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Desperate Housewives: God, That's Good

by Isabelle Carreau, posted Apr 23rd 2007 10:39AM
Desperate Housewives(S03E19) Last week's episode left me with a lot of questions and expectations for this week's installment of Desperate Housewives. Would Susan dump Ian for good? How would Edie and Carlos' relationship evolve? Would Lynette cheat on Tom with Rick? But most importantly, I wanted to know how Mr. McCluskey died, why he was in the freezer and why was Mrs. McCluskey not reporting his death?

Even though I'm a spoilers addict and knew most of the answers to my own questions, spoilers are never 100% accurate so I was impatiently waiting for the episode. Sadly, the episode didn't give me all the goods I was waiting for.

Would Susan dump Ian for good?

I have to agree with Jen when in her review of last week's episode she said "The whole Susan, Ian, Mike storyline is becoming unbearable. I wish she would just send Ian back to England where he belongs." Even though every show must do a sort of love triangle, the Susan/Ian/Mike one is boring to watch. Could it partially be due to the fact that Ian went from "likeable" to "pain in the backside" as Judy, a TV Squad visitor, commented in last week's review thread? Judy's comment resonated in my mind when I watched "God, That's Good." I personally think that a dummy could have replaced Ian in his scene with Susan in the dark. He was lifeless. Did that scene even serve a purpose?

Later in the episode, we finally saw the Ian/Mike showdown that needed to happen for Susan to open her eyes. It was a bit cheesy to compare the two guys to cakes (the British one is rich and elegant, the US one is down to earth and sweet) but it served its purpose. I was so happy when I saw Mike take a leap of faith and admit his love to Susan in front of Ian. If the conversation had ended there, I'm pretty sure Susan would have chosen Mike. But since the poker bet secret was revealed Susan decided to dump both guys. Even though this is not the turn of events a lot of fans wanted (they wanted Susan+Mike forever), it at least sent Ian on the curb... for now. What will Susan do next? Do you think she'll ever be able to choose between Ian and Mike?

How would Edie and Carlos' relationship evolve?

Wasn't it fun to watch Edie and Carlos sneak around like teenagers in love often do? Edie claiming she feels like she's 12 again says a lot about her. It's nice to see Edie finally grow up thanks to Carlos. I was almost heartbroken when Carlos discovered that Gaby was engaged. He hoped so much to rekindle his love with her. I do hope they get back together down the road. In the meantime, it seems that he'll fully commit to Edie and her son.

Would Lynette cheat on Tom with Rick?

I'm quite unhappy with this "Will Lynette cheat?" storyline. To me, Tom and Lynette are the equivalent of Sandy and Kirsten from The O.C. I loved Lynette and Tom because they stood by one another, they were a loving family, and they were in love. With Rick in the picture, Lynette seems ready to throw in the towel on her couple. Yes, Tom is annoying right now (it was somewhat fun to see him try to mark his territory in this episode) and wants to run the restaurant his way but that doesn't mean she can throw herself in Rick's arms. Tom and Lynette will need a major one-on-one talk to settle all their issues. I sure hope they do as TV needs a couple that works and can talk things through without cheating on one another as a way to escape their problems.

Gaby and Victor

Even if I put spoilers aside, it was pretty much obvious where this relationship was going based on the previews. Sex in the elevator? Nothing new. Sex pictures used to ruin a candidate's campaign? Nothing new. I have a feeling that Victor may not be 100% in love with Gaby. Did he really propose out of love? Or is it a campaign stunt? Or maybe both?

How did Mr. McCluskey died, why he was in the freezer and why was Mrs. McCluskey not reporting his death?

Even if the dead spouse storyline has been done a lot on the show, I was intrigued by this one. I know Desperate Housewives is based on mystery, but couldn't they allow us to overhear what Mrs. McCluskey told Parker? I want to know what she said to have him go from scared to smiling. Did she kill her husband? Did he died and she put him in there for some reason? I certainly hope that the show doesn't drag this too long. Especially since McCluskey is a supporting character.

Rating 4In all, the episode wasn't bad but it didn't really deliver anything fresh. It merely moved things a bit further and set scene for the May Sweeps episodes.

On a scale of 1 to 7, with 7 being the best, I'm going to give this episode a 4.

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Jen

Isabelle, thanks so much for jumping in last night for me! Great review, and from now on, I am going to use headers in my reviews.

April 23 2007 at 11:03 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Isabelle Carreau

Ian: Picket Fences was a TV show that aired in the first half of the 90s. You can learn about the series at http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0103512/

April 23 2007 at 6:40 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Ian

What's "Picket Fences"?

April 23 2007 at 6:33 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Gene

I'm one of those weird people who has never seen an episode of "Desperate Housewives," but I just had to note that this whole dead-in-the-freezer thing is awfully reminiscent of "Picket Fences" ...

April 23 2007 at 6:28 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jen

Since you compared it to The O.C.'s Sandy and Kirsten, you have to remember that both of those individuals had a "will he/she cheat" moment. And both were momentarily tempted...but they eventually wound back up together. I think this will be the same way. (I hope)

As far as Tom being whiny...last episode, he was annoying as hell. I wanted to slap him. This episode...I understood his issue. He, a family man, wanted to create a family restaurant. Not an upscale restaurant that no one could bring their kids to because of the atmosphere and the price.

Susan looked really good on the episode (recently she's had horrible dark circles and just hasn't looked very good, imo). Honestly, I was in the Susan + Ian camp...but I have to agree he's lost his personality. (I preferred Ian because Mike kept throwing away his chance to be with her, even though she was supportive of everything from manslaughter to a coma...) Susan - she's annoying. But this episode? Susan and Mike sparked. Whew! The looks they gave each other (mostly the playful, "I know you want me" looks Mike gave her...)

April 23 2007 at 3:51 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Crambam

I disagree a lot with the Lynette/Tom angle right now. It's not Tom that's annoying. It's Lynette. She cannot just let the man be his own man. Everything he does, she butts in and takes over. This is HIS restaurant, not hers. She overstepped her authority. Just because it did turn out well financially, doesn't give her the right to constantly emasculate him--especially when he's hurt right now.

And yeah, the cheating storyline is really weak. Sometimes marriages actually last. It's ok for ONE couple on this show to have normal problems that don't involve grounds for divorce.

I'm liking Lynette less and less every week.

Also not a huge fan of the McCluskey storyline. It really tugs at the suspension of disbelief threshold.

Good stuff with the Carlos/Gaby/Edie/Mayor McCheese storyline.

And yeah, time to end the love triangle thing with Susan. I guess they're waiting for the May finale for that.

April 23 2007 at 12:39 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Isabelle Carreau

Ian: If you read spoilers like I do, you know how he died (if the spoilers are accurate for this of course). I just hope they don't drag this storyline too long and tell us how he died. I would have liked to hear what she told Parker anyway as it may be different from the truth.

April 23 2007 at 12:04 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Ian

Don't worry I hae it on good "authority" that Mr McCluskey died of "natural causes". i.e. he frooze to death.

April 23 2007 at 11:50 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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