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Julie Benz to Stay Longer on 'Desperate Housewives'

by Isabelle Carreau, posted Feb 6th 2010 9:00AM
Desperate Housewives
Since Julie Benz was written out of 'Dexter,' she found her way to Wisteria Lane as stripper Robin. Her original contract with 'Desperate Housewives' was to appear in three episodes, her first being the January 31 episode titled 'The Glamorous Life.'

However, due to her character being well-received and her promising storyline, she was offered to stay on 'Desperate' a while longer.

Spoilers coming up!

In her first episode, Benz's character Robin was introduced to Susan when the latter was at the stripclub to sell her half to the other co-owner. While there, Susan talked to Robin about being a stripper, life and her aspirations. This talk had Robin rethink her life as a stripper and she decided to quit everything in order to start over.

Susan decided to take Robin under her wing and help her start anew. Sadly for Robin, her past as a stripper followed her and she was fired from the job Susan had given her at the school. The episode ended with Susan offering Robin to stay with her and Mike for a while.

Benz was unrecognizable when in her stripper clothes and makeup. However, she looked more like her 'Dexter' self when she stripped down in more normal clothes. Her performance as Robin was fun and light; the best scenes being the ones with little MJ who was almost litteraly drooling over her!

Her addition to the show as a recurring character will provide interesting stories not only because of her stripper past -- we already know that some Wisteria Lane men have seen her at the club -- but also because of her upcoming storyline with Katherine, which involves a kiss. Her arrival on Wisteria Lane will be causing quite a stir, especially when the housewives discover her past and the men, including the teens, discover her beauty. One thing I can't wait is to see Susan try to be the adult for once as Robin is really looking up to her for advice. Of course, we all know that Susan will be clumsy when handling the whole Robin situation.

Are you happy that Julie Benz is staying longer? What would you like to see happen to her character? Would you like her to become a series regular?

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Mary Ann

Robin is the most refreshing character to come to wisteria lane. She so real in a show dominated by egos and tired storylines. I am once again an avid fan and it's because of her. I pray that Julie Benz stays for a long, long time!

March 24 2010 at 7:01 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I'd say spoiler warnings should only be used for about a week after the episode airs on TV. If you're going to wait six months for the DVD to come out you're doing so at your own risk. It's not up to the rest of the world to run on your timetable.


February 09 2010 at 4:10 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

As long as the do something interesting with her character then I'm glad to see her join the cast. Benz is too talented not to be utilized.

February 07 2010 at 2:46 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Mark Cohen

How long does a spoiler blackout last? The last episode of Dexter aired December 13, so it's been almost 2 months.

Given that this site is all about TV, focusing on ongoing series and story development, it seems pretty reasonable to mention that a character is no longer part of a show 2 months after the story event. Isabelle didn't say what happened in the story, so it shouldn't have ruined anything for you.

February 06 2010 at 11:55 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to Mark Cohen's comment

1. Shes the wife. How many ways can you write someone
off. Either he killed her or she ran away.
2. Its a premium channel show. I cant just go on HULU to catch up. I have to wait for the dvd's.

February 06 2010 at 4:42 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I would like to see robin falling in love with katherine and see them in a relationship. And of course she has to stay more time in the serie. ;)

February 06 2010 at 11:12 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Spoilers after the break. And you don't think the fact that shes been written out of dexter is a spoiler. The Dexter season 4 Dvd's are not out yet. I haven't seen it yet.

February 06 2010 at 11:08 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to Jeff's comment

DVDs don't count. Once it's aired in real time, it's no longer a spoiler. Besides, Julie Benz being killed off Dexter has been all over entertainment shows and websites for several weeks. You'd have to be living under a rock not to know that.

February 07 2010 at 2:43 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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