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Review: Desperate Housewives - The God-Why-Don't-You-Love-Me Blues

by Isabelle Carreau, posted Oct 18th 2009 11:10PM
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(S06E04) "Even the people we love keep secrets." - Mary Alice

Mary Alice probably told us twice a season in her narration that people on Wisteria Lane had secrets. This week's Desperate Housewives main secrets involve: the Bolens are afraid Danny will spill out their secrets and we learn a bit more about Angie's scar; thanks to Andrew, Susan learns some of Julie's secrets; Lynette tries to hide her secret from Carlos but the body changes pregnant women experience are making it more difficult for her to hide her pregnancy; Bree lies to Katherine so that the latter doesn't discover the affair with Karl.

The Bolens

Angie impresses me every week. She is a strong woman who knows how to get what she wants. Seeing her bribe Porter in order to have him throw Danny a party so he could get friends and be happy was priceless. Of course, she had an ulterior motive: making sure Danny wouldn't spill their secrets. I surely wouldn't want to be on Angie's wrong side.

Angie also shows strength by keeping her family together and keeping that scar. This week, we learned a bit more about it. Turns out there was an explosion and that Nick stood by her through the ordeal. Danny seems to be dead set on having her get that scar removed eventually. Am I the only one who got a weird vibe from Danny when he told that to his mom, then said he would always take care of her and then hugged her? Did something tragic happen between those two to have them be so close or have Danny be so protective? Or maybe it's because Nick cheated on Angie?

It wasn't clearly stated at first that Nick cheated on Angie with a younger woman. But the fact Danny stopped Nick's flirting with 21-year-old women and told his father he, Danny, "knew" with a deadly stare said it all.

Julie

Susan learned, via Andrew, that Julie quit med school six months ago, that she worked as a waitress and that the man Julie was with was married. Later, Susan got a clue when reading Julie's journal: the man's name started with "D".

As soon as it was confirmed that Nick had an affair with a younger woman, I knew it was Julie. I so need to rewatch the premiere to see if they gave us clear clues in the scenes between Julie and Nick. Luckily, we didn't have to wait long for confirmation since Nick visited Julie in the hospital and said, "Hey Julie. It's Dominic. I miss you." Some of you predicted that Nick would turn out to be Julie's ex. Julie claims that for sure he isn't the one who attacked her. However, Susan isn't so sure since Julie is the one who broke things up and there was a pregnancy scare.

With these new tidbits in hand, who do you think attacked Julie? Based on the fact that Nick/Dominic brushed her hair in a loving way and said he missed her, I don't think he is the one. Could Angie be it? Maybe she discovered the affair and wanted to take matters in her own hands? Share your theories in comments below!

Katherine

Oh. My. God. Talk about a nervous breakdown! Watching Mike and Susan at all times; thinking she is "watching the game with Mike" when she is spying on him from the window; drawing her wedding cake for when Mike finally marries her; etc. Katherine is on the right path to join Dave in the mental institution!

Lynette

Lynette dodged a bullet this week by having Carlos think she had a boob job. However, she won't be able to hide her pregnancy forever as her belly will soon start to show. She may be able to have Carlos believe she put on a few pounds due to eating too much, but it won't be long before his sharp eye sees the truth. When that happens, there'll be fireworks!

Gaby and John

The John storyline is finally over and I'm very satisfied with how it wrapped up. Gaby and Carlos are great together and I so didn't want Gaby and John to resume their affair. Ana did good by not telling her uncle about the kiss. However, I suspect Ana may use the secret to her advantage down the road. After all, she is a teenager who'll want to break a rule or two eventually. Do you think Ana will blackmail Gaby eventually? Do you think Gaby will play along or tell Carlos the truth?

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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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Ceti

Susan keeps acting like a clueless ditz. And keeping her in means that Katherine got this crap arc and is probably out after this season. Which is a shame, because she's a much better character than Susan.

October 21 2009 at 5:25 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
kate

I had a feeling that Nick was Julie's boyfriend for 2 reasons. One, the fight between Julie & Danny seemed pretty serious. Assuming they were just friends like Julie wanted, I thought someone else could be involved. Two, when Nick told Julie that he knew she was out of Danny's league.

But I have to be honest. The actor who plays Nick was in the Courtney Cox show on FX, Dirt. Based on that role, I can't imagine him as anything other than a slimy sleezeball. So that probably is why I don't really like his character and assume the worst about him.

October 19 2009 at 10:26 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Andy

I think that Katherine attacked Julie.

October 19 2009 at 3:26 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Cathy

I think Katherine attacked Julie. She's definitely going wacko, and the attack happened the night of Susan and Mike's wedding.

October 19 2009 at 3:25 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
J Ok

I think Ana is the one who attacked Julie. She was trying to get with Danny and he went on a date with Julie. She's already "in love" with John now. Sounds kind of psycho to me. And I think she's the one who sent the ripped picture to ensure that John and Gaby don't get back together...that girl is crazy!

October 19 2009 at 12:54 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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KLS

Thing is if Ana falls in and out of boys so fast surely there must be dozens of other girls who made her just as jealous as Julie would have. She doesn't strike me as smart enough to have a huge body count (I mean if she's going to attack Julie, surely she wasn't the first) and be able to not get caught.

November 06 2009 at 8:13 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
SadiesRotten

Having had chemo during child bearing years I can say that most chemo therapies render you sterile. However, there are some chemo therapy regimens that if enough years go by between chemo and giving birth, would have no effect on being/getting pregnant or the birth process in general.

We have to remember that Desperate Housewives is all about sensationalism. They're going to twist the stories any which way they please to get and keep avid watchers like you and I.

October 19 2009 at 12:47 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Danielle

Def think Ana will blackmail Gabby eventually. Katherine is pathetic and then when she keyed Bree's car. :o Wow! Yea..not a medical expert either, but I would think after having chemo you wouldnt be able to have anymore kids. Still kinda confused w/ the Julie storyline. I vaguely remember in the season premiere about Julie dating a married man...didnt that involve her getting out of the car in the scene? Im curious too on how did some of you picked up on who it was....and how does his son know about the affair?

October 19 2009 at 11:59 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
flora

don't know much about medical stuff, just wondering: can Lynette have babies after the cancer and chemo?

October 19 2009 at 10:54 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
marali

A lot going on in this episode and I know you'll all contribute more cogent thoughts but I just can't get over how Lynette, in her fourth pregancy with her second set of twins, has reached her second trimester with only her boobs inflating.

She should be showing dramatically at this point. No 40+ y.o. uterus (or hips) would remain so slim.

I'm betting Angie is Julie's attacker. She strikes me as a woman who would do anything to protect her family.

Also, how are Gaby and John in any way done? The torn picture strip at the end of the episode indicates to me that there are plenty of passionate and unresolved emotions still out there. Gaby might be 'done' with John in her mind but that story is far from over.

October 19 2009 at 3:33 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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