Ugly Betty

Season 2 Episode 12

Odor in the Court

Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Jan 17, 2008 on ABC
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Episode Summary

Wilhelmina enlists Christina's help in her latest mischievous deed through very dirty tricks and manipulation. Meanwhile, Betty falls victim of a poisoned perfume that Fey Sommers had prepared for Claire, and Amanda is faced with a major decision that could result in the indefinite incarceration or freedom of Claire Meade.moreless

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  • Another great episode of Ugly Betty but I have some notes.

    Odor in the court is a great episode but I have some notes on the storylines.I might be somekind sharp but I think that this episode is one of the few episodes that can be described as a kind of sophomoreslump start.I accept that a lot of Ugly Betty fans are against this statement and the critics too but I think that Ugly Betty is going downhill.The episode can be better if Betty was just herself.We love her for being herself not someone who is crazy.I'm for the character development but not so fast.I'd like to see Betty herself not the crazy Betty who jumps into stores and shops or something.I didn't get so much of my favorite characters after Betty- Amanda,Marc,Justin,Hilda were just somekind written out.

    I think that this show is going downhill unfortunately because so many things happen that can be developped in the next seasons.I think that they won't have anything interesting to write for the next season.I mean Bradford died,Wilhelmina's out of MODE along with Marc,this season Hilda and Ignacio are put aside and there aren't storylines for them like there were in the first season,Fey's storyline is over,Claire's storyline too,Betty and Henry are not the couple we want them to be.

    Critics say that there isn't sophomore slump for Ugly Betty but I think that after Bradford's death everything's going downhill.There were few good episodes such as this episode and Zero Worship but they are just not as good as every episode from the first season.Unfortunately,I see the things that way.I don't want to but I do.I hope you get better,Ugly Betty!!!moreless
  • Things are CRAZZYY this episode. Claire's trial is on, Betty is high as a kite,Wilhelmina is baby crazy, Christina is desperate for money, and Amanda is vengeful... how things turn out??moreless

    A good turn of events, finding out Claire wasn't in her right mind when she plotted to murder Faye, she was actually a victim of Faye Sommers plot to poison her to death!! I guess her plan went sour as she was the one who ended up in a body bag! It was funny seeing Betty crazy and high, I actually thought she was going to make out with Geo, now that would make thing a little spicier ; ) Not that i don't like Henry, he is sweet... but I also like Geo he's got flavour!! It was a tough decision Amanda had to make, but Mark really pulled through as a good friend, because good friends should always point out our errors, and be sincere with us. But still it must of been great for her to be able to read her mothers words, even if they were words of deception.

    Poor Christina, the things you do for the ones you love! little does she know she's carrying Bradford's baby... and how can Mark be such a meannyyyyy, scheming with Wilhelmina??? We'll see how things go... untill next time ; )moreless
  • Betty receives a mysterious perfume from Claire Meade, which causes her to act funny. Hi-jinks and non-stop entertainment ensues...

    I truly loved this episode. One of the best ones of season 2. It had everything: clever writing, great acting, comedic value, etc. It was incredibly entertaining from start to finish. Too bad the rest of the season 2 episodes didn't follow up in the quality calibre of this ep. Of course, the one thing that I loved the most about Odor in the Court was the reinforcement of the Daniel/Betty bond. There really needs to be more episodes like this one that showcase that aspect. I still squee like a silly fangirl at the ending. It makes me looks forward to season 3 and the potential Daniel/Betty interactions of similar stock it will bring.moreless
  • This reminded me of the first series, it was hilarious. No doubt it was the best of season 2 so far.

    About time this show got back to the basics, this was just brilliant. This was definitely my favourite episode of season 2, boy was it hilarious. The whole Betty being drugged by the perfume was obviously the highlight, her attitude, everything was so entertaining.

    I liked how it started, leaving us wondering what happened, how Betty got like this. I preferred Gio here, earlier in the season, I wasn't a fan. As always, Amanda was great, as was Marc. Amanda's bio dad thing is fairly interesting, more engrossing because of her humour.

    The Wilamena and Marc thing is so funny, getting Cristina to give birth to the baby, should prove to be funny and interesting. Loved Hilda and Justins remarks in this episode, when Justin mouthed 'Thanks' cos Betty got him out of gym, and when Hilda made the comment about the names being similar.

    Claire was great as always, great character for the show, light hearted in a way. Daniel - not a huge fan, was alright here though. The judge/money thing was also very funny. I'm just glad that Betty is back to its best and hope it stays this way.moreless
  • pretty awesome!

    I like it its really original since clarie admitted she murdered fey it seemed she knew what she was doing. But when betty started to use the perfume i just couldnt help but simle cause of all the crazy stuff she did when she used it. Ohh and lets not forget when she broke in to gios sub shop. Anyway im glad that claire is out of jail and that amanda choose to do the right thing and didnt want revenge in the end for her mom. Ohh yea umm i aslo loved the judge she so didnt want to be there!moreless
Anne Bellamy

Anne Bellamy

Judge Heller

Guest Star

Caroline Aaron

Caroline Aaron

Judge Biotch

Guest Star

Paul McCrane

Paul McCrane

District Attorney Weitz

Guest Star

Freddy Rodriguez

Freddy Rodriguez


Recurring Role

Alec Mapa

Alec Mapa

Suzuki St. Pierre

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • When the doctor transfers the fertilized egg into Christina's womb, we see a one celled egg on the monitor, quickly growing to multiple cells. When a woman undergoes in vitro fertilisation, the fertilized egg (zygote) has already grown to 6-8 cells.

    • On Betty's desk, she keeps her pencils in a coffee mug that says "Wicked" from the play she and Henry seen in the episode 'Something Wicked Comes This Way'.

  • QUOTES (8)

    • (After Wilhemina offers her $100,000 to carry her baby)
      Christina: I'm sorry, but my uterus is officially closed to devil's spawn!

    • Alexis: Betty's right! We're the face of our mother's defense. The jury needs to see us as... just regular folk.
      Daniel: ... says the Amazon transsexual.

    • Marc: Look, I do a lot of morally questionable things for Wilhelmina, but none of it is technically criminal. And it's all in service of my career.
      Amanda: Oh, and suddenly you don't work for me?
      Marc: Actually, I never did.
      Amanda: No, when you first got to Mode.
      Marc: You were the receptionist.
      Amanda: Yeah, and after that.
      Marc: You were still the receptionist.
      Amanda: I was never a tiny bit higher than you?
      Marc: Not for one minute!

    • Ignacio: Think Betty, is there anything you've done, anything you've eaten differently in the last few days?
      Betty: No! No, I... I haven't... I just... just the food at home and... I did have one of Gio's sandwiches.
      Gio: Eh! My sandwiches are all natural!

    • Hilda: As soon as the blood work comes back, we'll know what's going on. Oh my God, would you listen to this? I could so be on an episode of Grey's Anatomy right now!
      Justin: I miss Addison so much.
      Hilda: I know! Why'd she have to go do that Private Practice thing?

    • Wilhemina: According to my doctor, my eggs are fine. But, uhm, I can't carry the baby.
      Marc: It's tragic. Bono and Sheryl Crow should do a benefit concert for her lady parts.

    • Betty: Thank you, Amanda. You did the right thing. Feels good, doesn't it?
      Amanda: Aw, it'll pass.

    • Betty: I don't do drugs! I'm afraid of espresso!

  • NOTES (3)

    • This is the second episode to start at the climax of the episode, and then flash-back to what happened earlier.

    • Featured Music:
      'Rock And Roll All Nite' by Kiss

    • International Airdates:
      Norway: April 9, 2008 on TVNorge
      Ireland: May 1, 2008 on RTE Two
      Sweden: May 6, 2008 0n Kanal 5
      Denmark: June 17, 2008 on TV2
      Greece: August 20, 2008 on ANT1
      United Kingdom: September 11, 2008 on E4
      The Netherlands: December 16, 2008 on Net 5
      Latin America: February 26, 2009 on Sony Entertainment Television


    • The title alludes the phrase "Order in the court", which is said by a judge, during a trial (part of the plot includes Claire's trial).

    • Hilda: As soon as the blood work comes back, we'll know what's going on. Oh my God, would you listen to this? I could so be on an episode of Grey's Anatomy right now!
      Justin: I miss Addison so much.
      Hilda: I know! Why'd she have to go do that Private Practice thing?

      Grey's Anatomy is an ABC series that airs right after Ugly Betty. Addison is a former Grey's Anatomy character who left the show for her own spin-off Private Practice which also airs on ABC.