Desperate Housewives: A weekend in the country
Not having watched the show in the previous seasons, I will say that I am surprised by how intelligent and well-spoken Gabrielle is. I am not sure what the point of bringing John back was unless it was just to show her that nobody really wants her anymore for more than one night-- so she might as well just get back together with Carlos. That divorce is not actually a nasty divorce, in my nasty divorce experience. Nasty divorces are a lot more nerve-wracking. You don't just unwind with a nice massage when you are really really angry. Take my word for it.
Considering the bad choices her character makes, I expected her to be more like a ditz... More like Edie. Does anybody like Edie? I don't really like Nicholette Sheridan, though I did think her hospital scene with Mike was entertaining.
I was thinking about the process of writing for a TV show earlier this evening, before I watched the show, and I was thinking about how hard it really must be to write good television week after week. I think there must be a team of writers for Desperate Housewives who write for each character, and I'd just like to say to the team in charge of Susan: Stop. It. Stop. It. I like Teri Hatcher. I like Dougray Scott. Please make them break up. Just write a show for Dougray. They are terrible together. They have no chemistry. Watching them in scenes together is painful. Please, make this storyline go away.
Am I the only person who actually likes Nora? My primary complaint is that she has far too many pithy insights for someone supposedly as unstable as she is. But hey, I don't know her whole story. And boy, did she zing Lynette tonight. Whoo!!! When Lynette asks why Tom would tell Nora about his hatred for all things advertising rather than telling Lynette, Nora fixes her with the evil eye and says, "Because you are the type of woman who, when someone mentions suicide, says, 'Go ahead.'" And Nora is absolutely right. Lynette accuses Nora of being manipulative. And this is accurate. But Lynette is passive/aggressive. Instead of just telling Nora, "I don't care if your daughter is up at the campsite. This does not give you the right to go up there. And it certainly doesn't give you the right to force your way into my car," she lets Nora bully her way into the car, and then proceeds to pick at her and berate her for eight hours. Lynette needs to grow a frakking spine and get that woman out of her marriage. Now. But unlike the Susan/Ian storyline, as much as I sit there and yell at Lynette for being such a passive/aggressive idiot, I really enjoy the interplay. Nora and Lynette actually do have chemistry-- and I think of them in terms of the character names, not the actor names.
Okay, Bree and Orson officially deserve each other-- IF he killed his wife. If he didn't, then Bree doesn't deserve him. Where is the angry Orson? Where is the guy who made his wife alphabetize the soup cans? Where is the control freak? He may have realized the honeymoon was over, but does he get pissed at Bree for her concern for her son? No. What does he do? He goes and finds Andrew, buys him lunch, and convinces him to come home (all! in one day! Gah! Can this show just try to be a little bit realistic about anything for one second?). So, where is creepy Orson? I mean, he could have paid off Andrew to disappear. That is what I thought he was going to do. He could have been nasty to Andrew. But he was decent. The only thing that disturbed me was his going to Andrew behind Bree's back after that bull about no more secrets-- but I am overlooking that. On purpose.
Oh, and Mike woke up. So, hopefully Ian will just go away now.
A couple of notes about last week's episode: According to ABC's Desperate Housewives website, Orson said, "I miss you, Monique," at the end of the last episode. And I'd just like to say that Gabrielle and Carlos DID NOT decide not to keep the baby. The baby had rightful parents who made a rightful claim to him.