Wilhelmina pours Claire a drink, the cup disappears and then reappears between scenes.

    • When Alexis calls her assistant Nick into her office, he opens his book twice.

    • When Alexis is talking to Wilhelmina in her office, Alexis' arm moves from her side, to her hair between scenes.

    • When Marc puts the coat on his mother, she has her purse on her right shoulder; however, in the next shot she has it on her left shoulder.

    • When Betty is talking to Daniel about the letter he wrote, he says he doesn't know how to write it and he throws a pen to the table. In the next shot when Betty is talking, he throws it again.

    • Marc and his mother have different last names. In Fake Plastic Snow we learned that Marc's last name is St. James, but he may have changed it from Weiner for obvious reasons, or perhaps his mother has remarried.

  • QUOTES (10)

    • Marc: (to Jean) I am..uh..breaking up with Betty.
      Jean: Oh, thank God!
      Marc: Wait, you didn't like her?
      Jean: Marc, honey, let's be honest. With that hair and that face, what were my grandchildren going to look like?

    • Jean: So, Hilda, you're a single mom. That must be hard. How long ago did you and your husband split?
      Hilda: Oh, we were never actually married. You know: Prom night, condom breaks, long story.
      (Betty and Marc flinch)
      Hilda: Actually, no. That's pretty much it.

    • Marc: We'll always have that fake pregnacy scare!
      Amanda: Oh, that was a real scare you idiot, it just wasn't yours!

    • Betty: Favorite Disney princess?
      Marc: Oh, Mulan!
      Henry: (whilst walking away) Cinderella. Her mother always read that to her before bed.

    • Marc: (about why he's "broken up" with Amanda) We'd been dating three years, and my mother started pressuring me to buy the cow, so...
      Amanda: (annoyed) So you're saying we're over? And I'm fat?

    • Amanda: Look, I'm not dating your kid anymore, so I don't have to listen to all the cat chat.
      Jean: Marc's right. You are cranky when you don't get your fix.

    • (Marc is trying to stop Betty from leaving the house to go after Daniel)
      Marc: He is your ex-boyfriend and I am your current boyfriend!
      Betty: He is my boss and you are an idiot!
      Marc: Oh boy! Are we gonna talk about this in couples counseling!

    • Jean: Who's Daniel?
      Justin: He's, ah, Betty's ex-boyfriend.
      (Marc and Betty stare at him annoyed)
      Justin: What? I can't play too?

    • Claire: (handcuffed to her hospital bed) I've had better Mondays. And better jewelry.

    • Ignacio: (about being under house arrest) I'm going stir-crazy in here. I'm starting to forget the feel of rain, the smell of freshly mowed grass.
      Hilda: Papi, we live in Jackson Heights. The grass smells like fried onions.

  • NOTES (2)

    • International Airdates:
      Norway: May 9, 2007 on TVNorge
      Bulgaria: November 13, 2007 on Nova TV
      Latin America: May 8, 2008 on Sony Entertainment Television
      Greece: July 24, 2008 on ANT1

    • Featured Music:
      'Boys Wanna Be Her' by Peaches
      'Chariots Of Fire' by Vangelis
      'Orange Sky' by Alexi Murdoch


    • Marc: It has fluorescent lighting. I refuse to be looked at under this merciless glare.
      Wilhelmina: Patience, Blanche.

      This is a reference to Blanche Dubois from Tennessee Williams' play A Streetcar Named Desire. In the play, Blanche was portrayed as refined and was appalled by her sister's poor living conditions. Several times she placed shades over lights to hide her facial flaws.

    • Betty said "Justin is upset because Dreamgirls didn't get the 'Best Movie'", and then Justin said "What is Babel anyway?". They're talking about the 2007 Academy Awards. Babel, a movie about people from different countries conected by a terrorist attack, got the award nomination for 'Best Feature Film', unlike Dreamgirls, the film version of the musical about 3 singers in the '60s and the '70s.

    • The FREE CLAIRE t-shirt Justin wears is very similar to one used in The OC to front a FREE MARISSA campaign when she was forced to attend Newport Union. They wanted to campaign to have her allowed back to Harbour like Justin wants Claire released from prison. It is also similar that both feel justify in their actions for killing Fey and shooting Trey.

    • Marc: So this is where the tragic happens.

      This refers to the MTV show Cribs when celebrities give tours of their homes and often say the line "This is where the magic happens" when showing their bedroom. Marc says his line when entering Betty's bedroom.

    • Justin: He wanted to take me out for fast food. Chicken nuggets are like 15 points and its almost swimsuit season.

      Justin is referring to the Weight Watchers Points system where food is assigned point values and a certain amount of points is allowed a day.

    • Betty: I keep waiting for Mr. Roper to walk in.

      This is a reference to the 1977 show Three's Company where the roommates told their landlord that Jack is gay so he can live with two girls. They are constantly caught in funny and suggestive situations by the landlord, Mr.Roper.

    • Daniel: (to Alexis) So Lucy's actually going to let Charlie Brown kick the football this time?

      In Charles Schulz's comic strip Peanuts, it was a running gag for Lucy to hold a football for Charlie Brown to kick. Then Lucy would pull the football away at the last second and Charlie Brown would fall to the ground.