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‘Desperate Housewives’ Review: Any Moment

Engagements, a job seeking Gabrielle (Eva Longoria) and a continuing murder investigation are served on this week’s Desperate Housewives.

MJ (Mason Vale Cotton) has made a late run for the title of most annoying TV child character, though he could never win it with the competition this season. It doesn’t last long but his behavior was pushing it. Memories of Julie’s (Andrea Bowen) conversation with Susan (Teri Hatcher) in “Is This What You Call Love?” sprang to mind. She had to parent Susan when Karl left and it felt like she had to try and parent MJ as Susan was letting him get away with everything. The writers could have easily made the grief process just about Susan and I’m glad they included MJ.

The return of Andrew (Shawn Pyfrom) brought along a surprise; his engagement to a female, Mary Beth (Ashley Austin Morris). The disappointing thing about Andrew’s return was there was no surprise about his storyline. It was already out that he was going to be engage and then follow that with him losing his job, it was pretty much a case of how it would all play out. I feel it would have been a more interesting storyline if Andrew was actually in love with Mary Beth or she was in fact a post op transsexual. There was a real opportunity to do something different but I think the writers failed at making this storyline fresh.

The other engagement is between Renee (Vanessa Williams) and Ben (Charles Mesure). It isn’t your usual proposal seeing as Renee told him she was waiting for one and then in the middle of it the police wanted to question Ben. She finally gets the sincere proposal she should have received from Ben the first time. The pending wedding will be a bright spot to the other stories we had this season.

Lynette (Felicity Huffman) works her magic to get some alone time with Tom (Doug Savant). I found it quite funny that Jane (Andrea Parker) fell for Lynette and Penny’s (Darcy Rose Byrnes). Jane’s so eager to please but I think she feels that she would be one-uping Lynette by taking Penny to the Taylor Swift concert. However angry Tom is at Lynette’s plan by his behavior to Jane, I think it’s had an effect.

One of my favorite scenes includes Gabrielle at the employment office. Following Carlos (Ricardo Chavira) quitting his job, she’s determined to keep up their current lifestyle. Sometimes she’s in her own little world and it’s partly the reason why I like her character. Just the fact thinks she can find a high paying job with her versatile modeling skills and 15 years of being out of the job market. The personal shopper role is perfect for her not just because of the staff discount and she gets to shop but also she’s persuasive in getting people to do what she wants.

Watching the detectives build their case against Bree (Marcia Cross) and watching her inadvertently provide evidence is an interesting aspect. How is Bree to know that the police have tapped her phone? It isn’t exactly the cleverest thing to discuss burying a dead body. Fingerprints and now confession (only to dumping the body) pretty much seals a criminal case against Bree. How will she get out of this without sending her friends down the river?

Desperate Housewives airs on ABC 9/8c on Sundays

Photo credit: ABC

Originally written for The Voice of TV

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