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‘Desperate Housewives’ Review: School of Hard Knocks

“School of Hard Knocks” doesn’t see much interaction between the main four females, this week Renee (Vanessa Williams) bridges it with scenes with Bree (Marcia Cross) and Lynette (Felicity Huffman).  Bree’s daughter Danielle (Joy Lauren) pays her a visit following Danielle’s husband leaving her. Danielle suffers the usual amount of criticism from Bree. In amongst that Danielle starts her ‘exercise business’ but Renee points out to Bree that it’s a sex swing.

Vanessa Williams and Felicity Huffman in Desperate Housewives

Lynette (Felicity Huffman and Renee (Vanessa Williams) Photo by Ron Tom – © 2011 American Broadcasting Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.

Renee and Lynette take an exercise run by the woman Lynette suspects Tom (Doug Savant) is dating. Lynette is so confident that because the woman isn’t up to her standard of smartness, it will just being a fling for Tom. That look on her face when she sees who Tom is really seeing, makes me think she now believes her marriage is in real trouble. Up to this moment I believe she was in denial. Does Lynette really want to save her marriage or is that she just doesn’t want anyone else to date him? I believe she does but I don’t think Tom is convinced, maybe the fact that Lynette said that them sleeping together, a couple of episodes ago, didn’t change anything.

Susan (Teri Hatcher) is trying to get into an art class that Andre Zeller (Miguel Ferrer) is teaching. After not impressing him with her book illustrations Andre forces her to tap into everything she’s holding back to get some emotion from her art. I can tell that Susan fells a sense of relief that she doesn’t have to hide the secret away from Mike (James Denton) and that she can actually talk about it.

Gabrielle (Eva Longoria) finds herself fighting against the head of the PTA, Dana (Beth Littleford). Too many instances of flouting the school drop-off rule have her losing privileges and being banished to the B and C parking lot. Gabrielle always makes me laugh when she’s on one of her missions but I’m not sure she’ll like taking on the role of acting head of the PTA.

I’m kind of disappointed in the fact that this is the second episode in a row where we haven’t seen Ben Faulkner (Charles Mesure). We haven’t been given the chance to know much about him and I hope the writers don’t leave it too long before they feature his character again or he will become an afterthought. It’s also a shame that Carlos (Ricardo Chavira) is missing from “School of Hard Knocks” as I believe there could be some really good scenes between him and Mike following Mike punching him last week.

The last scene with the missing persons files being placed at Detective Chuck Vance’s (Jonathan Cake) will open up new problem for those involved, especially if the connection to Gaby is discovered. Bree and Gaby are gonna have to hope that Chuck didn’t take note of the car they were driving.

“School of Hard Knocks” is another take it or leave it episode for me. It doesn’t move the mystery along and the episode isn’t of the best quality.

Desperate Housewives airs on ABC 9/8c on Sundays


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