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Desperate Housewives: The Gun Song / Free (season finale)

by Isabelle Carreau, posted May 19th 2008 1:16AM
Desperate Housewives
(S04E16/S04E17) "I'm Wayne Davis. We're about to have some fun." - Wayne

Answers. As ABC promised us, we've got them. The two-hour season finale of Desperate Housewives wrapped up the season-long Katherine/Dylan/Wayne storyline, sent Kayla packing, and paved the way for a revamped Wisteria Lane.

For ease of writing and reading, I'll be commenting the events of "The Gun Song" and "Free" in one slightly longer than usual post. I sadly can't comment everything that happened in this special two-hour event, so feel free to dish and comment about what I didn't pick on.

Susan

Maynard? Really? I know why Mike wanted the name and why Susan caved in, but couldn't it be his middle name? Conner Maynard Delfino would have been a nice compromise if you ask me. Why didn't they think of it?

Even if Susan grew a lot in the past years and, according to Julie, became more secure and confident, she still is somewhat immature. She went around Mike to get their son's name changed and she lied to Julie so she would have her three months to mentally prepare for her daughter's departure for Princeton, etc. And I'm not sure Susan will be more grown up in the future. For the casting of Susan's new husband, writers wrote up a scene where he finds her at Maynard's school. It his first day and she can't let go of him. In that scene, she is cleaning the school's grounds because, according to Susan, it's a minefield (she found a plastic sand shovel in the... sand pit!). So as you can see, it looks like new Susan will still act as... old Susan! Then again, do we really want her to grow up?

Lynette

Bye bye Kayla! The devil's spawn finally got a taste of her own medicine when her plan to get Tom for herself backfired. I can see why Tom was torn between his wife and his daughter but he made the right decision. Kayla needed to get away from Wisteria Lane not only for the Scavos' sanity and future together but also for herself. It wasn't working for her in the household. Kayla needed new surroundings, a fresh start. Let's hope her grandparents were able to put her back on the right track.

What a speech Tom made about marriage! If Lynette had any doubts about his love for her, they were all washed away with what he said to Bob and Lee. Bravo Tom! You not only patched things up between Bob and Lee but also with your wife. I thank you for it because you guys are one of my favorite couple on TV and you need to stay strong no matter what!

Gabrielle

It was fun to see Justine Bateman back on TV but the Ellie storyline wasn't the best one this year. It felt like a "filler" so that Gaby and Carlos would have something to do until the time jump. It was also a reason for them to get money so that they could pay their bills and adopt. This was the weak storyline of the season finale... enough said about it.

Bree

Bree had a lot to do in the finale. Not only did she have to deal with a stalking Orson, but she had to cater an event by herself. Okay, she was technically not alone since she "hired" the girls, but her partner Katherine wasn't there to help. Even if Bree had a bad day the day of the wedding, she was able to pull off everything quite nicely. No wonder it paved the way to bigger things for her in the future.

What I liked most about Bree's storyline this week is how she stood by Katherine's side. Bree always was a strong woman and she showed it once again when she went outside and rallied the troops to lie to the cops in order to protect Katherine. She was convincing enough to have Susan, Gaby, and Lynette, who all thought Katherine wasn't enough one of them to attend poker night, change their tunes and sing in unison. I wonder if that collective lie will bite them in the behind eventually. Secrets on Wisteria Lane sometimes stay hidden for years but they always come out eventually.

Katherine

Here lies our answers. Or should I say, here lies Dylan. As some of us expected, Dylan was not the real one. The latter accidentally died really young and was buried in the woods. In order to not have Wayne ask questions about her whereabouts, Katherine found a Romanian girl who looked a lot like Dylan. No wonder the fake Dylan could not remember Julie and her past on Wisteria Lane.

I'm satisfied with the plot. The answers met my expectations. Even if we what we speculated about turned out to be true, there were still tidbits that were unexpected (for example, how Dylan died, the aunt's role in all this, etc.). Wayne was a mysterious, fierce and dark character who brought an interesting and entertaining touch to the show. I always wondered what he would do next and he kept me a bit on the edge of my seat tonight. As a Browncoat, I was not a happy camper when Wayne kicked Adam around. But how proud was I when Adam (played by Nathan Fillion) channeled his inner Captain Malcolm 'Mal' Reynolds to fake his death, escape, steal a car, crash a wedding, and save the day!

5-year time jump

We've known for weeks that the show was contemplating jumping 5 years in the future. And about 3 weeks ago, we learned that Gale Harold was joining the cast and rumors had it that he would play Susan's new husband. All that turned out to be true.

I know some people (fans and critics included) thought that the show would be jumping the shark with that time jump. However, I'm not ready to use that expression yet. The show will enter its fifth season in September and it needed an overhaul to keep people interested and intrigued. This time jump has the potential of doing both.

We got a peek at what the future holds (Bree is Martha-Stewart famous, Lynette and Tom still have problems with the twins, Gaby adopted two girls, Katherine is happy and her daughter is getting married, Susan is married to someone who is not Mike) and it looks like a lot happened in five years. I expect the show to now be set in that new time and feature flashbacks from those five years, meaning that actors like James Denton would appear in a few episodes. What happened to Mike? Is he dead? Did he and Susan divorce? Why? Who is that guy she married? (According to casting calls, he'll be named Ken.) How did they meet? Does he have a shady past? How did Bree get her big break? Is Katherine helping her out somehow? What made her finally forgive Orson and what he did to Mike? What made Gaby change her mind about kids? Is the Scavo pizzeria still open? If the twins turned out bad, how did the other two turn out? What about Kayla? Will she return to Wisteria Lane to seek revenge on Lynette? The list of questions could go on and on and on.

Overall, I was pleased with this season. The addition of Katherine was one of the best things that happened to the show this season and I'm glad that she'll be sticking around. The character is interesting and the storyline was mysterious enough to have me guessing all season. I'm not afraid of the time jump and I can't wait to see how they use it next season.

What did you think of the season finale? Was this fourth season better than the others? Do you think the five-year time jump is a good idea? Let your voice be heard by voting in our polls and commenting below!

Out of 5 (being the highest), how would you rate the entire season?
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3303 (17.7%)
255 (3.2%)
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What do you think of the time jump?
Fantastic idea!412 (20.1%)
Good idea.357 (17.4%)
I'll wait to see how it plays out next season before passing judgement.832 (40.5%)
Meh.147 (7.2%)
Terrible idea.304 (14.8%)

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turtl311

aaaaaaaah where's edie??!?!?!?? i know she's been horrible but she's been one of my favourites - and now she's gonna... COME BACK!!!

May 21 2008 at 6:08 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Alli

I think that the time jump was a good idea. Although it is weird, considering the alternative... what would they have done? The stories would have all gotten very stale and boring. I think this gives them a lot more to work with.
I am REALLY curious about Susan's new man. To me that was the craziest part of the whole show. I also find Gaby's kids to be a funny addition, but whoever said that earlier is right... it is a little far fetched that she is that homely now.
I still love it, and I can't wait for next season!

May 21 2008 at 1:37 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Gio

Wow, this finale really caught me off guard. I refused to read spoilers so when I saw the time jump, especially the Scavo twin and Gaby's kids, I thought it was a practical joke, or a dream of something. We'll just have to wait and see. I'm terribly sad that Mike is gone. Susan and him were perfect for each other.

Oh, and by the way, poor Ellie! What a tragic life.

And Marc Cherry said Edie won't be back for a few years. That doesn't mean she won't be back in the flashbacks, right? That just means that it took her some years to get back, but she can still be in the scenes that take place 2 or 3 years after the ending, in between, right? I want Edie back!

May 21 2008 at 5:22 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Danielle

Looks like Edie wont be back for a few years.
http://www.etonline.com/news/2008/05/61844/index.html

May 20 2008 at 11:54 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
honey

welcome back brian kinney! wow gale harold is back great actor, and a sooo cute. someone is watching queer as folk. how about peter paige.. emmet on QAF?? whatever.

May 19 2008 at 11:18 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
honey

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May 19 2008 at 11:01 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jen

just a thought-- isn't it strange that when Katherine was telling Wayne what really happened to Dylan as a child that at the end she said that she's never said that to anyone before....so does that mean it is the truth? Because supposedly she also told Dylan the truth and that is why she ran away. It is a little confusing but I'm wondering if it really is over!?!?

May 19 2008 at 6:39 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Ashley Boyd

I'd presume she never told Dylan the whole truth. Perhaps she just said Dylan was adopted? Didn't explain the whole "accidentally killed the real you" aspect, or if she did she blamed it on Wayne.

May 19 2008 at 7:00 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Larry

I don't like the time jump, especially now knowing that it's permanent. Is Eva Longoria going to look like that from now on? If so, the show is no longer worth watching.

I though Susan came in and kissed Adam. Sure looked like him, but I guess I'm wrong.

Squeezing that into the last 5 minutes seemed really forced. It didn't fit with the episode at all. And just becasue LOST is successful with time jumps, doesn't mean every show will be. This is the death of DH.

May 19 2008 at 4:53 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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bkdealer

I will not be at all happy if Susan and Mike are not together. I thought the whole thing was a joke at first. I hope it is.

May 19 2008 at 10:16 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Maria

Susan wasn't kissing Adam, she was kissing Gale Harold. He's the sexiest man alive :)

May 20 2008 at 4:16 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
julie

Honestly, no problem with the time jump. I do see it opening possibilities in how to fill in as one blogger said. I don't see this as jumping the shark - just a new way to tell the tales. Could also be a way to make things more episodic as you now have 5 years of events and can move around in a particular storyline that way.

As for Gaby and the kids - yes, a bit shocking, but the oldest one was certainly more than, say, 4 (giving time for pregnancy, etc). I am going out on a limb and say they are a relative's kids living with her...IMHO

May 19 2008 at 4:48 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Ashley Boyd

Well she was referred to as "mommy" so perhaps they are adopted because yeah, seems too old.

May 19 2008 at 7:17 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
ghrotto

I'm not too convinced about this time jump. On one hand, it feels really lazy story acceleration. Everyone's story has run it's course, there's nothing much else to say about anything, and working up to "5 Years Later" would take far too long on the viewer, for what seems to be very little pay off.

It's too early to say we've jumped the shark, but this didn't do much for me. The rest of the episode was great, this, not so much. I'd compare it to the epilogue of Harry Potter 7. The story as a whole was great, but the ending little snippet really kind of took the high away.

And I can't believe no one has commented on Lynette's ugly hair in five years. Really? That's the best we could do in 5 years? I'm sure she has all her old hair back, just let Felicity Huffman keep her regular hair, because that wig was gross.

May 19 2008 at 3:00 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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