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Desperate Housewives: There Is No Other Way

by Keith McDuffee, posted Mar 12th 2006 10:58PM
dh logoI just realized tonight that Desperate Housewives suffers from what I call "Providence Syndrome". The term dates back to the second season of the old series Providence, right around the time Tom Cavanaugh joined the show and I lost interest (though to no fault of Cavanaugh or his character).

Basically, a show suffers from Providence Syndrome when it finds the need to place funky, stringed instrument plucks during humorous scenes, as if to say, "hey everyone, this is a funny scene so we're going to throw some of these plucky notes at you." You know the tune: blump blump...blump blump! Watch just about any scene featuring Susan and you'll hear that tune.

Anyway, I digress. On to the show.

Did I miss the episode that explained Paul's military and martial arts training? How the heck could a guy like that so easily overcome multiple thugs, at least one toting a blade? At first I was disappointed that the writers let him off so easily, though his line to Mrs. Huber made it all worthwhile ("Now how did you know I love Macaroons?")

Finally there were some decent scenes with Susan's story, with the crazy "nurse" (who didn't pass her nurse's exam) and Karl putting Mike through uncomfortable moments. Though once again it's shown how much of an idiot Susan is, basically admitting to the "nurse" that she committed insurance fraud. Dumb dumb dumb.

Some of what Gaby said hit home with me, how good people are put through the ringer in order to impress someone enough to be a parent, but any cheap slut can make a baby in a back alley. However, as unfair as it looked in the adoption office, you have to admit that with Gaby and Carlos' history, it's hard to think a baby would find their environment stable.

Great quote by Gaby: "So, how's this work? Do we flip through a catalog or something?"

You can see where the Van De Kamp story is going, and I like the possibilities. As far fetched as it seems for Bree to actually reform her son, it seems she's dedicated to the task. The question is: how much more dedicated is Andrew to making her life a living hell?

As for the Scavos, Tom is a whiny, insecure baby.

Quote of the episode: "Let's cut this bitch open."

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Ashley Boyd

My quote of the week: "The opposite of love isn't hate. Its indifference. Hate means you still care about me." I recently told someone I hated them (for good reasons) and its true, I still feel a tang of love (we're related, hence). So maybe its true.

Anyway, I quite liked Gabrielle's rants about the whole adoption process, when she said stuff like "So a drunken cheerleader who got knocked up by her coach behind a sac 'n' pac is to judge if we're worthy of being parents" (not an exact quote) really shows how odd the whole process is. Yeah parents should be suitable, but maybe the adoption agency should have more of a weight in than someone who doesn't want a baby in the first place (granted there are some extreme cases).

March 14 2006 at 3:01 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Gordy

BREE LOOKED FLAWLESS in that showdown with her son. I don't ever think anyone has ever looked that good on TV.

March 13 2006 at 11:52 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
John

No no no - Quote of the Episode: "If I thought that were true I'd take a gun and shoot us both right now."

Heh heh...oh, Bree.

March 13 2006 at 6:20 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jaymez

It's clear that Susan's story is all about slapstick. The more crazy, the better.

What do you bet that there will be an elevator tape of Tom and Lynette in future story lines?

I thought the quote of the whole show went to the old man when he finally met Zach. "You've only known me two minutes and you're already black mailing me? I'm so proud!"

The show is getting dumber by the minute, but, I can't help but watch week after week.

March 12 2006 at 11:15 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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