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'Desperate Housewives' Season 7, Episode 18 Recap

by Isabelle Carreau, posted Apr 18th 2011 11:15AM
Desperate Housewives['Desperate Housewives' - 'Moments in the Woods']

The show offered us a rather unexpected episode this week. First, they tackled a storyline that most fans expected to be part of a May Sweeps episode -- Andrew vs. Carlos. Secondly, they offered us a Felicia vs. Paul face-off that had a few twists and turns. And ended in a WTF? OMG! moment. If that episode is just a taste of what's to come in May, we are in for quite a ride!

I'll admit it, I fell right into the trap that the show wanted us to fall into: thinking that Carlos would kill Andrew. The preview for this week's episode, the storyline up to Carlos leaving the cabin in the rain, and even the news last year that Shawn Pyfrom wanted his role of Andrew to be reduced so he could tackle other projects, all made me believe that Andrew would die.

This plot took a few interesting and unpredictable twists and turns. First, instead of seeing a Carlos that would have screamed, hit doors and maybe injure people, we saw a Carlos that was rather calm (considering), knew he had to get out before reaching his boiling point and listened to Andrew's side of the story when at the cemetery.

Secondly, Carlos forgave Andrew for having accidentally killed his mother Juanita. Even if Carlos is not holding a grunge against Andrew, don't expect the two to go out hunting in the woods any time soon!

Finally, Carlos decided that Bree is not a friend of the Solises anymore. Not only can she keep the muffins she brought as a peace offering, but they won't be attending the same barbecues, and she can't even wave hello to them. "Them" includes all members of the Solis family, including Gaby. That scene gave me chills. Especially when Carlos closed the door and Gaby and Bree looked at one another, knowing they couldn't be friends anymore.

If Carlos is making Bree pay for the fact that she, an adult, didn't do what was right and didn't tell him about what Andrew did, he will more than likely make Gaby pay too for knowing the secret and not sharing it. However, one could argue that by severing all ties with Bree, Carlos is making Gaby pay. For sure, Carlos and Gaby's relationship is once again going to be put to the test.

Another storyline that took an unexpected and interesting turn was that of Paul and Felicia. Admit it, you too thought that one of them would end up dead in the lake, no?! How interesting will it be to see the two of them become neighbors who nod and smile at each other when passing? I don't expect them to be best buds but, if Felicia's plan works, they will at least be civil. And, as hinted by Felicia, that's when she'll start to make Paul suffer for killing Martha and being one of the reasons that Beth committed suicide. Maybe she'll befriend him enough for Paul to accept a few muffins and sandwiches she'll have prepared with an extra special ingredient that will make him suffer and die slowly?

Other Tidbits:

- Now that Susan is healthy again, she can return to her role as the clumsy housewife who brings comic relief to each episode. Even if part of her narrative this week offered some comic relief, it was also very touching when she went to the casino to play the chip Dick had left her.

- As usual, Roy rocked the house! We need more scenes of him sharing his wisdom to the world, no?

- Poor Lynette. She'll see less and less of Tom due to his job. That will definitely change their family dynamic as well as their personal relationship. Let's hope that the Scavos, who are definitely one of the best and most stable couples on TV, will make it work.

- Even if it's sad to see Tom and Lynette somewhat drift away, it was oh-so-fun to see Lynette let her "Renee side" come out, telling the saleswoman that she (Lynette) would come get the dress at 8AM instead of 10, and that she (the saleswoman) had to bring croissants! The scene of Renee and Lynette in the store reminded me of Julia Roberts in 'Pretty Woman,' when she went to a pricy store and was thrown out because she didn't fit the profile, only to return with Richard Gere and have the saleswomen do a 360° and cater to her all her desires!

- Bree is number seven on Andrew's list of people he harmed, and Carlos is number one. It would be interesting to know who are numbers two through six, no? Rex? His ex?

Memorable Quotes:

- "It's like the boot is French-kissing my foot!" - Lynette when trying on an expensive pair of boots

- "What the hell are you doing here?" - Paul when discovering Felicia in one of his houses

- "Death is the easy way out." - Felicia about why she won't kill Paul

- "This is the problem with sobriety: It ruins lives." - Gaby about Andrew wanting to tell the truth to Carlos as part of his AA program

- "You can keep your muffins." - Carlos to Bree

'Desperate Housewives' airs Sundays, 9PM ET on ABC.

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Enjoyed the episode. I hope they extend the Carlos vs. Bree storyline, but it looks like they might tidy it all up next episode.

I'm just wondering if they'll ever bring up the fact that Eva played a large role in the accident, because of her affair--and then she covered up the fact that it was the whole reason Mama Solis had been there in the first place (and also chased out into the street by her lover).

April 19 2011 at 3:58 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

This show is just not holding any interest anymore. Every storyline is boring. Lynette manipulated Tom into taking a job with a huge salary and should just shut up and deal with the actuality that comes with those pay rates. The whole Bree/Andrew/Carlos/Gabby story is kind of like "who really cares?". Boring, Boring Boring It should end this year while it is on somewhat of a high note.

April 19 2011 at 1:34 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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April 19 2011 at 11:02 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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