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14 April 2010 @ 11:44 pm
The Ugly Betty Finale  
Thoughts, squee, sadness, etc. behind the cut ...

As a shipper, I so very, very, very much wanted at least one kiss. However, it really wasn't earned, and I totally blame Silvio. He knew the show had a very good likelihood of being canceled, and when they got their order cut, he had to know it was pretty much a given. Once that episode order cut came through, he should have begun crafting Daniel/Betty THEN not in the second to last episode. *sigh* However, we still got WAY MORE then I bet Silvio ever intended giving us, so that's something. Frustrating still, though. Once Silvio made the decision to not write Daniel/Betty with any heavy anvils until "The Past Presents the Future," a kiss pretty much wouldn't have worked in any believable fashion. More than anything, it just makes me upset that we didn't get a kiss at least in the "pretty/evil Betty alternate world." That way we would have at least gotten *a* kiss. (Oh, and it would have helped with those anvils showing Eric and America's chemistry all to the better!)

Having said all that, I really did have hope for a kiss anyway and wanted to believe, but when they weren't pushing stuff more obviously, I began to doubt. And so was not surprised with no kiss. Oh, but still that last scene was SO full of promise! Daniel did ask her out. And they WERE flirting to a degree. Finally, when Betty walked away, she was doing the shy, giddy smile that signifies a girl knows a boy likes her, she likes him back and all is going to be awesome with the world. In other words, it was totally ON! I'm choosing to believe that during dinner, it was tense and filled with such obviousness on both sides even if they said nothing, and then at the end of the night, at her door, without a word, they fell into each others arms and had wild, hot monkey sex!!

That's my story and I'm sticking to it. Yup!

Seriously, regarding the finale as a whole, I think they did a great job with an hour. It should have been two hours because it did feel way too rushed, but with an hour, they did a great job. I will miss this show because when it was good, it was fan-freaking-tastically good. Alas, what I won't miss is the many an episode that wasn't good. *sigh* Anyhoo, random thoughts ...

- Daniel playing all cool, burning Betty's contract and then catching on fire and hurting himself?! Absolutely hysterical. I laughed so hard. Also hysterical? Betty's "Amanda, you got a permit, right?" at Halston's funeral ... and then they all go scurrying away. LMAO! SO FUNNY!

- I LOVED the final three-way hug, dancing with Betty, Amanda and Mark (even if it did end with teary-eyed Daniel watching :sniffsniff:). With all the show did wrong throughout the years, building the friendship between the three is the one thing I think they nailed from beginning to end.

- The callbacks to the Pilot were lovely, but I'm really bummed that they didn't use "Suddenly I See" over the end, they totally should have. If they had, it might have made up for the lack of a kiss. (Harumph!) I did like the parallel to the Pilot final scene, but they should have used the same song.

- The scene where Daniel signs the contract, two things: 1) That was some damn fine acting on both America Ferrera and Eric Mabius' part. DAMN FINE acting. With barely any dialogue they told so much, just fantastic. 2) Totally shallow, but that is seriously my favorite Betty outfit this whole season. Just gorgeous and America looked beautiful.

- Another amazing part was when Betty went into a quiet room to call Daniel at her party. The way her voice broke as she was leaving him the message and she was tearing up, gah! it almost made me cry. SO GOOD!

- I did like that they wrapped up Amanda and her dad, but it could have been done last week, as could the Hilda/Bobby and Mark/Troy stuff honestly. The only stories that should have had focus this episode were Willy's and Daniel/Betty's ... period. That would have helped with the pacing a lot! Ah well.

- Okay, I get that Austin is Justin's boyfriend and that's great and all, but really? He's at these two HUGE family moments (the goodbye party that's just family/Betty leaving for London)? They've been dating a month or so at the latest. Really not necessary, and pulled me out of both scenes.

- Claire subtly informing both Daniel and Betty about her theory was awesome. Claire's ALWAYS been on the Detty train. Woohoo!!

- And now, back to that last scene, I know that many will call it ambiguous, but even without a kiss, I don't think it was. Daniel flew to London -- with no prospects, knowing no one, his only connection being Betty -- to see Betty, period. And not just to see Betty, but to woo her. Again, no specific prospects, but he's gonna hang around in a foreign country, just, you know, because. He was there to, yes, start over and make something of himself, but the starting over wasn't just that ... it was with Betty. And she knew that because of that scene with Claire that opened the door (for the first time most likely) that Daniel might, could actually like her like that. So he asked her out on a dinner date; she knew he was asking her out on a dinner date because once he did, there was a giddiness that kept building in both of them. The bright smiles, the silence, the quick look-aways and then back to each other. And after the hug, the slight hesitation before they fully pulled away. Then with, again, that shy, giddy smile on her face as she's walking away, ending with her throwing a look back his way. Not ambiguous at all, in my opinion.

ETA: Each time I watch it, I see a little bit more. Those two were just a'sparkin' away! Betty does this little eyebrow raise of 'oh!' when Daniel says he's staying there. Also, there's really this adorable nervousness between them after he asks her to dinner. Nope, no ambiguity at all for me!!! SQUEE!!!

And, of course, their dinner that evening progressed as stated above. Uh huh.

- Finally, the "UGLY" disappearing at the end leaving us with just "BETTY." Nice, very nice.
marikenobimarikenobi on April 15th, 2010 03:56 am (UTC)
Still they could have figured out a way for us to have a kiss...

4 years waiting!

Arabian: Betty & Danielarabian on April 15th, 2010 03:58 am (UTC)
Oh, I agree, but once Silvio made the decision to not write Daniel/Betty with any heavy anvils until the second to last episode, it pretty much wouldn't have worked. Now, it just makes me upset that we didn't get a kiss in the "pretty/evil Betty alternate world." Ah well.
irlandesakirlandesak on April 15th, 2010 04:07 am (UTC)
I'm obviously torn on this. I didn't need a kiss but maybe a kiss on the forehead with lingering sexual tension.

Some obvious.

Silvio really should have started building D/B sooner but that would have meant he would have had to admit that he was building to D/B. That just wasn't going to happen.

Believe it or not, I think I'm more okay with where they left D/B than I am with where they left Daniel. But that's probably another post I may get around to writing one day.
Arabian: Betty & Daniel03arabian on April 15th, 2010 04:20 am (UTC)
I guess I'm okay with Daniel because the last shot of him we'll likely ever see was him smiling brightly, broadly, happily as he looked at Betty. And that final scene held so much promise (for me), that it was obvious he's getting his happy ending, and based on his smile, he knew it too!!

Silvio really should have started building D/B sooner but that would have meant he would have had to admit that he was building to D/B. That just wasn't going to happen.

Yeah. Just yeah. I'm torn in a different way than most. I watched UB having no clue who Silvio Horta was. I watched it, loved it, and fell in love with Henry/Christopher Gorham and sought out all of his earlier work including Horta's Jake 2.0. In that show, Horta went against the intended love interest for Jake at the half-way point when they realized (and accepted!) that she didn't work. Then they turned around and wrote this beautiful love story between Jake and the girl that audiences were clamoring for, the one that worked. Had they been able to film the last two episodes instead of just knowing the script snyopses, Jake 2.0 would be one of my absolute favorite shows of all time, pretty much perfection from beginning to end.

So, yeah, I'm torn. I've seen Horta at his best, and his worst. Last week's episode falls into the best, this week's episode? Well, it ain't his worst, and I do, at least, think it's a lot closer to his best than his worst.

Edited at 2010-04-15 04:22 am (UTC)
Alisha: UB Daniel/Betty Hugkalishaka on April 15th, 2010 04:24 am (UTC)
Considering how bleak it once looked, this finale gave me what I wanted. And I agree that there is little ambiguity. From the moment he handed Mode over to Wilhelmina, he always knew exactly where he was going to go. And Claire 'giving her blessing.' Yeah she did...because she's wanted Betty to be her daughter-in-law since season one. Bless Claire for always being fabulous in every way. And Daniel noting that he needed to let her go, and he couldn't even bear to tell her goodbye. Seriously heartbreaking. And her phone call before that, begging for him to show up. Everything that wasn't said, was completely and utterly implied and revealed in the acting of Eric and America in those moments of saying nothing. FABULOUS! I am completely content.
Arabian: Betty & Daniel02arabian on April 15th, 2010 04:30 am (UTC)
Ooh, I forgot to mention her phone call to him. I LOVED THAT PART! So heartbreaking, I was near tears that part. (Gonna edit that into my post!)

And just, YES, to your entire post. The first time I watched the final scene, I was disappointed because I really wanted a kiss. But the second time, knowing there was no kiss, I was able to just enjoy the scene for itself and see all of the nuances ... and there were plenty. Those two were just a'sparkin' away!
Just a Dreamer: [DW] run!orla_fey on April 15th, 2010 05:12 am (UTC)
I agree with everything you said 100%, especially the wild, hot monkey sex that happens after their dinner date, lol! But seriously, I almost feel like I could have written this post, especially that the last scene shows so much giddiness and promise between the two. I think this was the most natural Betty/Daniel-ish conclusion (or beginning, really) considering how late in the game Silvio decided to actually go in that direction. I personally thought the scene was terribly romantic, even without a kiss. What grander gesture is there than leaving your old life behind and following your heart to another country to be near the one you love? And YES, it was obvious that Betty knew it was a date she was agreeing to, and I, for one, was thrilled because I hoped the finale would at least show some acknowledgment and consent on her part to a romantic relationship with Daniel. ♥

Finally, the "UGLY" disappearing at the end leaving us with just "BETTY." Nice, very nice.

Aww, lovely! I totally overlooked this...I must have been too busy gushing or twirling or something by that point. I need a copy of the episode asap so I can better appreciate the details.

Thanks for sharing your thoughts! :)
Arabian: Dr Whoarabian on April 15th, 2010 06:26 am (UTC)
especially that the last scene shows so much giddiness and promise between the two

It really does; I just clipped the scenes from this episode and rewatching that final scene, gah! there is SO much to love. It's just fantastic. Everything you said and more is there. It's so full of love and hope for the future.

I have to admit I missed it the first time myself, it wasn't until someone pointed it out that I was like "OHH!!!" So cool. :D
sunnytyler001sunnytyler001 on April 15th, 2010 08:18 am (UTC)
I can't believe it's over. :( But, as you said, it was a very nice ending... very hopeful!
Arabian: Dr Who (10) - Impossible Planetarabian on April 16th, 2010 12:08 am (UTC)
Very hopeful. Yes, indeed! :)
S.: dw; love don't roamartic_fox on April 15th, 2010 11:03 pm (UTC)
I'm glad Daniel and Betty got their moment. I don't watch the show anymore, but I'm happy to know that they kind of end up together. My friend was telling me this evening, and I thought of you!
Arabian: Betty & Daniel04arabian on April 15th, 2010 11:15 pm (UTC)
Aww, thanks.

It definitely could have been better, and I think had Silvio begun their story throughout this whole season he would have been surprised by the positive, overwhelming feedback (the last episode before this which really introduced it just exploded the UB fandom), and perhaps had given us what we should have gotten. Still, what we did get was so much better than I ever thought we would, so squee!!!
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Arabian: Betty & Daniel02arabian on April 17th, 2010 02:19 am (UTC)
I can't say it was my favorite because it was sooooo heart-breaking, but it was definitely one of the best-acted moments on UB ever ... and that's saying a lot.