Ugly Betty

Season 1 Episode 23

East Side Story

Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM May 17, 2007 on ABC
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Episode Summary

Betty and Henry's romance heats up. Meanwhile, Wilhelmina makes great strides in her ambitious power play, as Daniel descends further in a downward spiral. The Suarez family trip to Mexico takes a dangerous turn, with old ghosts creating new problems. Explosive secrets will be revealed, and everything will be tied together by a beloved Broadway musical.moreless

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  • This episode made me happy, angry, and sad.

    Well, I know it's late in this review but who knows someone might go back like I did and catch the beginning of Ugly Betty. I have to say that the Henry and Betty's moment were adorable until Charlie had to come along and ruin the whole thing. She wasn't so bad in the beginning until she became a crazy jealous and cheating girlfriend to Henry. I've watched from season 2 onwards to the current season (3 Bad Amanda) so I know what happened. I still root for Betty and Henry because I doubt anyone could have the love she has for me. I teared at the end of the episode. Santose's death when something good was finally happening. There are a lot of key points to this episode but those are the two that are really stuck in my head. It just makes me sad to see this again and it reminds me of what's not in the show now. Still, probably one of the best because it shocked me, made me laugh, and pulled at my heart.moreless

    In the amazing season finale, Betty is finally getting together with Henry, who is tricked into believing he knocked up his ex when she really got pregnant by an orthodontist. Sofia's fiance is shot in a robbery, Wilhemina's plans for Bradford intensify, Daniel O.D.'s and gets into a car crash with Alexis and the amazing, tear-filled, dramatic ending is tied by the fateful song "Halfway There" from the classic musical of the broadway stage: West Side Story, quite appropriate. Also, Christina and Amanda are trapped in Wilhemina's sex/fashion dungeon where they learn a powerful secret! Anyway, an extremely sad, happy, and incredibly dramatic episode!moreless
  • Why?!

    This was definitely something to leave viewers hanging as their season finale that really keeps you wanting more. Of course there was laughter that made you laugh out loud and the Awwww concerning Betty and Henry but I think the biggest part of the episode was the shooting of Santos. Gosh man right when things were looking so good for Hilda they had to go and shoot off her man. I think that scene tied in with the musical Justin performed in really made this a powerful episode. It's ashamed they have to lose him. I also can't believe Daniel and Alexis had to get into an accident but all of these incidents makes you more interested in the show which is a job well done in the writers part.moreless
  • One word "Wow!"

    Ugly Betty is an INCREDIBLE show! I loved nearly every episode. The last episode was definitely the best! But it left everything at a cliff hanger. And that is why it was soo good! I was literellay crying at the end, I couldnt beleive my self. Hilda was really good in this episode and what happened with Amanda and (can remember her name) was funny and how they were drunk! lmao. And Daniel and Alexis's part was good too! Wihlemena is so evil! I cant beleive Meade felt for it! Will they really get married?

    This episode was definitely a memorable one! And cannot wait for season 2 . It is going to be AMAZING!!moreless
  • ok i suppose

    i have only just watched this episode, and i thought it wasn't as good as i thought it would be.

    i was really looking forward to what was going to happen after already hearing about it. i got myself built up for a fantastic episode, but was very disappointed.

    i found that the episode was full of anti-climaxes. the worst of which when amanda found out that her mum was fey sommers. that really anoyed me because they could have made that longer and made us on edge more.

    they had a fantastic build up to everything that was going to happen but whe it did happen it was boring and all happened too quickly.

    but i must congratulate the director on the fantastic ending. the camera work and editing was amazing and it worked very well. but why santos?!?!? i was looking forward to his and Hildas wedding. can't wait until nxt season though and lets hope that the season finale wll be better than this onemoreless
Kristin Chenoweth

Kristin Chenoweth


Guest Star

Gina Gershon

Gina Gershon


Guest Star

Juliette Goglia

Juliette Goglia


Guest Star

Judith Light

Judith Light

Claire Meade

Recurring Role

Kevin Alejandro

Kevin Alejandro


Recurring Role

Jayma Mays

Jayma Mays


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • Justin is singing the song "Something's Coming" from WEST SIDE STORY at the same time Santos gets held up at the convenient store - then it flashes forward to the final scene of WEST SIDE STORY as Santos is the actual stage musical there would have been at least 2 1/2 hours between these 2 moments

    • Claire alerts the driver that Sugar-Free Shirley is going into hypoglycemic shock; this is incorrect. Hypoglycemic shock occurs when the body has too LITTLE sugar. Since Shirley ate a candy bar, she had too MUCH sugar, which would mean she went into HYPERglycemic shock.

  • QUOTES (13)

    • Marc: (to Wilhelmina) Woman, are you aging backwards?

    • Diane: You are such a chick flick. I would totally pay twelve dollars to see you.

    • (Amanda and Christina are stuck in the love dungeon, both are drunk)
      Amanda: We've been talking a lot about me. And it's been fun...
      Christina: (interrupting Amanda) Okay, so you wanna know one of my secrets?
      Amanda: You wanna kiss me don't you?
      Christina: (rolls her eyes) Back in Scotland, I have a husband.
      Amanda: Oooh, you just got ten percent more interesting.
      Christina: He's an insurance auditor.
      Amanda: Okay, five percent.
      Christina: Oh, believe me it was less, the only time it got exciting was when he'd come home drunk and start throwing the furniture around. So one morning, I woke up, I made Stuart his breakfast and off I went to the airport. To this day he has no idea where I am.
      Amanda: There is so much more to you then that accent. (gets a weird look from Christina) You can kiss me now if you want to.

    • Marc: Little glitch. Teeny, tiny, Cindy Crawford mole-sized problem. It looks like St. Patrick's Cathedral is already booked for June 16.
      Wilhelmina: What?!
      Marc: What do you get from St. Patrick's? Bad incense, and a bunch of guilty men in dresses.

    • Justin: I told Mom if she went with the green organze for the bridesmaids, she was on her own.

    • Diane: Oh my God! That is so romantic. It's like Julia Roberts flossing before whoring herself in "Pretty Woman".

    • Marc: Inhale Ricky Martin, exhale Colin Farrel.

    • Daniel: When I thought you were dead, I visited your grave every Sunday. Sometimes I still want to, because I still miss you.

    • Diane: You are Drew Barrymore!

    • Diane: (after hearing the sad news about Betty and Henry) I hate this girl! What's her name, so I can hate her with a name?

    • Diane: Okay, maybe I do escape to the movies a little more often than I should, but this is your movie, Betty.
      Betty: It is?
      Diane: This is your chance for the happy ending you've always wanted!
      Betty: Yeah.
      Diane: Now go home and put on some totally cute top and run a brush through that hair - or maybe a hat! And go and stop that plane! You're Drew Barrymore!
      (Betty gets her stuff and is about to run out of Diane's office but comes back)
      Betty: Wait, I have my nephew's show tonight, and I don't have Henry's flight number and what about security? I --
      Diane: Drew Barrymore!

    • (Amanda walks in on Henry and Betty in the copy room)
      Amanda: Ewww! Dorkus interruptus!

    • (Betty brings Daniel a rock from Mexico)
      Betty: It's supposed to be mystical. The old man who sold it to me said it would help you on your journey to enlightenment. Or with cramps. My Spanish really sucks.

  • NOTES (5)

    • Featured Music:
      'The Way We Were' by Dave Koz & Vanessa Williams
      'Somethings Coming (from 'West Side Story')'
      '(Somewhere) Finale (from'West Side Story')'

    • This episode was nominated for the 2008 Excellence in Production Design Award for Television - Single Camera Television Series.

    • International Airdates:
      Norway: June 13, 2007 on TVNorge
      The Netherlands: February 4, 2008 on Net 5
      Latin America: June 26, 2008 on Sony Entertainment Television
      Greece: July 31, 2008 on ANT1

    • Kristin Chenoweth guest stars in this episode. Kristin played the original Galinda/Glinda in Broadway's Wicked.

    • Angelica Vale, who played the moody dentist assistant, starred as Lety in Mexico's version of Betty La Fea the telenovela from which Ugly Betty was derived.