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Desperate Housewives: Being Alive

by Isabelle Carreau, posted Oct 4th 2009 2:40AM
Desperate Housewives
(S06E02) "She's like the nicest girl in the world. Who'd want to hurt her?" - Wisteria Lane residents as they learn about Julie

It's the day after Susan and Mike's wedding, but also the day after Julie got attack by an unknown assailant. The Wisteria Lane residents quickly gather on the scene and try to make sense of it all. Who would hurt the nicest young adult female on the street?

As expected, fingers are quickly pointed in Danny Bolen's direction. But did he do it? Detectives, as well as the Wisteria Lane men and us, loyal Desperate Housewives viewers, are on the case.

At first glance, it sure looks like Danny is the one who tried to strangle Julie. After all, she rejected him, they had a fight, and he enlisted, after Angie ordered him to, Ana's help to get an alibi since he was out drinking all night when the assault happened. It sure doesn't look good for him.

However, I don't believe he is the one who strangled Julie. The mystery would be resolved too quickly. Danny, and his parents, are not white as snow: they surely did bad things in their past and will probably do some more in the future.

Desperate HousewivesI re-watched the scene where Julie gets strangled. The culprit (see screen capture on the left) seems a bit taller than Julie, s/he is wearing sneakers, gloves, and what seems to be jeans, as well as a brownish hoodie and has enough strength to strangle Julie. Somehow, I'm leaning towards a young man instead of a woman. And from the shape of the assailant, I don't think it's Julie's ex (played by Steven Weber).

So this means that I don't believe, as some fans wrote on the web, that Katherine is the one who did it. When re-watching the end of the premiere, we see Katherine sitting in her night gown just before we see Julie take out the recycling bin. Yes, maybe Julie's scene occurred a few minutes after we saw Katherine sitting, giving Katherine time to quickly change and cross the street to do the strangling. It wouldn't surprise me that she becomes the prime suspect when Danny is clearer of charges.

My best guest right now is that the man who strangled Julie is the "someone" she had a complicated thing with that ended up in Julie thinking she was pregnant.

What's your take on the crime? Do you think my theory is the right one? Or do you believe Danny or Katherine did it? Share your thoughts and theories with us below.

Other tidbits of interest:

  • I'm ecstatic that McCluskey has a man in her life, especially since he is as bitter and cranky as she can be at times. Kudos to the casting people for getting Orson Bean for the role as he rocked on Doctor Quinn in the role of bitter and cranky, yet lovable, Loren Bray.
  • It was fun to hear Gaby tell Ana how to get a man -- by playing hard to get -- and explain how it worked with Carlos!
  • Who could have predicted that Susan would be the one helping Lynette embrace her pregnancy? Not me! Even if Lynette announced her pregnancy to her kids and seems ready to live it, I'm sure we'll see her in distress a few more times. As she pointed out, it's not an easy time for her to be pregnant: 40 years old, Tom back in school, kids at home, sole money provider, etc.
  • How creepy was it to see Katherine tell Orson that Mike would come back to her eventually and, later, tell him that Mike made a pass at her?! She is crazy and I love it!
  • What I also love to see is the affair between Bree and Karl. They are so right for each other right now. I'm pretty sure Susan would forgive Bree eventually if Bree and Karl are truly happy together. After all, Susan forgave worst things than this in the past, no?
  • Now that Danny got arrested, it will be very difficult for the Bolens to make friends with the Wisteria Lane citizens. They may only be able to befriend Katherine.


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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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Elin

hey I'm from sweden and they've just showed the second episode here, I really need to know who it was ! :)

October 14 2009 at 12:03 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
dhw

"My best guest right now is that the man who strangled Julie is the "someone" she had a complicated thing with that ended up in Julie thinking she was pregnant."

I absolutely agree with you. I also re-watched the scene where Julie gets strangled. The offender can be only a man but not Danny (it would be too easy/simple at the beginning). It can be connected with the man by whome Julie is pregnant (or she thought) and the "secret" man didn't want the baby or they had an affair OR I'm thinking about Porter Scavo, he was strange for me (the expression/look of his face and the quote "She's like the nicest girl in the world.") but it's impossible (why?), it would be surprising!

October 08 2009 at 5:38 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
JazzWorld

I was planning to dump Housewives this season since they dumped all of the Black characters; however, the first two epys have been very good. I will be watching Three Rivers (supporting Alfre) and DVR Housewives.

It's a difficult choice because this is the best since the first season and by far best acting by Gabby. I have always loved Carl, he is so hotttt! I agree his affair with Bree is fantastic. Love the old folks love. I think the suspects in Julie's case are plentiful; Katherine, Mr. AND Mrs. Bolen, Danny is too obvious. Also, Ana and Ms. M new boyfriend. I think the winning suspect is the secret, complicated man in Julie's life.

October 07 2009 at 10:37 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Yme Sandelmann

I don't have a theory on the strangler.
But I like how the season has started. A nice little mystery that isn't "over the top" and every character has a storyline that is not completely rubbish. Looking forward to the rest of the season!

October 06 2009 at 5:23 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Michael

I actually think it might be Danny's mother who did the strangling. The father was flirting with Julie, then Julie breaks up with Danny for a "complicated" reason and we know she likes older men. Maybe she thought she was pregnant from the father and so broke it off with Danny? And then Danny wouldn't want to tell his parents why he fought with Julie, because his mother would find out his father was sleeping with her. I think the mother already knew it and could possibly be the strangler.

Of course, I could be totally off. But I can't think of anyone else having done it (I can't see Katherine or Ana going that far).

October 06 2009 at 11:15 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
sarah

i'm not discounting Ana... she really likes this Danny character, even though he likes Julie and not her. i think she knows her competition and wants to get rid of it. the alibi wasn't for Danny; it was for herself.

October 05 2009 at 11:16 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Kristi

My off the wall guess for Julie's strangler. . .

http://www.orble.com/teevee-desperate-housewives-104/

October 05 2009 at 10:05 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Howey

What if it's Mrs. McClusky's new bf who attacked Julie? And maybe the Bolen's are in Witness Protection?

October 05 2009 at 9:15 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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