The Ugly Betty series finale is Wednesday, and I, for one, will be sorry to see it go.
I was on board from the beginning. This tale of an ugly ducking coming to full maturation as a lovely swan has been enjoyable and relatable throughout, although it clearly stumbled in seasons two and three and lost all its buzz.
I got somewhat behind in my watching, so last week caught the last six episodes, and it seems the writers did lay the groundwork for a satisfying finale. They planted the notion that she was a success in business but wasn't being true to herself; they reacquainted her with much-missed characters from her past -- BFF Christina and old boyfriends Gio (who I never liked) and Henry (who I really did).
And not only did Betty grow over this last story arc, so did others; frenemies Marc and Amanda revealed their jealousy was rooted in feeling they were stagnating, and tried to break out of their molds; Betty's sister Hilda did marry that hot guy Bobby; nephew Justin outed himself, with the full support of his family (in a moment that was endearing as it was bizarre); and Wilhelmina --
-- well, we have to see the finale for the final fate of Wilhelmina, but it doesn't involve Connor. It may or may not involve the ultimate comeuppance, however.
Most of all, it appears the happy ending I wanted for Betty -- to leave the Meade fold and get a job at a publication where she can write the socially conscious stuff she wants to write where it and she is appreciated -- is in the offing. But with a twist I didn't anticipate: It's in London!
Whatever will Daniel do without her? Good question. Grow up, maybe. But she doesn't need him.
Here's to the end of a lovely show.