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Desperate Housewives: Never Judge a Lady by Her Lover

by Isabelle Carreau, posted Oct 12th 2009 12:22AM
Desperate Housewives(S06E03) "You wanted to look pretty for your ex-lover." - Carlos to Gaby

As advertised on most TV sites over the past few weeks, the cutie gardener and Gaby's ex-lover is back! John Rowland, whom we last saw in season four married to a rich daddy's girl, returned to Wisteria Lane this week to cause chaos.

Is John still married? Did he try to seduce Gaby or another Wisteria Lane citizen? Answers coming up after the jump, along with my take on John's return, which was first rumored to happen in the season five finale.

John

John has been divorced for a year and now owns a restaurant. The fact that he is as hot as before and now a free man, adds a twist to the storyline. Even if Gaby showed that she still had some feelings for John, based on what we saw tonight, it looks like she won't act on it. However, it's clear that the show is setting him up to have something with one of the women.

Gaby's niece would be my choice. Ana stated before that she wanted to be like Gaby. Since her model dreams were put to a halt by Gaby, Ana will surely go for the next best thing: Gaby's ex-lover. Oh the drama this could bring! It would definitely create more tension between Gaby and Ana, eh? If John were to stay on the show, I wouldn't be adverse to seeing him hook up with Julie. You?

Susan

I get why Susan is so obsessed with finding Julie's attacker. However, I got quickly tired of her pointing the finger at Danny without hard evidence. I was so relieved when Lynette reminded Susan that everyone on Wisteria Lane was 100% sure that Porter set the club on fire when he didn't. It didn't do the trick, as Susan went crazy mad on Danny. Susan learned the hard way that you shouldn't point the finger too fast. Sadly, she learned her weekly lesson too late as Wisteria Lane residents trashed the Bolens' lawn. Susan silently asking for forgiveness by helping clean the mess was a very fit ending for this part of the storyline.

The Bolens

Speaking of the Bolens, I hope Susan and Angie sort of patching things up will mean us learning more about this secretive family in the coming weeks. Bob did try his best to get the scoop but it didn't work.

We did learn a few tidbits: Danny confirmed that his family has secrets, "Bolen" is not their real last name; "Angie, Nick and Danny" might not even be their real first names; Angie claims that if it weren't for her, they wouldn't have had to raise Danny while on the run.

So what could Angie had done that was so awful and/or illegal that they had to be on the run for so long? Hearing Angie tell Danny to aim for the head and not the legs makes me think that she may have had dealings with the mob or something. Why aim for the head unless the attacker is a really bad guy?! What's your theory on the Bolens?

Bree and Karl

Bree and Karl sitting in a tree: K-I-S-S-I-N-G. First comes love ... It was inevitable that Karl and Bree would eventually have feelings for one another. They are passionate and complex characters who are very good for one another right now. I said before that it was time for Orson to go. However, I'm glad he was around this week, as he served a purpose: show Bree that she had feelings for Karl by telling her that only a woman in love would throw oil on the floor to make the man she loved and the other woman fall. If only Orson knew what Bree's motives really were...

The Scavos

The kids reactions to the pregnancy announcement were priceless! The best part was the twin telling Tom and Lynette that they should have used protection since Lynette will have to quit her job and because Tom won't have a chance to graduate.

I would have preferred Lynette being upfront with Carlos about her pregnancy. Carlos not giving the promotion to the other woman because of a potential pregnancy sadly reflects what many businessmen (and even a few women) think of when it's time to give promotions, and even hire. They prefer going with men, even if less qualified, than going with women since they might get pregnant and go on a maternity leave. Looks like Season 1 business-driven Carlos is slowly trying to come back, eh?

Now that Lynette and Tom decided to lie so Lynette would get the promotion, I hope that she fights to keep her promotion and go on maternity leave without losing her job. It would be a good storyline to have her fight for women rights and then see her juggle with the babies and her demanding job.

What did you think of this week's episode? What was your favorite part? What do you think will happen next? Share your comments below.

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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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Tyler Bryant

Re: Tom and Lynette telling their kids in the previous episode --

I just watched the closing narration and Mary Alice says, "One mother was about to share some good news with her family, when her son saw a flashing light in the window."

So, Lynette was ABOUT to tell, but never actually told until the breakfast scene we saw in this one.

Hope that helped! :)

October 13 2009 at 3:05 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Ryan

Why is Susan still alive? That is all I'm asking.

October 12 2009 at 6:08 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Isabelle Carreau

Because she's played by Teri Hatcher?

Sorry, I don't have a better answer than this I too wonder why Susan is still around at times.

October 12 2009 at 6:19 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
sarah

i still wouldn't discount Ana as Julie's attacker. she has to be there for more than just making out with John next week.

October 12 2009 at 2:43 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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pinsleric

I agree. She clearly likes Danny, but he liked Julie. What better way to eliminate the competition than by strangling them?

October 12 2009 at 3:33 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
CeCe

Karl said he would lose his "shirt" in Vegas ... the age old expression for losing money ..

Also, at the end of last week they showed Tom and Lynette talking to their kids, I thought they were telling them about her being preggers then.

October 12 2009 at 12:28 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Isabelle Carreau

Thanks for the answer as to what Karl said.

I too was confused by Tom and Lynette telling the kids she was pregnant this week as I was sure they started doing that last week.

October 12 2009 at 12:35 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Ned

When Bree and Karl are getting in on the the motel, I swear I heard Karl say "I'll lose my s*** in the casino and then we'll go upstairs and you can lose yours."

I'm guessing he didn't actually use "the s word", but I'm at a loss in figuring out what he said instead. Lose his shirt in the casino? Anyone want to help me out here?

October 12 2009 at 10:34 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Isabelle Carreau

If someone doesn't provide the answer before I do, I'll rewatch that scene as soon as it is up at CTV.ca (I'm Canadian) later today and will post the answer here.

October 12 2009 at 10:41 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Howey

I said after last week's episode that the Bolens were in the witness protection program. Now I'm not so sure.

I agree that the fed agent angle is looking better and could result in an interesting storyline. Wonder who she's investigating.

Mrs. McCloskey's new boyfriend? (I also said last week I think he was the one who attacked Julie)

October 12 2009 at 8:55 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Larry

Except that they showed the attacker RUNNING away from the scene. "Roy" doesn't look that fit.

October 12 2009 at 9:10 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Isabelle Carreau

Adding to what Rico said, if you take another look at the screencap of the attacked I put in my review of last week's episode, I think the attacker is too slim and tall to be Roy.

October 12 2009 at 9:16 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Johnzo

The bolen story is so predictable: they have secrets, but not-their-fault secrets. They are on the run because of Angie. "On the run" doesn't mean they committed a crime-- it means they are running from something or someone. And we now know it is solely Angie, not the other two who hold the secret past. Based on what we know, Angie was somehow injured and scarred in her past and survived and she's running from someone because she probably knows too much. I think this family is in one of those secret service protection plans or Angie was an undercover federal agent (ex: she decides when they change names) who got caught and had to be relocated and protected away from who she was investigating. Nothing we've been presented suggest they are bad people-- all that's been suggested is that they're from NY and are secretive and mob-esque type characters and they talj about guns with their kids.

October 12 2009 at 3:15 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Isabelle Carreau

I really like the "Angie was an agent" angle. She certainly seems to have the determination and knows how to handle a gun from what she told Danny. It would explain how the family can easily move around and change names without the cops following them around.

October 12 2009 at 9:23 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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