‘Desperate Housewives’ Review: Who Can Say What’s True?
January 17, 2012
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There has been a few times, this season, when I’ve come away from watching Desperate Housewives feeling that the episode was flat. I definitely felt that way after watching “Who Can Say What’s True?” Desperate Housewives usually has its bright spots throughout an episode but I feel like they were few and far between.
In my previous review for “What’s to Discuss, Old Friend” I mention that I thought Susan’s (Teri Hatcher) trip to Alejandro’s (Tony Plana) family would make things worse. You could see the predictable outcome a mile-off. Susan visits the home of Claudia Sanchez (Justina Machado) under the guise of buying her house. Claudia and her daughter Marisa (Daniela Bobadilla) have been struggling since Alejandro’s disappearance. Susan senses that Alejandro might have abused his step daughter. Susan tells Marisa that he will never return; great idea Susan because she’s never going to tell her mother. So now Claudia is wondering what Susan means, as she stares at Susan’s address on the check she gave her. This opens a whole can of worms and Gaby (Eva Longoria) won’t be pleased when she finds out.
Gaby is trying to keep things going while Carlos (Ricardo Chavira) is in rehab. Gaby tries to close a multi-million account for Carlos’ company and enlists Lynette’s (Felicity Huffman) help. Gaby doesn’t make the best student and Lynette’s teaching session ends up in a fight. It was funny listening to Gaby throw a series of buzz words at the clients.
Lynette isn’t well versed in the inner workings of the house as Tom (Doug Savant) usually took care of things. I feel that Lynette has been learning an awful lot about herself since the split. Some of her most unattractive traits are part of the reason why her marriage is at its current state.
Bree (Marcia Cross) is no closer to finding out who wrote the two mysterious notes she’s received. What we do know is that someone is following her. Lynette and Gaby only briefly talk to Bree during the episode but they’re still mad at her. Renee (Vanessa Williams) is the only one spending time with Bree. Thanks to Renee’s help, Bree is starting to relax more and come out of her shell.
We’ve had snippets of information about Ben Faulkner (Charles Mesure) to know that he isn’t completely by the book. His condo construction is under threat due to lack of funds and Mike (James Denton) stops him from borrowing money from an unscrupulous man. The way he said Mike’s name makes me believe that it might not necessarily be the last we see of him. Now Charles his eyes have lit up after hearing that Renee is worth $12m.
I didn’t find “Who Can Say What’s True?” as enjoyable as other episodes. Many of the episodes this season have left me feeling this way. I actually felt like the season started off on a good note and I was generally excited about how everything would play out and the show’s ending. I have felt that the quality of the show is very inconsistent and it’s limping towards the finish line.
Desperate Housewives airs on ABC 9/8c on Sundays
Originally written for The Voice of TV