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Ugly Betty

Season 2 Episode 17

The Kids Are Alright

Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM May 15, 2008 on ABC
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Episode Summary

Betty finds her attempts to suppress her feelings for Gio useless when the two end up chaperoning Justin's school dance together. Meanwhile, Amanda agrees to do a reality show with Gene, and Hilda goes out of her way to catch the eye of Coach Diaz. Finally, Wilhelmina makes her return to MODE, much to the distaste of the Meade family.moreless

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  • Betty and Gio, sitting in the tree...K-I-S-S-I-N-G

    Betty finds her attempts to suppress her feelings for Gio useless when the two end up chaperoning Justin's school dance together. Meanwhile, Amanda agrees to do a reality show with Gene, and Hilda goes out of her way to catch the eye of Coach Diaz. Finally, Wilhelmina makes her return to MODE, much to the distaste of the Meade family when hilarity ensues. The classic Wilhelmina/Marc is back at MODE and their entry was so funny. Matching attire, the walk and then Amanda walked in it which had me in stitches. "Lets do this b!tch" lool. And of course Gene Simmons isnt her father which made me feel sorry for her. Cheer up Mandy!moreless
  • See review for summary.....

    Another excellent episode to add to a great season of ugly Betty. Betty trys to forget about Henry and focus on the article Daniel asked Claire to give Betty for Claire's magazine, but when she's at Gio's Sandwich Shop, Gio kisses her. To make things worse, Marc saw it happen and took a picture that he and Amanda sent to everyone in MODE. Plus, Whillimina comes back to the magazine and Daniel fears she is gonna take over his job. Also, Amanda starts a reality TV show with her dad Gene Simmons and she tells Marc he can't be on the show. When at a meeting that Whillimina barges in on, Daniel runs out of magazine themes, panicks, and runs into the bathroom where he finds Betty. Betty was erasing a poem someone wrote about her and Gio in one of the stalls. Daniel encourages Betty to forget Gio and henry and work on her article and Betty encourages Daniel to gett back into the meeting and forget that Whillimina is there. Meanwhile, Hilda, who is crushing on Tony, Tony asks her to chaperone the school dance with him, but she gets a cold and can't go. When Daniel gets back to the meeting, Whillimina had already pitched an idea and the meeting was over. He confrots his sister who swore that Whillimina had no creative input at the magazine. Alexis saidit was one idea that means nothing, but Daniel knew that she was just one step closer to taking over his job. Then, since Hilda was too sick to go to the dance Betty says she'll go so she can work on her article easier, but there she meets Gio. Gio trys to makes a move on her and she runs out and crys. Gio tells her she sould stop trying to act how she's supposed to be and just be. Meanwhile, Justin is spying on Tony for Hilda and asks him if he likes Hilda because Hilda loves him. he goes to Hilda's house and asks her out. Plus, Daniel goes on Larry King Live and makes a fool out of himself and the magazine. And Betty and Gio steal back an award she won a while back. To top it all off, when betty asks Gio out he says he doesn't want to be the rebound guy. He wants to be the guy. Anyway, Great Episode!!!!!!!moreless
  • "Maybe you should stop worrying about how you are supposed to be, and just be."

    Betty learns a hard lesson in letting go of Henry and takes steps towards a new future with Gio. Gio seems like a really nice guy who genuinely cares about Betty. Of course Amanda and Mark are there to take a photo of this precious moment and share it with the world. However, Amanda also learns a hard lesson about Gene Simmons (who isn't her father) and despite her bad behaviour towards Mark, we actually feel sorry for her. I guess Linda the psychic's premonition about B leading to a Kiss, leading to her dad didn't come true.... (yet?) Wilhelmenia shows just how much she loves the Meade Empire, even offering advice to Claire about how to sell more advertisements for her magazine. Alexis shows everyone that she is so much like her father, willing to do whatever it takes to ensure success for the business. Lastly, it's great to see Hilda having a new crush on Tony the PE teacher, he even brings her chicken soup. And the ending with Gio saying he doesn't want to be the rebound guy, he wants to be THE GUY! Go the Suaurez sisters!moreless
  • Enjoyable

    Betty and Gio get closer and closer and I'm actually interested to see the two of them together. Henry was always sort of an equal to Betty, but now that Gio is actually interested in Betty, who knows what could happen. It will surely be more interesting to see Betty date someone who isn't in her equivalence socially.

    Hilda and the coach look like they're about to hit it off, but something tells me they aren't going to last. Like maybe Hilda discovers something about the coach like a deep dark secret and it will eventually cause her trouble, but as of now, I'm still interested to see where they go from there.

    Wilhelmina is back and she's better than ever. I love her personality, her being cutthroat and everything she has been bringing to the show. Alexis is acting like a bimbo, but that's fine seeing as she won't be around for long.moreless
  • Gio loves Betty.

    It's been obvious for a while (since the perfume ep) that Gio loves Betty, but he has never been as charming, as flirty or as sexy as he is in this episode. Freddy Rodriguez may suddenly be my favourite romantic leading man. I even went out and rented Planet Terror (in which he's also brilliant). The dialogue Brian Tanen wrote him for this episode doesn't hurt a bit. It's sparky and cheeky and, finally, very moving. Completely irresistible.

    But it's the unspoken moments in the deli scene and the dance scene that push this episode into the realm of television brilliance. I love the way Betty moves into Gio's arms then looks momentarily dismayed to realize that he smells good. I love how moved he is to be dancing with her. Absolutely brilliant performances by Rodriguez and the incomparable America Ferrera. Chemistry!

    And the ending, in which Gio refuses to date her because he wants to be "the guy" instead of the "rebound guy" is so romantic.

    This is my favourite episode of Ugly Betty ever. I've watched it four times this week (rather tough to explain in the old homestead). I just think this is a classic. If you missed it, this is the one to catch in reruns.moreless
Larry King

Larry King


Guest Star

Gene Simmons

Gene Simmons


Guest Star

Jasmine Jessica Anthony

Jasmine Jessica Anthony


Guest Star

Freddy Rodriguez

Freddy Rodriguez

Giovanni "Gio" Rossi

Recurring Role

Eddie Cibrian

Eddie Cibrian

Coach Tony Diaz

Recurring Role

Alec Mapa

Alec Mapa

Suzuki St. Pierre

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (18)

    • (Gio is helping Betty steal back her "Good Citizen" trophy)
      Gio: (in a funny voice) Betty come get me! You worked so hard, I belong to you!
      Betty: My trophy speaks with a Mexican accent?
      Gio: All trophies do.

    • Betty: Okay, I'm a little confused. See, you kissed me and then you danced with me and you talked about being my rebound guy, so.... I mean, what was that all about?
      Gio: Well that's just it. I don't want to be the rebound guy. I want to be the guy.

    • Daniel: (to Betty) I know I'm self-involved, but even I could tell you needed some cheering up.

    • Wilhelmina: It's only a matter of time before we break apart this family for good.
      Marc: Wow, I love this. You're back and 'Wilhel-meaner' than ever.

    • Marc: I'm sorry you still don't know who your family is.
      (Amanda kisses him on the cheek and looks him in the eye)
      Amanda: Yes, I do.

    • Alexis: Do you know how much easier it was having her around today? I mean, she saved your cover, she helped saved Hot Flash in under a minute, she's the best in the business.
      Claire: And she's a ruthless, immoral, ambitious snake.
      Alexis: That's what makes her so good.

    • Betty: Gosh, look at this place, all the decorations.
      Justin: Yeah, it's still the gym. It's like putting lipstick on a pig.

    • Marc: He was so sweet when the cameras were on and then he did a complete 180.
      Amanda: What do you mean?
      Marc: 180 means like, complete opposite.
      Amanda: No, I know what 180 means.
      (Marc glares at her)

    • Marc: Ooo, pastry.
      Amanda: Scrafty is for talent only. That's short for Craft Services, which is long for food. I'm sorry, it's industry lingo.

    • Marc: Oh! You know what? Every successful TV show has a shticky, gay, best-friend sidekick.
      Amanda: No. No, no, no. Mark, you can't be in the show.
      Marc: Come on! Why not? Mark and Amanda! We're so funny together - everyone says so.

    • Marc: It's so good to be back, and to have health insurance again because I have this weird mole thing.

    • Wilhelmina: Well, that was fun. Am I smiling? I can't tell.
      Marc: I think you are.

    • Hilda: Alright, Justin, come on, we gotta go. I gotta get ready for the PTA thing this morning.
      Betty: Since when are you on the PTA?
      Justin: Since she has a crush on my gym teacher.
      Hilda: Wha-? Who? Tony? He's okay. (In a total change of tone) What, did he say something? Do you think he likes me?
      Justin: What's not to like?
      Hilda: Oh my god, he's such a good (she kisses him on the cheek repeatedly) such a good boy, here, have some juice 'a la Hilda'.
      Justin: What is this?
      Ignacio: It's juice!

    • Hilda: You know when I break up with a guy, I like to get a little bit scary so he doesn't forget me.

    • Hilda: Well, I hope you're hungry, 'cause you're just in time for 'eggs á la Hilda'!
      Betty: What's eggs á la Hilda?
      Ignacio: Scrambled eggs.

    • Justin: That's true, Aunt Betty. You've been lookin' really skinny. ...That's supposed to sound bad.

    • Marc: (to Amanda) If you're really such a celebrity, then where's your posse, huh? Where's your hybrid? Where's your inappropriately-named baby?

    • Wilhemina: If there's one thing I know how to do, it's manipulate fear.
      Marc: You are a horror movie I wish would never end.

  • NOTES (2)

    • International Airdates:
      Norway: May 21, 2008 on TVNorge
      Denmark: July 22, 2008 on TV2
      Greece: August 27, 2008 on ANT1
      Sweden: October 21, 2008 0n Kanal 5
      The Netherlands: January 20, 2009 on Net 5
      Latin America: May 7, 2009 on Sony Entertainment Television (aka Canal Sony)

    • Featured Music:
      'All By Myself' by Eric Carmen
      'Daddy's Little Girl Theme' by Gene Simmons & Becki Newton
      'Forever' by Walter Meego
      'True' by Spandau Ballet
      'All Night' by Joshua Tyler
      'Boys Like My Beat' by Joniece & Michael McGregor
      'In Love With A Friend' by Deep Dish


    • Wilhelmina: Daniel, give peace a chance.

      'Give Peace a Chance' was a song recorded by John Lennon and released in 1969.

    • Marc: Well, if it isn't Ms. Fancy-pants Celebrity back among the Muggles.

      "Muggle" is the word used in the Harry Potter series of books by J. K. Rowling to refer to a person who lacks any sort of magical ability and was not born into the magical world.

    • 'The Kids Are Alright' is the title of a song by The Who and also the title of a documentary about them.