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A Few Good Moments, But Time To Put It To Bed
on September 12, 2011
"Desperate Housewives" is no longer as addictive as it once was and seems to be on its last legs and way past its prime.
First, the good: The show seems to be a little racier this season, as when Bree shrieks "Get that thing away from me!" when confronted with a zucchini, following a night of marathon-sex with years-younger boytoy (Brian Austin Greene). Or when Gabby asks Lee to use the back door and he shoots back "I ALWAYS do!". Little moments like this kept me tuning in. And Teri Hatcher seems less annoying this year as well. Perhaps having her move off the Lane created more sympathy for the character. Lainie Kazan is wonderful as Susan's new landlady who runs a website called Va-Va-Va-Broom, featuring sexy women doing their housework in lingerie. With bills piling up and husband Mike on the verge of taking a job in Alaska, what's a desperate housewife to do but don the garters and heels?
The annual "disaster" show has in the past brought us a tornado, plane crash and this year comes in the form of a street riot brought on by Paul Young's announcement he's opening a halfway house for ex-cons. And for this episode Wisteria Lane becomes Hysteria Lane and Susan is seriously injured and is faced with a major health crisis.
Emily Bergi (Whom I was only familiar with from "The Rage: Carrie II") shows up as Paul Young's new wife, a prison groupie who sets up house with Fairview's creepiest citizen but causes tempers to flare when she won't perform her most important wifely duty. Bergi gets more likeable as the season goes on.
The wonderful Harriet Samson Harris is back as the twisted Felicia Tillman though sometimes she's only onscreen for five seconds per episode.
Now the bad: Vanessa Williams is a tired choice for a new foil. I wish the producers had went with an actress who has been hiding away for awhile rather than someone who just came off a four-year run on "Ugly Betty" playing an all-too similar character.
Tom and Lynette are having marriage problems AGAIN, due to one of them being jealous of the other's career AGAIN. The writers are running out of ideas fast and it's never been more evident that it is watching this set.
The show has already run its course and I am not sure it will be able to sustain itself for an entire season as we approach the final year. The more casual fans may want to rent this one instead of buying.
***1/2 Three and a half stars.