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Review: Desperate Housewives - You Gotta Get a Gimmick

by Isabelle Carreau, posted Jan 11th 2010 1:00AM
Desperate Housewives
(S06E12) After a dramatic plane crash and the housewives wondering what could happen as they tried to cope with their losses, it's time to return to normal life -- as much as one can have a normal life on Desperate Housewives that is -- on Wisteria Lane.

We resume about month after Karl's death. Julie and Susan learn what Karl left them in his will; Bree tries to get Orson to move back home; Lynette wants to know what will happen to her job; Gaby and Carlos try to get Juanita in a school. As for Katherine, she is still missing in action this week as she is still locked in the loony bin.

The Delfinos

I was not surprised to see that Karl left something in his will to Susan. Even if he was with many women, including Edie and Bree, Karl always had a thing for Susan Q and knew he owed her for cheating on her. However, I was surprised that he left her his share of the strip club. Now, Karl co-owning a strip club is not an OMG! reveal but Karl thinking that Susan can take care of his share of such a business and that giving half a strip club with help make amends for him cheating is funny.

For a change, I enjoyed Susan's storyline this week. DH writers love to put Susan in situations where she doesn't belong and this week was the same. However, Susan held her own and was not too childish or silly. Could she be a good co-owner? Maybe. But I'm sure it won't be without a few mishaps.

The whole "forbidding Mike to go to the strip club" storyline provided one of the funniest scene we've had in a while: Lee and McCluskey having a fantasy of Tom at the 4th of July barbecue! That was hilarious. Lee so needs more screen time. I'm sure the Susan pole dancing also made a lot of DH fans happy, no?

If Susan does stay as co-owner, I can already imagine her trying to talk a few of the dancers out of their jobs saying that they should do something else. If she does keep the club, I wonder if she'll keep her job at the school. Will the principal allow one of his teachers to own a strip club?

The Solises

I don't get why Juanita didn't know she is of Mexican descent. I understand that because Wisteria Lane is primary caucasian, that the Solises somewhat forgot about their roots and Juanita saw herself as solely American with no roots from elsewhere. What I don't get is the fact that it looks like Carlos never told his daughters about his own roots. Carlos loved his mother so much that one would expect him to have showed pictures of their grandmother to his daughters and give a bit of family history while at it, no? Since Gaby didn't like her childhood and wanted to escape it, it explains why she didn't share her roots with Juanita and Celia. But Carlos?

The Scavos

We finally got resolution of the whole Lynette's job ordeal. I'm glad that she'll get paid time off and her job back. However, Tom is at his best when working. Even if he worked late a few times in this week's episode, Tom looked fulfilled and happy; emotions we haven't seen him express in a while. He even lied to Carlos about Lynette not coming back to work so he (Tom) could stay around. Couldn't there be a way for both Lynette and Tom to work for Carlos? After all, that other guy did end up taking the job in Florida so that frees up a position at the company.

It was heartbreaking to see Tom and Lynette talk about their feelings of losing their unborn son. Will they always think of him and what could have been when they'll look at their soon-to-be-born twin daughter?

The Hodges

The future for Orson and Bree doesn't look bright, eh? It looks like Orson will make Bree's life a living hell and I'm sure she'll lose herself along the way while trying to redeem herself by doing everything Orson wants.

Do you think McCluskey told Roy to keep the ramp up because Orson will eventually move out of Bree's and ask McCluskey for a room? If Orson keeps being nasty to Bree, it's a matter of time (maybe May sweeps) for her to reach her breaking point and ask him to move out or else. However, maybe McCluskey knows that she and Roy aren't getting any younger and that they may need a ramp for themselves.

Julie/Danny/Ana

Some fans have been wondering what Ana was up, too. Since we haven't heard about her for a while, I guess she has been behaving and going to school.

Julie agreed to help Ana spend time with Danny to see if things could work out between them. Danny was right to tell Ana that she likes herself a bit too much and that it was one of the reason he wasn't interested in her. I'm pretty sure he changed his mind about her so quick because he needs her to not spread the word that he tried to commit suicide by taking pills. Julie knows but she is moving away for a while so she isn't a threat to Danny. Ana knowing why Danny went to the hospital is. Since the Bolens want to keep up appearances, I bet Danny will date Ana for a while to keep her from talking.

What did you think of this week's episode? Do you think Orson will make Bree's life a living hell or that they will find a way to make things work and fall in love again? Do you agree with me that Danny is suddenly interested in Ana so to keep her from talking? Share your opinion and 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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Mike McNamara

I actually enjoyed all the storylines this week -- which is a great change. I always like the show but enjoying it all has been rare from the beginning.

I don't remember the dialogue exactly but Mrs. McCluskey definitely told Roy to keep it because HE will need it soon enough.

I thought the Mexican thing with Juanita was pretty funny and actually well done for what this show is. While the point you raised about Carlos' mom is a valid one, I think you can talk a lot about your mom and maybe not mention your ethic background if you don't realize it's something your kids aren't going to pick up on easily. (And since Gabby hated her, it's possible that there weren't a lot of old stuff around anyway.)

I thought Tom was a jackass to Lynette, but it was all fairly realistic. Their storylines are almost always the most realistic and well acted, but are also sometimes the most painful to watch. When they fight, it feels like a real couple -- nastiness and all.

January 12 2010 at 12:54 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Sancty

Some thoughts...

I thought DH missed the boat by not championing Juanita's "I thought we were American" view. She didn't say "I thought we were white" it's a socio-economic viewpoint, not a racial one. I still get where the storyline was going but is a kid who doesn't see colour a bad thing?

Susan was great this whole episode but I see they've all but done away with her 'klutzy' side, she was far too in control this episode.

Is it just me, or was it really nice to see Tom be better at something than Lynette for once. But the writers had to turn him into being a douchebag by having him sabotage his wife before the episode was out. Lynette's really been grating on me the last two seasons (not a criticism of Felicity Huffman, moreso the writing)

As for the Bree/Orson storyline, I was glad that they appear to have re-committed to writing towards a more multi-dimensional Orson once again. But that was all lost when for the second time in the history of the series a character Bree is in conflict with is using the "Bree wants to get into heaven" as their raison d'etre to manipulate her.

January 11 2010 at 1:15 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Mitch

I thought the Susan storyline was ridiculous.

January 11 2010 at 12:48 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Robinanne

i think it's danny friend he is the killer, he came out of no where and he's bad with girls, i also think he was wearing dark jeans and brown shoes

January 11 2010 at 11:01 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Michael

Yeah, I've never thought the strangler was Ana. I used to think it was Angie, but I'm thinking it's a character from her past that hasn't been introduced yet.

And I agree that McCluskey and Lee were hilarious. I also agree that Lee should get more screentime, especially grouped with the other women.

Overall, this was a so-so episode. I personally thought Danny seemed to genuinely like obnoxious-Ana. Sort of like the Solises.

I'm also looking forward to Bree's future storylines. Next week looks hilarious for her.

January 11 2010 at 10:20 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Mark Adams

Personal to Mark Cherry:
We love you, but hang it up and move on.
This show is becoming painful to watch.

January 11 2010 at 10:04 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Johnzo

The whole story comes back to "who strangled Julie?" and that answer is becoming increasingly clear: Ana. And it involves jealousy and Danny.

January 11 2010 at 2:41 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Robbo

If it were Ana, why would she strangle the female worker at the Coffee Cup?

January 11 2010 at 8:35 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
abeth

i think it's danny friend he is the killer

January 11 2010 at 10:37 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Mike

Frankly and honestly, the Scavos family is the only one we care abt because Felicity & Doug play their characters w/such under-acted simplicity that we believe them.

Where as the Susan & Bree characters over-act their characters to the point of laughable melo-drama. If both of them went into a coma for the rest of the season, this would be a perfect show.

January 11 2010 at 2:28 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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