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‘Desperate Housewives’ Review: What’s the Good of Being Good

Every action has a consequence and Susan’s (Teri Hatcher) actions, from last week, definitely had them. Claudia Sanchez (Justina Machado) has made her way to Wisteria Lane with the notion that Susan is having an affair with Alejandro (Tony Plana). Gaby (Eva Longoria) tells Claudia about the abuse but she doesn’t believe her. Claudia only believes Gaby when Claudia’s daughter Marisa (Daniela Bobadilla) confirms that Alejandro also abused her.

I think that talking to Claudia and Marisa will help Gaby. It might also help Carlos (Ricardo Chavira) in the long run. Gaby has been reluctant to talk about Alejandro’s murder and the guilt has been weighing on Carlos. Once Carlos leaves rehab, it could be the next step to the both of them dealing with everything.


The truth may be out about the abuse but I think it’s also clear that Claudia knows that its blood on the carpet and not red wine. This might have closed this part of the chapter in regards to the murder but will the carpet be properly disposed and who is writing Bree those notes?

It’s interesting to see the character development of Bree (Marcia Cross) and Lynette (Felicity Huffman) this season. While Lynette is slowly coming to terms with the character traits that helped drive Tom (Doug Savant) away, Bree has been very lost; slipping into the old habit of drinking. This time she’s added promiscuity to the mix. Bree has been very a straight-laced character; if you discount covering for her Andrew, when he hit Carlos’ mother with his car. There are other instances where she hasn’t exactly played by the book but there was always something prim and proper about her. You could say she had a moral compass, is judgmental; loyal, protective but cares more about heirs and graces, ridged and uptight. It’s a long list but one by one, we’ve seen these things strip away as much as her friends have. The only person she’s speaking to is Renee. This is part of the reason why I think she’s behaving this way; maybe she feels she has nothing left to lose. A more carefree attitude is on display. The mere fact that she doesn’t care who knows what she’s up to speaks volumes to how her character has shift over the past few episodes.

I thought Lynette had made more progress after last week’s episode but this week proved that she’s still got some way to go. Gaby and Renee’s (Vanessa Williams) reluctance to set Lynette up, on a date, should have been a clear warning. The date with Renee’s hairdresser has to knock some sense into her. I mean who spends the first date marking up a five-year business plan. Unfortunately for Renee, her hair was punished for the disastrous date.

Even though Ben proposed to Renee and she accepted he told her the reason for his proposal. Renee might be hurt but it says a lot about Ben’s character that he couldn’t go any further with his plan.  When Mike (James Denton) stopped Ben (Charles Mesure) from borrowing money from a loan shark (Sal Landi) I knew it wouldn’t be the last we saw of him. I just feel like nothing good will come from Ben taking the money from the loan shark and either Mike or more likely Renee, will be caught in the crossfire.

“What’s the Good of Being Good” is a slight improvement on the previous episode but the show is still missing a step. The writers aren’t making the last season must-see TV; I think they need step up a gear as the show closes to an end.

Desperate Housewives airs on ABC 9/8c on Sundays

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