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‘Desperate Housewives’ Review: You Take for Granted

Who saw that coming? Well you might of if you saw the spoiler that came from the Nicolette Sheridan trial this week. Two things we knew going into season eight was that it would be the last and someone on the lane would die.

Other than the four women, Mike Delfino (James Denton) was the perfect candidate for picking a character whose death would have a huge impact on the rest of the residents. Susan (Teri Hatcher) sums it up pretty well when she talks about how protective Mike is of others. Now his protection of Ben (Charles Mesure) and Renee (Vanessa Williams) has ended up with Donny (Sal Landi) shooting Mike on his doorstep. Now the question is will Donny leave it at this or has he only just started. What will be interesting to see is how Susan reacts to Ben and what his actions will be in regards to Donny.

The episode spends a lot of time focusing on the subject of taking things for granted; the episode title sums up the premise. Mike realizes this and in an almost goodbye, he lets Susan know how much he loves her.  I love what was done with Mike’s last scene; his conversation with Susan on the step, him protecting her from the bullet and the montage of moments played. The montage was a great touch by the writers because it isn’t just a case of him watching his life flash before his eyes but the viewers watching his moments with Susan and remembering them.

Before Mike’s murder, there were other people taking things for granted on the lane. Lynette (Felicity Huffman) had taken Tom (Doug Savant) for granted many times but now the end is really nigh for their marriage. Tom has asked his girlfriend, Jane (Andrea Parker) to move in and wants to talk to a lawyer about divorce. There’s this moment when Jane is choking where you can see that Lynette is debating whether or not to help.

Carlos (Ricardo Chavira) has returned to the office and wants to give something back to people rather than take. Gaby (Eva Longoria) is opposing to this as Carlos has been giving away their money and wants to quit his job. I doubt if Carlos is going to give up without a fight and Gaby is stubborn; this will play as a wonderful tug of war.

Karen (Kathryn Joosten) is determined to die with dignity and after Roy (Orson Bean) refuses, she asks Bree (Marcia Cross) to help her die. She even goes as far to lying behind Bree’s car and baking a suicide pie. It takes some words from Bree, having eaten some of the pie, to make Karen realize that suicide isn’t the best way to go.

Now the ladies or mainly Bree will have to face up to the repercussions of Orson (Kyle MacLachlan) alerting the police to where Alejandro’s (Tony Plana) body is buried. Those that worked with Chuck (Jonathan Cake) already hate Bree, by what Chuck told them. This will make things very complicated for Bree and it will be a real test to how Gaby, Lynette and Susan do to support her.

Things are looking grim for the main ladies of Wisteria Lane. Susan is now a widow, Bree is back on the police’s radar and Lynette’s marriage is even closer to becoming final. With still a handful of episodes left, I hope the writers don’t rush things in the final episode to tie everything up as there’s still a lot of stories still open.

Desperate Housewives airs on ABC 9/8c on Sundays

Photo credit: ABC

Originally written for The Voice of TV

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