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Desperate Housewives Episode: "Dress Big"

Season 3, Episode 17
Episode Synopsis: Susan discovers a secret about her future in-laws (Lynn Redgrave and Paxton Whitehead) while Mike regains more of his memories of Susan; the Scavos squabble over restaurant uniforms; and a lovelorn (if that's the word for it) Edie eyes Carlos while Gaby finally finds something to like about Victor Lang (John Slattery). She also meets Victor's ex-wife (Challen Cates).
Original Air Date: Apr 8, 2007
Guest Cast Paxton Whitehead: Graham Hainsworth Crystal Allen: Kelly Miriam Flynn: Dr. Berman Lynn Redgrave: Dahlia Hainsworth Karen Constantine: Waitress Paul Keeley: Dr. Holland Dale E. Turner: Lamar, the Limo Driver Challen Cates: Samantha Lang Kylie Sparks: Kim Wayne Lopez: Clyde
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April 8, 2007: Dress Big Season 3, Episode 17

It's been a month since we were last treated with a new episode. Was it worth the wait? For the most part, I'd say yes. These Marcia Cross-less episodes show just how pivotal both the actress and the character of Bree are to the show. But I think you'll agree that the consolation prize is pretty nice: No Bree = more Edie! Nicollette Sheridan rarely gets a chance to truly shine like she did tonight. That scene toward the end, with Edie undressing in front of Carlos, was one of Nicollette's best moments ever. It reminded me of her classic strip croquet scene from years ago on Knots Landing. She still has a rockin' bod. I loved Edie slowly shedding her clothing, literally and figuratively giving Carlos the naked truth, admitting that her breasts aren't as perky as they once were and that she has a C-section scar. Yes, Edie has her faults - like not being the best mother and using her son Travers as "sex bait" - but I'm glad Carlos gave her a chance (good move with the flowers, Carlos). So while we await Marcia's return, we'll get to enjoy more Nicollette. Wait until Gabrielle finds out Carlos is sleeping with Edie. At least Gaby is keeping busy. Of course, she didn't really mean it when she said she was going to break up with Victor ( John Slattery). Not after all her clothes were water-damaged. Gaby screaming the blood-curdling "No!!" and Edie's facial expression killed me. But one look inside Victor's ex-wife Samantha's closet put Gaby in a different mood. Gaby showing up at Victor's house while he wasn't home and "borrowing" some of Samantha's dresses also cracked me up. I just knew Samantha ( Challen Cates) was going to recognize her couture dress on Gaby at Victor's function, but I didn't think she'd ask her to take the dress off then and there. I think Victor's the perfect match for Gaby money-wise, but I don't see her physically attracted to him. Brilliant casting with Lynn Redgrave as Ian's mother and the actor with the very unfortunate last name - Paxton Whitehead - as Ian's cross-dressing father. When Susan walked in and found Ian's dad dressed in her robe and lace bra, wouldn't it have been one of those classic DH moments had ABC not included it their promos? Note to ABC: Stop including spoilers in your coming attractions and promos. Thanks. OK, back to Ian's parents meeting Susan. Enough already with Susan's plethora of pratfalls. Yes, mama Hainsworth on fire outside with Susan by the grill was a hilarious visual, but did Susan have to cause the wine to spill on Mrs. H's top later? Great moment, however, when Susan was about to sign the pre-nup and she looked over at Mr. Hainsworth and made several references that she'd do nothing but be absolutely honest about everything: "There'll be no topics that I need to skirt." Poof - Mr. H said no to the pre-nup. Susan knew it would be a total drag if Ian found out about his daddy's secret. So I wasn't too thrilled with the Scavo story line, but can you blame me? Lynette's making such a big deal about the orange uniforms was pretty lame - especially sitting down with some of the pizzeria employees and having a "bitch session" that focused on the "ugly-ass uniforms." The only reason I felt all of Lynette's bitching paid off was that it gave Felicity Huffman a chance to show just how fabulous an actress she is after Tom's back went out again, causing him to pass out and be unconscious. Kind of put things into perspective, huh, Lynette? Maybe wearing orange isn't as horrific as you thought (it was nice to see her put on the uniform at the end). Other random highlights: - Horny Edie after three weeks without sex admitting to Gaby that going lingerie shopping when she's horny is not a good thing, comparing it to grocery shopping when she's hungry. - Lynette asking Tom if he was speaking to her as a boss or as a husband and Tom's answer: "As a boss. As a husband, I'm too damn scared of you." - The fact that Mike thought one of his earliest fun times with Susan was part of a chick flick he watched with her. - That Ian has a brother that is "an alcoholic homosexual." Can't wait to see who they cast in that role. - Gaby comparing the orange color of the Scavo uniforms to cheese doodles. - Susan to Gaby after Lynette walked out of her own house: "Well, I guess we're babysitting the kids?" - Edie to Carlos before they had sex: "You nailed me, Carlos. Maybe not the way I wanted you to." Next week is another new episode. Two weeks in a row - can you believe it? show less
It's been a month since we were last treated with a new episode. Was it worth the wait? For the most part, I'd say yes. These Marcia Cross-less episodes show just how pivotal both the actress and the character of Bree are to the show. But I think you'll agree that the consolation prize is pretty nice: No Bree = more Edie! Nicollette Sheridan rarely gets a chance to truly shine like she did tonight. That scene toward the end, with Edie undressing in front of Carlos, was one of Nicollette's best moments ever. It reminded me of her classic strip croquet scene from years ago on Knots Landing. She still has a rockin' bod. I loved Edie slowly shedding her clothing, literally and figuratively giving Carlos the naked truth, admitting that her breasts aren't as perky as they once were and that she has a C-section scar. Yes, Edie has her faults — like not being the best mother and using her son Travers as "sex bait" — but I'm glad Carlos gave her a chance (good move with the flowers... read more

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