Fey's Sleigh Ride
26th October 2006
13.17 million
Tricia Brock
Sheila Lawrence
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Plot Edit

At a popular bar frequented by fashion magazine staffers, Marc and Amanda show Betty how to mingle now that she has become well known among the elite. Marc and Amanda want to see how badly Betty will goof up, but these plans take a turn for the worse.

At the bar they see Carlos Medina, who works at rival mag Isabella. He introduces himself to Betty and buys her a drink. We also meet another

MODE employee, Carol, who's more critical of her co-workers. What happens then puts everyone's job in jeopardy. The following day, Wilhelmina discovers someone leaked the ideas for the upcoming Christmas spread to Isabella through Carlos Medina! This casts suspicion on the three people who talked to Carlos: Betty, Marc and Amanda. Each has different reactions after the leak is revealed: Betty worries about being a liar in order to keep her job, Marc has frequent asthma attacks, and Amanda eats at every opportunity.

The three try to keep their cool and hopefully keep from dealing with Wilhelmina, who vows to fire anyone who was responsible for leaking the winter spread concept (as Amanda points to a similar incident in 2003 and Marc learns that he can be replaced with five others waiting on speed-dial). Marc and Amanda convince Betty to keep quiet and all three hope to not be found out by Wilhelmina. The three fret over their future as every other department gets grilled and cleared, and then Wilhelmina finally calls them in. Betty admits to revealing a few details to Carlos, while Marc and Amanda pin everything on [Fat] Carol, it turns out that Wilhelmina accepts that they are not the culprits: they did give some details but Carol slept with Carlos. All three keep their jobs, and in a story twist, Carlos is called into Wilhelmina's office and offered a job to become a mole at Isabella.

Thanks to the leak, Daniel decides to go with a new spread, based on the 1986 spread featuring Fey Sommers riding a sleigh. Vincent likes the idea, and Daniel and Wilhelmina agree that it is a way to honor the late editor-in-chief. Daniel's decision adds a piece to the puzzle involving the music box that Bradford took, but which he can no longer locate, it's gone! Thanks to Wilhelmina, the mystery woman has it in her possession. She then leaves a message with Betty to pass to Daniel that he should pay close attention to what's inside the music box. Later it shows up in Daniel's office. Betty takes a closer look, lifting the inside portion, and finds a burned license plate with the words FEY and a set of burned glasses. The sight of the music box brings back painful memories for Daniel, who remembers how Bradford went to Switzerland and bought two sets of music boxes, one for Fey and one for Daniel's mother Claire. Claire knew about Bradford's affair and went ballistic by burning a stack of magazines to the point of not being stable and was sent away. At the photo shoot, Daniel shows Bradford a music box to be placed on the sleigh, but turns out to be an homage to his mother Claire.

Meanwhile at home, Betty discovers that Walter is still showing up. She is still upset over his mistake and he is jealous over her upscale job, prompting Ignacio to give him a few tips on how to win back Betty. This works in the end when he swoons her with a karaoke rendition of "Beauty and the Beast", from Betty's favorite movie.

Also at home, Justin springs a school project on Betty by convincing her to take him to work so he can see his aunt in action. We find out how fashion-conscious he is, for a person of his age, when he points out the shoes Amanda is wearing (a pair of 2004 Manolos), something that even Mark had failed to notice! What Justin failed to mention was that he was ditching school and when Hilda tells Betty about it Justin comes clean. In the end Hilda grounds him (and that means no Fashion TV for a month!).

As for Ignacio, he is still getting his secret caffeine fixes. When he gets a call from his HMO provider for his appointment, he lies, telling the provider that he is alright and doesn't need to see a doctor. It appears that Ignacio might have a secret reason why he will not go to see a doctor. When Betty goes to the provider, she discovers that her father has been using a false Social Security number (the real Ignacio would be 117 years old and is dead). This leaves her stunned, and filled with more questions than answers about her dad.


Production Edit

  • This was to be the fifth episode, but was bumped up when the episode "Swag" was postponed. "Swag" ended up airing as episode eleven with some new scenes edited in to make it a flashback episode. There were a few scenes that were edited out, including the one where Wilhelmina took the music box from Bradford's office and gave it to the "Mystery Woman." That filmed scene was shown at the beginning as a "Previously on Ugly Betty" recap.


  • In yet another installment of the telenovela Vidas de Fuego, Marlene Favela appears as a nun who seduces the soccer player (Luis Roberto Guzman), who was seen in the third episode, which also featured Favela as the pregnant maid, in which she has a dual role playing the maid's twin sister.


  • The rival fashion magazine in this episode, Isabella, may be a tongue-in-cheek reference to another fashion magazine that rivaled Vogue, Mirabella.
  • Mark references Liza Minnelli being at the gay pride parade in Paris.
  • Mark's reference to his pet "Schmoopy" is a reference to television series Seinfield.
  • Daniel mentions that MODE is 50 years old, which means it has been in business since 1956.
  • The song sung by Walter and Betty at the end comes from Disney's animation The Beauty and the Beast.
  • Marc makes a reference to a character of The Muppets, Mr. Snuffleupagus.
  • Fashion designers vintage Valentino and Narciso Rodrigeuz (Justin hopes that the one on the phone is him) are mentioned.
  • Kwanzaa is mentioned as an alternative for their fashion spread.

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