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‘Desperate Housewives’ Review: What’s to Discuss, Old Friend

Last time we were in Wisteria Lane Carlos (Ricardo Chavira) had checked out of rehab, Lynette (Felicity Huffman) had told Tom (Doug Savant) before his trip to Paris with his girlfriend, Jane (Andrea Parker). Bree (Marcia Cross) was contemplating suicide, Susan (Teri Hatcher) was packing for New York and Chuck (Jonathan Cake) was hit by a car.

Felicity Huffman and Doug Savant in Desperate Housewives

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

One by one the women hear of the news of Chuck’s death. Part of me thought his death was faked and the other part of me was happy at the end of his character. I had a dislike for Chuck from his first episode; I think Jonathan Cake and the writers did a good job in creating a character that was dislikable to me.

We see two sides of Renee (Vanessa Williams) during this episode; the badass and the softer side. I enjoy watching Renee’s bitchy and funny side but it was great to see another part of her character. The badass comes when Renee kicks down Bree’s motel room door and also in the line, “I once slapped a waitress because she forgot my croutons.” We see the softer side when she’s talking to Bree about her mother committing suicide. Renee has seen Bree at her lowest and told her something personal. Bree might not be able to tell Renee what’s been going on but I believe a real friendship has developed between Bree and Renee following this episode.

Sometimes Gaby (Eva Longoria) has the funniest lines, two of which were my favorites. There was one about “God sending his drunk-driving angels” and the other was “coincidences happen or there wouldn’t be a word for them.” Gaby spends a lot of the episode dealing with Carlos and what he did once he left rehab. While a lot of their scenes are funny, the real big moment of seriousness between them is when Gaby tells Carlos that if he ever tries to confess to the police again, she’ll be burying another body.

Lynette and Tom are spending more time with each other since he didn’t go to Paris with Jane. Though they’re enjoying their time together, old habits die hard and you can see the reasons they’ve split rise to the surface.

Susan is still the one, out of the women, who’s dealing with the guilt the worst. After her first attempt to leave for New York, she decides to visit Oklahoma instead to see Alejandro’s family. Susan thinks this might possibly ease her guilt but all I can see is that it might make things worst and I’m sure she might end up speaking to Alejandro’s family and doing something stupid.

Throughout the whole episode I couldn’t help wonder where Ben Faulkner (Charles Mesure) was and why he wasn’t featured in the episode. It did make me question if the writers did that on purpose to further the viewers’ suspicion of him.

In my previous review I mentioned that I’ve been wondering if and when the writers were going to reveal who wrote Bree the note she received in the first episode of this season. That didn’t happen but a second note appeared saying “You’re welcome.” Bree and Lynette’s chart, of those that know about what happened, spells out possible suspects and now Bob (Tuc Watkins) is the latest to add to the list because Tom told him. Like Bree and Lynette, I think there’s somebody else that knows and the question is who.

Desperate Housewives airs on ABC 9/8c on Sundays

Originally written for The Voice of TV


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