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AN AFFECTIONATE FAREWELL
on 20 October 2011
Remember how Betty originally got the job? Playboy Daniel was a womanizer, Betty so accident prone and such a sight, his father hired her on the spot - here at last a secretary Daniel would never try to seduce. Seemingly totally out of place where style was all, Betty was ridiculed by colleagues and had a tough time. She proved better than the lot of them, ever bouncing back whatever the putdowns and humiliations - she the one genuine article amidst the artifice. Gradually all turned to her whenever they had a problem....
This fourth season brings the warmhearted series to a close, happy endings contrived for all (even those who do not particularly deserve them). The scripts are a hoot, storylines OTT, the performances hilarious (camp bitchiness for some a speciality), episodes full of colour and speed. Particularly enjoyable are the merciless digs at the world of fashion. Those involved in that world clearly relished the joke, as shown by so many guest appearances.
Throughout, America Ferrera has proved the perfect Betty, thoroughly goodnatured, ever the optimist. We leave her "ugly" no longer (not that she ever was), her worth recognized.
20 episodes are preceded by an excellent "All You Need to Know" feature. Bonuses include a Gag Reel and Behind the Scenes when filming in the Bahamas.
Clearly the cast thoroughly enjoyed themselves. Most viewers did too. Thanks go to all. It has been fun.