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‘Desperate Housewives’ Review: Women and Death

“As much as death takes from us, it also gives. It teaches us what’s truly important.” Mary Alice Young (Brenda Strong) couldn’t be more right about this and what “Women and Death” offers up. The death of Mike Delfino (James Denton) has the residents of Wisteria Lane reminiscing about the past.

There are plenty of flashbacks into the women’s life and it provides some insight into the characters especially with Bree (Marcia Cross). Her character is the one that intrigued me at the start of the series. The ‘face’ was always her go to when she didn’t want to reveal her feelings and there were only a few times when we saw it slip. This season is a perfect example of Bree letting go of control and just feeling. Unfortunately her regaining control has come at a time when the police are looking into the death of Alejandro (Tony Plana). Bree’s fingerprints have been found, though I’m not sure why the police didn’t find other fingerprints seeing us up to five other people could have touched the body and anything else that was buried with Alejandro.

Gabrielle’s (Eva Longoria) reminiscing shows us how she got Carlos (Ricardo Chavira) to buy her an expensive wedding dress. It also shows how Mike helped her understand what Carlos was feeling while in rehab. This helps Gaby appreciate Carlos more and she gives Carlos her blessing for him to quit his job and become a counselor.

Lynette (Felicity Huffman) reminisces about her first date with Tom (Doug Savant), when she first sees their house on Wisteria Lane and when Mike helps Tom move out. It seems like this will be the catalyst to make her fight for Tom.

With Susan (Teri Hatcher) grieving it’s given us another opportunity to see Hatcher play the serious side. Even though there were serious moments with Susan coping with her role in the Alejandro cover-up, there were still some comedic moments. It’s a shame that we probably won’t see anymore of Susan’s silly scenes as they are some of the most hilarious.

Even though it is a sad episode, it was wonderful to hear Vanessa Williams sing. I was a little disappointed that there wasn’t a scene with Susan, Renee (Vanessa Williams) and Ben (Charles Mesure). I understand why the writers didn’t want to include a scene like this in the episode but it now feels like a missed opportunity. It didn’t need to be an angry exchange but more of an acknowledgement to their involvement in the chain of events and their guilt. The only scene to resemble this is when Renee tells Bree why she didn’t want to attend the funeral. With an arrest made, though they don’t mention if it’s Donny (Sal Landi), it seems like this part of the story might be finished.

With only two months to go, before the series finale, it’s starting to really sink in that there are only a handful of episodes to go before the end. I fully expect some more twist and turns before the end and things will be ramped up with a full on murder investigation.

<strong>Desperate Housewives airs on ABC 9/8c on Sundays</strong>

Photo credit: ABC

Originally written for The Voice of TV


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