Desperate Housewives

2004, TV Show


"The Gun Song" and "Free"

So here we are at the season finale, and I think Desperate Housewives did an admirable job of tying up many loose narrative plot strings, while still leaving us wanting more, what with a clever epilogue that fast-forwarded five years into the future. I apologize in advance for posting this much later than usual, but with a jam-packed two hours to cover and some unforeseen technical difficulties (my Internet went out at the worst possible moment!), it was a long night. I also want to thank you for generally being very nice to me these last few weeks. You made it all a lot of fun!Katherine (from the Greek, meaning "purity")So we finally know the secret!Dylan I: The Phantom Menace accidentally died when a heavy armoire tipped over on her. Katherine and her aunt Lily decided to take the popular Wisteria Lane justice-circumvention route and bury the body in the woods, and get the heck out of Dodge. Katherine then adopted parentless Dylan II: The Sequel –- conveniently a spitting ima... read more

Cheers: Housewives' Bright Future

Marcia Cross, Eva Longoria Parker and Felicity Huffman in Desperate Housewive by Ron Tom/ABC

Cheers to Desperate Housewives for flashing forward. The season's closing minutes cut to five years later, when Gaby's a harried mother of two, Bree's a successful cookbook author (and back together with Orson), Katherine's celebrating daughter's Dylan's engagement, Lynette's dealing with juvenile-delinquent twins and Susan's got a new man (maybe she never forgave Mike for naming their son Maynard). After a disappointingly far-fetched finale — I don't believe Katherine would cover up her daughter's accidental death — this device should shake up the story lines and set up new mysteries for next season. Like: If it's five years later, why don't these women look older? For another take on Housewives' time-twist, read Mitovich's TV Matt'rs blog.• Share your own raves and rants about other shows on the Reader Cheers & Jeers discussion board.• We may feature your Cheer or Jeer on or in TV Guide magazine! read more

I read with interest Jamie's ...

Question: I read with interest Jamie's comments this week about Desperate Housewives' possible "time warp" plotline and how viewers condemn the show/plot prior to seeing it. Well, after seeing this past week's episode with the rising of Kayla the "bad seed," I'm thinking the show already jumped the shark on this one. I was really enjoying DH not focusing as much on Lynette's children (which frankly was exceptionally frustrating to watch the first season), but watching evil Kayla and seeing the promo for the next episode with cops handcuffing Lynette has me cringing. I always thought a great plotline on DH would have been to have Kayla perish in the tornado. Lynette would then have had to struggle with her feelings of guilt at feeling some relief that the little witch was gone. I don't understand why DH thought it had to add to the number of children on this show. It always seems like a desperate measure and an indication that writers must be running out of ideas. Recall the useless ... read more

"Mother Said"

It's Mother's Day on Wisteria Lane, and the fierce maternal instincts of the ladies of Desperate Housewives made me think for a second I had accidentally switched over to Animal Planet: When Mothers Attack! (As you'll see below, this episode has me in a rather exclamatory mood...)Nude, snoring whore!Mike's momma (the always brilliant Celia Weston – remember her in Junebug?) is in town, and is meeting Susan for the first time? That's weird. But anyhow, I guess it's just as well since she's kind of a pain, harping on Susan's every shortcoming and making it her goal to turn her into a "chef in the kitchen, a maid in the living room and a whore in the bedroom." Good luck with that!Despite the great guest star, this story started strong -- and funny -- but quickly turned repetitive as Momma's barbs became less subtle and more just plain cruel. Susan's pregnancy, meanwhile, moved along at its usual clip, meaning that tonight she was ready to deliver! So after faking labor with a glas... read more

I read Ask Matt twice a week ...

Felicity Huffman and Doug Savant, Desperate Housewives

Question: I read Ask Matt twice a week and always enjoy your insights, and I especially like how you encourage people to ride things out. A pet peeve of mine is when some readers like to cry "jump the shark" and immediately vow to never watch a show again based on something they heard was going to happen. For example (spoiler alert): the twist involving Desperate Housewives' possible time warp for next season. I have seen lots of comments saying how stupid the idea is and how they won't watch if that happens. To me, it seems that if you are a fan of the show, why not watch and see how it plays out? If it is awful after the execution, fine, but it seems to me that fans are the ones jumping the shark and automatically assuming something is going to be bad. The other part of my rant was kinda spurred by the reader who vowed to stop watching Top Chef this season —and maybe for good — because of the improv challenge and how Jen was asked to leave over Lisa or Antonia. The reader said how ... read more

"Opening Doors"

The narcotic, disembodied voice of Mary Alice instructed us tonight that when you invite someone into your home, you invite them into your life. Which is bad because… sometimes they refuse to leave. Let's check in with this week's "house guests," who, like fish, have started stinking up Wisteria Lane on the proverbial third day.Karl: Did you miss Karl? I know I sure did. It's funny to see a guy who loves seeing his ex-wife, if only to flirt with and torture her with his "happy monkey face." The glee with which Richard Burgi inhabits the character -– not to mention the snappy adversarial chemistry he has with Teri Hatcher -- really puts into relief how ineffectual James Denton has become of late.In a twist of only-on-TV fate, Karl and his knocked-up "skank" child bride (aka the Hottest Law Professor Ever) are enrolled in the same Lamaze class as Susan. Which, naturally, sends her into a signature tailspin of wrongheaded deception, which includes overdressing for class (alth... read more

Jeers: Just Say No, Justine!

Justine Bateman in Desperate Housewives by Danny Feld/ABC

Jeers to Desperate Housewives for wasting Justine Bateman in a silly subplot. I was excited when I heard one of my teenage crushes would be visiting Wisteria Lane, but couldn't they have come up with a better-fitting role for the Family Ties alum than Ellie, a drug dealer who moves into Gaby and Carlos' house? I'm not sure which was more far-fetched: Gaby recruiting gay neighbor Lee to try and prove her boarder was a hooker or Ellie's untrue story that she's running a tattoo parlor in her room. Even Mallory Keaton wouldn't have bought that one.• For a review of Robin Williams on Law & Order: SVU, check out the latest Cheers & Jeers vodcast. • Share your own raves and rants about other shows on the Reader Cheers & Jeers discussion board.• We may feature your Cheer or Jeer on or in TV Guide magazine! read more

Susan's Ex Gets a Skank Pregnant!

Desperate Housewives by Danny Feld/ABC

We know out of all of ladies on Housewives, Susan always seems to have to the luck of the dogs. Nothing can put a damper on your day quite like bumping into your ex-hubby and his pregnant "skank" at Lamaze class. And to add insult to injury, she's not only gorgeous but she's brilliant and rolling in the dough. Well, on the bright side, Susan's wrap looks mighty tasty. Watch it now! | More online videos read more

Housewives Have Heart, Tease Finale

Brenda Strong and Eva Longoria by Eric Charbonneau/

"They jokingly refer to it as 'The Angina Monologues' because it has a similar set-up to The Vagina Monologues — although this is more PG than that show," Desperate Housewives' Brenda Strong told TV Guide at the L.A. premiere of You've Gotta Have Heart, an evening of themed readings held to increase awareness about heart disease in women andraise money for the non-profit behind the show, Events Of The Heart. Strong enlisted co-stars Eva Longoria and Dana Delany to participate alongside Two and a Half Men's Holland Taylor, Nip/Tuck's AnnaLynne McCord and TV vets Jeffrey Tambor, Stephen Collins and Markie Post. Longoria, who was the constant butt of short jokes on stage because she was standing next to the incredibly tall Judy Gold, explained: "Brenda is a really good friend. Anything she wants me to support I am there for her. And it sounded like a fun way to get the information out there." The ladies, though, didn't need a lot of convincing. "It is something that is just not t... read more

Exclusive: Gale Harold Gets Desperate

Gale Harold by Bennett Raglin/

A Gale force is about to blow through Wisteria Lane, but this time the culprit isn't Mother Nature. Sources confirm to me exclusively that former Queer as Folk cad Gale Harold has booked a potentially recurring role on Desperate Housewives. The Vanished actor — who turned up last November as a swastika-sportin' medic in a two-part Grey's Anatomy — will play a quick-witted, charming and buttoned-down suburbanite. Picture a young Jack Lemmon, only without a cross-dressing Tony Curtis dragging him down. He'll be introduced in the May 18 finale and could return next season in a recurring capacity. read more

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Premiered: October 03, 2004, on ABC
Rating: TV-PG
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Premise: Following her suicide, Mary Alice Young keeps tabs on friends and family she left behind on bucolic suburban Wisteria Lane. But this being a prime-time soap (if a tongue-in-cheek one), they all harbor a sordid secret or two. Created by writer-producer Marc Cherry (a 'Golden Girls' alum), 'Housewives' was an instant hit and a frequent contender on Emmy night .



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