Desperate Housewives – Episode 7-7 Review

Hello everyone. As the show reaches its seventh episode of its seventh season, the build up for the mid-season finale is becoming more and more apparent as things heat up.

Spoiler-free zone:

While the episode didn’t have a unique concept like last week’s Halloween episode, the pacing of the well-written storylines, made it stand out from some of the older episodes of the season. While the episode was mostly comedic this week, the mystery progressed quite a lot and so did most of the other storylines.

Spoiler zone:

Let’s begin with the mystery storyline. Firstly, I would like to point out that I’d guessed the last minute cliff-hanger since episode 2. Having said that, I’m glad they revealed that Beth is Felicia’s daughter/spy early in the season, since now it won’t be a “secret” that will get dragged with the rest of the intriguing and, so far, tricky mystery. The rest of the story was pretty unusual. Maybe I’m used to having a relatively easy mystery to solve in the last few seasons, but there are so many questions that I really don’t know how to answer. Why buy the houses? Why have an ex-con help you out and now that we know who’s behind Beth, what is her plan? Speaking of Beth, I love her! How can you not enjoy watching an overemotional, devious, bundle of nerves with mommy issues? It looks like today she even discovered a new weapon……sex! Well, her own version of it at least. I mean who rubs sawdust on their thighs? Ouch!

Lynette and Susan’s storylines were the ones that got merged together this week. Susan’s storyline, I think, has shifted from fun to dark. I think the writer’s wanted to have fun from Susan’s desperation for financial security, but now they are showing a more realistic side. This week it was more about self-image and how money (something that people rarely discuss outside their families) can affect relationships that had nothing to do with wealth in the first place. Good performances by both Felicity Huffman and Teri Hatcher. On a side note, I’m not sure how I feel about Renee and Lynette working together. We’ll have to wait and see.

Gaby’s story, while it didn’t have much to do with her main storyline, was really entertaining. I was wondering where Bob and Lee’s relationship had gone and it is nice how they have perfectly blended in with the street (despite not being original characters). Plus, I like seeing the ensemble interact.

Bee’s part of the episode was fun yet real. The age difference between her and Keith was mentioned before but it wasn’t explored that much. Marcia Cross, as always, delivered a perfect (and menopausal) performance. I always find myself satisfied with the way Bree’s disputes with Keith are handled. Whether it is accepting each other’s past problems or having a character clash, it always feels realistic and right. This week Keith’s realisation that they should live in the moment rather than think ahead, was perfectly fitting for the situation the two are in.

To sum up, this episode had fun, relatable and advancing storylines with lots of ensemble time as well as great performances. The ending narration was edited brilliantly and had a nice tongue and cheek humour as opposed to the usual dark tone.