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April Learn how and when to remove this template message Season 2 of Ugly Betty begins three weeks after the season 1 season finale. Betty finds herself increasingly stressed due to the many complications happening in her life both at home and at work. Daniel is hospital-bound following the car crash, whilst Alexis remains unconscious. When she does awake, she remembers nothing about her sex change, believing herself still to be Alex.
Following the convenience store robbery and the death of Santos, Hilda finds herself in denial and creates a fantasy in her bedroom in which he is still alive. After three weeks, she finally comes to terms with what has happened. Meanwhile, Ignacio remains in Mexico, unable to get a visa. Wilhelmina takes control of Mode during the absence of Daniel and Alexis, still plotting to take over Mode with her upcoming marriage to Bradford.
Claire , now on the lam living in houses of her friends on holiday, remains adamant to stop Wilhelmina from taking over her family. Amanda finds out from her parents that she is adopted, and that Fey is her real mother, but they do not know who her biological father is. Henry returns from Tucson, coming to work back at Mode for health insurance, and planning to leave back to Tucson to care for his unborn baby, still not aware of Charlie's infidelity.
Whilst Betty remains defiant that she and Henry can be friends during his return, Christina tells Henry the baby may not be his. Henry confronts Charlie, who will take a paternity test. Henry and Betty decide that if the baby is not Henry's, the two can start a relationship. Bradford takes advantage of Alexis' amnesia by telling her that they are on good terms and are a loving father and daughter.
Daniel also does not tell Alexis the true nature of the car crash. Betty and Christina break into Wilhelmina's apartment in order to retrieve the Mode mock-up issue. During the break-in, they overhear Wilhelmina sleeping with her bodyguard.
Wilhelmina finds out Betty was there and gives her an ultimatum - tell no-one about what she heard, and she will help bring Ignacio home. Betty accepts Wilhelmina's offer. Amanda finds it hard to get into the spotlight as Fey Sommers's daughter.
She also finds out some more information about her conception, and receives a list of possible fathers. Betty begins a writing class in order to inspire her dreams of becoming a writer. Meanwhile, Justin falls into a bad crowd following the death of his father, believing his father was not proud of him.
Hilda reassures him that he was proud of him, and to be himself. Henry discovers Charlie's baby is indeed his. Despite this, he and Betty begin a relationship with the realization Betty will eventually get her heart broken. Daniel and Alexis return to work. Wilhelmina hatches a new plan to bring down Mode so that Meade Publications will publish her own magazine, Slater.
With some 'help' from Wilhelmina, Daniel manages to lose a large percentage of advertisers, much to the anger of Bradford. Marc gets a boyfriend, Cliff.
Christina's husband whom she left five years ago returns. He tells her he is dying due to his earlier drinking problem. At the Wilhelmina and Bradford wedding, Betty tells Daniel of Wilhelmina's affair with her bodyguard. Enraged she did not tell him earlier, Daniel fires Betty. Daniel tries to warn Bradford, but he does not listen. During the wedding ceremony, Bradford has a heart attack.
Later on, Claire Meade appears with her prison inmate Yoga at Betty's room seeking for help in knowing information of Bradford Meade's will, by breaking into his office.
Betty finds out that the will leaves half the Meade Publications to Wilhelmina only if she was his legal wife, which she was not. After having Marc gain the right to be an Ordained Minister, the duo arrives at the hospital, but Bradford realizes that Wilhelmina never loved him, and rejects the marriage.
Claire Meade, still at the Suarez home, after seeing the warmth of Hilda and Justin decides to take the risk and see her two children. After meeting them, Betty, who was accompanying Bradford Meade calls Claire telling her Bradford wants to see her.
Again taking another risk or not caring whether she gets arrested, sees Bradford for the last time, and gets arrested. Bradford later on dies. Wilhelmina attends Bradford's funeral, where she is thrown into the grave and summarily dismissed by the family, led by a jubilant Claire who is attending in chains and an orange jumpsuit. Under cover of clearing her desk, Wilhelmina later deletes all the Mode files so that the magazine cannot meet their deadline, then starting up her own Slater magazine.
Alexis and Daniel are given a tape their father made before he died which tells them who will run Meade publications but, before the name is given, Bradford turns off the camera by mistake. Daniel and Alexis decide they will choose who will run the company by playing a game of paintball against each other. Daniel has the perfect opportunity to shoot Alexis with the paintball gun and win the game after she falls while trying to jump over a table but instead helps her up. They talk about running the magazine together and working as a team but Alexis then uses Daniels gun and shoots Daniel, winning the magazine.
Wilhelmina realizes she is in trouble when her investors don't seem keen to support her new project, Slater, so she decides to change her image as though she is a caring, genuine person.
She does this by having a film crew film her while singing in a hospital for sick children. Wilhelmina gets the support she needs from the investors, but while on her way to a meeting she pushes an old woman out of the way in order to use the cab the lady was trying to get into. When the press finds out, Wilhelmina is then seen as being a cold-hearted woman. Later, Betty White calls Wilhelmina to arrange a meeting where she can publicly forgive Wilhelmina.
While the cameras are rolling, Betty White plays the victim act, even further ruining Wilhelmina's reputation. Meanwhile, Betty goes on a double date with Gio and Hilda in a bid to make her relationship more memorable. But it goes wrong when Henry is not very keen on the idea and is uncomfortable with Betty being around Gio. When Hilda arrives home from the date with Gio. He asks her out again but Hilda declines the invite and tells Gio that maybe he should think about which sister he really wants.
The ending to this episode Bananas for Betty concludes with Wilhelmina revealing her plan B, seeing as Slater has crumbled. She tells Mark that when she went into private grieving after Bradford's death, she made an arrangement with the person looking after his body to give her some of Bradford's sperm so she could create an heir to Meade publications.
In "Zero Worship", Betty noticed Justin's class was full of young girls who wanted to be just like the emaciated models they saw on a class trip to Mode. This runway show was at Fashion Week and was a huge success where Alexis took the credit.
In addition, Wilhelmina searches for a surrogate to carry Bradford's yield sperm. The episode ends with Christina being confronted. Christina, who has become desperate for money to help fund experimental procedures for her husband Stuart, is approached by Marc and Wilhelmina. She instantly refuses but later on in the episode, after other attempts to get the money for Stuart's operation were destroyed by Marc and Wilhelmina, she accepts to become the surrogate. After encounters with a psychic, Amanda discovers her biological father is Gene Simmons from the rock band Kiss.
The Claire Meade murder trial case over the Fey Sommers's death brews much controversy. Claire asks Betty to please get her a special perfume Bradford has given to her after a trip to Europe. Since Claire is unable to wear the perfume due to prison rules, she gives it to Betty.
We soon discover that the perfume is highly toxic and makes Betty do strange and interesting things that cause her to end up breaking into Gio's deli. Meanwhile, as Betty unwittingly poisons herself, Amanda discovers diary pages from Fey that say Fey poisoned the perfume so Claire would die, but the toxic effects made Claire kill Fey first. Amanda decides to steal the perfume so Betty is unable to defend Claire. However, after confrontations with Marc, Amanda decides to give the perfume and set Claire Meade free.
In the final episode written before the writer's strike, "A Thousand Words Before Friday", Betty is assigned a special task to interview Phil Roth who writes books on how to pick up women. Close-minded Betty decides that the material is not up to her standards but Daniel tricks her into writing it by using one of Roth's methods.
In Betty's adventure to understand the book, Henry and Gio compete to see how many women, using Roth's book, they can pick up. Interestingly, Henry wins and convinces Betty to stop seeing Gio because he is a threat. Amanda and Marc have been trying to reach her father, Gene Simmons and decide to talk to him in the language of music.
They record a song and Amanda performs it in a club where Gene appears and the two finally meet. Meanwhile, Daniel meets a new character, Renee, who we later discover is Wilhelmina's sister. Daniel and Renee have a rocky relationship in the beginning, but come back together in the end. However, Wilhelmina warns Daniel that he will regret taking her back. At the end of the episode, Wilhelmina asks Renee when she will tell Daniel "the truth about her".
Christina, who is living with Wilhelmina, overhears the conversation. After Claire is a free woman, she decides that her children have moved on and it is time she does as well. She decides to start her own magazine - Hot Flash. Betty's birthday extravaganza is halted by an unexpected visit from Henry's baby mama, Charlie.
Her plans for a successful and romantic birthday are over. However, Gio saves the day with a carriage ride and fireworks thus gaining more of Betty's affection. In the meantime, Wilhelmina confronts Daniel about Renee and tips him off about Stony Brook which is later told to be a state college Renee attended which has a mysterious past. Even though Daniel finds out about Renee taking pills to get over her 'relapse', he still loves her for who she is.
Marc and Wilhelmina however steal the pills Renee has been taking and will cause her to do terrible things as we discover, caused her to commit murder. Claire is moving forward with Hot Flash in full force but her ideas and dreams are halted by Alexis due to the lack of money for staff etc.
Claire listens to Betty's advice and utilizes her resources and decides to hire ex-inmates from jail who are trying to re build their lives - this new development is money free and government paid.