Review: Desperate Housewives - If...
by Isabelle Carreau, posted Jan 3rd 2010 11:50PM
(S06E11) "No one knows who survived that terrible plane crash. Or more importantly, who didn't." - Mary
The plane crash that happened in episode "Boom Crunch" left us wondering if some of the Wisteria Lane citizens would make it alive or not. My predictions were that Karl, Celia and Mona would die. Some TV Squad readers predicted that Lynette would lose one of her yet-to-be-born twins because she threw herself in harm's way to protect one of the Solises kids.
Desperate Housewives' first episode of 2010 confirmed some of our predictions while treating us to the much advertised what if/ flashfoward episode of the series.
Which prediction was right? Answers and my two cents about the "what if" sequences, and more, coming up!
At the beginning of the episode, we don't exactly know who died yet -- except for the pilot that is. Karl and Orson are in surgery, Mona was terribly hurt but it looks at first that she will survive, Celia got a concussion, Lynette is having terrible belly pains.
As the episode progresses, Karl and Mona die from their injuries and one of Lynette's yet-to-be-born twins dies as well. Two of my predictions came true (Karl and Mona) while a lot of the TV Squad commenters properly theorized that one of the twins would die.
As they cope with the loss or injuries of the loved ones, we see each housewife -- except Katherine who is in the loony bin -- dream of what could have happened if...
Since Karl was on the verge of dying, it was fitting to see Susan wonder what her life would have been if she had given Karl a second chance. I loved the fact that no matter what, Karl would always be a cheater. Don't get me wrong, I don't approve of cheaters but it kind of suits Karl, no? I always saw him as an eternal bachelor even when he was married.
In her "what if," Susan would have gotten fatter due to overeating to cope with the flaws of her marriage. The makeup and costume departments of the show did good work with Teri Hatcher's fat suit, except for the eyes. Susan got a reality check when Mike told her that she needed to do something if she was that unhappy with her life. His speech had her pick up the weights and stops overeating. Sadly for Susan, getting back in shape didn't help her marriage since Karl acted as... well, Karl!
When Susan learns that Karl died, she says she is grateful. As I watched the episode, someone IM'ed me saying that it was awful that Susan was happy that Karl died. It's not clearly explained, but I believe Susan is grateful not because he died, but because Karl and Susan would have broken up and she could have a better life.
Karl's death also affected Bree as minutes before the crash, he proposed to her. She was so shaken up by the news that she needed to be sedated, which led to her dreaming of what her life would have been with Karl. As expected, things would have been fantastic at first but, soon enough, Karl would have gone back to his old ways and cheated with Bree's yoga instructor.
The most important part of Bree's "what if" is when she goes to Orson's apartment after he died, two days ago, of a heart attack. The landlady explains that Orson always talked about Bree and that he lived alone, no girlfriends. Bree looks around and sees that Orson kept a lot of pictures of them and Bree's kids. This shows Bree how much Orson truly loved her.
When she wakes up, Bree learns that Orson is alive but that he may not walk again. Due to her dream, I'm pretty sure Bree will give Orson a second chance. But what will happen if Orson does end up in a wheelchair? Will Orson be able to cope with the tragedy? Will Bree be able to support her husband through his new challenges?
On a side note, my prediction that Orson may have killed Karl before the plane crash and that Orson would have gotten away with murder because Karl would have been injured by the plane too didn't happen. I would have liked that the doctors came to Susan and/or Bree and say that they don't believe all of Karl's injuries were caused by the plane crash. This could have lead to a CSI-ish investigation in another episode before Karl's funeral and Orson would have been in hot water. Maybe the injury that led to Karl's death was made by Orson and not the crash, eh?
Thanks to Mona being a fighter, we got to see a potential future for Angie. The latter thinks of what her life could be like if Mona told the cops everything. In the "what if" sequence we learn that Angie, real name Angela De Luca, would have been sentenced to life in prison, that Nick would be considered a traitor and that Danny, err Tyler, would have ended up living with Angie's mother.
We also learned a bit more about what Angie did in the past to get her on the run. She got involved with a very bad man named Logan and during a protest-like event they took part in, a man died.
Since Mona died, the Bolens will be able to stay in Fairivew a while longer, but it's only a matter of time before the truth comes out.
This was the dream sequence I liked least since Gaby reverted back to her old self. Gaby was driven by fame and fortune and forgot about family and friends. It wasn't her fame but Celia's potential glorious days. Another reason why I didn't enjoy this "what if" as much is because Eva Longoria looked too fake when she was aged (see picture above).
No matter what I think about Gaby and Celia's potential future, it did do good in the end as Gaby admitted to Carlos that Celia had nothing to do to be special.
Celia probably got more screen time in his episode than she did since she joined the show!
Her "what if" sequence was my favorite. It proved once again how Tom and Lynette make a great team while showing what are the challenges and rewards of raising a disabled kid.
As some of you suspected, one of the twins -- he would have been named Patrick -- died. The surviving twin is said to be healthy. I do not wish that any child be born with disabilities but it could have been a good idea for the show to have the surviving twin be disabled. It would have given DH an opportunity to talk about tolerance towards disabled people, explain the challenges of raising kids with disabilities, what help can be given to the kids and their families, etc. The show could have also paired itself with a cause to raise money for disabled children.
Since Lynette saved Celia, it's pretty much a given that everything will now be fine at work. However, I don't expect things to be completely peachy for Lynette since she does have to cope with the tragic loss of one of her twins.
I usually don't enjoy fantasy sequences. So when a series decides to have a fantasy episode, I watch it with an open mind since there is nothing I can do about it. In retrospect, "If..." was an efficient episode as it helped the main characters grow and move a little bit forward with their lives. The episode also rocked the worlds of some of the characters due to the three deaths as well as gave us a few more tidbits about Angie.
What did you think of the episode? Do you think the "what if" sequences were any good? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.
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