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The Best Episodes of Ugly Betty

Every episode of Ugly Betty ranked from best to worst. Let's dive into the Best Episodes of Ugly Betty!

Betty Suarez is smart, tough and tenacious, but also sensitive and loving. She hopes these skills will help her to get a job within the Meade Publishing Corporation. The fact that she isn’t traditionally attractive initially keeps her from getting hired by fashion bible, Mode. The magazine, however, is in flux, with power-hungry executives vying for dominance. Hoping to control the situation, the publisher gives his inexperienced son, Daniel, the position of Editor-in-Chief. He hires Betty as Daniel’s assistant after catching him in a compromising position with his secretary on his first day on the job. After a tough start, in which Daniel tries to force Betty into quitting by treating her terribly, he realizes her worth and the two pair up to be an effective team.


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The best episode of "Ugly Betty" is "Hello Goodbye", rated 9.1/10 from 421 user votes. It was directed by Victor Nelli Jr. and written by Silvio Horta. "Hello Goodbye" aired on 4/14/2010 and is rated 0.5 point(s) higher than the second highest rated, "East Side Story".

  • Hello Goodbye
    9.1/10 421 votes

    #1 - Hello Goodbye

    Season 4 Episode 20 - Aired 2010-04-14

    The episode focuses on Betty Suarez struggling to tell her friend and boss, Daniel Meade about her new job in London. At the same time, Betty's sister, Hilda tries to keep their father from finding out she is moving to Manhattan. Wilhelmina Slater recovers from being shot by Tyler and Amanda Tanen finally finds her father.

    Director: Victor Nelli Jr.

    Writer: Silvio Horta

  • East Side Story
    8.6/10 433 votes

    #2 - East Side Story

    Season 1 Episode 23 - Aired 2007-05-17

    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.

    Director: James Hayman

    Writer: Silvio Horta, Marco Pennette

  • The Past Presents the Future
    8.5/10 212 votes

    #3 - The Past Presents the Future

    Season 4 Episode 19 - Aired 2010-04-07

    As Hilda's wedding approaches, Betty asks Daniel to be her guest, Amanda tries to set Marc up with soap opera star Spencer Cannon, Justin wonders whether he can invite Austin, Wilhelmina finds a way to get the Meade empire and Betty gets an unexpected offer in both her personal and professional lives.

    Director: Paul Holahan

    Writer: N/A

  • The Bahamas Triangle
    8.3/10 212 votes

    #4 - The Bahamas Triangle

    Season 4 Episode 8 - Aired 2009-12-04

    Betty, Matt and Amanda's love triangle in the Bahamas reaches boiling point. Betty has trouble with a photo shoot when Penelope Graybridge steals the shoot from her enemy Wilhemina. Marc falls for super sexy Troy.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: Sheila R. Lawrence

  • Don't Ask, Don't Tell
    8.1/10 275 votes

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

    Season 1 Episode 18 - Aired 2007-03-22

    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.

    Director: Tricia Brock

    Writer: Veronica West, Sarah Kucserka, Marco Pennette

  • Be-Shure
    8.1/10 196 votes

    #6 - Be-Shure

    Season 4 Episode 9 - Aired 2009-12-11

    Ignacio prepares a romantic dinner for his Jean. Betty and Hilda take the Be-Shure instant pregnancy tests. Meanwhile, Hartley gets Denise Ludwig to fill in for Wilhemina. However Marc plans to bring Willie back. Claire with Amanda track down Tyler, the son she gave up for adoption.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • Blackout!
    8.1/10 171 votes

    #7 - Blackout!

    Season 4 Episode 12 - Aired 2010-01-20

    Betty invites Hilda and Justin to stay for dinner after Justin's acting class audition, but they decline. Living alone in her, Betty realizes that she misses Matt and fears that if something happened to her, no one would know. Though Amanda and Marc live in the same building, they do not want to walk to work with her, increasing her loneliness. Meanwhile, Marc is feeling tension working for both Daniel and Wilhelmina, and sees a career opportunity when he hears the vacant Senior Fashion Editor position will be filled.

    Director: John Putch

    Writer: N/A

  • Million Dollar Smile
    8.1/10 183 votes

    #8 - Million Dollar Smile

    Season 4 Episode 17 - Aired 2010-03-24

    In the episode, Betty Suarez finally has her braces removed, but only after she enters a dream sequence in which she sees what her life would be like if she had had perfect teeth. At the same time, Justin Suarez tries to contact Austin, who he kissed in the previous episode and Daniel Meade secures the Million Dollar Bra for a MODE cover shoot. Meanwhile Amanda Tanen reveals that her relationship with Tyler is getting serious.

    Director: Paul Holahan

    Writer: Chris Black, Henry Alonso Myers

  • Sofia's Choice
    8.0/10 296 votes

    #9 - Sofia's Choice

    Season 1 Episode 12 - Aired 2007-01-11

    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.

    Director: Jeff Melman, James Hayman

    Writer: Silvio Horta

  • I'm Coming Out
    8.0/10 280 votes

    #10 - I'm Coming Out

    Season 1 Episode 14 - Aired 2007-02-01

    Betty has her job cut out for her getting prepared for Mode's huge event during New York City's Fashion Week. Meanwhile, Marc and Amanda can't delay getting their hands on something everybody desires, Christina wishes to create her mark in the design world and Daniel calls for Hilda to grant her sister a hand.

    Director: Wendey Stanzler

    Writer: James D. Parriott

  • A Nice Day for a Posh Wedding
    8.0/10 243 votes

    #11 - A Nice Day for a Posh Wedding

    Season 2 Episode 7 - Aired 2007-11-08

    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.

    Director: James Hayman

    Writer: Silvio Horta, Marco Pennette

  • The Fall Issue
    8.0/10 186 votes

    #12 - The Fall Issue

    Season 3 Episode 24 - Aired 2009-05-21

    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.

    Director: Tom Verica

    Writer: Silvio Horta

  • Lose the Boss
    7.9/10 282 votes

    #13 - Lose the Boss

    Season 1 Episode 9 - Aired 2006-11-23

    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.

    Director: Ken Whittingham

    Writer: Oliver Goldstick

  • Fake Plastic Snow
    7.9/10 294 votes

    #14 - Fake Plastic Snow

    Season 1 Episode 10 - Aired 2006-11-30

    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.

    Director: James Hayman

    Writer: Sarah Kucserka

  • Brothers
    7.9/10 270 votes

    #15 - Brothers

    Season 1 Episode 15 - Aired 2007-02-08

    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.

    Director: Lev L. Spiro

    Writer: Sheila R. Lawrence

  • Derailed
    7.9/10 270 votes

    #16 - Derailed

    Season 1 Episode 16 - Aired 2007-02-15

    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.

    Director: James Hayman

    Writer: Cameron Litvack

  • Jump
    7.9/10 280 votes

    #17 - Jump

    Season 2 Episode 18 - Aired 2008-05-22

    Betty finds herself in a dilemma between Henry and Gio when each makes a romantic offer to her. Meanwhile, a softball game between ELLE and Mode has rivals Wilhelmina and Naomi Campbell facing off in the field. Finally, Hilda makes quite a discovery about Coach Diaz, and a surprise visit from an orphaned French boy stirs things up at Mode.

    Director: Victor Nelli Jr.

    Writer: Silvio Horta

  • Backseat Betty
    7.9/10 190 votes

    #18 - Backseat Betty

    Season 4 Episode 6 - Aired 2009-11-13

    Hilda has doubts over her relationship with Archie after seeing an old flame Bobby Talercio. Marc helps Justin to fit in high school by telling him to become friends with some mean girls. Elsewhere Daniel is lured into a trap by Bennett. Wilhemina tries to come up with money to help Nico out of trouble.

    Director: John Putch

    Writer: Jon Kinnally, Tracy Poust

  • Chica and the Man
    7.9/10 187 votes

    #19 - Chica and the Man

    Season 4 Episode 13 - Aired 2010-02-03

    Wilhemina is livid when she lays eyes on drag queen impersonator - Wilhediva Hater. Betty and Daniel go through a rough patch as she wins an award for her blog. Daniel has the press hot on his heels. While Marc is pleased with himself when a famous director does a photo shoot with him.

    Director: Victor Nelli Jr.

    Writer: N/A

  • Fey's Sleigh Ride
    7.8/10 324 votes

    #20 - Fey's Sleigh Ride

    Season 1 Episode 4 - Aired 2006-10-19

    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.

    Director: Tricia Brock

    Writer: Sheila R. Lawrence

  • In or Out
    7.8/10 280 votes

    #21 - In or Out

    Season 1 Episode 13 - Aired 2007-01-18

    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.

    Director: Michael Spiller

    Writer: Myra Jo Martino

  • Petra-Gate
    7.8/10 249 votes

    #22 - Petra-Gate

    Season 1 Episode 20 - Aired 2007-04-26

    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.

    Director: Paul Lazarus

    Writer: Gabrielle Stanton, Harry Werksman

  • Secretaries' Day
    7.8/10 244 votes

    #23 - Secretaries' Day

    Season 1 Episode 21 - Aired 2007-05-03

    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.

    Director: Lev L. Spiro, Victor Nelli Jr.

    Writer: Henry Alonso Myers

  • Filing for the Enemy
    7.8/10 194 votes

    #24 - Filing for the Enemy

    Season 3 Episode 2 - Aired 2008-10-02

    Wilhelmina, getting ready for her first issue as editor, offers Betty a job as her assistant. Meanwhile, Daniel learns he will have to undergo a custody battle if he wants to keep Daniel Jr. in the U.S. Later, Hilda's romance with Coach Diaz continues to heat up.

    Director: Michael Spiller

    Writer: Joel Fields

  • All The World's A Stage
    7.8/10 199 votes

    #25 - All The World's A Stage

    Season 4 Episode 16 - Aired 2010-03-17

    Justin is enjoying his acting class with his eccentric teacher, Lena Korvinka. When Betty thinks there might be a problem with him and his friends, Austin and Lilly, she drops by the class to check up on him. Betty gets sidetracked when a playwright called Zachary is introduced to the class. Betty tells Hilda about Zachary and believes his speech about reinvention was aimed at her.

    Director: Andy Wolk

    Writer: Abraham Higginbotham