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'Desperate Housewives' - 'Epiphany' Recap

by Isabelle Carreau, posted Apr 25th 2010 11:07PM
(S06E20) "His name was Eddie. Everyone thought he was harmless." - Mary Alice

Let's get it out of the way right now: this week's episode, 'Epiphany,' is no 'The Best Thing That Ever Could Have Happened,' the show's 100th episode which starred Beau Bridges last season and had the same episode format. No matter, this week's installment offered us a nice walk down memory lane, including scenes with Mary Alice (above with 4-year-old Eddie, while showing us why the latter became to be the Fairview Strangler.

Nothing excuses what Eddie did to these women and he needs to do some serious jail time. However, the flashbacks do explain why he came to be so messed up: his alcoholic mother, played by Diane Farr from 'Numb3rs.'

As Mary Alice said, "Monsters are created by monsters." The episode's goal was clearly to have we fans feel sorry for Eddie. Goal achieved because I did feel somewhat sympathetic towards Eddie after seeing all the crap his mother put him through. However, nothing excuses the murders he committed and Julie's strangling.

Via flashbacks, we learned that Eddie's mother resented him from ruining her life, even if she said it wasn't his fault, and that she would have preferred to never have him. Poor Eddie had to somewhat raise himself after his father left when he was four-years-old. His mother's rejection played a major part, if not THE part, in why Eddie became the Fairview Strangler. Add to that the fact that she laughed at him for trying to woo Danielle and didn't believe his drawing talent was good, and you got the elements that put Eddie on his path of destruction. Somewhat, Gaby and Danielle may have also played a tiny part as they both rejected Eddie who obviously had a crush on them. They were the first two, besides his mother, to reject his affection.

His first killing was that of a stripper because she laughed at him for having brought him flowers on the night he paid her to have sex. Then, we discovered that Eddie thought he was strangling Susan, who rejected his marriage proposal, when he in fact strangled Julie. I didn't see that reveal coming but I recall reading a few fan theories about the fact that maybe the strangler wanted to kill Susan and not Julie. So kudos to those of you who predicted right.

The hospital scene where Susan and Eddie talk about the strangler was quite emotional. A devastated Eddie listened to Susan, someone he looked up to and even proposed to, as she rightfully so trashed the strangler not knowing that he was sitting next to her and Julie. Eddie was clearly not impressed by his actions but it didn't stop him from ever killing again.

His next victim that we know of was the coffee shop girl. Sadly, the episode didn't address this killing at all but Eddie more than likely killed her because she rejected his advances. The episode doesn't mention Irina's killing either but it's more than likely that it happened before he killed his mother because Eddie was not living with the Scavos when Irina and Preston were getting married.

I felt chills go through my spine when Eddie killed his mother and when he lied to Lynette saying that yes, his mother was passed out from alcohol. His mother was a monster and deserved to be punished, but killing her was a bit much. However, Eddie strangling her fits with his character as he's been strangling women that reject him and his mother was #1 in that category.

Only bad can happen to the Scavos now that they have welcomed Eddie in their household. I bet Lynette will grow suspicious and will go check on Eddie's mother only to discover her body. Of course, Eddie will be on the scene and will try to silence her as she is ready to deliver her baby. Agree?

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Ashley Boyd

Personally I was bored all the way through this episode. From the moment I realised who the strangler was in the previously on at the start of the last episode I've been rolling my eyes.

I just don't care if some nobody is now a killer.

Although Gaby's comments about her neighbours was amusing.

April 27 2010 at 5:32 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I've always enjoyed Desperate Housewives, and it's a bit strange to say that as a guy.. but it's episodes like this, the occasional piece of brilliance in the stream of adequacy that makes this show stand out for me.

The episode was completely emotional and moving. You felt for eddie, you understood it - i don't think any other show could pull that off so well.

One of the greatest ever episodes - though i'll agree, it's no #100.

April 26 2010 at 2:19 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

"His first killing was that of a stripper..." Yeah, I have a feeling she was going to do a little more than strip...

April 26 2010 at 9:01 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

It's amazing how sweet Susan is and how many people have actually tried to kill her (Zach Young, Dave Williams, Eddie)

April 26 2010 at 2:18 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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tv junkie

if only just one of them were successful...

April 26 2010 at 9:03 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I am a long-time Desperate Housewives fan, but I really get annoyed about how the writing for the show gets so sloppy. This episode with Eddie was certainly one example of sloppy and unoriginal writing. It seemed like a rejected screenplay of a "women in danger" TV movie for the Lifetime network. It was just a mess of tired cliches stitched across gaping plot holes. But, worst of all, it was just boring. Poor Eddie, his mom neglects him and girls ignore him, so he becomes a serial killer--yawn.

Putting aside the fact that the kind of abuse that causes a (thankfully) very small number of people to become unhinged is so horrific that it makes Eddie's childhood seem like a happy Disney movie, it's just simply not original to have a minor nerdy character be the secret killer. And were the writers taking dares as to how many ridiculous flashback scenes with Eddie and the housewives they could dream up?

At least the acting was good, as usual. But, it's unfortunate the talented cast isn't given better scripts to work with. Hopefully, this tired Eddie plot will get wrapped up quickly, and the women of Wisteria Lane can move on to more interesting storylines.

April 26 2010 at 1:32 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

What happened to John Barrowman's storyline?

April 26 2010 at 12:43 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

i wonder what the reason is behind having this new storyline. why now? and how will it help move the story along? also, i am wondering if this was the real direction the story was supposed to go from the moment we learned of Julie's stragulation or if this is the result of a failed plotline...

April 25 2010 at 11:45 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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The casting notice for Eddie last summer said he'd be around all season, with limited appearances, but would possibly be hiding a dark side. (I'm paraphrasing from memory.) This was definitely planned from the start.

April 26 2010 at 12:52 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Joseph Singer

Please keep in mind that there are those of us who live on the west coast and have not seen the episode you refer to.

April 25 2010 at 11:31 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to Joseph Singer's comment

If you haven't seen the episode, why are you reading the recap?

April 26 2010 at 12:11 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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