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‘Desperate Housewives’ Review: She Needs Me

A couple of truths were revealed to two of Wisteria Lane’s residents. Roy (Orson Bean) learns of Karen’s (Kathryn Joosten) cancer returning and Bree (Marcia Cross) finally finds out everything that Orson (Kyle MacLachlan) did.

Gaby (Eva Longoria) realizes her selfishness might have stopped Roy and Karen from reuniting. Determined to fix it, she goes to see Karen. After Karen collapses, Gaby is told the real reason for why Karen is pushing Roy away. Initially promising Karen that she will keep it a secret, Gaby eventually tells Roy about Karen’s cancer. Its one of those instances when you ask yourself, what would you do? Something like that is too big to keep secret and you face hurting the other person more by not telling them. Gaby has these moments where she digs beneath her superficial surface and does something selfless. This also helps Gaby appreciate Carlos (Ricardo Chavira) more on his return from rehab.

Bree has finally learned the truth about Orson. He has been very meticulous in his plan to get Bree back. It seems quite of a letdown that after all his work, he was found out because he left a photo in his trash. I was a little disappointed by how this story arc petered out simply because I thought the writers would take advantage of the opportunity to add another element to Orson’s character. Orson hitting Chuck (Jonathan Cake) with his car, to protect Bree, felt like it was just recycling the story of when Orson hit Mike (James Denton) to protect himself.

Orson’s work isn’t done as Pandora’s Box will be firmly opened once the police receive his envelope of evidence. There’s also the fact that Bree sill isn’t taking to the others – will be clued up to think that maybe Orson was lying about what Gaby, Lynette (Felicity Huffman) and Susan (Teri Hatcher) said the last time they tried to approach Bree’s house.

On the other side of the lane, the battle of the grandmas commenced between Susan and Lynette. The funniest thing is Susan trying to explain why their granddaughter shouldn’t be called Lynette. Can you imagine this kid growing up and picking up the worst traits of their grandmas? Jokes aside, Porter (Charles Carver), Susan and now Lynette are making all these plans but there’s the little matter of custody that needs to be resolved and the affect it will have in the future for Susan’s relationship with Julie (Andrea Bowen).

One of my favorite scenes is when Tom (Doug Savant) is talking to Susan and Mike is talking to Lynette. It wasn’t the understanding of the women that made this a highlight but the fact Tom and Mike were featured in such an important part of the story arc. It helped both women understand where the other one was coming from.

Creepy loan shark Donny (Sal Landi) is back and he won’t go away. First he tries to get more money from Renee (Vanessa Williams) and then he trashes her house. Mike stops him and throws him out but things can only get worse. He’s like a bad smell you just can’t seem to get rid of. His comment to Mike that he should have killed him, if he didn’t want him to return, only strengthens my belief that Mike, Renee or Ben (Charles Mesure) is going to get seriously hurt.

Desperate Housewives airs on ABC 9/8c on Sundays

Photo credit: ABC

Originally written for The Voice of TV

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