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Desperate Housewives: Nice Is Different Than Good (season premiere)

by Isabelle Carreau, posted Sep 27th 2009 11:58PM
Desperate Housewives
(S06E01) "Just last month, she took something of mine." - The woman who didn't get Mike about the woman who did get him

Finally! We learned who Mike married in the season finale and, luckily, we didn't have to wait long to get the answer, as it was revealed within the first minute. Then again, if you read ABC's official description for the fourth episode of the season over the weekend, they spoiled the first scene for you, as they clearly stated whom Mike didn't marry.

I don't get why ABC couldn't be cryptic in their description or at least wait until tomorrow before releasing it, especially since they have been trying very hard to keep the name of the bride a secret.

The season premiere also reintroduced Julie to the show -- she is back as a regular character -- as well as have the Bolens settle in on Wisteria Lane. The episode also continued on building on the storylines introduced in the finale: Lynette being pregnant, the Solises taking in Ana, and Bree and Karl having an affair. Oh and McCluskey is back and hasn't changed a single bit!

Mike & Susan & Katherine


As much as I loved Mike and Katherine together, I'm happy to see Mike and Susan back as a couple. Susan is at her best in a relationship and Mike has been the best man she ever got. One thing I hope is that Marc Cherry plans for the couple's second wedding to work forever and ever (aka until the series is canceled) because having them separate or divorce a second time would be boring and repetitive.

Katherine is definitely a woman scorned and on a vengeance path. Dana Delany didn't lie in interviews she recently gave when she claimed that old Katherine was back. I loved Katherine when she was first introduced to the show as she was as evil and twisted as Bree while keeping her cool and appearances up.

You can bet Katherine will be going through a rough patch. I don't see many of the people who attended the wedding taking her side. Maybe except Orson since not many Wisteria Lane residents like him anyway. What do you think Katherine will do to make the Delfinos' life miserable? Share your theories and predictions in comments below.

Karl & Bree & Orson

Karl and Bree are now my favorite couple on Wisteria Lane. They are twisted, flawed and complex characters. Their pairing reminds me of Bree and Orson when they first started to date. I loved Bree and Orson back then and hope Karl and Bree become an official couple. Speaking of Orson, it's time he exits the series. The writers wrecked his storyline at least a full year ago and he serves no real purpose anymore other than to make Bree's life miserable. I wouldn't mind Orson being one of this season's mysteries and/or tragedies' casualties. You?

The Solises

If you've been reading my reviews for a few years, you know that I'm not a Solises fan and even wanted them written out when Carlos went blind as their storylines were boring and useless. Well, I'm glad that the writers got the couple out of their funk and introduced wild teenage Ana into the mix.

The interactions between Gaby and Ana are really fun to watch so far. Ana is behaving exactly as Gaby was when a teenager and, knowing all the tricks, Gaby calls Ana on her actions and acts as a... parent! Gaby has grown a lot in season five and it's now paying off. She seems to truly want Ana to have the life she, Gaby, never had as a teenager and that means some though love to ensure Ana is safe and not making too many mistakes. Do you think Gaby's parental actions will rub off on Carlos and their two girls?

The Scavos

Bravo to Felicity Huffman for totally making me believe that Lynette didn't love her yet-to-be-born twins and didn't know what to do about it. Tom and Lynette are really good together. Even if Tom doesn't fully understand what Lynette is going through, he was able to tell her what she needed to hear in order to go on further with the pregnancy. I'm sure we haven't seen the last of Lynette's despair especially when Tom will be studying and won't have time to take care of the kids and help Lynette out.

The Bolens

The show's writers definitely learned from the Applewhites' fiasco since, again this season, the new residents on the block are introduced properly for us to start to care about them. Having Drea de Matteo and Jeffrey Nordling play the Bolens surely helps us connect to these new mysterious character, no?

It's great that Lee not only took over Edie's job. Extra icing was added when he admitted that someone -- Mary Alice -- committed suicide in the house and got no outraged reactions from the Bolens. Then again, they seem to have loads of skeletons in their closet so can they judge?

Kudos to Beau Mirchoff, who plays extremely weird Danny, because I totally bought his creepiness. I do believe he is the one who tried to strangle Julie at the end of the episode. He was out, his parents were really concerned, he seems to be the reason why the moved so he may have done such an act before, and Julie rejected him. Do you think he is the culprit?

Angie


(Note I corrected the following paragraph thanks to your comments. Somehow I was sure it was Julie's back we saw. If that were accurate, it would have offered a great mystery.)

WTF at Angie's back?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?! Did her son did that to her? Her husband? Someone else they were involved with before moving to Wisteria Lane? Have theories? Share them below!

I enjoyed the season premiere. The pace was good, there were some good quotes said by the characters, Julie and McCluskey are back, the Bolens look like promising character and the storylines for all the housewives have potential. Good way to open the season.

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    DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES Eva Longoria Parker as Gabrielle Solis stars in the episode "What More Do I Need?" - Lynette and Tom uncover the unsettling truth about son Porter; Gabrielle suspects Carlos' best client has ulterior motives; Bree's moment of weakness could bring her great embarrassment and shame; and Katherine's not so little secret is unveiled. Meanwhile, Susan learns of Jackson's true passion, and Mrs. McCluskey's sister unearths a disturbing fact about Dave. Airs Sunday, November 9, 2008.

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    DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES Frances Conroy stars in the episode "What More Do I Need?" - Lynette and Tom uncover the unsettling truth about son Porter; Gabrielle suspects Carlos' best client has ulterior motives; Bree's moment of weakness could bring her great embarrassment and shame; and Katherine's not so little secret is unveiled. Meanwhile, Susan learns of Jackson's true passion, and Mrs. McCluskey's sister unearths a disturbing fact about Dave. Airs Sunday, November 9, 2008.

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    DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES Ricardo Antonio Chavira as Carlos Solis stars in the episode "What More Do I Need?" - Lynette and Tom uncover the unsettling truth about son Porter; Gabrielle suspects Carlos' best client has ulterior motives; Bree's moment of weakness could bring her great embarrassment and shame; and Katherine's not so little secret is unveiled. Meanwhile, Susan learns of Jackson's true passion, and Mrs. McCluskey's sister unearths a disturbing fact about Dave. Airs Sunday, November 9, 2008.

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    DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES Eva Longoria Parker as Gabrielle Solis stars in the episode "What More Do I Need?" - Lynette and Tom uncover the unsettling truth about son Porter; Gabrielle suspects Carlos' best client has ulterior motives; Bree's moment of weakness could bring her great embarrassment and shame; and Katherine's not so little secret is unveiled. Meanwhile, Susan learns of Jackson's true passion, and Mrs. McCluskey's sister unearths a disturbing fact about Dave. Airs Sunday, November 9, 2008.

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    DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES Ricardo Antonio Chavira as Carlos Solis stars in the episode "What More Do I Need?" - Lynette and Tom uncover the unsettling truth about son Porter; Gabrielle suspects Carlos' best client has ulterior motives; Bree's moment of weakness could bring her great embarrassment and shame; and Katherine's not so little secret is unveiled. Meanwhile, Susan learns of Jackson's true passion, and Mrs. McCluskey's sister unearths a disturbing fact about Dave. Airs Sunday, November 9, 2008.

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    DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES Eva Longoria Parker as Gabrielle Solis and Frances Conroy star in the episode "What More Do I Need?" - Lynette and Tom uncover the unsettling truth about son Porter; Gabrielle suspects Carlos' best client has ulterior motives; Bree's moment of weakness could bring her great embarrassment and shame; and Katherine's not so little secret is unveiled. Meanwhile, Susan learns of Jackson's true passion, and Mrs. McCluskey's sister unearths a disturbing fact about Dave. Airs Sunday, November 9, 2008.

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    DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES Frances Conroy and Eva Longoria Parker as Gabrielle Solis star in the episode "What More Do I Need?" - Lynette and Tom uncover the unsettling truth about son Porter; Gabrielle suspects Carlos' best client has ulterior motives; Bree's moment of weakness could bring her great embarrassment and shame; and Katherine's not so little secret is unveiled. Meanwhile, Susan learns of Jackson's true passion, and Mrs. McCluskey's sister unearths a disturbing fact about Dave. Airs Sunday, November 9, 2008.

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    DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES Gail O'Grady and Felicity Huffman stars in the episode "What More Do I Need?" - Lynette and Tom uncover the unsettling truth about son Porter; Gabrielle suspects Carlos' best client has ulterior motives; Bree's moment of weakness could bring her great embarrassment and shame; and Katherine's not so little secret is unveiled. Meanwhile, Susan learns of Jackson's true passion, and Mrs. McCluskey's sister unearths a disturbing fact about Dave. Airs Sunday, November 9, 2008.

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    DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES Felicity Huffman as Lynette Scavo stars in the episode "What More Do I Need?" - Lynette and Tom uncover the unsettling truth about son Porter; Gabrielle suspects Carlos' best client has ulterior motives; Bree's moment of weakness could bring her great embarrassment and shame; and Katherine's not so little secret is unveiled. Meanwhile, Susan learns of Jackson's true passion, and Mrs. McCluskey's sister unearths a disturbing fact about Dave. Airs Sunday, November 9, 2008.

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    DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES Felicity Huffman as Lynette Scavo and Gail O'Grady star in the episode "What More Do I Need?" - Lynette and Tom uncover the unsettling truth about son Porter; Gabrielle suspects Carlos' best client has ulterior motives; Bree's moment of weakness could bring her great embarrassment and shame; and Katherine's not so little secret is unveiled. Meanwhile, Susan learns of Jackson's true passion, and Mrs. McCluskey's sister unearths a disturbing fact about Dave. Airs Sunday, November 9, 2008.

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elorack

Love the New Gaby story line and Lynnette's...
Maybe Orson will end up with her since he like that type of woman. Although I really miss the old Orson...
I am glad to see Karl back he is so much fun. Even though he is a jerk... He's a fun jerk.
Did anyone catch The Flash Forward nod?
Room "217" at the motel is a reference to Flash Forward... Everyone blacking out for 2 min and 17 sec. ABC has had a few shows do little nods to the new shows.

September 28 2009 at 6:46 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Ryan

Susan is a child. Why she couldn't go over to Katherine just once in the EIGHT WEEKS that passed to talk things over like an adult is beyond selfish. "I had him first" is the excuse she gives her friend? She may have the face of an 80 year old, but she's more immature than her dead-eyed son.

And if she had gone over to Katherine, most of Katherine's resentment and feelings of betrayal would've most likely dissipated. And then her wedding! Did Susan REALLY think that last-minute (and IMO insincere) apology would work? DELUSIONAL.

I hope Katherine gets her revenge. Susan is just an infuriating character every single season.

September 28 2009 at 10:37 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Gordy

Tom & Lynette's final scene was just creepy. It's as if he ordered her to love the children, because she was going to have them regardless. Quite uncharacteristically, Lynette didn't have a snarky comeback...probably because of her guilt. This 'dark' Lynette I can get into. The 'pants wearer' Lynette grates my nerves.

Loved Gaby. She will be my favorite this season, I can see it already.

Bree...oh Bree.

Susan, Katherine, Mike...whatever.

Loving Drea de Matteo's character, but, the storyline here reeks of the Applewhite's. I hope they change courses soon. My favorite show of all time, The Practice, started dying when they began recycling storylines.

September 28 2009 at 9:57 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
GrumpyOldMan

I'm sure Julie was dead. Her tongue was hanging out and everything.

September 28 2009 at 9:41 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Isabelle Carreau

You are right that me saying I've read spoilers and made me think it was Julie could give you an idea but I don't know at all what will happen to Julie except that she didn't die. Sad thing is that what I've read is from official descriptions from ABC. It's not too detailed but it was enough to make me think Julie might be the one with the scars.

September 28 2009 at 9:38 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Kristi

Does anyone else feel like Desperate Housewives is on some weird time-loop thing, where old stories become new ones. . .
http://www.orble.com/teevee-desperate-housewives-927/

September 28 2009 at 9:36 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
ianisthmole

Isabelle,

When referencing that you've read spoilers of Julie's story and referencing that as the reason that you made you error...

It's somewhat of a spoiler for the rest of us, as we have an idea where the Julie storyline is going as well.

Outside of that... keep it up, you're one of my favourite reviewers @ TV Squad

September 28 2009 at 9:14 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
sarah

i thought it was a well told, well paced start to the season. it was forced or rushed. i liked it a lot.

again, Lynette is shaping up to be my favorite this season. i love how the writers are tackling mother's despair. it is true how mothers don't tell their daughters how effed up motherhood can be. and Lynette really played the controversial part well. i think the writers turn the story so she doesn't have the twins, though... i'm not talking about abortion, but i think a mysterious fall might be in plot somewhere in the future, which would really test the Scavo's if Lynette would think it a blessing in disguise and Tom thinking it a tragedy.

September 28 2009 at 8:59 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Isabelle Carreau

Wow. I don't know where my head was at because I truly thought I saw Julie before seeing her back. I'll correct my mistake.

Thanks for poiting it out.

September 28 2009 at 8:44 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Bob Mueller

Um, yeah, the scars were on Drea DeMateo's back, not Julie's. Devoting an entire section of the re-cap to a story that never took place is pretty sloppy work.

Also, Lee did not sell Edie's house, he sold Mary Alice's old house. He admitted as much when he told the Bloens how Mary Alice killed herself right there in the living room.

Come on Isabelle, you're better than that. Gotta get with the program, literally.

September 28 2009 at 1:28 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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