The BEST Episodes of Ugly Betty

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Jun 8, 2020

Network: ABC (US)

Smart but wholesome Betty embraces her unique appearance and independent attitude in the cutthroat world of New York fashion. It's amazing how Betty can stay true to herself, no matter how much drama the fashionistas throw her way. With the help of her proud yet far-from-glamorous family from Queens, Betty will continue to have big dreams and deal with any obstacle in her own unique style.

Petra-Gate

#1 - Petra-Gate

Season 1 - Episode 20 - Aired Apr 26, 2007

After seeing her working relationship with Daniel, her close friendship with Christina, and her chance to date Henry all fall apart, Betty is left with no choice but to turn her back on all three. Meanwhile, romance is in the air: At MODE, Alexis catches the attention of a guy and he asks her out; Amanda flirts with a designer who she believes is gay; and Wilhelmina finds her latest advances very tiring. Over at the Suarez's, Santos gives Hilda a little surprise.

star 8.74
86 votes
Directors: Paul Lazarus
Writers: Gabrielle G. Stanton, Harry Werksman
East Side Story

#2 - East Side Story

Season 1 - Episode 23 - Aired May 17, 2007

Betty and Henry's romance heats up. Meanwhile, Wilhelmina makes great strides in her ambitious power play, as Daniel descends further in a downward spiral. The Suarez family trip to Mexico takes a dangerous turn, with old ghosts creating new problems. Explosive secrets will be revealed, and everything will be tied together by a beloved Broadway musical.

star 8.68
90 votes
Directors: James Hayman
Writers: Marco Pennette, Silvio Horta
Icing on the Cake

#3 - Icing on the Cake

Season 1 - Episode 17 - Aired Mar 15, 2007

Daniel keeps secret from Alexis the fact that he is the one who hired Grace to defend their father, something which Wilhelmina uses to bring the siblings apart. Meanwhile, when invited by Henry to Charlie's birthday party, a desperate Betty asks Dr. Farkas, her orthodontist, to be her date. Finally, Amanda catches the eye of an unusual designer who claims that she is his muse.

star 8.67
83 votes
Directors: Jeff Melman
Writers: Dailyn Rodriguez
Punch Out

#4 - Punch Out

Season 1 - Episode 19 - Aired Apr 19, 2007

The Meades are in for some troubling times when a tell-all writer in possession of Fey Sommer's diaries starts stalking the family. Meanwhile, Betty has a hard time getting Daniel focused on his work now that he has reverted back to his old ways with women. Finally, Wilhelmina and Alexis both try desperately to get a hold of Fey's diaries, but each with her own intentions.

star 8.67
85 votes
Directors: Miguel Arteta
Writers: Oliver Goldstick
Sofia's Choice

#5 - Sofia's Choice

Season 1 - Episode 12 - Aired Jan 11, 2007

Betty meets a look-a-like -- Ruthie, an editorial assistant at MYW Magazine who dresses and looks like her. Meanwhile, Daniel is in for a surprising revelation from Sofia that leaves everyone stunned.

star 8.63
93 votes
Directors: James Hayman
Writers: Silvio Horta
Brothers

#6 - Brothers

Season 1 - Episode 15 - Aired Feb 8, 2007

Alexis' shocking announcement causes great commotion at both Mode and the Meade home. Betty tries to maintain the peace and order at Mode, however, she is about to face her own personal turmoil when Henry asks her out on a date and Walter tells her he's got a big surprise in store. Meanwhile, Whilhelmina plots her next move to conquer Mode and Justin gets sent home from school for fighting.

star 8.58
88 votes
Directors: Lev L. Spiro
Writers: Sheila Lawrence
Queens for a Day

#7 - Queens for a Day

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired Oct 12, 2006

Betty uses her Queens connections to lure big time photographer Vincent Bianchi to shoot for the magazine. When Bianchi insists that Betty meet him at a posh restaurant, she gets a makeover but things don't quite turn out as planned. In the mean time, Bradford tries to get his hands on Fey Sommers' death car and Wilhelmina primps for a big date.

star 8.57
152 votes
Directors: James Hayman
Writers: Marco Pennette
Fey's Sleigh Ride

#8 - Fey's Sleigh Ride

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired Oct 19, 2006

After Mode is forced to abandon its big Christmas photo shoot because another magazine has copied the idea, Betty forms an uneasy alliance with Marc and Amanda. The three fear they may have leaked the idea to someone at the rival mag. Meanwhile, Daniel and Wilhelmina reluctantly work together to come up with a new photo spread as Mode's deadline looms, and Betty's nephew, Justin, is oblivious to the turmoil as he spends a day at the magazine for a class project.

star 8.55
136 votes
Directors: Tricia Brock
Writers: Sheila Lawrence
Derailed

#9 - Derailed

Season 1 - Episode 16 - Aired Feb 15, 2007

Daniel reconnects with Grace Chin, a girl he once stood up for a date in college, and who is now New York City's top lawyer. Meanwhile, Betty befriends Charlie, an out-of-towner she meets at the Mode cafeteria, whom she later discovers to be Henry's girlfriend.

star 8.52
92 votes
Directors: James Hayman
Writers: Cameron Litvack
Trust, Lust, and Must

#10 - Trust, Lust, and Must

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired Nov 2, 2006

Wilhelmina deals with the strong character of her daughter while Betty and Hilda try to gather $20,000 to save their father from deportation.

star 8.46
182 votes
Directors: Jamie Babbit
Writers: Cameron Litvack
Four Thanksgivings and a Funeral

#11 - Four Thanksgivings and a Funeral

Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired Nov 16, 2006

To his dismay, Daniel must attend his family's Thanksgiving gathering at the Country Club. Meanwhile, Amanda and Marc create their own gathering at Mode and there is also a dinner at Betty's house where Santos, Justin's father, is in attendance. Meanwhile, Wilhelmina also hosts a Thanksgiving dinner as well but her feast doesn't look as good as it does in magazine pictures.

star 8.42
123 votes
Writers: Marco Pennette
Don't Ask, Don't Tell

#12 - Don't Ask, Don't Tell

Season 1 - Episode 18 - Aired Mar 22, 2007

Betty is in for some wild drama when Marc's mother stops by, given that the latter doesn't seem to know that her son is gay and Betty acts as his girlfriend to help him keep his secret. Meanwhile, Daniel and Alexis are forced to work together when Claire names them both co-editors-in-chief.

star 8.38
116 votes
Directors: Tricia Brock
Writers: Marco Pennette, Sarah Kucserka, Veronica Becker
Pilot

#13 - Pilot

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 28, 2006

Betty has always dreamed of working in the publishing world, but it seems as though there's no place for the non-thin and non-beautiful in the business. People already have their minds set in the idea that beautiful women are only the thin and perfect! Betty really wants a job in that wonderful, yet cruel, world. But can she really find a place in it?

star 8.37
263 votes
Directors: Richard Shepard
Writers: Silvio Horta
How Betty Got Her Grieve Back

#14 - How Betty Got Her Grieve Back

Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 27, 2007

Betty's life is turned into turmoil after the numerous upsetting events that have recently occurred. Despite all this, she refuses to accept the fact that Henry's leaving has deeply affected her. Meanwhile, Amanda has a hard time coping with the news she recently discovered about who her real mother is and Wilhelmina plans to use all the recent tragedies to her advantage.

star 8.33
186 votes
Directors: James Hayman
Writers: Marco Pennette, Silvio Horta
Lose the Boss?

#15 - Lose the Boss?

Season 1 - Episode 9 - Aired Nov 23, 2006

Betty is left alone during an important photo shoot during which the photographer, Bruno, has come up with questionable concepts. Meanwhile, Daniel wants people to believe he is a family man, Mr. Green interrogates a mortician about the remains of a client and Ignacio gets in trouble with Immigration and Customs.

star 8.33
156 votes
Directors: Ken Whittingham
Writers: Oliver Goldstick
In or Out

#16 - In or Out

Season 1 - Episode 13 - Aired Jan 18, 2007

While Daniel is still suffering from his break up with Sofia, Betty is doing her best to get him back to work and over Sofia. Meanwhile, Wilhelmina decides who will continue to work at Mode once her ambitions to be named Editor-in-Chief are realized.

star 8.29
119 votes
Directors: Michael Spiller
Writers: Myra Jo Martino
The Lyin', the Watch and the Wardrobe

#17 - The Lyin', the Watch and the Wardrobe

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired Oct 26, 2006

It's Halloween and Betty is in for a series of frightful experiences, ranging from showing up dressed for the Mode costume contest until she learns that there isn't one, to dealing with her growing attraction to Henry, and tracking down a watch Daniel left at one of his many girlfriends' apartments, but can't remember which one. Meanwhile, Daniel pays a visit to his mom in rehab, and Wilhelmina is horrified to learn that she can't fit into a designer gown.

star 8.29
163 votes
Directors: Rodman Flender
Writers: Donald Todd
Secretaries Day

#18 - Secretaries Day

Season 1 - Episode 21 - Aired May 3, 2007

Betty struggles with a dilemma as she attempts to bail her family out of a financial crisis while juggling with the task of planning MODE's big assistants week at a medieval-themed restaurant...where Amanda's past ties to the establishment has a link and could come back to haunt her in a surprising way. On the romantic front involving the Meade siblings, Betty tries to give Daniel advice about his endless sexual addiction, while Alexis ponders about whether she should start taking up Rodrigo's offer. Meanwhile, Hilda prepares for her first exam to determine her future at cosmetology school as Wilhelmina prepares for her future plans to take over MODE as she makes even bolder moves for domination behind the scenes.

star 8.28
109 votes
Writers: Henry Alonso Myers
Fake Plastic Snow

#19 - Fake Plastic Snow

Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired Nov 30, 2006

While everyone at Mode is celebrating Christmas, Betty is questioning her relationship with Walter and the feelings she has for Henry. Meanwhile, Daniel is sure of his love for Sofia, and Amanda, in order to get Betty's position, is planning a perfect Mode holiday party that fills the office with Styrofoam snow and holiday wishes.

star 8.20
101 votes
Directors: James Hayman
Writers: Sarah Kucserka, Veronica Becker
A Nice Day for a Posh Wedding

#20 - A Nice Day for a Posh Wedding

Season 2 - Episode 7 - Aired Nov 8, 2007

As Wilhelmina prepares for her flamboyant wedding, she quickly realizes that her maid of honor, Victoria Beckham, is stealing all her thunder. Meanwhile, Betty is filled with guilt about her pact with Wilhelmina to keep the latter's affair a secret and Ignacio prepares for his big day as he is about to become an official U.S. citizen. However, when Betty moves in with Henry the father/daughter relationship is strained.

star 8.19
150 votes
Directors: James Hayman
Writers: Marco Pennette, Silvio Horta
Hello Goodbye

#21 - Hello Goodbye

Season 4 - Episode 20 - Aired Apr 14, 2010

In the series finale, Betty's reluctance to tell Daniel about her future is holding her back, Justin and Bobby go in search of a new place - although Hilda doesn't seem too keen. Amanda struggles to deal with the death of her dog, Halston, and Marc thinks he is destined to be alone.

star 8.17
630 votes
Writers: Silvio Horta
Something Wicked This Way Comes

#22 - Something Wicked This Way Comes

Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired Nov 1, 2007

Betty and Henry secretly go on a date to see Wicked, but Daniel, thinking that her date is Gio, gives two tickets to Betty and Gio and Gio does not want to give up those tickets. Meanwhile, Daniel gets in a meeting with an advertiser, a woman who has an interest in younger men, namely Daniel.

star 8.10
152 votes
Directors: Wendey Stanzler
Writers: Henry Alonso Myers
Bad Amanda

#23 - Bad Amanda

Season 3 - Episode 10 - Aired Dec 4, 2008

Amanda and Betty are forced to work together for an article called "How I Blew Ten Grand Without Spending a Dime."

star 8.04
198 votes
Directors: John Putch
Writers: Chris Black
The Fall Issue

#24 - The Fall Issue

Season 3 - Episode 24 - Aired May 21, 2009

The sudden death of a Mode editor leaves Betty and Marc competing for the same job. Meanwhile, Matt lets his jealousy over Henry get the best of him.

star 7.97
233 votes
Directors: Tom Verica
Writers: Silvio Horta
After Hours

#25 - After Hours

Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired Nov 9, 2006

Betty takes a break from her escalating family troubles when she's assigned to review a posh new hotel. Meanwhile, Daniel is dismayed when Sofia Reyes and her team take up residence in the Mode conference room, and Wilhelmina goes a little bit country to woo a mega rich Texan to advertise his stores in Mode.

star 7.96
118 votes
Directors: James Hayman
Writers: Dailyn Rodriguez