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‘Desperate Housewives’ Review: Is This What You Call Love?

As the series draws nearer to its final bow, familiar faces have been returning. Susan’s (Teri Hatcher) daughter Julie (Andrea Bowen) returns with a surprise and Bree’s (Marcia Cross) ex husband Orson (Kyle MacLachlan) helps her out of a dangerous situation.

It’s Valentine’s Day and Juanita (Madison De La Garza) has a crush on a boy in her school called Ryan (Grant Venable). After giving Ryan a cupcake, Juanita is upset that he doesn’t give her a Valentine card. Gaby (Eva Longoria) writes a card to her daughter pretending it was from Ryan. With the idea that Ryan likes her, Juanita tries to kiss him. This leads to Ryan crying and the principal calling Gaby in to warn her that if Juanita does it again, she faces expulsion. It’s funny that two Sunday night shows aired a similar storyline involving sexual harassment in the playground. In the case of House of Lies there was a question of which kid kissed who and but there was no parent misleading either boy into thinking they liked the other.

Julie has returned and she’s pregnant. Susan goes from shocked to excited and then to disbelieve as Julie tells her she wants to give the baby up for adoption. Susan sabotages dinner, with the prospective adoptive parents by telling them that Julie has mental issues. Susan’s argument for encouraging Julie to keep the baby is remembering the good times they had when Julie was growing up. What I find interesting is that Julie doesn’t remember it that way; she remembers having to look after her mother as she was too distraught over her marriage breakup.

While we have Gaby wanting to protect Juanita from things that will upset her, Juanita just wants the truth. Julie told Susan the truth about how it really was for her when she was younger. While Julie probably had to grow up fast than she should, Juanita doesn’t want to be treated like a little girl that gets the sugar-coated answers instead of the truth.

Bree and Lynette (Felicity Huffman) are on two different ends of the spectrum. Lynette get’s a second chance with Frank (Patrick Fabian) after their disastrous first date. There’s a funny scene with Lynette and Frank negotiating between how much light should be shown in the bedroom. Frank must really like her because it could easily have been another moment when Lynette’s bossiness drove him away. Lynette’s nervousness leads to her crying at an awkward time but she eventually moves past it and the realization that her marriage is really over.

Bree has no issue with sleeping with men and continues to choose a different man each night. Still drinking heavily, she tries to pick up a man she had already slept with and forgotten.  Her next trip to the bar isn’t pleasant as one man gets rough and it takes Orson tasering him to stop the man from forcing Bree into his car.

What does happen in the episode is that Gaby, Lynette and Susan finally talk to Bree. This is brought on by Lynette finding out from Renee (Vanessa Williams) that Bree is drinking. In a drunken state, Bree also tells them about how close she came to committing suicide. Though Bree rejects their ‘intervention’ I doubt it will be much longer before we see the four of them around a table sharing gossip.

We’re privy to the knowledge that someone is watching Bree but we still don’t know who. From the moment I heard Kyle MacLachlan was returning I couldn’t help but question whether he was the hit and run driver that killed Detective Chuck Vance (Jonathan Cake). It’s not like he hasn’t already got form for it. On the same basis one could argue that it might have been Bree’s son Andrew. The question lingers on as the amount of episodes left gets smaller.

Desperate Housewives airs on ABC 9/8c on Sundays

Photo credit: ABC

Originally written for The Voice of TV

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