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Exclusive: 'Ugly Betty' boss promises big changes as end draws near

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Talk about deadline pressure. ABC’s decision to not only cancel Ugly Betty but to reduce the show’s episode order from 22 to 20 has left producers racing to tie up four years’ worth of story lines in just a handful of episodes. The first order of business: straightening out Betty’s unresolved dental issues.

“The braces are coming off,” reveals series creator Silvio Horta of the March episode, which will find America Ferrera’s Betty being whisked off on an It’s a Wonderful Life-esque journey. “There’s a big fantasy element to it. We’ll ask the question, ‘What if Betty had perfect teeth?'”

Change will also come to Betty’s professional life via a new job opportunity that “may take her away from Mode,” teases Horta. “We’re going to see how that impacts the people she works with as well as her family.”

Elsewhere, questions surrounding Justin’s sexuality will be addressed (spoiler alert: he’s gay!), Wilhelmina’s first love (played by Tony winner Brian Stokes Mitchell) resurfaces, and, as I previously reported, a major character will get hitched in the series finale. In possibly related news, rumor has it Christopher Gorham has been approached to reprise his role as Betty’s ex-love Henry — something Horta would neither confirm nor deny.

For his part, co-star Michael Urie (Marc) is of the opinion that his onscreen frenemy should end up single. “I don’t think the right guy has come along yet for Betty,” he offers. “Besides, I don’t think [fans] would be truly satisfied if she ended up with anybody.”

Do you agree? Do you think Betty should chose no one? What does your perfect Ugly Betty ending look like? Share your hopes and dreams in the comments section!

Image Credit: Michael Desmond/ABC