U is for “Ugly Betty”

“Ugly Betty” was an American comedy-drama television series broadcast on ABC between 2006 and 2010. The series was based on Fernando Gaitán’s Colombian telenovela “Yo soy Betty, la fea.” It revolved around the character Betty Suarez (America Ferrera), a quirky 22-year-old Mexican-American woman from Queens, New York, who lacked fashion sense or style. But despite that, she landed a job at a prestigious fashion magazine based in Manhattan, Mode.Mode was part of a fictional publishing empire, Meade Publications, owned by the wealthy Bradford Meade (Alan Dale). Bradford’s son, Daniel (Eric Marius), served as editor-in-chief of Mode. The series focused on the life of wannabe writer Betty Suarez, who was smart, hardworking, and savvy but had no sense of style. Betty was known for her adult braces, rather unusual wardrobe choices, sweet nature, and slight naïveté. But when Bradford hires the inexperienced Betty as his womanizing son’s newest personal assistant to curb his habit of sleeping with his assistants, Betty is thrust into a different world at Mode.

Life at Mode was made difficult for both Betty and Daniel by their co-workers. Their most serious threat came from creative director Wilhelmina Slater (Vanessa Williams), a vindictive schemer who devised numerous plots to steal Daniel’s job and seize control of the Meade empire. In addition, Wilhelmina’s loyal assistant, Marc St. James (Michael Urie), and Mode receptionist, Amanda Tanen (Becki Newton), continually mocked and humiliated Betty for her physical appearance, awkward nature, and lack of taste in fashion, though they both ultimately warmed up to Betty in later seasons. As time passed, Betty and Daniel became close friends and helped each other navigate their individual professional and personal lives.

Not everyone at Mode was against Betty. She had loyal friends in Scottish seamstress Christina McKinney (Ashley Jenson) and nerdy accountant Henry Grubstick (Christopher Gorham). She also received strong support from her father Ignacio (Tony Plana), older sister Hilda (Anna Ortiz), and nephew Justin (Mark Indelicato).

“Ugly Betty” was a mildly entertaining television show with a story arc somewhat resembling that of the movie, “The Devil Wears Prada,” starring Meryl Streep and Anne Hathaway, If you enjoyed that 2006 movie, you’d likely enjoy “Ugly Betty.”

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SoCS — Oops

For this week’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday prompt from Linda G. Hill, we are instructed to find a word with the “oop” sound in it and use it in your post.

Alrighty then. I’m going to be a real trooper and give you a scoop on a story about one of my neighbors who had a habit of letting his dog Snoopy poop on the stoop in front of my house. Now you might say to yourself, “Hey Fandango, just grab a poop bag, go out to the stoop, and use the poop bag to scoop up the poop.”

Well what kind of nincompoop do you think I am? You must be loopy if you think I’m going to jump through hoops to clean up Snoopy’s poop from my stoop.

But to keep you in the loop, yesterday I saw my neighbor walking Snoopy when they stopped at my stoop and Snoopy started to poop, so I swooped out to the stoop and handed my neighbor a box of poop bags and asked him to be cooperative and use these bags to pick up Snoopy’s poop from my stoop.

He said, “Whoops, you’re right, I should pick up Snoopy’s poop from your stoop and I appreciate you giving me these poop bags to do so. I’m happy to cooperate and I’m sorry about my blooper for letting my dog Snoopy poop on your stoop.

My neighbor and I shook hands. “No big whoop,” I said. “And I hope you and Snoopy have a pleasant day.”

FOWC with Fandango — Worship

FOWCWelcome to April 24, 2021 and to Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (aka, FOWC). It’s designed to fill the void after WordPress bailed on its daily one-word prompt.

I will be posting each day’s word just after midnight Pacific Time (US).

Today’s word is “worship.”

Write a post using that word. It can be prose, poetry, fiction, non-fiction. It can be any length. It can be just a picture or a drawing if you want. No holds barred, so to speak.

Once you are done, tag your post with #FOWC and create a pingback to this post if you are on WordPress. Please check to confirm that your pingback is there. If not, please manually add your link in the comments.

And be sure to read the posts of other bloggers who respond to this prompt. You will marvel at their creativity.