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by Dave Anderson

May 6, 2007: Into the Woods

I just knew that Victor Lang (John Slattery) was going to turn out to be a bad guy. He seemed too perfect. But didn't you think his mean streak came out of nowhere? He acted as though Gabrielle had never done a stupid thing before with the way he yelled at her. Yes, Gaby jumped in his arms like a child when it looked as though he was going to win the mayoral race. Yes, Gaby can be a "high maintenance nightmare," as brilliantly described by Vern (Alec Mapa). And yes, Gaby got arrested for her shenanigans with the cop (Brendan Patrick Connor), ripping up the parking tickets since she thought it was acceptable behavior for the new "First Lady of Fairview." But did Victor have to yell at her like an abusive father to a daughter? You knew as soon as he saw the bruise on her wrist caused by the cop that Victor was going to have something done to the guy. Enter the two thugs, beating up the cop. But Gaby's going ahead with the wedding. Let's see if she indeed says "I do" in two weeks.

Kudos to the casting department once again for bringing back a TV actor that hasn't been seen in a while: Greg Evigan! What a perfect choice to play Edie's ex-husband and father of Travers. Greg is mostly remembered for BJ and the Bear and My Two Dads, but let's talk irony with the fact that he also played Dr. Dan Hathaway on Melrose Place. Why is this ironic? Because Dr. Dan was the eventual lover of Matt Fielding, played by Doug Savant. I'll get to Doug as Tom in just a bit. I was glad Carlos talked Edie out of her request for joint custody. You could tell Carlos was getting too attached to Travers — he was more excited to spend time with his video-game pal Travers than with Edie. But then Carlos surprisingly told Edie: "I'm going to make you happy." Edie: "Don't say that if you don't mean it." But does he mean it? Hmm...

I always like when they give Tom cojones. His meeting with Rick (Jason Gedrick) was a highlight of the episode: "Are you sleeping with my wife?" It was about time Tom spoke up — it had to be the surveillance footage that included Lynette and Rick sitting comfortably alone together at the dinner table after the restaurant had closed. But it was what Lynette didn't do that was an even bigger highlight for me. She didn't fool around or even kiss Rick when they were trapped together inside the walk-in refrigerator (by the way, how many times is Lynette going to be held at gunpoint?). Yes, she slept in Rick's arms, but it was cold in there. Then later, when Rick admitted to Lynette that he had feelings for her, she cut him off at the quick and fired him, telling him it was just flirting between them, nothing more. I would've been really peeved if she returned his compliment by saying: "Oh, Rick. I feel the same way," followed by one of those soap opera makeout sessions. Thankfully, they didn't go there. But it was pretty apparent that she does have feelings for Rick, as evidenced by her weeping by the bathtub after Tom told her he was coming back to work. No more nightly half hours of bliss sipping wine with Rick.

I was kind of dreading the "Susan searches for Mike in the woods" part of this episode, since I've never been a fan of the klutziness of Susan and I figured this scenario would be chock-full of pratfalls. Luckily, Susan only fell once. What made her woodsy adventures so much fun was the hilarious Rusty Schwimmer as Toni, the hiking guide assigned to escort the very talkative Susan through her two-day hike for Mike. Toni to Susan: "You need to rest a second? You sound winded." Then, after a bug flew in Susan's mouth: "The bugs can't get in if you keep your mouth shut." Then she chastised Susan for wanting to put lotion on her face that contained honey, calling it "bear food." The very observant Toni totally summed up us viewers when she told Susan: "You're a drama junkie. When there is no drama, you create it. You sleep with your ex-husband. You cheat on a coma victim. And now you're hiking up a mountain after a guy who has no idea you're coming." She followed that with: "You don't know how to just be happy." That honest speech caused Susan to sneak out the next morning to seek Mike on her own. But it gave Teri Hatcher a rare chance to show she's actually a terrific dramatic actress. That scene with Susan tearfully leaving Mike the voicemail message that she loves him and has always loved him was one of Teri's best. It's not that often when an episode ends so happily, with Mike showing up after desperately seeking Susan and lifting her up and kissing her. Fade to black, with no cliff-hanger. With only two episodes left this season, I didn't mind it: I welcomed it.

Two final tidbits (the second one contains a possible SPOILER, so do not read past the first one if you hate to be spoiled):(EDIT: highlight to see)

1) I was sorry there was no Mrs. McCluskey in this episode, but at least we got Kathryn Joosten’s V8 commercial during one of the breaks.

2) ***Possible SPOILER ALERT***
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Last week I mentioned Marcia Cross guesting on Letterman. Did you see it Thursday night? Marcia confirmed she'll be back for the season finale (on May 20, as previously announced), and she hinted that Bree will return with a noticeable difference. David asked if she'd be pregnant — Marcia did not say yes or no, but it was obvious her face was saying yes. Who knows? She could've just been playing around with David, but I still wanted to mention it.

Posted by Dave Anderson 05/7/07 4:26 AM

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by Dave Anderson

May 13, 2007: What Would We Do Without You?
Admit it — you got a little teary-eyed like I did at the end when Lynette was told the bad news that she might have lymphoma. And what did it for me was Tom slowly grabbing Lynette's hand and holding it, after she had tried the same thing with him (before the news), and he had rejected her hand. That scene between Felicity Huffman and Doug Savant with Lynette and Tom fighting in bed, the one that led them to get Lynette to the hospital, was a prime example of two actors at their very best. Lynette finally admitting to Tom that she did indeed have feelings for Rick (but "nothing happened") was such a powerful scene by itself — then the cancer scare. I was a mess. You could tell how desperate Tom was getting earlier, sneaking in a marriage counselor (William Ragsdale) to talk with Lynette in a very "ambush therapy" kind of way. Lynette was not about to let Herman's Head get into her head.

Speaking of messes, thankfully Susan and Mike cleaned up the possible mess of dueling weddings by moving their ceremony to the fall. I enjoyed the back and forth competitiveness between Susan and Gabrielle. You knew that the grooms weren't going to agree to a double wedding, especially Victor. My roommate and I had to rewind that wine and chocolate scene with Susan and Gaby because we laughed so hard. Gaby suggesting to Susan that they "get married — together" and Susan first taking Gaby literally was silly, but Gaby's line was hilarious: "Just so you know, if I was a lesbian, I'd totally do you!" Susan: "That’s... good to know." The one lame part was Susan asking Mike, "Will you marry me?" after he was finally about to propose. What a way to ruin a romantic moment. It reminded me of Calista Flockhart doing the same thing to Rob Lowe a few weeks ago on Brothers & Sisters.

With Bree finally returning next week, I hope this doesn't mean we will say goodbye to Edie having a worthwhile story line. With Marcia Cross away, Nicollette Sheridan has benefited the most. I was glad Carlos was honest with Edie by telling her he wasn't in love with her, and it was good for Edie to see that Carlos seemed disappointed that her pregnancy test was negative. Her latest scam is a doozie: Convincing Carlos to move in with her and to have a baby together, but secretly continuing to take her birth control pills. Oh, Edie. So seedy. And I thought she was already diabolical when visiting Sunny Pastures and getting Mrs. Sims (Ellen Geer) to evict Carlos by lying and saying he "does smack." Hopefully he doesn't smack Edie when he finds out she's still on the pill.

See you next Sunday for the season finale. With Gaby having jitters, will she go through with the wedding? I do... look forward to next week.

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Posted by Dave Anderson 05/14/07 4:33 AM

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"Extra"-special RSVP: TV Guide's Housewives Wedding Blog

by Mary Murphy, aka "the guest in the blue suit"


TV Guide's Mary Murphy (in blue) attends a Desperate Housewives wedding.

Day 1: Exciting News. I am going to be on the finale of Desperate Housewives [airing Sunday at 9 pm/ET].
As a way to write a story for TV Guide magazine, I am going to be a guest at Eva Longoria's wedding. Not that wedding! I will be an "extra" at Gaby's wedding to Victor (played by John Slattery). I hope she doesn't get cold feet — after last week's episode, I am worried.

Of course, I immediately think I have to lose 10 pounds, or have liposuction. You know how thin those "housewives" are? My inside source on the set tells me that Eva is so thin she is a "size zero-zero." Maybe I can fast for a week and then binge. That what's all the movie stars do for the Oscars.

Day 2: I am going for my costume fitting today! It just sounds so damn Hollywood, I love it. Chandler Hayes, the ABC publicist for Desperate Housewives, asks me for my measurements in advance. I tell him: 36-24-36.

I lied!

How will they know to pick the right size? I'm sure costumers have spent their careers fielding fake measurements from insecure actresses.

Cate Adair runs the Desperate Housewives costume department. She is a vibrant and enthusiastic English woman who reminds me of Mary Poppins. Karo Vartanian is her second-in-command. I quickly learn that he is a man with the eye for detail and amazing accessories.

There are dozens of sketches of wedding dresses strewn around the wardrobe department. They are amazing — it's clear that Cate Adair could give Vera Wang a run for her money.

Although Eva's dress is hidden from prying eyes, I get a scoop about the diamond tiara she is wearing in her hair. The tiara, which was designed by Doris Panos from NYC, costs a million dollars and is being hand-carried from Basel, Switzerland, and delivered to the Universal Studios lot by Brinks Trunk.

I get another scoop — Eva is a bit crazed about this fantasy wedding because she thinks people are going to confuse this with her real wedding to basketball superstar Tony Parker in Paris in July. She has insisted that Gaby's dress look nothing like her real one. Her final fitting for Gaby's dress is tomorrow, and I can tell people are nervous.

Now it's time for my costume fitting. Cate and Karo have set aside a room filled with racks of dresses and shoes and jewelry for me. The dresses are so sexy. Is this my room? Or is this the dressing room for Nicolette Sheridan?

Under the fluorescent lights of the camera crew from the TV Guide Channel that is following me around, privacy is not an option. Never having done this before, I feel shy and modest, but Cate quickly snaps me into Hollywood mode. With each gown I try on, she tells me to imagine I am a different character. With one I am a sexy playgirl, with another I am a Miami divorcιe, and the last one (a tight gold number) I am Donald Trump's wife. Don't ask!

I choose a gorgeous royal blue rhinestone-encrusted St. John knit, which must have cost at least $5,000. Now for the earrings! This is where Vartanian's keen eye for detail comes in. He picks out a pair of dangling diamond earrings that cost $35,000. I feel like a princess.

Little do they know that yesterday I was regrouting my bathroom — all by myself.

Day 3: Wedding Day!

I arrive at the location site in the San Fernando Valley and am ushered into my own private "star" trailer. I can assure you that no "extra" on any Hollywood set has ever had a trailer like mine.

I'm excited that I am finally behind the scenes. I wonder what the women are really like. I've heard all the rumors about feuding (they always say things like that about women who work together), and I hope they are not true.

Eva Longoria and Felicity Huffman are a few feet away in Felicity's trailer having breakfast with Doug Savant. "Eva can eat anything she jolly well pleases," says Huffman, who knits during breaks in shooting. "I had oatmeal with nothing on it, and she had a breakfast burrito with the works. What happens on a location is that your trailer becomes the green room, the place to hang out with your girlfriends."

Speaking of girlfriends: Marcia Cross is back. She has returned from maternity leave for the season finale. I run into her in the makeup trailer. She's not there for makeup; she wants advice about a child-care issue. "I really miss the babies," she tells me. "I'm glad this is the finale so I get to spend the summer with them." She'll bring them to the set next season.

The Housewives clearly have missed Cross. "I love her energy, " says Huffman. "Marcia is really grounding and she has a really big heart. She is so light and easy, she brings a real tranquil and joyous quality to the set."

It's time for the big wedding scene to be shot. It takes hours, and with each hour it gets hotter. Marcia Cross hates being in the sun; she's afraid of the damaging rays. During every break she puts a hat and long-sleeved shirt over her costume and has people stand over her with umbrellas. All that skin care caution has paid off — her skin is luminescent.

Finally, the bride and groom appear at the top of a waterfall. Eva is transformed into a fairy-tale princess in a dress of organza and silk and pearls. "I wanted her to look like meringue," said Adair.

She's a whirling dervish when the cameras are off. She's constantly on her cell phone finalizing the plans for her real wedding or talking to Parker. Or she's on her blackberry sending text messages to Teri Hatcher who is sitting about 10 feet away.

What about?

"We're gossiping about people," says Longoria.

I learned a lot of secrets on the set. Bree has an unexpected and shocking surprise to deliver. Lynette is battling a life-threatening illness, a problem that "trumps everything else that she and Tom have had to deal with," says Huffman. "And we meet the mother she has been estranged from for years [played by guest star Polly Bergen]." And Gaby and Victor aren't the only ones on Wisteria Lane getting married in this episode. "The good news about what's happening in this episode means I will be back next year," says James Denton. "We wanted to milk the Mike and Susan thing for as long as possible, like Sam and Diane, now we will get to play it out."

And now for the real scoop! No matter what you read in the tabloids, the women of Wisteria Lane seem to really like each other. I was on the set for almost 10 hours and I saw many signs of affection and absolutely no sign of feuding. "That stuff's all bunk," says veteran actress Kathryn Joosten, who plays Mrs. McCluskey.

At the end of the day, with the sun dimming, the wedding is over, the reception is in full swing and everyone is happy on Wisteria Lane. Well, not exactly. "Carlos is devastated when he sees Gaby in her wedding dress," says Ricardo Chavira, who plays Carlos Solis. "And there is definitely physical contact on her wedding day!" After all, this is Desperate Housewives.

As for me, I had a great time as an extra. There was only one minor tragedy. I had to return that $5,000 suit and those $35,000 earrings.

It was the end of a beautiful Hollywood fantasy.

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May 20, 2007: Getting Married Today
Well, they said the final scene would be a shocker, and they were right. I am speechless. You know how much I love my Edie. Would it be too much to ask to have Carlos heroically and miraculously walk in during the very first scene this fall and save her? I do not want this show to go on without Nicollette Sheridan. Yes, Edie is not one of the four main housewives, but the show would not be the same without her. Soap operas have had people hang themselves and be saved at the last minute. Until I get a confirmation, I'm going to spend this entire summer believing Edie is not dead. Just call me DID — "Dave In Denial."

Except for that ending, I was very happy with this season's finale episode. I thought it had the perfect Desperate Housewives blend of drama and comedy. I expected to be satisfied after seeing that departing coexecutive producer Joe Keenan was one of the writers (along with talented fellow coexec producer Kevin Murphy). Besides having the same job title for all those years of Frasier, Joe also cowrote this season's instant classic episode, "Bang." So when I saw his name in the opening credits, I thought: "This is going to be good." What a wonderfully romantic ending-before-the-ending when Susan surprised Mike with the spur-of-the-moment wedding in the woods, equipped with Gabrielle's minister (Steve Tyler) and a witness/maid of honor in Julie. Who knew Julie (Andrea Bowen) would have the funniest line in the episode? The minister to Susan and Mike: "Are you ready?" Julie: "Are you kidding? They've been dragging this thing out for three years." You could tell Mike was getting stressed out by all the wedding prep and trying to make extra money as a 24-hour "ninja plumber" to give Susan the big wedding she wanted. Good for Susan for finally doing the right thing. I think it was Mike's "I'm not Ian" speech that hit home the most for her.

Marcia Cross indeed gave us a spoiler during that Letterman appearance weeks ago when she said Bree would return with a noticeable difference. One of you smart commenters suggested Bree would be faking a pregnancy to cover up the fact that her slutty daughter Danielle was pregnant with Edie's slutty nephew Austin's baby. How very Bree of Bree to go through so much trouble to avoid being the gossip talk of Wisteria Lane, hiding Danielle away so she'll never be seen by anyone until after "Bree’s" baby is born. And how very Orson of Orson to go along with the scam. I loved the scene when Orson helped Bree take off the fake pregnancy belly and reminded her she'd need to switch to the 6-month version soon. Oh, Bree. Why do I know that the devilish Andrew will be the one to spoil the secret?

I had heard that Gaby and Carlos were going to hook up, but most of the stuff I read said Gaby was going to sleep with Carlos the night before her wedding to Victor, just to get it out of her system. I much preferred what actually happened. Both Gaby and Carlos were in miserable situations — Gaby overheard Victor and his dad B.J., I mean Milton (Mike Farrell) discussing how Gaby will be "bringing in the Latino vote" for his race for governor (against her will), and poor Carlos found out Edie was still on the pill. Speaking of that clichιd finding-the-birth-control-pills scene: like Edie would be that stupid to keep them in her purse! I did laugh at the Carlos/paper-boy Danny scene with Carlos going into Edie's purse to pay Danny and finding the pills. Danny (Ridge Canipe): "What's that?" Carlos: "It's birth control pills." Danny: "I'm gonna need cash." So it was good timing for Gaby and Carlos to passionately make out on that couch during the wedding reception — they both really needed it. You know Gaby won't stay married to Victor much longer.

In the grand tradition of casting the absolute best veteran actors in the business to play the parents of the characters, in came the fabulous Polly Bergen as Stella, Lynette's estranged alcoholic mother. I have been a fan of Polly's — without exaggeration — my entire life, ever since my parents had me watch the Doris Day/James Garner film Move Over, Darling as a child. (Please rent it — you won't be sorry.) Stella is a tough cookie, but I was glad Lynette didn't kick her out like she had planned. Since Stella survived breast cancer when Lynette was 13, it will be a tough-love learning experience to have Stella around during the next three months of chemo. That line of Stella's was a real kick in the ass for Lynette: "You can fight me or you can fight the cancer. Trust me — you won't have the strength to do both." Stella bonding with Kayla was great, pumping her for info about Lynette and Rick. Stella got her groove back with that earlier line to Tom asking him not to tip the cab driver because "the SOB wouldn't let me smoke." It made me laugh and think of several of my aunts and friends of my own mother.

Other highlights:
— I enjoyed seeing TV Guide writer extraordinaire and my pal Mary Murphy in her cameo as one of the wedding guests. She was there to write her DH story for the magazine. Nice perk, Mary!
— I also enjoyed TV veteran K Callen as Edie's dead mother, who appeared in a nightmare of Edie's. Every time I mention K (OK — it's only been once before), I make it a point to include that she played the woman who came out to Archie and Edith in one of my all-time favorite episodes of All in the Family as the lover of the deceased at the wake of cousin Liz. Best line was Archie's: "Liz... was a lez?" Here's hoping that the next time Edie speaks to her mama, they won't both be dead.
— I always like when they give Ricardo Antonio Chavira funny lines as Carlos, and his best one was when he told Gaby he was planning on skipping the ceremony portion of her wedding: "I don't want to make a scene. You'll vow 'till death do us part' — I'll bust out laughing. People will stare." Gaby: "Reception starts at 4." Later, his line to Edie when he was attempting to make her pregnant was hilarious: "Nature is not on our side anymore. You're no spring chicken. Those eggs aren't exactly farm fresh." Edie: "OK — stop referring to me as poultry!"
— Nice to see Kathryn Joosten back as Mrs. McCluskey. Of course, she and Ida (the two Gladys Kravitzes of Wisteria Lane) had to be the ones to overhear Carlos and Edie arguing at the wedding.

I hate that we have to wait almost four months for the next new episode. Until then, hang in there, Edie. I pray for your survival.

Posted by Dave Anderson 05/21/07 5:43 AM

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Lynette's Secret Revealed

Episode Recap: "Now You Know"

Though Bree's secret is still under wraps (literally), Lynette couldn't hide hers any longer. I don't blame her at all for playing the "cancer card" (as her mother said) in order to tell off that witchy school mom. The whole time, I was aching for Lynette to rip off her wig — and I got my wish! Cancer definitely trumps Miss "Migraine Since '87." But imagine Lynette's pain and humiliation at having to break it to her friends in that way, and admit her vulnerability.

So the four housewives made a "no more secrets" pact with each other — while several ginormous secrets remain.

First up is Bree. Even a stray pointy serving utensil stuck deep into her fake, foamy bump didn't faze her, and she and Orson remained freakishly calm and conniving, quickly thinking on their feet and making it into a joke. But from the close call, Orson discovered that Bree wants to raise Danielle's child to make up for what she deems her failure with Danielle and Andrew. When people say, "Third time's a charm," I don't think they're referring to children....

Gaby and Carlos are finally back together – but it's a secret. Their plan at the end of last season, to run away on her wedding day to Victor, was inconveniently thwarted by Edie's manipulative pseudo-suicide. For now Carlos is faking a relationship with Edie, who's willing to use any measure (including Carlos' secret $10 million in the Caymans) to keep him around. And Gaby is faking her marriage to Victor, though it seemed she did momentarily try to patch things up with him.

Poor Susan. Rarely do I feel sorry for her, because usually the comical and/or embarrassing situations she gets in are self-induced. But how was she to know that her new neighbor's husband was now her gynecologist? The good news is that her mood swings are not signs of menopause, but rather that she and Mike are having a baby. The turn of events only made the gooey newlyweds all the more elated.

The bad news is the new neighbors. Talk about creepy. Well, to be fair, the husband/step-father Adam Mayfair (Nathan Fillion — who must have a knack for playing a gyno, since he served as Keri Russell's in Waitress) — seems innocent and (for now) merely an uninvolved keeper of the family secret.

But to me, wife/mother Katherine Mayfair's (Dana Delany) plastic perfection and sugary sweetness surpass Bree's, thus covering a greater penchant for manipulation and foreshadowing even darker secrets. Susan and Julie remember Katherine and her daughter Dylan living on Wisteria Lane 12 years ago. Supposedly they have returned to take care of Katherine's aunt Mrs. Sims, but we have yet to meet her.

Dylan doesn't remember Julie or the other kids on the street; her mother has to tell her that Julie was her best friend and that licorice was her favorite childhood sweet. Right. My first thought was that something happened to the first Dylan and Katherine's trying to pass off this replacement. Then Julie discovered that Dylan has one remaining memory/dream from childhood — a man grabbing her as she slept in her room — and her mom fired the babysitter that suggested she get therapy. At the end of the hour, we found out that the Mayfairs are living in the same house as they did 12 years ago, Katherine remarking that they "didn't have a choice" about returning to Wisteria Lane. Dylan wants to move back into what was originally her bedroom. Adam and Katherine made cryptic mention of something happening in the room and Dylan not remembering. They left the room empty, the door locked. Combined with Dylan's memory/dream, if they're referring to what I think they're referring to, I'm creeped out. And confused. Thank god Mrs. McCluskey is still around. I expect her to keep a wary eye on the Mayfairs and give us the scoop!

What do you think of the new additions?



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Let the Games Begin!

Episode Recap: "Smiles of a Summer Night"

We all saw it coming: Tonight Katherine began to maneuver for Bree's title of No. 1 homemaker. While the two of them battled over who was the social coordinator, who made the best pie, and who could better feign perfection and hide behind those icy white smiles, it became clear that there is one major difference between them: Bree ultimately seeks approval and friendship with her neighbors; Katherine obviously has no qualms about making enemies.

Just as I was thinking that that could make it difficult for Katherine to keep her imperfect past from her neighbors, Bree was privy to a fight in the Mayfairs' home. Thanks to some not-so-innocuous small talk with Mrs. McCluskey and some courage from Julie, Dylan began asking her mom about her father and her past. Adam and Katherine resolved to come up with "better lies," but the truth is bound to come out eventually, especially now that Bree is involved. Loved that Katherine had a giant lock on her recipe box — and that Bree, borrowing Mike Delfino's bolt cutters, still wasn't deterred. Both those details speak volumes about them, and I look forward to more of that delicious suburban competition.

Elsewhere on Wisteria, just how manipulative is Edie?!? What a game she's playing with Carlos. I know she's always been desperate for a man's love and attention, but I thought she had some pride and a bit more self-respect. I'd be surprised if she's really happy with her engagement for very long, knowing in the back of her mind that he's only in it because he evidently didn't learn that lesson about keeping secret accounts from the IRS.

Meanwhile, Susan had a realistic storyline — her new marriage to Mike affecting her long-standing parenting methods — turn slapstick. Yes, pregnancy makes you hungry, makes you crave certain things, makes your boobs grow. But then she left the house in a tizzie and arrived at a high school guy's birthday party wearing lingerie and little else. Why exactly was she surprised to be mistaken for a stripper? Pregnancy doesn't kill brain cells. Poor Julie. And by the way, does Julie even know her mom is pregnant? Did I miss that exchange?

I was really pleased to see a deeper, more sensitive and vulnerable side to Gaby. She revealed to Lynette why she was so uncomfortable visiting her (or anyone) in the hospital, especially someone with cancer. But she persevered and came back later with her cohorts (well, sans Edie). And when Lynette promised that Gaby wouldn't lose her, I hoped she was promising the viewers that we wouldn't lose her, either. Can't imagine the show without Lynette. (Tom clearly can't imagine his life without her, either. His misty eyes were so endearing.)

Just when I thought the Dylan/Katherine/Bree scene was the juiciest and most mysterious part of the episode, Carlos met with a guy (whom I didn't recognize) and discussed his Edie dilemma. He said he used to care for her, but now she was in the way, what with his reconciliation with Gaby and the whole secret $10 million in the Caymans. He handed over an envelope fat with money, and the stranger said he'd take care of it. Is Carlos so evil as to be ordering Edie's murder? What's his game plan?

P.S. Must mention the most delectable contribution to the episode, courtesy of Orson Hodge: "culinary terrorism."

For a behind-the-scenes look at the stars of Desperate Housewives, tune in to TV Guide Channel for Ladies of Wisteria Lane on Oct. 9, 2pm/ET.

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Keeping Up Appearances

Episode Recap: "The Game"

Does no one on Wisteria Lane ever learn that playing games to hide the truth can only succeed for so long? Eventually the secrets and lies come to the fore. But to their credit, the neighbors all did a fine job of keeping up the act tonight. Charades was just one among many games that were played at Susan and Mike's home.

We still didn't get much further in the Mayfair mystery. What we do know is that Dylan's real dad didn't do what Mom Mayfair told everyone: "the worst thing a father can do to his daughter." That was just another lie made up to keep them quiet in the future.

Edie flaunted her engagement to bug both Carlos and Gaby, courtesy of a ring she bought herself (she should have used Carlos' money from that offshore account). She also befriended Katherine, assuring her that when Katherine caught Adam and Gaby flirting, it was the latter she should worry about. Before the night was over, Katherine spilled Gaby's sordid history with Wisteria Lane's most popular gardener, news to no one… except Gaby's new hubby. But Victor's nonplussed political take on Gardenergate sent her back into Carlos' arms, and we were privy to a teeny bit more of his game with Edie. The heretofore "hit man," Al Kaminsky, is supposedly a CPA, and needs only a couple weeks to take care of "the Britt file."

Try as Lynette might to pretend that her life is largely unaltered by her illness, she ruined her longstanding reputation as "charades assassin" when her mother Stella (Polly Bergen) baked her brownies stocked with some "kickass chronic" to curb her nausea. It was great to see Lynette not in control, rational and entirely lucid, for once. She'd normally be the last one to insensitively reenact Edie's suicide attempt in hopes of her team guessing the Hang 'em High western. I'm sure her kids also enjoyed Mommy's new appreciation for the genius of SpongeBob SquarePants!

Susan's real pregnancy began making Bree's fake one more difficult to hide. Tonight Susan envisioned sharing the same doctor and scheduling their appointments at the same time. When Bree blindly picked a doc out of the phone book, I just knew Susan was in for a shady place. Once she was late to her own party — thanks to a debacle of a doctor's appointment, replete with slashed tire and stolen cell phone — Bree told more lies to cover up the truth: there had been complications, and she'd nearly lost the baby.

Well, it was true, just not regarding Bree. Danielle, back at the convent, was the one who nearly lost the baby. (Roller blading? Really?) I think the event made Bree remember how much she loved Danielle — that it wasn't all about the baby, but that she had another child involved in the trauma, too. Or am I giving Bree too much credit?

Children certainly learn from their elders: while the grownups were playing charades, Julie deftly opened the lock to the Mayfairs' attic storage room, confirmed it was Dylan's old bedroom and reintroduced her to various childhood things packed away in boxes. Katherine caught them and demanded that Dylan stay away from Julie. (But surely they go to the same high school?) Later Katherine prepared the room for Aunt Sims — and in the episode's final scene, she pulled back the bedroom rug and wept over a jagged gash in the wood floor. What? I guess this will be a season-long mystery after all….

Posted by Aimee Deeken 10/14/07 11:30 PM


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by Aimee Deeken

Bombshells in the 'Burbs

Rex's mother Phyllis caused trouble for Bree. Marcia Cross and Shirley Knight by Danny Feld/ABCEpisode Recap: "If There's Anything I Can't Stand"

The biggest news of the episode was not the arrival of Bob and Lee — life partners (no, Susan, not business partners) who moved into the Applewhites' home. No, it was the deepening Mayfair mystery. Aunt Lily wasn't long for this world once she moved back in with them. We witnessed Katherine's quickly dissolved bedside manner when Aunt Lily expressed a deep desire to tell Dylan what "happened in this room." So, it appears Aunt Lily conspired with Katherine Mayfair to do something in that bedroom (with the gash in the wood floor) that at her life's end she deemed a mistake that shouldn't have been covered up and kept from Dylan.

Sadly, Lily didn't get the chance to tell Dylan why she doesn't remember living on Wisteria Lane — or did she? Lily's final desperate act was great drama (and Bach helped): In her final wheezing moments, she scribbled something on a piece of paper at her bedside, folded it several times, and as she took her last breath, it fell from her lax fingers onto the floor. What is on that paper?! And will Dylan find it before her mother does? Surely neatnik Katherine will scour that bedroom after Lily is buried.

As for the storyline that (in my opinion) wasn't worth all the promos and media attention, I lay the blame on Susan's playing the part of silly, dippy overcompensating neighbor. First she made a fool of herself and insulted Bob ( Tuc Watkins) and Lee (Kevin Rahm). (Loved the "I hope we can live up to your stereotype" reply.) Then she tried to make up for it with store-bought baked goods. But the main reason that her next-door neighbors will be ignoring Susan for the time-being was her scheme to "find" their dog Rafael, which instead resulted in Mike having to buy Bob a $2,000 Dolce suit.

I'm hoping that instead of creating more plotlines to keep track of, the twosome's goings on will be woven into the show and serve to strengthen existing stories. For example, their presence tonight already led to a rare event: Mike giving Susan some tough love. I know it didn't lend itself to comedy, but it was a nice change to see Mike speaking up for his point of view.

So too for Tom, who after enjoying Lynette's bedtime role-playing a bit too much for Lynette's taste, gave her a reality check. I'm not saying Lynette hasn't had every right to wallow, but she needed to know that her illness had affected Tom as well. (Side note: I thought both she and Gaby looked good in that dark-red wig.)

Speaking of Gaby, what did you think of the love quadrangle tonight? Someone got the "crotch carnival" first, and it wasn't necessarily Edie. Good thing Gaby's a smart schemer, or she never would have thought of a way to get Victor cleaned up without his suspicion. That was pretty hilarious, and I have to say her "nurse" outfit looked a lot more like "Brandy the Slutty Cheerleader" than Lynette's. But I figure Gaby's had more practice with that sort of thing.

Too bad that Victor's busy politico schedule didn't keep him away from Bree's fake baby shower; Gaby and Carlos would be in the clear. But Edie is a clever conniver too. With one whiff of Victor's new "36 essential oils lotion" and a tray of crab-cake hors d'oeuvres passing between her, Carlos, Gaby and Victor, she connected the dots.

Also at Bree's surprise shower (nice play, Andrew), Bree's ex mother-in-law Shirley Knight (well done again, Andrew). Of course a quarrel ensued, but the juicy result was that Phyllis discovered Bree's secret, stormed over to the convent and proceeded to rescue her pregnant granddaughter from the boring "baby jail." I thought that Danielle would wait out the rest of her pregnancy at her grandmother's house, but it looks like she'll be wreaking havoc on Orson and Bree's perfect "second chance" in their home next week. What did you think of this twist? Leave your comments here!

For a behind-the-scenes peek at all your favorite Housewives, tune into TV Guide Network's The Ladies of Wisteria Lane; October 23 at 11pm/ET.


Posted by Aimee Deeken 10/21/07 11:40 PM

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Episode 4.10, which aired on January 6, 2008, was the last episode completed before the writers' strike. We will have new spoilers when new episodes are produced.


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Series creator Marc Cherry is considering extending Desperate Housewives' run by two years. For some time he has said the show, currently in its fifth season, would end after 7, but the success of this past season finds him and ABC in contract extension talks.




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