Question: I know Desperate Housewives has been going downhill, but I can't help but watch it anyway! What can you tell me about this week's hostage drama?

Answer: What I can tell you is that it's actually pretty entertaining. It's certainly a vast improvement over the last three episodes. There are some truly riotous moments, most of them courtesy of a delightfully nutty Laurie Metcalfe. Even Susan made me laugh. In fact, Teri Hatcher has the funniest line in the whole damn episode. (It involves a bullhorn and Susan's cell digits.) I only wish Marc Cherry had resisted the urge to go all "very special episode" on us. There's nothing more cringe-inducing than when Desperate Housewives tries to teach us or its characters a lesson.