Ugly Betty

Season 2 Episode 14

Twenty-Four Candles

Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Apr 24, 2008 on ABC
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Episode Summary

Betty plans to spend her 24th birthday accompanied by Henry, but Charlie's sudden appearance jeopardizes her plans. Meanwhile, Wilhelmina plots against Renee and Daniel's relationship by hinting at secrets from a hidden past in her sister's life.

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  • Bad Renee...

    A brand new episode after the writers strike. Daniel continues his relationship with Wilhelmina's sister, Renee. As what we saw at the end of the previous episode, Wilh confronts Renee, and she wants Renee that she wants her to tell Daniel the truth. This secret is revealed in the end of this episode, that Renee might have convicted a murder. Creepy... and evil Charlie, the evil woman suddenly appeared at Henry's apartment and jeopardize Betty's plan. Stupid woman. And what the hell is wrong with Gio? He has his hair cut. I love this episode. This episode might not be very funny, but it is still good.moreless
  • Gio + Betty. There I said it. Before you click disagree, at least read my review first.

    I was once a Betty and Henry fan, back when she was still dating Walter. Ever since Henry got Charlie pregnant and decided that he was planning to back to Tucson with Charlie and the baby, but still have a time limited relationship with Betty, I've changed my mind. I wasn't sure of Gio until this episode and this is why:

    The writers seem to have been building momentum between Gio and Betty. It's obvious that he loves her just as it's obvious that she still loves Henry. The looks that Gio gives her, always being there for her when she needs him for whatever reason, him bugging her to pursue her writing rather than just languishing as Daniel's assistant, driving her around to pick up things in his van, and he does this knowing that she belongs to someone else. He's not trying to win her away from Henry, he just can't seem to help it.

    In this episode, Betty has this fantasy of a romantic getaway with Henry. Of course, Charlie shows up to ruin their plans. Undaunted, Betty goes to plan B, and sets up a romantic dinner for her and her beloved. In a hilarious scene, Hilda accidentally gives away Betty and Henry's plans to Charlie who predictably sabotages it using the only thing that Poor Henry can't say no to - their baby. When Gio hears about Betty's plans, he gets it-he even adds to the whole romantic fantasy vibe and suggests a horse driven carriage knowing that it sounded like something that Betty would like. She doesn't notice the tender look that he gives her when she mentions that it's her birthday.

    Betty's excitedly on her way when she hears a partial message from Henry on her voicemail, and rushes to the city's most romantic restaurant not knowing that he wasn't going to be there. Gio went to Mode to drop off a slice of pie for Betty's birthday and finds out from a comedically caustic Amanda who informs him that Betty's plans have once again been dashed and she was all alone for her birthday. My heart broke for her as she waited for Henry and the waiter made it obvious that he didn't think that anyone else was going to show up. I actually cheered when Gio showed up in a horse drawn carriage, that he cared enough not to just call and tell her that Henry canceled plans with her again because of Charlie, or bugged Amanda to do it. He wanted her to have the fantasy that she wanted for her birthday even if she had to settle for him because her Prince Charming couldn't show up. He even reassured her that he wasn't trying to take Henry's place he was just trying to be a friend. He understood that she was a romantic, and I loved it when he mentioned that he wasn't into fantasy, and that sometimes reality can be better than you think it is. He wanted so desperately to give her the carriage and fireworks scenario that she wanted that it almost seemed that he was more disappointed than she was when the wheel broke. She was barely listening when he apologized, saying that she was such a good, kind and thoughtful person and that she deserved an amazing birthday (I know, I'm paraphrasing) and then they saw makeshift fireworks that did the trick. She went home late to find that her family must have heard that Henry wasn't going to make it so they had a makeshift birthday party waiting for her. There was a touching moment moment between her and her father when he realized that the party was more for him than her and she was getting too old for cupcakes, and she responded by saying that she was never going to be too old for cupcakes.

    There were other noteworthy moments : Betty and Claire in the bathroom with Betty reminding Claire not to give up on a dream and to use her resources, Weird mysterious moments in which Renee and Wilhemina implying that there are some very dark secrets in Renee's past and "Willie" and Mark plotting her sister's mental breakdown.

    To be honest, I don't like the whole Daniel dating the enemy's sister plot. Where is it going? And her switching her own sister's psych meds to drive her sister literally crazy rather than seeing her happy with Daniel. That's a little much.

    Well, that's my case for Betty and Gio. Henry is going to Tucson with Charlie and the baby. Betty is staying in New York. I don't think that there's any plausible way that their romance can continue. Once he's gone, Betty won't be able to pretend that she isn't heartbroken, but Gio will be there to help her out. I hope that she and other Ugly Betty fans will give him a chance.moreless
  • I didn't find it as bad as most people said it was.

    Betty's Birthday: When things go all wrong on Betty's birthday, she notices that the people she takes for granted the most are the ones who will always be there to take care of her and actually remember her special day. It was sort of filler seeing Betty run around worrying over her birthday, but it was a tad bit enjoyable too.

    Hot Flash: Without the funding from Alexis, Claire can't push through with her new magazine, so she goes to an alternative, but crazy plan, which just might help her magazine skyrocket into popularity. It all seems a bit boring here, I didn't really get much from this plot.

    Renee: Wilhelmina and Renee are really fighting it off with black mail here and black mail there. I thought I would enjoy it actually, but it is turning out quite boring and lacklusterful. Sophomore slump anyone?moreless
  • Birthday blues

    After two months off the air due to the Writer's Strike my favorite series returns for about five-six more episodes before calling it off for the summer. It seems that it's Betty's 24th birthday and her dinner with Henry isn't to be due to an emergency. Wihelmina makes an attempt of destroying the relationship between Betty's boss and Renee. I hope Gabrielle Union sticks around for a while. She's gorgous to look at. I still can't buy Amamda/ Gene simmons Connection. I sure hope her real father appears. Despite that, I still love Amamda. More in the next episode of "Ugly Betty."moreless
  • Not all fantasies come true

    Betty and Henry, I've gotta say I'm a big fan of. I'm not a big fan of Gio and Betty, though, not sure why, but they to me don't really seem to have the chemistry that Betty and Henry have. I really don't Betty to end up with Gio, he kinda annoys me. In this ep Charlie shows up and ruins Betty and Henry's plans for a weekend get away, so they decide to have a night out in Manhattan. Again Charlie ruins that and Betty, gets stuck with Gio, you desperate tries to fulfill her ideal birthday fantasy.

    There also some scenes with Daniel and his new girlfriend, can't remember her name.

    Overall it seemed more like a filler episode, guess the writers still have a few cobwebs on their laptops.moreless
Gabrielle Union

Gabrielle Union

Renee Slater

Guest Star

Anthony Cistaro

Anthony Cistaro


Guest Star

Liz Montgomery

Liz Montgomery


Guest Star

Jayma Mays

Jayma Mays


Recurring Role

Freddy Rodriguez

Freddy Rodriguez

Giovanni "Gio" Rossi

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (4)

    • Betty: I'm here and I kind of have a problem.
      Amanda: Right. 'Cause you're turning 40?
      Betty: 24.

    • Claire: (in a MODE bathroom as she leaves a stall, surprised to see Betty who is brushing her hair in front of a mirror) I'm so sorry. I try to keep up the appearance that I never use the bathroom. I hope you won't think less of me.

    • Betty: I had this stupid fantasy...fireworks...epic romance - like Romeo and Juliet.
      Gio: You know those two ended up dead in a tomb, right?
      Betty: Yeah, I don't like thinking about that part.

    • Christina: This bloody window! Is a nice breeze too much to ask for?
      Renee: My sister probably had it bolted shut. Evil robots don't need oxygen.

  • NOTES (2)

    • Featured Music:
      'Blister Of The Spotlight' by Ashtar Command ft Rachael Yamagata
      'In My Dreams' by Walter Meego
      'Come Try Me' - First Movement of Savourna Stevenson's Harp Quintet

    • International Airdates:
      Norway: April 30, 2008 on TVNorge
      Denmark: July 1, 2008 on TV2
      Greece: August 22, 2008 on ANT1
      United Kingdom: September 25, 2008 on E4
      Sweden: September 30, 2008 0n Kanal 5
      The Netherlands: December 30, 2008 on Net 5
      Latin America: April 16, 2009 on Sony Entertainment Television (aka Canal Sony)