|Queens For a Day|
Production Number: 1-03 (episode 3)
First Aired: Thursday, October 12, 2006
Recurring Characters: Michael Urie (Marc), Kevin Sussman (Walter), Elizabeth Penn Payne (Masked Woman), Stelio Savante (Steve)
Guest Cast: Rhys Coiro (Vincent Bianchi), Thea Vidale (Cholli), Ron Canada (Senator Slater), Gilles Marini (Jean-Luc), Greg Proops (Fashion TV Reporter), Eve Mauro (Assistant), Jill Latiano (Model), Andy Kreiss (Host), Ash Christian (Jeff), Stephen Keys (Doorman), Teresa Huang (Reporter #1), Ron Butler (Reporter #2), Mark Hames (Waiter), Marlene Favela (Esmeralda, uncredited), Eduardo Rodriguez (Galo Rivera, uncredited), Helena Rojo (Patricia Rivera, uncredited), Ninel Conde (Sofia Rivera, uncredited)
Betty has a difficult time getting into an exclusive Mode party to celebrate Daniel's successful first issue, so she eventually gives up. When she gets home at 9:45pm she discovers that Walter is in her living room, playing Dance Dance Revolution with Justin. Back at the party, Wilhelmina tries to rub the success of Daniel's dead brother, Alex, in his face. Hilda tries to talk Betty into giving up on her job at Mode and all of the abuse that comes with it. The next morning, Betty tells her father that she hopes to make some headway in dealing with his HMO problems. Daniel has Betty bring up past issues of Hudson, the magazine that was helmed by his brother Alex, so that he could determine what changes Alex had implemented to make the magazine's fortunes turn around. Betty suggests that they get photographer Vincent Bianchi to do a spread, but Daniel says that Alex had destroyed the relationship with Bianchi and it would be impossible to convince him to work for Meade Publications again. Betty later learns from Ignacio that Vincent Bianchi was from their neighborhood, so she decides to use her Queens connections to lure Bianchi to Mode. She seals the deal with Bianchi by sending sausage and pepper hero sandwiches, the specialty of a Queens establishment called Sal's Deli, over to his studio. Wilhelmina prepares for a visit by her father, a prominent Senator. Bianchi insists that Betty has to attend the meeting with Daniel, which will take place at a posh restaurant called Madison 6, so she decides to get a makeover, but things don't quite turn out as planned. Bradford tries to get his hands on the "death car" in which Fey Sommers met her end, because he doesn't want anyone to be able to prove that the steering had been tampered with. The masked lady calls Daniel and tells him to ask his father what he's been doing at the Bayonne salvage yard. Betty's makeover earns her positive reactions in Queens, but after she sees the reactions of her Mode co-workers, Betty decides that she shouldn't go to meet Bianchi, so Amandaunconvincingly pretending to be Betty Suarezaccompanies Daniel and Bradford to the lunch meeting instead. Betty discovers that Daniel had forgotten to bring the proposal, so she heads down to Madison 6 to save the meeting. By the time she gets there, Daniel has already admitted that Amanda is not Betty. Vincent is impressed to learn that Daniel is nothing like his brother Alex, so he agrees to do the photo shoot.
Most of the international versions of the Betty story have featured a disastrous makeover of the lead character.
When Lety had her disastrous makeover on "La fea más bella," she'd told the stylist that she wanted to look like Salma Hayek, and in this episode of "Ugly Betty," the woman in the "Keese" advertisement that Betty shows to her stylist looks an awful lot like... none other than Salma Hayek.
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