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Desperate Housewives Episode: "And Lots of Security..."

Season 7, Episode 22
Episode Synopsis: Season 7 finale (Part 1 of 2): Susan's accused of trying to murder Paul; Bree's attracted to Det. Chuck Vance (Jonathan Cake), but suspects that he's gay; the Scavos spend a weekend at a B&B to work through their marital woes; and Gaby sees the stalker whom Juanita had told her about and decides to get a gun.
Original Air Date: May 15, 2011
Guest Cast James Black: Alan Darryl Stephens: Terrence Jonathan Scarfe: Andrew Alex Fernandez: Hank Erinn Hayes: Lisa Michael Dempsey: Det. Murphy Andrew Hill Newman: Sid Tony Plana: Alejandro
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Aired: 5/15/2011
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Desperate Housewives Episode Recap: "And Lots of Security...; Come on Over for Dinner" Season 7, Episode 22

The Grim Reaper visited Wisteria Lane not once, but twice, during the two-hour season finale of Desperate Housewives. Amid Susan's return to her old home, the end (for now) of Lynette's marriage and Bree's new relationship, death first came knocking at the expense of Felicia Tilman.

Although few viewers were sad to see her go after she spent half a season fighting a useless war with Paul Young and talking to an urn, the way with which Felicia met her maker was pretty disappointing by Fairview-standards. The same woman who cut off her own two fingers to frame her sister's killer — and then sent her poor lonely daughter to live with him and take him down — was killed not by a gunshot or strangulation, but by a traffic accident. When Felicia was escaping Fairview after she unsuccessfully tried to kill Paul and Susan, the urn knocked over in her car and sent her daughter's ashes flying everywhere. The ashes then blinded her and caused her to swerve right into a huge truck. Maybe it was a fitting death for Felicia since she tended to make everything else in her life so dramatic — and since Beth killed herself despite the true love she felt for Paul — but it was a little anticlimactic to see Felicia taken away in one fell swoop and without any repercussions for putting anti-freeze in Paul's food. Yes, she already done time in the slammer, but what harm would it do to send her back there?

Paul's exit was much more logical. Inspired to turn over a new leaf by Susan, he admitted to killing Felicia's sister and is sent to jail. Depending on what kind of a plea deal he got, Paul may just come back once again, but at the same time, his closure felt much more genuine and emotionally satisfying than Felicia's final scene, which felt like the writers simply wanting to clean their hands of the Tilmans once and for all (I can't say I blame them).

With closure for Paul and Felicia, the mystery of the season was also wrapped up just in time for the writers to open a new, slightly more intriguing dilemma for next year. Following an emotionally traumatic year in which Gaby found out her daughter was not biologically hers and came to terms with her abusive upbringing, Gaby was brought face-to-face with the man who made her childhood so horrible: her sexually abusive stepfather. It was a bit surprising to see this story line picked up after it seemed the writers had pushed the issue under the carpet for good, but it was nice to get some emotional payoff. Gaby's stepfather, who was believed to be dead, never made it clear exactly why he came to Fairview in the first place, other than to follow Gaby everywhere and freak her out, and it seems we may never know.

After Gaby confronted Alejandro and almost killed him, she let him go only to find him alone in her house right before a dinner party. He made her believe he had her gun, the two struggled, and Carlos came in just time to save his wife and hit Alejandro over the head with a candlestick. Unfortunately, the hit was a little too hard and killed Alejandro. Lynette, Susan and Bree walk in just as Carlos and Gaby realize Alejandro wasn't even armed. Rather than go to the police (because why would anyone on Wisteria Lane do that?), the five quickly decide to cover up the murder and hide the body.

It would have been nice if Alejandro's nasty intentions were revealed before he was killed, but the cover-up — and whatever details surface about him — will be interesting to see next season. For one, this year's mystery was hard to stay on top of because of the lack of emotional investment in the lives of Paul Young and Felicia Tilman. Yes, they were both great Desperate Housewives characters from what is still arguably one of the strongest seasons, but after years locked away, it was a big leap of faith on the writers' part to expect viewers to get so attached again. On the other hand, fans can't help but be emotionally invested in this mystery precisely because it involves the core four ladies we've followed week after week for seven years. This secret will also be a great way to bring Susan, Lynette, Bree and Gaby together more after a season where their strengths as an ensemble were sorely missed. Finally, the cover-up was the best way possible for Bree and Carlos to quickly resolve their issues about the death of Carlos' mother without seeming too convenient or neat.

The two biggest problems I have with the mystery is why Renee couldn't have been included as well and what effect this secret will have on Bree's relationship with Chuck. On the first count, Vanessa Williams has not had nearly enough to do this season and her character has been poorly integrated into the Wisteria Lane group aside from her long-standing connection to Lynette. Her exclusion means she is just going to spend however long on the outside — again — and then I struggle to figure out why fans should care about her at all. On the latter point, obviously the producers have always loved making a mess of Bree's love life, but I really enjoyed her chemistry with Chuck in this episode and find their relationship much more realistic than her affairs with Karl and Keith. Will Bree and Chuck be able to weather this storm? Only time will tell, but I'm interested to see how exactly Bree handles keeping something like this from Chuck, who not only seems in it for the long haul, but is also probably not too shabby at his day job.

So what did you think of the two big deaths? Does the shared secret of Alejandro's murder make you more excited for next year? Or is death starting to become all too familiar and predictable on Wisteria Lane? Sound off in the comments below.

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The Grim Reaper visited Wisteria Lane not once, but twice, during the two-hour season finale of Desperate Housewives. Amid Susan's return to her old home, the end (for now) of Lynette's marriage and Bree's new relationship, death first came knocking at the expense of Felicia Tilman.

Although few viewers were sad to see her go after she spent half a season fighting a useless war with Paul Young and talking to an urn, the way with which Felicia met her maker was pretty disappointing by Fairview-standards. The same woman who cut off her own two fingers to frame her sister's killer — and then sent her poor lonely daughter to live with him and take him down — was killed not by a gunshot or strangulation, but by a... read more

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