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Review: Desperate Housewives - The Glamorous Life

by Isabelle Carreau, posted Feb 1st 2010 12:35AM
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(S06E14) "Stink, stank, stunk." - Lynette to Dr. Graham

Before going on a short hiatus, Desperate Housewives treated us with a so-so episode. This week's episode introduced an almost unrecognizable Julie Benz as stripper Robin (see above), whom Susan takes under her wing; offered us a funnily stinky performance from Frasier's Jane Leeves, which helped Tom and Lynette grow as a couple; put Angie and the Solises at odds as Danny and Ana were ready to take their relationship to the next step; and had the Bree-Orson storyline take a turn that I'm not enjoying at all.

Bree and Orson

If you are a regular reader of my DH reviews, it will be no surprise to you that I hated the way things turned out between Orson and Bree. I don't wish any character's (or real person's) death, but, as I've pointed many times since last season, Orson needs to go. NOW! The writers wrecked his character last season and they are not doing better this season. I've went from a Bree/Orson shipper to despising Orson.

At the beginning of this week's episode, I was glad to see that Orson may be finally written out of the show, as he was getting more and more annoying. Orson's character has changed so much that he makes Bree less interesting and their storylines are some of the worst of the show lately! I'm even finding myself enjoying the Susan storylines better!!!

Sadly for me, Bree saw that she did truly want to give her couple another chance and convinced Orson not to commit suicide. If it weren't for the fact that I review the show for TV Squad, I think I would tape the show and fast forward through the Hodges' upcoming storylines. I have very little faith that the writers will find a way to make Bree and Orson be interesting to watch. They did such a poor job with Orson that it will take a miracle to make him appealing again! Too bad, because I enjoy Kyle MacLachlan as an actor and I think the only way Bree can be an interesting character again is to get rid of Orson.

Ana and Danny

The young couple's storyline was not that original. However, it helped push the Bolens' mystery a bit further. We didn't get any new intel on the Bolen mystery except the "It's what Patrick used to say./We don't talk about Patrick anymore" dialogue between Angie and Nick.

What the Ana-and-Danny-shouldn't-have-sex storyline allowed is for other characters to learn that the Bolens were hiding something. This time, it was Gaby and Carlos' turn to learn that there may be something fishy. From the looks of it, and knowing how Gaby is, I wouldn't be surprised if she discovers the truth.

Ana may be Carlos' niece, but she so resembles Gaby, eh? I'm sure if Gaby were the one who was offered a check to not have sex that she would have accepted it, too, and had sex anyway. I foresee Ana forging Gaby's signature to cash in the money sooner than graduation. Ana is clearly no angel, she doesn't want people telling her what to do, and will surely want the money to buy herself some clothes that she isn't allowed to wear, or gadgets, etc.

Susan and Robin

Susan. Susan. Susan. Once again, Susan acted/talked before thinking. Her actions this week were thoughtful as she tried to help ex-stripper Robin get a better life for herself. However, Susan, once again, didn't see the flaws in her plan before putting things in motion.

Susan is so naive at times. She must be wearing invisible rose-colored glasses because it was extremely predictable that hiring Robin as a teaching assistant wouldn't work out in the end. But the worst decision Susan made this week was to have Robin move in!

It's great that she wants to help Robin, but having her move in will only bring troubles. How will the Wisteria Lane residents react to having an ex-stripper live near by? I'm sure the Scavo teens and Danny will love having such a beautiful young woman around! MJ is clearly smitten by Robin, which will more than likely make Susan jealous as he'll start to hang out with her more than with his mom. Plus, even if Mike doesn't seem interested in Robin, he did admit that she was good looking. I wouldn't be surprised if Susan, or other Housewives, think that Robin and Mike have a thing behind Susan's back.

Will Susan ever learn to think things through?

Tom and Lynette

I didn't care much for their first scenes this week because they didn't bring anything new, as both were still complaining about the other. However, things took a fun and "stinky" turn when Tom and Lynette went to Dr. Graham's play! OMG! Jane Leeves was so funny to watch as she portrayed the therapist giving an extremely bad performance as Cleopatra!

I was pleasantly surprised by the turn of events. I expected Tom and Lynette to go back to their therapist and have Lynette admit to Dr. Graham that her performance sucked. However, I never expected the Scavos to have the breakthrough that they had! Wow! It was fantastic to see Tom and Lynette finally be truthful to one another about the good cop/bad cop thing. The Scavos are such a great couple. It will be interesting to see their new dynamic as Tom tries to take on the bad cop role while Lynette sits back and relaxes in the good cop role.

Roy

I may blame the writers for wrecking Orson, but I can admit that they did very good with Roy. I'm sure Orson Bean wasn't set to recur so often, but he is a joy to watch as cynical Roy. They definitely gave Roy the best line of the episode: "At my age, it's just a short-time loan."

Let's hope that we see more of Roy and McCluskey in the future! How about giving them their own storyline?

What did you think of the episode? Share your theories and thoughts in the comments section below. The show is going on a short hiatus, and the next new episode will air on February 21.

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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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Linda

I would just like to know 'why' Desperate Housewives is only airing once every two weeks now! Does anyone know the reason why? We love this show and miss it.

February 09 2010 at 9:10 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Isabelle Carreau

Why?

Golden Globes
Super Bowl
Olympics

February 09 2010 at 5:08 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
lylekira

I read that the stripper (Julie Benz) will end up having a lesbian affair with Katherine.

February 01 2010 at 5:25 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
GrumpyOldMan

What's wrong with that new girl's face? Her chin is so pointed, you could cut glass with it. And those are some of the worst implants ever.

February 01 2010 at 3:21 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Johnny

I must say i've really enjoyed Drea DeMatteo as Angie Bolan. She's a great addition to the lane. That being said I'm worried that she won't have a sympathetic reason for staying on the show once her backstory is revealed. Yah the housewives are enviromental but not enough to sympathize with her over killing one or more people. I hope the writers have another reason for the ladies of Wisteria Lane to rally around her once this season is over like Katherine's loss of a child, or Betty's protection of her son.

February 01 2010 at 2:09 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jimmy_MO

This was an enjoyable episode, but what a waste with such a great actress like Julie Benz. Someone get this girl in the movies (other than Rambo remakes) or on her own series.

Of course, she'll always be Darla to me.

February 01 2010 at 12:15 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
BC McKinney

"Will Susan ever learn to think things through?"

I'm not sure it's foreseeable that someone to whom you give an offhand pep talk is going to drop everything in their life and start stalking you. Susan could certainly have said, "go away, dumbslut," but then she 'd have to find another storyline.

February 01 2010 at 9:50 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Karen

Not at all a spoiler, just my guess, but with Angie's recycling fervor I think her storyline is really obvious.

She was with a radical environmental group. They blew up a lab. Someone was killed. Patrick was the group leader.

I think Nick was actually the FBI guy on the case, but fell in love with her and turned rogue.

February 01 2010 at 9:40 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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sid gilmore

I agree with the Angie comment, but I think that Nick is/was Patrick.

February 01 2010 at 5:42 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Danielle

I must admit, when I first saw Julie Benz, I didnt recognize her until I listened to her voice...sounds soooo familiar. OMG! Its Dexters wife. Wow! Yea...the scenes w/ MJ and even Mike were funny how they were googling her...def think her livinig there is going to cause problems between Mike and Susan.

February 01 2010 at 9:09 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Jimmy_MO

The kid playing MJ is hilarious; far more enjoyable to watch than any of the Scavo or Solis kids.

February 01 2010 at 12:13 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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