The best thing about "Desperate Housewives" final season is that it nicely bookends Season 1 by going back to its' roots and entangling ALL the women in the same mystery.
With Gabby's abusive stepfather dead and the ladies banding together to keep the nasty secret, this season has a more cohesive feel to it. Fans of Marcia Cross/Bree will be delighted because she practically assumes lead status here as her character is the one who steps up to the plate when the majority of suspicion falls upon her. The writers take Bree as far away as possible from the demure Miss Manners stereotype she was in the beginning and Cross rises to the occasion wonderfully. She always was my favorite and doesn't disappoint here.
Vanessa Williams' character Renee comes across more sympathetic this season as she's not used to generate friction among any of the characters like she was last year.
This being the finale, the producers kill off several characters and not just peripheral ones like they did in the past. We also get some surprise and welcome returns from departed characters of seasons' past to help bring closure.
A great end to one of the best series of the last decade. While it's not as good as Seasons 1 or 3, it's still miles better than the poor shows ABC is foisting on the public as replacements (the now-cancelled "GCB" and boring, overrated "Revenge").