January 12th, 2010
09:01 AM ET
As a longtime fan of “Desperate Housewives” I have to say I am worried the remainder of this season is going to be a lot of tragedy and “special moments” and not enough of the rompy drama that made me (and my dad!) a DH fan in the first place.
Judging from the past couple of weeks my concerns seem validated. DH returned from a winter hiatus and tied up loose ends surrounding the pre-holiday plane crash episode with some well-thought out flash forwards interspersed with intense hospital scenes. Now that all the dust has settled, real life comes rushing back to Wisteria Lane. Unfortunately, real life can also = boring.
On Sunday night’s episode Gaby and Carlos pushed to get Juanita into private school. In the midst of her interview with the headmaster, Gaby and Carlos learn that Juanita doesn’t realize that she is of Mexican descent because she's always lived in a neighborhood full of white people. This leads to some relatively un-profound talk about race relations on Wisteria Lane (It's too bad Alfre Woodard left the show).
Down the street, Bree confessed to her pastor that she had an affair with the late Karl Mayer and he recommended she take care of the now paralyzed Orson to try to save her mortal soul. Orson begrudgingly agrees to this deal, though he is obviously committed to making Bree’ life a living hell and turning her into his personal slave (and chef).
It was depressing city over at the Scavo household, as Tom and Lynette bickered over who would work to support the family after Lynette had her baby. The two ultimately give into their grief over losing one of their unborn twins. Someone is always crying at the Scavo house and it feels like Tom gets more and more emasculated with every season.
Thankfully the mood was lifted when Susan discovered Karl left her a secret business in his will, a strip joint called Double-Ds. Susan is none too happy when she finds out her current hubby Mike frequents the mammary mecca (he swears it is only for work…he cleans their pipes…as a plumber) and forbids him from visiting. Mike is of course unhappy with her domineering attitude so to prove a point Susan takes to the stage as Mrs. Fix It, forcing Mike to carry her off in a show of his animal husbandry.
Watching Teri Hatcher try to straddle a pole was probably the only time I cracked a smile for the entire hour. Hopefully the show will stop taking itself so seriously and make the housewives a little more desperate and a little less tragic for the remainder of the season.
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