This was a really great episode! Definitely the best of the season so far. It was basically a finale for the first 1/3 of the season.
In this episode, we see satisfying resolution to two major storylines that have driven the first 6 episodes of the season: (1) Daniel and the "Community of the Phoenix" and (2) Wilhelmina/Nico's blackmailing. In addition to bringing closure to these two plots, the writers also added some development to the relationship between Amanda and Claire Meade regarding the death of Amanda's mom, Fey Sommers - a nice nod to Season 1. Amanda (as played by Becki Newton) was more subdued in this episide, but she really stood out for me. I really like what the show is doing with her character this year.
It was really funny seeing Wilhelmina (and later Marc) wearing Crocs, but this was more of a serious, somewhat suspenseful episode. Every commercial break was like a mini-cliffhanger! I'm really looking forward to the rest of the season. Episodes like this demonstrate that there is still a lot of life left in "Ugly Betty," and it is a shame that the show is being buried on Friday nights. I wonder if the rumors are true that ABC is considering moving the show to Wednesday nights.