'Ugly Betty' Bites: 20 bright quips from last night's episode, 'Blackout!'

The blackout-in-Manhattan storyline is nothing new (hello, last season’s Gossip Girl!), but regardless, the Ugly Betty producers did a nice job with wrapping last night’s episode around all the lights in NYC going out. And—SPOILER ALERT!—I just love that Marc finally got his due last night. Introducing… Mode‘s new junior fashion editor, Marc St. James! The promotion was, truly, long overdue.

But now, wondering, will there be new assistants for Willy and Daniel? Or will those roles sort of fade into the background as the show focuses more on Betty and Marc’s now-more-important positions? Personally, I hope it’s the later—no need to fumble around with new, annoying assistants when the show is jam-packed with great characters already. I’ll say it again: Ugly Betty is firing on all creative cylinders right now.

And as a bonus, the Marc-getting-promoted storyline also produced one of the funniest lines of the night. “I’m not the emotional type, but you can write yourself a nice note from me,” Willy told her beloved former assistant, after she delivered him the news. Awwww. She loves him, even if she’s a bitch about it. I die over Vanessa Williams as Wilhelmina Slater. But that wasn’t the only funny one-liner of the night. Here were the quips that had me busting a gut:

“I have to decide on my comedic monologue. It’s between Moliére and one of Brad’s breakdowns from The Rachel Zoe Project.” —Justin, on prepping for his upcoming audition

“When I say, ‘Don’t go in the hall, it’s there,’ that’s what I mean.” —Amanda, after Betty reminds her and Marc that she lives across the hall from them

“If only she would apply some of that pluck to her chin hair.” —Marc, after Amanda says that Betty is “a real go-getter”

“To what? Schedule your naps?” —Wilhelmina, wondering what kind of work Daniel could be giving their shared assistant, Marc

“I wanna kill myself. Wilhelmina and Daniel will not stop fighting over me. This ménage a moi has got to stop! I hate being in the middle. I mean, unless there’s a Gyllenhaal involved.” —Marc, on the push and pull of being both Daniel and Wilhelmina’s assistant

“I just got an amaze-balls idea. Why don’t you let me work some of my manipulative magic on Mommy and Daddy Mode?” —Amanda, trying to convince Marc to let her help with the Daniel-Willy situation

“Marc, I know you’re upset, but it’s not like Hot Guys of the Israeli Army can’t be downloaded again.” —Amanda, while Marc is freaking out that his laptop was stolen

“Marc went home sick? He’d never had the never to do that on my watch.” —Willy, after Amanda tells her that Marc left early

“Look, I don’t know what kind of kinky relationship you and Daniel have, but Daddy is not keeping me from any meeting.” —Willy, after Amanda “lets it slip” that “Daddy” Daniel is having a meeting without her

“I hope for your sake you didn’t just use the words ‘dog’ or ‘beta’ in relation to me.” —Willy, after her couples counselor calls her the “beta dog” in her messy relationship with Daniel

“I was merely making an observation. Can I help it if your head has a weird, elliptical arc to it?!” —Willy, after Daniel complains to their couples counselor that she called him an “egghead” earlier that day

“Betty! I am working my ass off here! Please don’t take away my music! We’ll be left with conversation, and that is not going to work with his house of trolls.” —Amanda, while working Betty’s karaoke party filled with residents from their building

“Oh thank God you’re here, I’m running out of body parts to entertain people with!” —Amanda, when Betty shows up at the karaoke party with pizza

“Oh my God! Betty’s voice brought darkness to the land…” —Amanda, after NYC experienced a blackout while Betty was karaoking

“She loves working through natural disasters. She’s probably there going through submissions right now. Remember the blizzard of 2003? She closed an entire issue all by herself.” —Marc, lamenting the blackout in NYC and how his boss Willy functions in such situations

“Please! I’m more of a man than you’ll ever be.” —Willy, after Daniel contends that he’s a “real man”

“I know Marc might not walk like a man or talk like a man, and his features are vaguely lesbian. But the truth is that he’s my one constant over the years.” —Willy, simultaneously insulting and praising her assistant Marc

“It was bold, Suarez, even for someone who sometimes wears socks with heels.” —Marc, after Betty broke her and Marc out of the apartment building

“I’m not the emotional type, but you can write yourself a nice note from me.” —Willy, after Marc tries to give her a hug when he gets the junior fashion editor job

“I was in the hallway and I thought I smelled something, so I came over to make sure you weren’t dead.” —Marc, while stopping by Betty’s apartment, which is across the hall from his

What quip am I missing? Which one do you love most? Did you love this episode?

More ‘Ugly Betty’ Bites from EW.com:
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‘Ugly Betty’ Bites: 24 flair-filled lines from last night’s episode, ‘The Passion of the Betty’!
‘Ugly Betty’ Bites: The 11 quippiest gems from last night’s episode, ‘Be-Shure’!
‘Ugly Betty’ Bites: The 18 funniest lines from last night!
‘Ugly Betty’ Bites: 10 genius lines from Friday night’s great episode!
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‘Ugly Betty’ Bites: The best lines from Betty’s makeover premiere episode!

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  • BettyFan

    It’s supposed to be

    “I was in the hallway and I thought I SMELLED something, so I came over to make sure you weren’t dead.”

    • Ceballos

      Not to pile on, but seriously…

      If we’re not going to get a proper recap of this show that’s one thing. But if we have to settle for a half-a$$ed compilation of “quips”, it’d be nice if they were transcribed properly.

      Just sayin’.

      • Natalie

        I agree!

      • orlando

        “Marc went home sick? He’d never had the never to do that on my watch”. Ummmm, “He’d never have the NERVE perhaps”??? PROOFREADING WORKS!!!

      • eeb

        wow, rude much y’all? how bout you get a life instead of noticing small typos.

      • yumyum

        Wow, howbout YOU get a life and stop worrying about US worrying about typos???????????????????????????? (P.S. For future reference, ALWAYS start a sentence with a CAPITAL letter)

  • jaime

    Proofread, my friend.

    • Nadia

      What a poor half a$$ attempt at doing your “job”.

  • Yan



    • Sophia

      Umm…what does FTW mean?

      • TheObserver

        For the win

  • orville

    I kind of hope they do a “Murphy Brown” with Daniel’s and Willy’s assistant(s). A new incompetant every week. It wouldn’t have to be a big bit–30 seconds would do. They could even do a stunt casting with it now and again.

    • pre++y be++y

      …or how about Willi recruiting someone who strongly resembles Marc in looks, dress, and attitude and Marc gets all jealous….

  • Brenda

    Seriously, who edits these things? There were so many typos I lost count.
    Regarding the show…definitely a good one. I was laughing for a good 5 minutes after Justin’s quip about doing a one of Brad’s breakdowns from the Rachel Zoe Project. I love Brad. Also, the line about Marc vaguely looking like a lesbian was hilarious, and I think it was mostly because that has been referenced in an ep from a couple weeks ago. It may have even been Mark saying it about it himself, but it was definitely mentioned before.

    • Hudson

      Does everybody really need to pile on with the proofreading comments. A simple post pointing out the error would be fine and then get on to discussing stuff that really counts. I don’t think we need to bludgeon anybody for a few typos.

  • Sophia

    Thank you Observer for FTW! =)

  • Marie

    last night was a great episode, really funny. i don’t watch gossip girl, so hadn’t seen the “power outage” story line in NYC yet.
    every time i watch Vanessa Williams on this show i can’t believe the woman hasn’t won an emmy for this role yet.
    on the other hand ***spoiler***, i was sad to find out that Hilda lost the baby. even though i didn’t know if the show was going to handle a new baby in its story line, it was sad to find out that it didn’t have a heartbeat. i hope Bobby stays around though, i kinda like him.
    one more thing….PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE ABC….don’t cancel this show!!

    • AnnR

      I agree. THis show just keeps getting better and better. Now that Betty and Marc have retracted their claws a bit (a lot) there will be opportunities for more story lines.

  • Dusty

    “I was in the hallway and I thought I smelled something, so I came over to make sure you weren’t dead.”
    This was such a secretly sweet line. I love Marc.

    I would honestly be happy if the series finale was just Betty, Marc, and Amanda chilling in the old apartment and watching TV.

  • the “oh my god, betty’s voice brought darkness to the land” quote made me die laughing. i love amanda.

  • Christopher

    My favorite line was Amanda deadpanning: “Like moths to a blame burned by the fire.” That had me rolling

    • yumyum


  • Cardsgal

    Tanner is a total hack…but I read this blog anyway because I had to say that I watch this show for Mark – he is awesome!

    • Marc

      …..Its Marc……

  • Charlie

    You guys are being so hard on Stransky. It’s not perfect, but if it weren’t for him, we’d get nothing at all in regards to UB on this site.

  • Just John

    UB is so well done! I’m amazed at the writing, the quality and acting. I sure hope the audience continues to grow on Wednesday. So good this season. Congrats to a great show!!! Thanks ABC for believing!

  • cranky

    I’m just glad they got rid of Josh Groban, Jr.

  • Shaun

    So happy for Marc! So sad for Hilda :( Loved Willy and Daniel’s interaction in the elevator, lol. Nice to see Betty, Marc and Amanda becoming better friends.

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