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.