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Desperate Housewives Episode: "Nice Is Different Than Good"

Season 6, Episode 1
Episode Synopsis: Season 6 premiere. Mike Delfino reveals his bride; Lynette faces another pregnancy; Bree struggles to free herself from both Orson and her inhibitions; Carlos' teen niece (Maiara Walsh) moves in; another family with a dark past moves onto Wisteria Lane. Angie Bolen: Drea de Matteo. Nick Bolen: Jeffrey Nordling.
Original Air Date: Sep 27, 2009
Guest Cast Steve Tyler: Minister Winston Story: Johnny James McDonnell: Dr. Crane
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Desperate Housewives Episode Recap: "Nice Is Different Than Good" Season 6, Episode 1

On the Season 6 premiere of Desperate Housewives, Lynette tries to come to terms with her unplanned pregnancy, Bree and Karl weigh their options, Susan and Katherine square off over Mike and Gaby squabbles with her unruly niece. Plus, Angie Bolen (Drea de Matteo) has moved to Wisteria Lane with her creepy family under mysterious circumstances. What were they running from? And how far will they have to go to fit in?

LYNETTE

Well, this is an awful development. It turns out that underneath all Lynette's snark about not wanting to be pregnant again is some real antipathy. After getting a sonogram, she tells Tom that with all their other children, she loved them from the moment she knew was she pregnant. But... she doesn't feel that way about these twins. It's an awful feeling, for sure, and not one that I'm sure we want to see on television. But I trust Felicity Huffmann to navigate this tricky emotional territory and pull off this storyline without coming off seeming like a total monster.

BREE

Bree and Orson are clearly over, but she's still hesitant about embarking on an affair with Karl — and wouldn't you be? It's a credit to the writers that they're able to bury Bree's true emotions beneath layers and layers of Egyptian cotton sheets, er, repression. Instead of her sharing her feelings with Karl, she focuses on the quality of the décor — or lack thereof — in their chosen no-tell motel. But Karl is a lawyer, so he knows when he's getting snowed. By episode's end, they finally have their tryst, so consider this deception fully underway.

SUSAN vs. KATHERINE
So Mike married Susan. I can't say I'm surprised, but I was definitely thrown for a loop — and pleased — by Katherine's reaction to losing Mike. It's not so much that she's sad about losing Mike (though in small ways she showed us that she surely is), but that she's pissed about losing at all. What could have played out as a typical weepy, hos-before-bros make-up session has been elevated to something much richer.

Katherine calls Susan on her dunderheaded avoidance of the issues by crashing her wedding and demanding a public apology. While the situation is momentarily defused by some careful play-acting, it's clear that Katherine is by no means ready to forgive and forget. This sea change in the character will help Katherine become the alpha bitch we always wanted her to be, and I can't wait. Last season was a plotline dustbowl for Dana Delany, so it's time.

GABRIELLE
While I first bristled at the idea of Gaby raising kids, let alone a teenager, now I get it. They've written Ana so that she's like a mini-Gabrielle, with all the vanity and self-centeredness and conniving of the regular-sized version. As Gaby peers into this mirror, she doesn't like what she sees, and as an adult, she knows how to combat it in a way that her deficient parents were never able to. So she signs the guardianship papers, which is as close to caring as Gabrielle is able to muster at this point.

ANGIE
Welcome, Drea de Matteo! (Read my Q&A with her about her new gig.) I was a little nervous about Angie's first scenes with the ladies; to me, the chemistry seemed a little off. Once de Matteo is more fully integrated with the cast, though, she's going to do just fine on Wisteria Lane, if only because Angie's the polar opposite of these ladies, and they desperately need a truth-teller in their midst.

If they learned anything from giving away Dave's master plan too soon last season, the Bolens' secret will probably stay hidden for a while, and I think that's a good thing. (Nevertheless, please feel free to leave your best guess in the comments section below.) For now, Nick and Danny Bolen's aggressive chats with Julie and the shocking reveal of what appear to be serious burn scars on Angie's back have me intrigued.

DANNY and JULIE
When I heard that Andrea Bowen would be returning to the show for the season premiere, I knew it probably had something to do with the arrival of Danny Bolen. Now, I'm not a betting man, but my gut tells me that Julie is not dead, particularly because she didn't see her attacker. The whole Danny-Julie tutoring plotline seemed rushed, and there's no way that we aren't going to get more of this juicy pair. That said, the season premiere to the contrary, Julie has changed fundamentally since the last time we saw her, and I think once it's revealed how, you'll look at Sunday's episode in a whole new light.

What did you think? Are you excited to see how this season's plotlines unfold? Is Drea de Matteo a good addition to the cast? Do you miss Edie?

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On the Season 6 premiere of Desperate Housewives, Lynette tries to come to terms with her unplanned pregnancy, Bree and Karl weigh their options, Susan and Katherine square off over Mike and Gaby squabbles with her unruly niece. Plus, Angie Bolen (Drea de Matteo) has moved to Wisteria Lane with her creepy family under mysterious circumstances. What were they running from? And how far will they have to go to fit in? read more

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