TV Recap: Ugly Betty May 1st 2008

Guest star, Gabrielle Union (Renee) becomes delusional after Wilhelmina and Marc switched her meds last week. Her obsessive behavior drives Betty up the wall with the non-stop calling and even texting regarding Daniel’s whereabouts. Renee begins to exhibit such symptoms as irrational jealous behaviour, severe mood swings, and an emotional crash, leading her to believe that Betty is in love with Daniel. Seems like Wil is one step closer to her plan- “committing” Renee to an insane asylum!

After Gio swept all of us off our feet last week (you know it was sweet!), Betty and Gio are now secret friends. Henry on the other hand, is not winning boyfriend of the year anytime soon. Apparently, Charlie or Pregnasty (as Amanda says), had a “panic attack” on the way to the airport as she was about to leave, and now under her doctor’s advice is staying in New York until she pops. Panic attack or deliberately trying to ruin Betty’s life?

Henry is not the only one with a blast from the past though. Hilda’s first appointment at her home salon is an old frenemy, Gina. Gina comes back dripping in gold and bling so shiny you can see your reflection in it. She boasts about her lavish lifestyle, her loaded husband who is a doctor- just to rub it in Hilda’s face. What’s a girl to do? If you’re Hilda, and your little sister works at the hottest magazine in town, you’re obviously going to borrow a few things from the magical closet! When Gina’s fake Pradas give her away (“This is Prada, this is nada!”), Hilda seizes the moment to make her walk out in shame. Turns out her husband is a chiropractor, not even a “real doctor”. But the few words Dr.Chiropractor left Hilda were right- if making Gina feel this bad makes her happy, then she is a pathetic person. Looks like the Queen of Mean has lost her throne…

After hearing Amanda gossip about how in love Gio is with Betty, a threatened Henry confronts Gio. Probably by far the “manliest” thing he’s done, he tells Gio to stay away from Betty. Gio retaliates by telling him that they should fight this off. When Gio is about to throw a punch at him, Henry reacts fast and hits him hard. Of course, Gio was just faking a punch and didn’t know he was going to get attacked. Always a good guy, Gio questions, if he’s only got 4 weeks left with Betty, what’s he doing at Gio’s deli?

Renee puts the idea into Daniel’s head that Betty has a crush on him. Of course, the ever so intelligent Daniel believes the psycho, and recalls earlier in the day when he “led her on” by saying, “You scheduled a nap for me? I love you!” Oh Daniel… when will you ever grow a brain?

Wilhelmina continues to push Renee’s buttons. She intentionally invites her to lunch at a restaurant her ex, who we know now as Gregory Larson used to frequent. Again, she flips out when she sees candles. At this point, Renee goes absolutely insane and interrupts a meeting at MODE with guest stars from Project Runway, Nina Garcia and winner, Christian Siriano. The dramatic fight leads Betty to snoop at Wil’s house with Christina, finding dirt on Renee- real name, Veronica Slater. The truth comes out: Renee used to date her professor at Stony brook (Gregory Larson), who died in a fire. Soon after, she voluntarily committed herself to an asylum where she was diagnosed as angry, and a pyromaniac. Though she didn’t mean to kill Larson, she was meaning to kill the woman she thought was coming in between them. In this case, Betty was in danger! As Betty reaches Daniel’s house to warn him, a million lit candles cover every inch of the floor and a creepy Renee comes out of nowhere. Betty screams, begs, pleads, and she eventually threatens her with a knife. The curtains catch fire, and in a good old Betty-fashioned way, she convinces her to put down the knife. By the time Daniel, Wil and Marc reach the house, we see Betty hanging on to a fire extinguisher and saying, “You don’t pay me enough”.

And so, Renee is put back to the asylum just like that. Daniel confronts Betty about her “crush” on him, and Betty plays along, “I wish I could be your morning bagel so I could get stuck between your beautiful teeth”! Daniel’s ego shrinks a tiny bit after realizing Betty is definitely not in love with him. Henry and Betty resolve things- she apologizes for not telling him about being friends with Gio, he apologizes and tells her she can be friends with whoever she wants. Awww.

What’s really going to happen in four weeks time? Can’t Henry just abandon Charlie…? I bet she somehow screwed up the DNA test and pretended the baby was Henry’s! Henry can’t leave the show!

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