Ugly Betty

Season 2 Episode 1

How Betty Got Her Grieve Back

Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Sep 27, 2007 on ABC
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Episode Summary

Betty's life is turned into turmoil after the numerous upsetting events that have recently occurred. Despite all this, she refuses to accept the fact that Henry's leaving has deeply affected her. Meanwhile, Amanda has a hard time coping with the news she recently discovered about who her real mother is and Wilhelmina plans to use all the recent tragedies to her advantage.moreless

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  • Let's bring this show back down to earth, okay?

    Thought Season 1 was very good overall, but what gives with this episode? What's real and what isn't? Too many preposterous plotlines and rediculous, over-the-top situations to maintain any interest.

    The writers have clearly decided that absurdity is what the viewers want and they are doling it out in supersized portions. After watching for an hour, I'm exhausted. Lastly, what's the deal with Santos? Was everything up until the last 60 seconds flashbacks? If so, it would help to know that! To imply that he was killed at the end of Season 1, bring him back as just injured, and then kill him off again, is just manipulating the viewer.moreless
  • What ever happened to starting the season with a bang?

    This episode just didn't cut it for me. I sat down ready to watch this episode to see what was going to happen - but was looking for something to do while I was watching it at the 30 minute mark. I found her slightly more straightened hair rather annoying as it isn't what her character had in the first series and I think the whole "pretty" angle is being slowly infused into her character.

    The twist with Alexia was good, but to a degree I found Daniel's apology and begging for forgiveness a little flat.

    Overall it wasn't the strongest season opener that I've ever watched, but I'll be tuning in next week with my fingers crossed for an improvement.moreless
  • Betty refuses to accept the fact that Henry's leaving has deeply affected her. Amanda has a hard time coping with the news she recently discovered about who her real mother is and Hilda realizes what has happened with Santos.moreless

    This episode was so amazing! Daniel finally quit the drugs and found peace with Alexis - who waked up as Alex! Marc was amazing in this episode.. He did everything to help both Amanda and Wilhelmina (Even though that kind of sucked) and he was really nice! I loved Justin! And Betty was also amazing (as usual) I can't even imagine how it must be to try to control the household when everything sucks! (Both for herself, her family AND her friends!) And last but not least.. Santos really died! I can't believe it! That's horrible, Hilda and Santos finally got together, and the he dies?! I cried like a baby when she finally realized it (and that was even though I already knew he was dead.. Stupid Denmark for being that far behind!)moreless
  • Recovery

    In the aftermath of the breath-taking season finale, Betty tries to get over Henry with help from Daniel, Daniel enters Alexis' room and finds she has reverted to Alex, Wilhemina deals with Clare Meade to save her marriage with Bradford, Marc tries to help Amanda find her birth father, who they suspect is Bradford, and Sofia is caught in her own twisted reality. This episode was so sad. Sofia is finally hit with the impact of her true love's death and Henry returns to town to win Betty back. This is sure to be an exciting dramatic season for all Ugly Betty fans.moreless
  • Really roller coaster episode!

    A really roller coaster episode that picks off from the great first season. As Betty is coping with Henry being gone. Hilda however, has loss her fiance forever. Daniel blames himself for being drunk and getting him and his sister into an accident. Justin gets stuck in a kids camp that he doesn't like at all and goes to Meade's to escape it all. Alex is in a coma. While Wilhemia, the person you love to hate, tries to use all of these to her advantage. As not all hope is loss. Henry comes back. As that indeed puts a smile on Betty's face. Really good second-season show.moreless
Illeana Douglas

Illeana Douglas


Guest Star

Kurt Fuller

Kurt Fuller

Mr. Tanen

Guest Star

Stephanie Faracy

Stephanie Faracy

Mrs. Tanen

Guest Star

Kevin Alejandro

Kevin Alejandro


Recurring Role

Jayma Mays

Jayma Mays


Recurring Role

Lorraine Toussaint

Lorraine Toussaint


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • When Betty goes to visit Daniel in hospital and his foot is in a sling it is in fact a prosthetic foot.

    • Some of the Spanish spoken in the telenovela nightmare is inaccurate. I.e. "Whore!" in Spanish is not the same that it sounds in English. Also, when Henry says "Did you break another vase?" he says "Se te rompio otro trofero", which is "Did you break another trophy?"

  • QUOTES (14)

    • Hilda: (about Santos) He's gone, Betty. That's the first time I say it out loud.

    • Amanda: (to Betty) I know it might be hard to believe, but pretty girls have problems too.

    • (At a natural disasters shoot)
      Betty: There is no one here who cares about changing the inside. They only care about fixing the outside.
      Wilhelmina: What's stumpy up to now?
      Betty: This concealer here, this isn't gonna change the fact that she doesn't have a house. And this-this eyeliner isn't going to bring back the people you loved. These women have lost everything and there is not enough styling gel in here to change that! (Betty walks off)
      Sheila: You know what, she's right. There's not enough styling gel.

    • Amanda: Hey, what's different about you? You get your hair cut?
      Betty: I'm wearing an eye patch.
      Amanda: You didn't always have that?

    • Amanda: (trying to get a DNA sample from Bradford to see if he is her father) Oh Dadford. I mean Bradford. I mean Mr Meade. I'm suffering from severe cotton mouth, would you mind licking this for me?

    • Wilhelmina: (finding Justin hidden behind some clothes) Is it just me or does anyone else see the little fashion elf?

    • Wilhelmina: N. I don't have the energy to say no anymore.
      Sheila: What about this boa?
      Wilhelmina: N!
      Sheila: What about this brooch?
      Wilhelmina: Why don't you just stick the pin in my eye!

    • Amanda: I haven't gained that much weight. You can't even notice. (she leans over the desk to answer the phone as Wilhelmina walks in)
      Wilhelmina: Morning Marc, Betty.

    • Marc: (finding Amanda's sweets) You've taken a lover, and that lover has a creamy center!

    • Marc: Oh my God, guess who just showered a mere 7 inches away from Mr. Emilio Estevez at the gym today. I'm telling you, steam, a little soap in your eyes (quietly to Amanda) St. Elmo's still on fire.

    • Marc: Never send a girl to do a woman's job.

    • Marc: (lying on the floor, with his knees bloodied, in Wilhelmina 's office) Ugh, it was horrible. The next thing I know, Sister Mary Gangmember, threw me to the ground and took my wallet.
      Wilhelmina : Marc, I am in serious trouble.
      Marc: You?! I don't think I'll ever be able to watch The Sound of Music again!

    • Betty: (over her burial site of things that remind her of Henry) Okay, well, here, near the place where it all came to an end, lies the remnants of a relationship. That almost but never quite was...
      (the camera fades to Santos reading his vows to Hilda)
      Santos: It started good, really good. And then it got bad, mainly because of me. I took her for granted, never realizing she was everything I needed. She was always there, right in front of me...
      (fades back to Betty)
      Betty: I hoped for so much. I had a fantasy. We were together; we were building a life.
      (fades to Santos)
      Santos: It took me ten years, but I'm glad I finally came to my senses, before the most special thing in my life...
      (fades to Betty)
      Betty: ...was gone, for good. I loved you, Henry.
      (fades to Santos)
      Santos: I love you, Hilda.

    • Hilda: I do not snore, I . . . sometimes, I sing through my nose.

  • NOTES (5)

    • Featured Music:
      'Fire' by Arthur Brown & SAS Band
      'Quicksand (Thievery Corporation Remix)' by Natalie Walker
      'Golden Dreams' by Syd Straw

    • The "Music By", "Edited By", "Production Designer" and "Director Of Photography" credits appear now during the main credits.

    • Christopher Gorham and Judith Light become regular actors and have been added to the main credits. Kevin Sussman has been removed from the credits.

    • This episode was nominated for an Emmy for "Outstanding Art Direction For A Single-camera Series".

    • International Airdates:
      Ireland: October 4, 2007 on RTÉ Two
      England: October 5, 2007 on Channel 4
      Portugal: October 28, 2007 on SIC
      Norway: January 9, 2008 on TVNorge
      The Netherlands: February 11, 2008 on Net 5
      Australia: May 7, 2008 on Seven
      Israel: June 18, 2008 on HOT 3/YES Stars 3
      Denmark: March 25, 2008 on TV2
      Greece: August 1, 2008 on ANT1
      Slovenia: September 8, 2008 on POP TV
      Latin America: November 6, 2008 on Sony Entertainment Television


    • The setting for Betty's dream, "Las Passiones de Betty," is Henry and Charlie's apartment, which is the same as the one Lucy and Ricky shared in I Love Lucy.

    • Title: How Betty Got Her Grieve Back.

      This is a reference to the Terry McMillan novel How Stella Got Her Groove Back. In 1998 a movie of the same name was made, starring Angela Bassett, Whoopi Goldberg and Taye Diggs.