Apartment Hunting Lessons from Ugly Betty

Normally, when I flop down on the couch on a Thursday night, I expect to be entertained. What goofy hi jinks will Dwight do on The Office? Will Meredith finally stop whining on Grey’s Anatomy? I definitely don’t expect to get good apartment advice from Ugly Betty. But, admittedly this week’s episode was a gem. In it, Betty decides that it’s time to finally move out of her parent’s house (well, her dad’s now). Manhattan is calling her name! Her excitement is palpable — almost overly so.

Cut to a couple scenes later and she and a friend are at her first apartment showing. Thumbs up to Betty for bringing a friend for a second opinion, but thumbs down for not listening to this friend when it counts! What transpires, is that while Betty does love the apartment(the walls are canary yellow! Apparently pigeons are good luck for her!), she doesn’t snap it up fast enough. Another girl tells the landlord that she wants it first, and Betty is left out in the cold. Poor dear is actually pretty devastated.

The landlord though, being a smart cookie, mentions that there’s another apartment that she can’t legally show — but is coming on the market shortly. Apartment hunting is ‘ all about making quick decisions’. . .would she be interested? Would she sign the lease without seeing it? I was watching this screaming NO, BETTY! DON’T DO IT! THE CLASSIC BAIT AND SWITCH!!!! And Christina, was saying the same thing but, alas, Betty made the rookie mistake.

Of course, the next scene shows Betty seeing the apartment and there’s an old mattress and garbage on the floors and the walls are a shade in between vomit green and grunge.

So, what did we learn from this fellow TV enthusiasts? Always see the actual apartment you are signing the lease for! Don’t settle for one in the same building or even one on the same floor as a sample. After all the research you are doing, you are no rookie.

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I've lived in apartments in 6 cities (including 2 foreign countries). Does that make me an expert? As of now, my ceiling isn't leaking and I don't have rodents (knock on wood) -- so I'm going to say yes . . . but ask me again tomorrow:) These days, I'm enjoying life Chicago style, but my years in Brooklyn are never far from my mind. P.S. By day I work at Cars.com, but these opinions are totally, 100% my own.

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  1. Anonymous

    I saw that episode too. I think Betty was fortunate to have her family who showed up and cleaned the apartment to make it look presentable. Not everybody is that fortunate.

    I’m in the process of moving myself. At least I got a chance to see the apartment before committing to it. I’m glad I did. I made a list of everything that needed to be fixed up and gave it to my landlady. Hopefully, everything on the list will be fixed.