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'Desperate Housewives' - 'Chromolume #7' Recap

by Isabelle Carreau, posted Mar 15th 2010 1:32AM
Desperate Housewives
(S06E17) "I know that you have a secret." - Gaby to Angie

'Desperate Housewives' titles are always found in lyrics of songs written by Stephen Sondheim. This week's unusual title is no different. 'Chromolume #7' is a song in the musical 'Sunday in the Park with George.' More precisely, the Chromolume #7 is a color and light machine featured in an act of the musical.

The title fits with Mary Alice's commentary at the end of the episode saying that it's not always easy to see people's true colors and that people hide their true nature from us every day. This week, we got confirmation on Angie's secret, we learned who Sam really is, we discovered how Gaby acted when she was a high profile model, and we met Preston's girlfriend and mustache!

Preston, the mustache and Irina

What's more fake: Preston's mustache or Irina's love for Preston? One thing is certain, both are fishy! I'm with Lynette in thinking that Irina is in for the money and not the love. If it's not for the money, Irina might pretend to be in love with Preston so she will be able to stay in the country once they get married and do the paper work for her to become a U.S. citizen.

Like the storyline or not, it did provide one of the best lines of the episode: "That's why I keep having kids, Jimmy. To replace the ones that hate me."

Sam ... Van de Kamp

In my last review, I wrote that I thought Sam was related to Bree and wondered if maybe he was a kid Bree had at a younger age and that she had to give up for adoption. A few of you commented on the fact that Sam could be Bree's son or even one of Karl's illegitimate children -- Karl slept around, so he could have a few kids he didn't know about -- while others even pointed at George the pharmacist. No one commented on the fact that Sam could be Rex's son. I must admit that I didn't even think of that option, since we haven't heard about Rex in so long in one form or another.

It looks like Bree will be willing to keep Sam in the business and maybe even act as a mother to him. One thing is certain. This news will not sit well with Andrew, even if it better explains Sam's motive. Andrew not only has to share the vice-presidency, but he'll also have to share his mother and dead father. Plus, it means that Andrew is not the eldest anymore ... I doubt Andrew will welcome Sam as a family member and work hand in hand with him.


We finally got some confirmation on our theories about the Bolens:
  • When she was 18, Angie wanted to save the planet and organized protests.
  • Eventually, she got involved with a really bad guy -- Patrick Logan -- who convinced her they needed to be more aggressive.
  • Someone got killed in the process.
  • Nick helped Angie walk away from Patrick.
  • Patrick is Danny's father.

It must be a relief to Angie to finally have someone to confide in. She'll definitely need friends in the coming weeks, as it looks like Patrick will be travellng to Fairview now that one of Rose's neighbors called him to give the location in exchange for a thousand dollars. May Sweeps, here comes Patrick, and he'll be up to no good!

What did you think of this week's secrets? Did you enjoy the other storylines: Mike feeling less like a man, Katherine wondering if she is a lesbian or not, Gaby discovering that she was hated while a model and wouldn't have made it in the industry? Share your predictions, theories and comments below.

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The never-ending ability of TV to perpetuate such sexist views of WOMEN will undoubtedly continue well into this mid-century. Overall, Lynette is the strongest and more positive "role-model" for women on the show. You GO GIRL!!! GEE, guess I just had an "epiphany" too.

May 03 2010 at 11:46 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I was surprised by Gabby's storyline - I really thought that she had given up the career at Carlos' insistence. Considering how she acted to the other housewives when she moved into the neighborhood, I'm not surprised she was a handful! As for Sam... it never occurred to me either that he was Rex's son. I have a feeling that this will be the catalyst for Shawn Pyfrom's departure from the series (something that was announced earlier this year). Sam may be Bree's "salvation" - he may allow her to rectify all the mistakes she made with Andrew and Danielle and make great strides toward reparing her relationship with Orson. I only hope that he doesn't turn out to be unstable and psychotic. He looked like he was barely holding it together after Andrew knocked him down (although I don't agree with violence, I was glad Andrew knocked that smug look off of his face!). I also assumed at first that he was gay, but that would be redundant for Bree to have two gay children (though not biologically) - however it does happen. He did mention that Andrew was having an affair with that assistant from last week - I don't like the way that that plotpoint was so nonchalant considering Andrew and Alex are supposed to be in a committed relationship. I wonder if he is the strangler from earlier this season... did that storyline get a resolution? If Patrick had no idea where Angie and Dominque were, who was spying on them?

March 15 2010 at 1:16 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to Johnny's comment

good point! i had forgotten all about the strangler.

March 15 2010 at 3:04 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Oh great. Evil Andrew is back.

March 15 2010 at 10:38 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I figured out Angie's secret months ago. So far, anti-climactic.

March 15 2010 at 10:30 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

wonder how Angie will feel when she finds out her new confident Gaby was the one who revealed her location...

March 15 2010 at 10:28 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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