Oh, and Freddy Rodriguez is here! His acerbic but intelligent character Gio the sandwich man entices Betty with his witty challenges. They end up taking a trip to New Jersey to pick up a robotic wheelchair for Daniel (which he doesn’t need, more on that later) and with the progression of their banter, Betty comes to realize that in all the bagel-fetching and boss-babysitting she’s lost sight of her original goal: to be a writer. Gio is a wonderful addition and though I’m getting used to the funky mod haircut I can’t decide if the character is psychotic or just clever.
Henry wakes up in Betty’s house hung over from his wine cooler binge. Hilda tells him that he has to call Charley and confront her about her affair with the orthodontist, and Henry spends half the episode working up the courage. When he finally does, he also manages to stand up to Marc and Amanda who in turn decide that he has suddenly gotten hot. Meanwhile Betty’s feeling intrigued enough by Gio to hide his sandwich gift from Henry. And so another love triangle begins!
Daniel, meanwhile, is floundering a bit. The plotline that he was faking his inability to walk in order to seduce his physical therapist (who I don’t believe we’ve ever seen) was weak, at best. It seemed like a device to get Gio and Betty alone together and perhaps to reestablish Daniel’s player status. But the scene with Daniel teaching (or attempting to teach) Justin to play basketball was wonderful. I love the growing relationship between these two and that Daniel has always accepted Justin for who he is.
And as Betty and Hilda sit at the kitchen table discussing Betty’s bold move to enroll in a writing class, Ignacio arrives home. Though I was not at all surprised that he was alive, I have to admit that I cried at the reunion of the Suarez family. Despite the somewhat disappointing start to this second season — it’s their own fault, they set the bar so damn high with the first one — these characters already feel like family to me. I care about what happens to them and that is what keeps people tuning in week after week.