Ugly Betty

Season 4 Episode 20

Hello Goodbye

Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Apr 14, 2010 on ABC
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Betty's reluctance to tell Daniel about her future is holding her back, Justin and Bobby go in search of a new place - although Hilda doesn't seem too keen. Amanda struggles to deal with the death of her dog, Halston, and Marc thinks he is destined to be alone.moreless

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  • It's a wrap - after four solid years of Comedy, Ugly Betty brings down the curtains. A somewhat bitter sweet ending as the writers bring quick closure for all the characters and the viewer is left with only one choice - to say goodbye.moreless

    For the past four years we have all been able to rely on Ugly Betty to brighten up our week - does anyone remember the 1st season when Betty walked into a glass Bus Shelter? Consistantly funny and heartwarming Ugly Betty is a classic show that will be missed.

    In Hello Goodbye we say hello to a new Betty, no longer Ugly Betty, but a Betty confident in herself and ready to take on new challenges with her new found sense of beauty. For the past 8 epsidoes we saw Betty's lip liner get smaller, her makeup and hair improving and finally the braces came off to reveal a beautiful young woman.

    We also say goodbye to Mark, Willy, The Meads, Amanda and all the other characters that we have grown to adore these past 4 years.


    All the main characters are given their HAPPY ENDINGS and the closing montage is Betty in London exploring her new world - only to run into the man of her dreams. I dont know if anyone else was thinking it but i thought in the first season that Daniel and Betty would end up together.

    The ending of Betty has left me with one unavoidable question - what will fill this massive void?

    It occurs to me that a Betty movie is a real possibility but even without that the series ending left us with a grin - Daniel may become Betty's assistant and much more... Cheers and farewellmoreless
  • Perfect way to end the show. Betty the Ugly is now Betty, embarking on her dream, while Daniel matures and appreciates her in a new way (wink, wink) and Wilhelmina stops scheming and gets what she's been after while everyone else gets a happy ending.moreless

    I must admit, I didn't watch "Ugly Betty" during its original network run and only saw all 4 seasons in reruns on the TV Guide network (in a record two-month period with 2 eps shown a day). I'm sorry I missed the show and wished I had supported it during its original run, as I wasn't sure what to make of it at the time. However, in rerurns, I was immediately hooked into the quirky premise of transforming a daily Latin American telenovela into a one hour weekly comedy-drama. That being said, I thoroughly enjoyed the entire series (although season 3 felt a little weak at times). (P.S.: Whatever happened to the telenovela within the show with the ex-nun that was featured in season 1? LOL)

    The heart of the show has always been Betty and the relationship between her and Daniel. Thus, I think the finale ended perfectly. I read online that the original series, "Betty la fea" was mostly about Betty and her unrequited love for her boss, but in the American version, Betty never pined for Daniel, having love interests of her own, and the series never explored a romantic relationship between the two, focusing on their friendship instead. The series ending, however, was great as in the episodes prior to this Betty emerges from her cocoon to become a butterfly (bye, bye braces) and encounters her old loves (Matt off to save the world, Gio, Henry) until she's left alone, but not really, as Daniel has been there all along. And Daniel has transformed from playboy to seeing what was there under his eyes all the time. Whether you rooted for a Betty/Daniel pairing or not, the ending was perfect as it hinted at a possible romantic ending without feeling forced or rushed.

    The ending also served as perfect way to wrap-up most of the other characters's storylines too as Wilhelmina got what she wanted from episode 1; Marc found love and will rise up the corporate ladder in Mode; Amanda found her long-lost dad (in a storyline I thought the writers had dropped altogether); Hilda got a new life, Justin got a boyfriend and Ignacio saw his girls fly the coop and spread their wings. A minor quibble was the Tyler storyline. Other than Wilhemina exhonerating him for the shooting, not much was made of his resolution or with Claire's either.

    I did think the finale came full circle what with Halston's funeral (remember ep 1 began with Fey Sommers' death?), Betty's reflection of her old self while leaving her family, and the final title of "Ugly Betty" morphed to just "Betty." One little thing though, I would have liked to have seen the poncho one last time, LOL. Justin mentioned it in the final ep, but I thought it would have been hilarious, if in London, Daniel gave her a new poncho with the words "London" on it. I do think the series ended at the perfect time, as it ran its course over the full 4 seasons as Betty transformed completely by the end of the series. How would the show have continued in season 5 with Betty no longer "ugly" and rising up in the world? Sure, as fifth season would have been great, but its always better that a show end with the audience wanting more rather than limp along past its prime and have the audience ask, "Is that thing still on?"

    All in all, one of the best finales to a series ever.moreless
  • Adios to a great show!

    Well, it always has to happen with every series, even the really fun/funny ones. I won't say too much about what happens in this series finale. I know that there are a few who may be waiting to watch, and I do not want to spoil things. All I will say is that it is one of the most appropriate endings I have seen for a finale since the West Wing went off the air. The characters reached their moment of growth as far as they can go without starting a whole new show, and I was pleased with the story arc for each of them. I would say over the years of watching this series, I have enjoyed most the interaction of Betty with Mark & Amanda. Her influence on them and their own, if at times very negative, influence on her were always a delight. This is one of those episodes that makes you fully realize how very much you have come to have these characters as a part of your life. This is the great blessing of well-made television. You come to embrace a story as so entertaining that it becomes interesting, and you find yourself actually missing the characters. Yet you are happy that somewhere, out there in the ether of fiction, their stories continue.

    And like an awesome set of home movies, one day you will drag out the DVD's & sit back to watch the show unfold all over again... and sometimes, it will be like the first time you watched and the memories of meeting these men/women will reaffirm themselves. Congratulations to everyone involved in this program. We appreciate everything you did to be an enjoyable light in our often boring and stressful lives over the last four years. Blessings!moreless
  • Awesome show, good episode but left me wanting more!!

    the episode was a little hush hush..but the ending story lines to all the characters did justice to the show. I liked all the parts, but it seemed like they should have made a 2-hour finale instead of a normal episode. Daniel and Betty were so cute! I also liked the way they cut out 'Ugly' 'from Ugly Betty'in the end, and made it just 'Betty'! so now no more ugly, just Betty with her dreams coming true!

    I must say the yellow dress she was wearing in the middle of the episode where she tells Daniel she is leaving looked awesome on her!!

    alas its over, its so sad to say goodbye!moreless
  • Goodbye Betty.

    Just when the show was finding his groove back, ABC axed it. That's really too bad.

    I don't know if the writers knew it could be their last season but they really had a blast, and so did we. And lucky for us they had enough time to give us a decent finale that concluded the series quite well. I like it when stories don't fully come to an end and we're free to imagine whatever we want.

    Over the 4 seasons, we've seen Betty growing up, getting more mature, responsible and very good at her job. She finally got the position she deserved. Seeing Daniel meeting her in London lets us continue their story anyway we want.

    But one thing is sure, I'll definitely miss this crazy cast. Amanda and Marc were hilarious and probably one of the best "couple" on screen. Their lines were just great. Vanessa Williams was excellent, too. I can't wait to see her on Desperate Housewives.

    I wish the best to all of them.moreless
Bryan Batt

Bryan Batt

Spencer Cannon

Guest Star

Keri Uribe

Keri Uribe

Modie #1

Guest Star

Angel Picard-Ami

Angel Picard-Ami


Guest Star

Adam Rodriguez

Adam Rodriguez

Bobby Talercio

Recurring Role

Grant Bowler

Grant Bowler

Connor Owens

Recurring Role

Neal Bledsoe

Neal Bledsoe


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • While flipping through the mock issue of the 100th Anniversary Edition of Mode, Daniel sees the following pages regarding the Editors-in-Chief throughout the years, "Cynthia Spain Era," "Fey Sommers Era," "Daniel Meade Era" and "Daniel Meade & Wilhelmina Slater Era."

    • The book Wilhelmina is seen reading in the hospital after emerging from her coma is titled, 'Better Healing Through Anger'.

  • QUOTES (4)

    • Suzuki St. Pierre: Rouge Alert! Rouge Alert! Our sources have just confirmed that Wilhelmina Slater is en route to Mode where she will be publicly speaking about her shooting for the first time. Who shot the diabolical diva? And what gorgeous piece of couture did they blast a whole through? Stick with me, because Wilhelmina always tells Suzuki first.
      (to Wilhelmina) Wili, Wili!! Suzuk, here!
      Wilhelmina: Out of my way clown!
      Suzuki: (to camera) Cut!

    • Daniel: (to Betty) I can't live without you.

    • Wilhelmina: I never thought I'd say this, but... you've got big balls, Betty Suarez.
      Betty: That's the nicest thing you've ever said to me.

    • Justin: B., how come you're moving to London? Won't you miss all the kidnapping, shooting, and murder at "Mode"?
      Betty: Mm, no, not really.

  • NOTES (2)

    • Featured Music:
      'Beauty In The World' by Macy Gray
      'Ready Steady Go!' by Generartion X
      'All The World (I Tell Myself)' by Correatown
      'Rotten Apples' by Voxhaul Broadcast
      'The Last Goodbye' by Monarchy
      'Your Easy Lovin' Ain't Pleasin' Nothin' by Mayer Hawthorne

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Canada: April 14, 2010 on Citytv
      Norway: May 25, 2010 on FEM
      Australia: June 25, 2010 on 7TWO
      Sweden: July 27, 2010 on Kanal 5
      India: October 23, 2010 on Star World