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‘Desperate Housewives’ Review: Witch’s Lament

The past couple of weeks have not impressed me but this week, turned things around for me. Certain scenes had me a in a fit of laughter, which helped me enjoy the episode. “Witch’s Lament” is a Halloween inspired episode which is definitely full of scares; comedic and serious.

The first scene sees Bree (Marcia Cross), Gabrielle (Eva Longoria) and Lynette (Felicity Huffman) running through the woods with shovels in their hands. They’re trying to get to the burial site while hiding from a man with a flashlight. The episode then goes back in time to see how they get to this point.

Eva Longoria and Madison De La Garza in Desperate Housewives

Gabrielle (Eva Longoria) and Juanita (Madison De La Garza). Photo by Danny Feld – © 2011 American Broadcasting Companies, Inc. All rights reserved

First I’m going to talk about the two storylines that I enjoyed the most; Renee’s (Vanessa Williams) date with Ben (Charles Mesure) and Bree and Gabrielle trying to stop Ben’s development.

Over the past few days, I seen a few things that have claimed to be scary but most of them can’t top the allergic reaction Renee suffers. I couldn’t help laughing as the kids ran away from her. It’s scenes like this that make you appreciate behind the scene roles like the makeup department. Yes this type of scenario has been used before but it doesn’t stop it from still being funny.

The other scene I found funny were Bree and Gabrielle looking for a particular specifies of frogs that could stop Ben’s development on the land they buried Gabrielle’s step-father. Other than their attempts to catch the frogs and their reactions when they escaped in the car, the other thing that made me laugh was Gabrielle’s attire. I’m actually surprised she wore the wellington boots because the dress she was wearing looked like she was off to a party or event.

Susan’s (Teri Hatcher) storyline sees her get an internship in her art class but it ends up being a babysitting job, looking after Andre’s (Miguel Ferrer) son Jasper. Susan tries to help Andre connect with his son but Andre refuses at first. Andre sees Susan is hiding something and he’s trying to get her to bring it out in her art. This week he talks about ‘the darkness’ and I wonder how far the writers will take Susan’s arc. A lot of what they’ve written so far has been more on the comedic side; they’ve tapped into it slightly but I wonder if Susan will truly see ‘the darkness.’

Lynette feels like she has to compete with Tom’s (Doug Savant) girlfriend, Jane (Andrea Parker) and make a Halloween costume for Penny. The minute she decided to use the professional costume maker, I knew there would only be one outcome; a highly inappropriate costume for a young girl. Lynette tells Jane to back-off but she’s not willing to. The question is will Tom go back to Lynette or continue with Jane.

At first Carlos (Ricardo Chavira) seems to be doing a bit better and stops drinking but once he sees Alejandro (Tony Plana) instead of the boy trick or treater at his door, it sends him back to the bottle. The episode closes with an open-ending question; where on earth is Alejandro’s body. Bree, Gabrielle and Lynette find an open grave at the end; does the person that wrote Bree the note have anything to do with it? We won’t get the answers straight away but at least it will keep as coming back for more.

Desperate Housewives airs on ABC 9/8c on Sundays

Originally written for The Voice of TV

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