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Ugly Betty: Pilot

In the superficial world of high fashion, image is everything. Styles come and go, and the only constants are the superthin beauties who wear them. How can an ordinary girl a slightly plump plain-Jane from Queens possibly fit in?

Episode Info


Episode number: 1x1
Production Number: 101
Airdate: Thursday September 28th, 2006


Alternate Airdates:

FI (Nelonen) Apr 23, 2007
Philippines Apr 28, 2007
NL (Net 5) Aug 24, 2009

Guest Stars
Ava GaudetAva Gaudet
As Gina Gambarro
Recurring
Gina GershonGina Gershon
As Fabia
Recurring
Kevin SussmanKevin Sussman
As Walter
Recurring
Michael UrieMichael Urie
As Marc
Recurring
William AbadieWilliam Abadie
As Phillippe Michel
Main Cast
America FerreraAmerica Ferrera
As Betty Suarez
Eric MabiusEric Mabius
As Daniel Meade
Becki NewtonBecki Newton
As Amanda
Alan DaleAlan Dale
As Bradford Meade
Tony PlanaTony Plana
As Ignacio Suarez
Ana OrtizAna Ortiz
As Hilda Suarez
Ashley JensenAshley Jensen
As Christina
Vanessa WilliamsVanessa Williams
As Wilhelmina Slater
Episode Notes
Originally considered to be a daily soap or telenovela, which would run in the earlier morning.

The role of Wilhelmina was originally cast to Charlotte Ross, but she left the show for another ABC pilot, Pink Collar. It was never aired.

In the pilot episode, America used her actual hair, but then cut it after being unsure if the show would come back. Now she wears a wig.

Ugly Betty was originally supposd to air Friday at 8/7c but was switched to Thursdays at 8/7c.

The show was titled Ugly Betty, was renamed to Betty the Ugly but was switched back to Ugly Betty.

Ugly Betty is the American version of the popular Columbian telenovela, Yo Soy Betty, La Fea.



Music
ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
Donna SummerShe Works Hard For The Money 
The Frank Pop EnsembleHip Teens Don't Wear Blue Jeans 
K.T. TunstallSuddenly I See 
Princess SuperstarI Like It A Lot 
Solo DosLo Quiere To 
VassyWanna Fly 


Episode Quotes
Ignacio: So, how was your interview?
Betty: Um... I think it was really good. I mean, they were impressed.
Hilda: You didn't get it.
Betty: Well they said that they had hired everyone they needed.
Ignacio: I don't understand. You're sharp, you're prepared... Someone should have begged you to work with them the day you graduated Queens College.
Hilda: Betty, have you thought about exploring other options?
Betty: Hilda, I am not going to sell Herbalux.
Hilda: I wasn't saying that... necessarily.

Amanda: Ahh! She's so fabulously douchy!



Cultural References
Betty: Hilda, I am not going to sell Herbalux.

Herbalux is a herbal medicine sold internationally.

Marc: It's a bizarre version of Sex and the City.

Sex and the City is a HBO original series starring Sarah Jessica Parker. She plays a new york writer living in New York City. It focuses on the sex lives of four best friends. It went from 1998 to 2004.



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