Season 4
Date Released October 16, 2009 – April 14, 2010
Number of Episodes 20

The Fourth and Final Season of the American comedy-drama television series Ugly Betty was confirmed in the ABC lineup, which was picked up for a full season on April 23, 2009.[1] The season premiered on October 16, 2009 and ended with the series finale on April 14, 2010. Edit

Outside the United States, Season 4 began airing on digital channel 7TWO on Tuesdays at 7:30pm from April 13, 2010 in Australia. It also began airing in the UK on Wednesday August 11, at 9 pm. Unlike the previous 3 seasons, Ugly Betty is now being shown on the digital channel E4, while the repeat telecast can be watched on Channel 4 on the weekend. This move is said to be due to the decline in ratings of the previous season which was shown on Channel 4. Season 4 completed its 20-episode run by Wednesday December 22, 2010.

The season had been shifted to the Friday night death slot and ratings for the first 8 episodes were extremely low (especially the seventh which became the all-time lowest rated episode). On December 2, 2009, ABC confirmed that Ugly Betty would be moving to Wednesday nights after Christmas 2009, due to Eastwick's cancellation. However, ratings did not improve and ABC lowered the episode count from an original 22 ordered to just 20.[2] On January 27, 2010, ABC announced the show would not be brought back for a fifth season.

Season OverviewEdit

Betty finds that everything is changing as she begins her new job as associate features editor, especially since her boss is her ex-boyfriend, Matt Hartley, who is still unhappy about their breakup. In addition, Betty's new office mate Megan openly resents her, while Marc is constantly undermining her because he felt he was more deserving of the promotion. Meanwhile, without Betty as his assistant, Daniel is adrift, still mourning the loss of his wife, Molly. Justin starts high school and is victimized by bullies but won't tell his mom, Hilda. Claire Meade is finding that her power struggle at the company has her sitting pretty -- for the moment -- opposite Wilhelmina, who lost her claim to the Meade throne last season. But Wilhelmina has perhaps an even bigger problem than job security - she is harboring a secret at home that is driving Marc to distraction. ("The Butterfly Effect Part 1")

After managing to turn her first editorial pitch into fruition, Betty struggles to balance her time between working on her United Nations photoshoot and helping Daniel cope with his loneliness under extremely short notice. When she fails at multi-tasking and as more frown upon her and Daniel, Betty decides to transform into a more fashionable and focused woman, causing people to slowly start accepting her. Finding out that Justin has been talking to Marc about his troubles and not her, Hilda bans him from talking to Marc again which causes their relationship to turn rocky. Wilhelmina struggles to keep her secret safe when Marc manages to find out as well as her concern for her job at Mode. ("The Butterfly Effect Part 2")

Worrying that Matt will fire her both professionally and personally, Betty gets her big break concerning the sudden announcement of Gucci's new designer, Evan York (Hamish Linklater), with the help of Hilda's connected customer, Sammy (Adam Ferrara). But Marc plots to sabotage her, enlisting a clueless Amanda and Matt in his efforts, culminating in a showdown at the restaurant where Ignacio works. Meanwhile Daniel begins to attend a bereavement group, where he meets Natalie (Jamie-Lynn Sigler), a sexy girl who takes him out for an interesting night on the town, and Wilhelmina flies to Bermuda when she learns Connor may be there and when she meets him face-to-face, she gets torn between her real feelings for him and the fact that he almost endangered her job at Mode. ("Blue on Blue")

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<td class="summary" style="text-align: left;">"The Weiner, the Bun, and the Boob" </td><td>Brian Tanen</td><td>Wendey Stanzler</td><td>4.50</td><td>Template:Start date</td></tr><tr><td class="description" style="border-bottom:3px solid #FFA500" colspan="7"> Betty is overwhelmed with her editorial work, so Wilhelmina assigns Marc to be Betty's temporary assistant. Betty's story idea to cover the worst jobs in New York goes south when she has to dress up as a hot dog and do a Bollywood dance number. Meanwhile, Marc frets that he'll never be taken seriously by his idol at Vogue magazine, Hilda gets Archie's campaign in trouble, Daniel hires a gorgeous but inept assistant (supermodel Brooklyn Decker), and Natalie introduces Daniel to the Community -- a group whose charismatic leader (Dylan Baker) zeroes in on Daniel.[1] </td></tr> <tr class="vevent" style="text-align: center;background:#F2F2F2; "><th scope="row" id="ep70" style="text-align: center;background:#F2F2F2;


<td class="summary" style="text-align: left;">"Plus None" </td><td>Cara DiPaolo</td><td>Paul Holahan</td><td>4.76</td><td>Template:Start date</td></tr><tr><td class="description" style="border-bottom:3px solid #FFA500" colspan="7"> Wilhelmina is furious with Marc who secretly signs her up for a fund-raiser for Tibetan orphans but what makes matters worse is that the party will take place in her apartment, knowing that this could endanger Nico's safety but the truth behind Nico's dire straits is revealed. Betty tries to reconnect with Matt but is immediately saddened when Matt asks Amanda to be his "plus one" at Wilhelmina's fund-raiser but he shocks both her and Betty when they see Matt bringing in someone else. Daniel hires his new BFF Natalie as his assistant, making Betty feel obsolete. Amanda keeps a secret from Betty, and Daniel discovers that his mother, Claire, has history with Cal Hartley. </td></tr> <tr class="vevent" style="text-align: center;background:#F2F2F2; "><th scope="row" id="ep71" style="text-align: center;background:#F2F2F2;


<td class="summary" style="text-align: left;">"Backseat Betty" </td><td>Tracy Poust & Jon Kinnally</td><td>John Putch</td><td>4.46</td><td>Template:Start date</td></tr><tr><td class="description" style="border-bottom:3px solid #FFA500" colspan="7"> Hilda's badboy high school flame and Betty's schoolgirl crush, Bobby Talercio (Adam Rodriguez), teaches at Justin's school, causing the sisters to both doubt their feelings for "nice guys". Justin is struggling to fit in at high school, so Marc advises him to befriend the mean girl type cheerleaders. When Justin is invited to Homecoming, he becomes the victim of another prank as he is jokingly awarded as "Homecoming Queen" but Justin takes Marc's advice and manages to turn the prank back at his bullies. Meanwhile Daniel introduces Amanda to the Community of the Phoenix, as he's lured deeper into its clutches by the leader, Bennett (Dylan Baker) and his teammate Natalie. Wilhemina takes a drastic step to find money for Nico's blackmail payment but when she finds out that Connor is dead, she cries, knowing that her life is slowly shutting down. </td></tr> <tr class="vevent" style="text-align: center;background:#F2F2F2; "><th scope="row" id="ep72" style="text-align: center;background:#F2F2F2;


<td class="summary" style="text-align: left;">"Level (7) with Me" </td><td>Chris Black</td><td>John Fortenberry</td><td>3.39</td><td>Template:Start date</td></tr><tr><td class="description" style="border-bottom:3px solid #FFA500" colspan="7"> Daniel lets the leaders from the Community of the Phoenix to take over and control Mode, and Bennett's promise on Daniel's reuniting with his dead wife prompt Betty to action. She schemes with Claire and with an ingenious plan and finding unlikely allies in Matt and Amanda, the four stage a rescue attempt. Saddened by Connor's recent death and trouble surrounding Nico's blackmailing, Wilhemina has let herself go, wearing sweats and garden clogs in public, prompting a tabloid feeding frenzy and forcing Marc to try to get her back in the fashion world, resulting in slapping some sense into her and inadvertently finds out the truth of Nico's mystery.[2] </td></tr> <tr class="vevent" style="text-align: center;background:#F2F2F2; "><th scope="row" id="ep73" style="text-align: center;background:#F2F2F2;


<td class="summary" style="text-align: left;">"The Bahamas Triangle" </td><td>Sheila Lawrence</td><td>Victor Neili, Jr.</td><td>4.23</td><td>Template:Start date</td></tr><tr><td class="description" style="border-bottom:3px solid #FFA500" colspan="7"> In the steamy Bahamas, the love triangle between Betty, Matt and Amanda explodes, and romantic pairings abound. Things should be dreamy at the Atlantis resort, where even Shakira (portraying herself) is staying. Betty finally discovers that Matt is into Amanda. Saddened that it's her last shoot in the Bahamas, Willie tries to find another job but learns her nemesis, Penelope Graybridge (Christie Brinkley), snagged it, and, even more importantly, discovers Connor is very much alive. Marc frets that there is no one on the island for him, but then meets the uber-hot Troy (portrayed by Matt Newton), and back home, Hilda draws closer to her old love, Bobby. </td></tr> <tr class="vevent" style="text-align: center;background:#F2F2F2; "><th scope="row" id="ep74" style="text-align: center;background:#F2F2F2;


<td class="summary" style="text-align: left;">"Be-Shure" </td><td>Gail Lerner</td><td>David Dworetzky</td><td>4.80</td><td>Template:Start date</td></tr><tr><td class="description" style="border-bottom:3px solid #FFA500" colspan="7"> Against the backdrop of Ignacio's multi-culti holiday dinner that he prepares for his new flame Jean (Faith Prince), who is Jewish, Betty and Hilda have pregnancy scares. Worse, they purchase their Be-Shure instant pregnancy tests from the local pharmacy -- where Jean works and Ignacio is shopping. Meanwhile, Hartley installs Willie's replacement, a clueless Hollywood mogul, Denise Ludwig (Nadia Dajani), whose claim to fame is a tacky movie, but Marc has a plan to get Willie back -- if only Daniel will agree. And Claire gets Amanda's help and tracks down Tyler (Neal Bledsoe), the son she long ago gave up for adoption. </td></tr> <tr class="vevent" style="text-align: center;background:#F2F2F2; "><th scope="row" id="ep75" style="text-align: center;background:#F2F2F2;


<td class="summary" style="text-align: left;">"The Passion of the Betty" </td><td>David Grubstick & Chris Black</td><td>S.J. Clarkson</td><td>5.13</td><td>Template:Start date</td></tr><tr><td class="description" style="border-bottom:3px solid #FFA500" colspan="7"> When Betty becomes concerned that she and Matt are spending too much time together, she tries to give him something else to be passionate about -- a surprise gallery showing of his art work -- with unintended results. Meanwhile, Marc is horrified that his one-night stand, Troy, is falling for him, since Marc was Troy's "first", Hilda grapples with whether or not to tell Bobby that he's the father of her unborn child, and Cal officially replaces Wilhelmina with Denise. Jesse Tyler Ferguson returns as Betty's orthodontist, Dr. Farkas, for a cameo, and Christine Ebersole guest stars as Frances, the gallery owner. </td></tr> <tr class="vevent" style="text-align: center;background:#F2F2F2; "><th scope="row" id="ep76" style="text-align: center;background:#F2F2F2;


<td class="summary" style="text-align: left;">"Back in Her Place" </td><td>Abraham Higginbotham</td><td>Richard Heus</td><td>4.67</td><td>Template:Start date</td></tr><tr><td class="description" style="border-bottom:3px solid #FFA500" colspan="7"> A battered but unbowed Betty recounts her worst week EVER to Mr. Z (guest star Fisher Stevens) as the show flashes back to her horrible last few days. Frustrated over the frivolous assignments Wilhelmina gives her at Mode, and inspired by Audrey Hepburn's memoir, Betty creates her own blog about amazing charitable ventures that inspire her. As her hobby enriches her, her job is nearly killing her, since Wilhemina tortures Betty with beauty experiments for future stories. Betty is also upset when Matt tells her that he will be participating in a 6-month trip in Africa. Meanwhile, Daniel fears Marc is sabotaging him while Bobby treats a hormonal Hilda to some pampering during "Hilda Week", which goes awry, and Wilhelmina makes a long-term commitment to the incarcerated Connor. </td></tr> <tr class="vevent" style="text-align: center;background:#F2F2F2; "><th scope="row" id="ep77" style="text-align: center;background:#F2F2F2;


<td class="summary" style="text-align: left;">"Blackout!" </td><td>Cara DiPoulo</td><td>John Putch</td><td>4.59</td><td>Template:Start date</td></tr><tr><td class="description" style="border-bottom:3px solid #FFA500" colspan="7"> Betty tries to be neighborly by planning a karaoke party in her apartment building, but before the big day, her building is robbed, and it's partly her fault. Marc is distraught since he lost something irreplaceable in the theft. Meanwhile, Daniel and Wilhelmina are back to being at each other's throats, so Amanda tricks them into attending couples counseling with Dr. Sparks (Frank Whaley), and Ignacio refuses to accept Bobby in Hilda's life. Then a citywide blackout ups the ante for everyone. </td></tr> <tr class="vevent" style="text-align: center;background:#F2F2F2; "><th scope="row" id="ep78" style="text-align: center;background:#F2F2F2;


<td class="summary" style="text-align: left;">"Chica and the Man" </td><td>Gail Lerner</td><td>Victor Nelli, Jr.</td><td>4.34</td><td>Template:Start date[3]</td></tr><tr><td class="description" style="border-bottom:3px solid #FFA500" colspan="7"> Wilhemina is furious when she discovers she has a drag queen impersonator - Wilhediva Hater (portrayed by Vanessa Williams's brother, Chris Williams). The fur flies with unexpected results amid guest stars who include RuPaul Charles as Rudolph, the emcee of the cabaret. Meanwhile Betty receives an award for her blog, which causes tension between her and Daniel. When she vents online, her fans in blogosphere escalate the feud, and the press hounds Daniel. Amanda rehires Helen (Kristen Johnston), but Willie orders Amanda to fire her -- which Amanda just can't bring herself to do. And Marc runs his own photo shoot with a famous director (played by Carlos Leon) [4] </td></tr> <tr class="vevent" style="text-align: center;background:#F2F2F2; "><th scope="row" id="ep79" style="text-align: center;background:#F2F2F2;


<td class="summary" style="text-align: left;">"Smokin' Hot" </td><td>Brian Tanen</td><td>John Scott</td><td>4.68</td><td>Template:Start date</td></tr><tr><td class="description" style="border-bottom:3px solid #FFA500" colspan="7"> Wilhemina marginalizes Betty during Fashion Week but Daniel intercedes, and she's assigned to cover a low-priority show. There, she discovers a new designer, Marisa, whom she promotes as one of the 10 Designers to Watch, but Marc steals all her thunder. Meanwhile, Amanda is impressed by Helen's sewing skills and teams up with her to start a new line, but cannot convince Marc or Betty to lobby Wilhemina on her behalf. Claire's son Tyler comes to New York to find her, and Daniel gets seduced into modeling. The fashion and the feelings are smoking hot, but the real flames are at the Suarez home, which mysteriously catches fire leaving peril and destruction behind. </td></tr> <tr class="vevent" style="text-align: center;background:#F2F2F2; "><th scope="row" id="ep80" style="text-align: center;background:#F2F2F2;


<td class="summary" style="text-align: left;">"Fire and Nice" </td><td>Erika Johnson</td><td>John Terlesky</td><td>4.10</td><td>Template:Start date[5]</td></tr><tr><td class="description" style="border-bottom:3px solid #FFA500" colspan="7"> To speed along the investigation into her house fire, Betty is pressured to date an annoying fireman, Jimmy (Rich Sommer). Wilhemina tries to prove to Don (Brian Stokes Mitchell), an old flame from her past, that she's just "Wanda from the block" instead of an uber-bitch. Amanda draws closer to Tyler, convincing Claire to hire him as an in-house model at Mode. Meanwhile, Hilda meets Bobby's parents for the first time (Lainie Kazan and Nestor Serrano). </td></tr> <tr class="vevent" style="text-align: center;background:#F2F2F2; "><th scope="row" id="ep81" style="text-align: center;background:#F2F2F2;


<td class="summary" style="text-align: left;">"All the World's a Stage" </td><td>Abraham Higginbotham & David Grubstick</td><td>Andy Wolk</td><td>3.33</td><td>Template:Start date[6]</td></tr><tr><td class="description" style="border-bottom:3px solid #FFA500" colspan="7"> Justin loves his acting class, helmed by the eccentric Lena Korvinka (Carol Kane), and finds himself in an unexpected triangle with his new pals, Austin (Ryan McGinnis) and Lily. When Betty drops by class, she's smitten with a cool young playwright, Zachary (Aaron Tveit), whom she will profile for Mode. But she challenges her own ethics when she starts dating him. And Wilhemina is hospitalized with a perforated ulcer, and can't help her type-A personality even when bedridden, but then her roommate, Roberta (Dana Ivey), prompts an epiphany. </td></tr> <tr class="vevent" style="text-align: center;background:#F2F2F2; "><th scope="row" id="ep82" style="text-align: center;background:#F2F2F2;


<td class="summary" style="text-align: left;">"Million Dollar Smile" </td><td>Henry Alonso Myers & Chris Black</td><td>Paul Holahan</td><td>4.56[7]</td><td>Template:Start date</td></tr><tr><td class="description" style="border-bottom:3px solid #FFA500" colspan="7"> Betty is thrilled to get her braces off, courtesy of her chatty new orthodontist, Dr. Frankel (Kathy Najimy). But before this can happen, she gets knocked unconscious at a photo shoot of the "Million Dollar Bra" at the Guggenheim, spinning her into a dream sequence. An angelic Dr. Frankel shows her how different her life would have been had she never worn braces. She's the "pretty sister", while Hilda is homely, Ignacio is a compulsive gambler, Marc is a doting dad and Amanda is married to Daniel. But glam Betty is also mean - she's in cahoots with Wilhemina to terrify and overpower everyone at Mode. </td></tr> <tr class="vevent" style="text-align: center;background:#F2F2F2; "><th scope="row" id="ep83" style="text-align: center;background:#F2F2F2;


<td class="summary" style="text-align: left;">"London Calling" </td><td>David Grubstick & Sheila Lawrence</td><td>Mark Worthington</td><td>4.01[8]</td><td>Template:Start date</td></tr><tr><td class="description" style="border-bottom:3px solid #FFA500" colspan="7"> Betty gets an assignment to cover London Fashion Week, accompanied by Amanda, and she brings Hilda along as a bachelorette party treat. She reconnects with Christina (Ashley Jensen) and also runs into Gio (Freddy Rodriguez) whilst thinking he was someone else & showing off her 'flags'. Willie joins AA to get closer to Tyler and to double-cross Claire and Daniel, and Bobby can't figure out why Justin is spending all his time with Austin. </td></tr> <tr class="vevent" style="text-align: center;background:#F2F2F2; "><th scope="row" id="ep84" style="text-align: center;background:#F2F2F2;


<td class="summary" style="text-align: left;">"The Past Presents the Future" </td><td>Jon Kinnaly & Tracy Poust</td><td>Paul Holahan</td><td>4.03[9]</td><td>Template:Start date</td></tr><tr><td class="description" style="border-bottom:3px solid #FFA500" colspan="7"> The wedding day is approaching for Hilda. Betty asks Daniel to be her plus-one, Ignacio invites Elena, and Amanda is set on fixing up Marc with her new client, Spencer. Meanwhile, Justin weighs whether his own plus-one could be Austin, Betty considers unexpected offers in her personal and professional life, and Wilhelmina finds a way to fight the Meade empire by using Tyler as her pawn. </td></tr> <tr class="vevent" style="text-align: center;background:#F2F2F2; "><th scope="row" id="ep85" style="text-align: center;background:#F2F2F2;


<td class="summary" style="text-align: left;">"Hello Goodbye" </td><td>Silvio Horta</td><td>Victor Nelli Jr.</td><td>5.43[10]</td><td>Template:Start date</td></tr><tr><td class="description" style="border-bottom:3px solid #FFA500" colspan="7"> In the award-winning series finale, which features appearances by familiar faces from the past, Betty finds it hard to tell Daniel that she has accepted a job in London. When Marc informs the entire company by email, Daniel's reaction surprises her, but not Claire. Justin and Bobby enthusiastically go apartment-hunting in Manhattan, but Hilda resists even the most amazing places. Amanda grapples with the death of her dog Halston, the last link to her mother. Marc wonders if he will ever have a successful relationship. Wilhelmina wakes from her coma, causing Claire much dread


  • Episodes 66–74 all aired on Fridays (October 16 – December 11, 2009); Episodes 75–85 aired on Wednesdays (January 6, 2010 – April 14, 2010).
  • Season 4 was originally slated to have a total of 22 episodes but was reduced to 20 episodes. </td></tr>

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