Mode doesn't have the money to pay full price for photographers, and Wilhelmina is unwilling to let Daniel do all the paying. So she makes some sacrifices to hold up her end, including selling some furs and eating almonds instead of caviar. I did not know that almonds were considered the nadir of snack foods, but now I do. Wili has a moment of doubt, but finally throws all her furs at Marc and looks awesome doing it. But she's not giving up her caviar and champagne, because she's gotta be who she is. And who is she? Someone who reclines on a couch and eats caviar and drinks champagne in the middle of the day.
Betty unexpectedly meets Matt's mother, who is played by Christine Baranski. She is icy and rich and, I think, drunk 100% of the time. I guess she's as close as we're going to get to my dream of having AbFab's Patsy Stone on the show (seriously, what's the hold-up here? Get this done!). Matt brings Betty to a torture-themed party at his mother's place, and Betty inexplicably does not wear that barbed-wire hat she got from Heinrich. I guess it's a good thing, because the party is really about opera. Betty bluffs her way through that but discovers that Matt's mother looks down on her.
Let's see, what else... oh, right. Daniel and Molly have a difference of opinion about her cancer treatment and Elena tries to set Hilda up with a Queens Councilman played by Ralph Macchio. Ralph Macchio! I know! Anyway, more on them in the weecap.
Good morning! It's time for another episode of Ugly Betty, and we kick things off this week with the titular Betty setting the Suarez table and telling Matt how great Ignacio's food is. Justin wants Matt to talk about how much better the food is at the Four Seasons. Because Matt is rich. Betty is eating very quickly because she can't wait to get the hell out of the Queens portion of the story. Also because she has to go work on the weekend to help get the magazine back on its feet. And at the news that Betty and Matt will be attending a Rangers game, Justin asserts that if there's that much ice, someone should be figure skating. Betty doesn't care about hockey, but Matt's going for work, and she owes it to him for waiting a whole hour at Mode. That was apparently long enough for him to read all of the issues for the last three years. They will be meeting at Matt's mother's place, which is where he's staying for plot contrivance reasons. Matt says that even though his mother has never met Betty, she's dying to meet her and says that Betty "sounds like the daughter she never had." Matt says the address is 2921 Madison Avenue -- no apartment number. She has the whole building.
Then! Some guy walks in, and it's Ralph Macchio! He's playing Archie the Councilman, who's got a haircut appointment with Hilda. This seems like a poorly timed family dinner, what with Betty having to rush off and Hilda having a salon appointment right in the middle of it. Ignacio takes Archie's coat and generally fawns over him while Elena and Betty squeal at Hilda about how he's single and into her. Hilda asserts that he's "missing something," to which Betty asks, "What, like a wedding ring, like your last boyfriend?" Ooh, burn. Betty leaves, and Matt stays. I guess he's already comfortable with her family, then.
Molly's place. She and Daniel are arguing about Derek Jeter. They are not debating whether his defense is overrated, which is a subject upon which I have Opinions, but whether he is attractive. Daniel feels that Mr. Jeter is a good-looking man, but Molly's not interested. Molly complains that Daniel has to go to the office on a Saturday, but he claims the magazine needs him seven days a week. Oh, it does not. It has two Editors-in-Chief, and I'm pretty sure Wilhelmina's better at the job than he is. Molly expresses plans for a walk in Prospect Park, and Daniel freaks out at the idea of poor, fragile Molly taking a step outside her apartment.