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Review: Desperate Housewives - If...

by Isabelle Carreau, posted Jan 3rd 2010 11:50PM
Desperate Housewives
(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...

Susan

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.

Bree

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?

Angie

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.

Gaby

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!

Lynette

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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    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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tunemannyc

Gaby's "Grey Gardens" flashforward was kinda pathetic. I loved that Karl was the same old Karl, and that both women realized they're better off without him.

Felicity Huffman deserves an Emmy for that kitchen scene! What she delivered, wordlessly, was the kind of triumphant work to which every actor aspires. I don't know a parent who doesn't know how hard it was for her character to stand there at the sink and not help her son. Just brilliant!

January 11 2010 at 9:37 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
angela

Really? Didn't like old Gaby? I laughed my ass off. So it wasn't the most serious future of them, but seriously, the way she looked, the way she sounded... I think it was hilarious. What I didn't like at all was Bree's 'what if'. I mean, that was just a (bad) way to get people to like Orson again, if you ask me. I'd like to believe that Karl could have changed. But thanks to that 'what if', I feel like it just couldn't have happened, because Karl is such a jerk. Which I think he might not have been. So that was just a major disappointment on my side. As for Lynette, all I have to say is that Felicity is an absolutely awesome actress. Yet again.

January 05 2010 at 1:42 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Joseph Singer

As many people know Marc Cherry is a Stephen Sondheim fan and many of the episodes' titles come from a Sondheim reference. If refers to a number from Sondheim's "A Little Night Music."

January 04 2010 at 3:59 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
ricky19

i didn;t read the article cuz i watched it last night just came to say i thought this episode was really boring, like i woulda liked a little chaos from after the plane crash, not just everyone in the hospital... LAME

January 04 2010 at 2:35 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Stacie23

I thought the Lynette scene was incredibly powerful. The shaking of her hands on the sink, the resolve to tell her son "no" and say the line that all parents say to their children "you have to do this because one day I won't be here". The scene really was incredibly touching and I honestly haven't really been moved by a scene of DH in a long time.

The other parts of the episode were interesting if they help progress the show. The only other character that I see have any real movement besides Lynette is Bree. I think her dream will reunite her with Orson. Susan, Angie and Gaby's sequences could push their storylines forward but it's possible they might not and it was just a one time fleeting thought about what their lives could have been and then they would go back to their old selves right after. I guess we will see. Overall not a bad episode at all.

January 04 2010 at 2:05 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Gordy

"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."

That show comes on right before Desperate Housewives.

January 04 2010 at 12:56 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Sancty

Gordy is brilliant!

January 04 2010 at 1:11 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Sancty

Isabelle,

It is not the purpose of an entertainment television show to educate its viewers on the challenge of raising a child with disabilities, nor should they be looking to partner with charities to raise awareness.

At the end of the day, it is their responsibility to entertain the viewers. If in an attempt to do that, they make creative decisions that result in the introduction of handicapped characters, so be it. But to suggest that Marc Cherry needs to use his unique social platform to push some agenda on his audience is an unfair request.

January 04 2010 at 10:07 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
marali

I found this episode to be a great disappointment. How self-absorbed are all of these people? A plane crashes during a Holiday celebration on a close-knit suburban street where everyone has known one another forever and all they can do is go, "What if..."?

Look at me, I didn't marry a cad. Look at me, I could, selfishly, ruin my daughter's life. Look at me, I don't have to pay for my crimes after all.

The only redeemable storyline was Lynette's and, as mentioned, they killed off the only potentially likeable Scaavo kid and squelched an opportunity to bring this show some thoughtfullness.

What a disappointment. Next week's promo looks like an abysmal attempt to provide levity after the fact. Why do they think we all want to see these cougars prance around in lingerie as a diversion to what they should be writing?

I'm glad McCluskey is there. She's the only character who keeps it real on this show.

January 04 2010 at 6:53 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Xina

Couldn't disagree more! come on....have you ever been in the midst of a tragedy? Thinking about what if's is completely believable. And while it might seem selfish, in reality it's human. What do you expect? Everyone to run around and act like heroes? Thinking about what might have been, or what could be is normal. It was after the plane crash, would it have been better if they all sat around screaming and crying?

Susan's what if was very telling, and I think the point was things worked out for the best.

Bree's was iffy for me, as it was very predictable, but I think Marcia Cross played it very well.

LOVED Lynette's. As someone else mentioned the scene in the kitchen was wonderful! As the mother of a child with some disabilities, I understood her desire to see her child push himself, at the same time it is a mother's instinct to make life easier for our kids and help them.

I am not a huge fan of Drea's (angie) or rather I wasn't...but I love her on this show (and in Sons of Anarchy) I enjoyed her what if.

Gaby's bored me, until the end...when she woke up and realized that her little girl WAS special. I am glad that she continues to grow, though where is the niece? Did I miss something?

January 04 2010 at 8:48 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Alexandre Rezende

What about Katherine Mayfair. Wasn't she at the time of the accident? If I am not wrong I thought she was close to the house and her legs were under it. I don't remember i really have to watch it again. BUt anyway in this last episode she hasn't shown up. Let me knowwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww pleaseeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

January 04 2010 at 2:02 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Xina

Kathrine was admitted to a mental health facility a few shows back.

January 04 2010 at 8:48 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Michael

I think I'm the complete opposite as far as the costumes--I thought fat Susan looked horrible and old Gabby looked okay.

Overall, I hated Susan's "what-if" and Bree's was so-so. I was kind of sad this returning episode was going to be bad, but Angie's story turned the episode around. I loved Gabrielle's scenario, mostly when it showed her as old and rather tragic; I don't think she was being selfish, just paranoid that she had to make a great life for her daughter (when she was really just ruining it). Lynette...oh, Lynette. Felicity gave another outstanding performance, particularly the kitchen scene. It could've very easily turned corny, but she kept it real and emotional the whole time. Love this cast.

I'm surprised they kept one of the twins, I was sure they'd get rid of them both with one shot. And I enjoyed the fact that they kept Karl the way he always would be with Bree in her dream. I have a feeling Bree will be going through intense suffering the rest of this season, and she'll see it as divine punishment. As far as Angie, I like the way they've been giving the Bolens small parts in every episode. And the storyline doesn't seem as thin as Katherine and Dave's mysteries were.

And I agree that the "I'm grateful" comment by Susan was weird. I also thought Bree's dream seemed very self-centered, with him drowning without Bree in his life.

January 04 2010 at 12:48 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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