Before I go on any further, Lie Yuen, Nien, Brenda, Poh Yee and Zhu Zen, please do not continue reading this post and you may only return when you’ve come over to take the latest Desperate Housewives’ episode. Mervyn, the file is in your received folder.
If you don’t already know, I’m a HUGE Desperate Housewives fan! I’ve been following the series ever since it premiered in 2004. Fresh out of a long obsessive affair with Sex and The City, I thought nothing could ever replace Carrie, Samantha(my idol!), Miranda and Charlotte. I never knew I could ever love a show this much again. Desperate Housewives rocks!! I refresh isohunt.com every minute after 9.30am on Mondays to get the torrent link!
There’s nothing real about the show. It’s so bloody extravagant that you feel that it’s a whole different universe, almost on par with how bizarre the Heroes universe is.(I think they call it ‘universe’ when they talk about the world that revolves around a certain tv series.) Murders, lies, affairs affairs affairs and almost affairs!!, brilliant one liners(or multiple lines in Bree’s case), cute kids, weird kids, lovely husbands(sigh Tom! sigh..) and how incredibly clever these women are. It’s amazing how the women can turn any shit that they are in into a bed of roses within nanoseconds. Damn fast thinking!
Episode 6 was about the gay couple Lee and whatshisname throwing a Halloween party to make their neighbours like them more. Everybody on Wisteria Lane hates them because of that silly fountain monstrosity in their garden that they were so bitchy about. Digressing, Lee is cute!!
We’ll go through the storylines by name, ya?
For the Edie-Gabby-Carlos storyline, it’s really predictable. Carlos and Gabby, affair. Edie(for those who don’t know, was with Carlos for awhile.) hires a private investigator, finds out. Edie goes to the IRS about Carlos’ stashed away embezzled USD10 million. Carlos managed to hire an accountant to clean his mess for him. Edie has one thing less to threat Carlos with. Gabby wants to breaks up with her politician husband Victor Lang. Victor Lang’s father offers her a cheque with “many zeros” to stay with Victor for another year before the next elections. Victor wins Gabby back, Gabby is touched. La la la. But Edie uses her last ammo and brings the photos the private investigator took of Gabby and Carlos making out to Victor. Victor is a dangerous man. He looks like can hire people to kill Carlos.
But moving on, I don’t really like any storyline involving Edie.
Susan…. let’s skip. She overreacts when she learns that Mike has a father(after he told her that he was dead on their first date) who is currently serving a life sentence in prison for killing a man and shows no remorse. Bleh. Boring.
But my two favourite storylines are these…..*brings out the hanky*
As we all know that Lynette was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma at the end of season 3.. it has been tough watching her battling the cancer and dealing with chemotherapy.(Favourite scene was when Tom didn’t want her to put on anymore wigs when they had sex. No more naughty cheerleaders(she roleplayed with the many wigs), just Tom and Lynette. Awww!!)
In this episode, she apparently went for a scan to see if there were any cancer cells left. It left her feeling agitated for days on end while waiting for the test results. She goes to her garden and sees a hole in her soil, the naughty deeds of a wild possum. She gets very angry and aims to kill the possum who came into her garden and destroys it. You’d think that the chemo(or maybe lack of!) is doing things to her, but we later learn that it’s actually her using the possum as a metaphor. The possum is like the cancer that has come into her family and destroyed her family’s life. She will do whatever she can to kill it! She buys poison(but the possum eats around it) and buys a trap cage(but her youngest daughter accidentally crawls into it..haha)…nothing works and she was very upset. She buys an air rifle and hopes to catch the possum in the act and get rid of it once and for all. Much to the horror of Parker, her younger son. YA! I didn’t know that the twin boys were older than Parker!
While lying on her couch one evening, the doctor drops by to deliver the exciting news: Cancer cells are gone!! Her mother takes the doctor into the kitchen to celebrate with alcohol. Lynette walks out of the house in a daze and looks up at the skies. She inhales the fresh night air and stretches like how one would on a Sunday morning in bed. She then exhales with the silliest of grins, the brightest we’ve seen in the entire season. She’s extremely extremely happy with her new chance at life. Then she looks down and sees the possum lying near her picket fence, with his four little legs pointing up.
Lynette’s smile turned into sobs as she apologized to the possum. She felt horrible for taking away its life. I was already in tears from the Bree-Danielle story line so this scene only made me cry much harder. Damn sad okay! The last time I cried while watching Desperate Housewives was when Lynette saw Mary-Alice in her recurrent nightmares and went up to her and broke down and asked desperately, “Please! tell me! How can I help you?” knowing very well that the next moment, she would hear a gunshot after Mary-Alice walks into her house to commit suicide like in her previous nightmares. She tried to make this last nightmare different, to make things better. It was the episode where Carolyn Bigsby killed Nora. Best episode evarrr. It sort of changed her whole perception after Nora’s death.
Yeah, Lynette’s my favourite Desperate Housewife.
Now, about Bree’s family.
Ever since the start of Season 4, she’s been pretending to be pregnant while hiding her pregnant daughter, Danielle at a convent. She plans to raise the child as her own and also to protect Danielle’s dignity(or whatever that’s left of it.) Some moral values injected by ABC, I suppose. No sex before marriage or else this is what happens! Bree’s very traditional and very conservative while her kids are like the worst teenagers in the world. A son that is confusingly helpful yet absolutely evil, keen on telling the world about his mother’s secrets. Oh and he’s gay too, much to Bree’s chagrin. Danielle, her daughter, is super spoiled and rebellious.(ie. Fucking her high school history teacher and not feeling bad about it. But no, the baby belongs to Edie’s nephew.)
So in today’s episode, there was the Halloween party, as we know it. You have to download the episode and see everyone’s costume for yourself. Best costume goes to Dr. Mayfair the Gynecologist who went as the Frankenstein monster. Looks so different from his usual small stature. Anywayyy… Bree went as Little Bo Peep while her husband Orson went as Napolean(or something with a blonde bob). They were all having fun parading around in their costumes until Danielle, whom Bree is hiding from the entire neighbourhood for fear of bringing shame to her family, appears at the door. She came as Bree! From the hair down to the choice of maternal dress…she nailed it! Damn funny, seeing her mocking her mother by imitating her mother’s mannerisms.
When Bree pulls Danielle aside to scold her, Danielle’s water broke and the hosts were like, “What’s that?!!” and Bree, shocked but instantly smiled and chided her daughter, “Danielle!! Why did you have to break the water balloon so fast? Shouldn’t you at least wait until the end of the party?” and with one of her trademark smiles, she pulls her family out of the house and back into their own home.
She goes back to the party to fetch Dr. Mayfair(remember, the gynecologist) and has no choice but to let him in on the family secret. But surprise, surprise, Dr. Mayfair asked, “Has this got something to do with your fake pregnancy?” Gasp! He knew it all along!
So anyway, they go back into Bree’s house where Danielle delivers the baby. The Scovo kids(Lynette’s children) were playing trick or treating in their garden. They heard Danielle screaming from inside but they thought it was a prerecorded tape, trying to scare them. Then they the entire birth process from a window and gave a blood curdling scream and ran away. There goes the big secret.
Let’s backtrack a little. Bree wanted to raise the child as her own, she wants it to be her second chance at caring for a child, to be a better mother. Who wouldn’t when both your kids turn out to be such nightmares. She knew that Danielle would never care for the baby. But Danielle is adamant that she can handle the child on her own and that she wants to have nothing to do with her mother.(even after the mother agreed to buy her a convertible..sheesh).
So anyway, after the birth, Bree washes the baby up and brings him to Danielle. Danielle feigns disinterest as the Bree walks closer. Bree whispers, “Do you want to hold him?” Danielle’s initially stoic face then crumbles as she extends her hand, like a child wanting a teddy bear. She cradles the baby boy in her hands but looks away as she tries to hold back her tears. Bree’s face was quivering slightly too. The camera than pans onto the baby’s face for the first time and Danielle hugs the baby closer and cries.
Then Bree asks again, her voice barely a whisper, “Do you want to be alone with him? Do you want me to go? What should I do?” I thought that was the best line of the night. Bree never loses control which is why hearing her say, “What should I do?” showed how desperate she was in such a situation. It’s like asking her if she wants to be alone with the child for that moment in time and at the same time asking Danielle if she should be the one to take care of the baby instead. So touching. 🙁
Danielle then hands back the baby to her and says, “You should take him.”
Bree asks again, “Are you sure? Sweetheart, do you feel like you’re making a mistake?”
Danielle sniffles again, “No, it’s the right thing to do for everyone….especially him.”
Then she hands the baby back to Bree and said, “But you’re right… it’s awful.” She was agreeing to Bree’s previous naggings about how motherhood will be and how difficult it would be for someone of Danielle’s age to be having a baby.
Danielle takes a few deep breaths and turns to the side, her arrogance coming back, “I’m going to sleep now.”
Bree looks at her daughter and whispers, “Okay, baby.”
The music was so not helping. Totally tears inducing. I now have a blocked nose thanks to this episode.
And that wraps up episode 6! Too bad for those of you who are keen to wait it out on 8tv! Or do they have it on Starworld now?
Going back to Kedah tomorrow. Wish me luck for my exams!