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DJariya
05-17-09, 01:43 PM
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Episode Titles:

"Everybody says Don't/If It's Only In Your Head"

Synopsis:



Tom decides to go back to school (much to Lynette's dismay); Orson threatens Bree with blackmail; and Dave makes a "friendly" gesture to Susan. Roberta: Lily Tomlin. Karl: Richard Burgi.



2 episodes back to back tonight. This is the only major scripted show tonight.

davidh777
05-17-09, 02:52 PM
Probably because of this and the Survivor finale. I need to see both but am running short of DVR space...

Ranger
05-17-09, 10:09 PM
Big story with dave/susan/mike was meh, but lil stories about ana/gaby/carlos, baby factory, and bree/lawyer were good.

spainlinx0
05-17-09, 10:28 PM
Well, Susan/Mike story ended incredibly predictably. Was that Kathryn's daughter in the first pew? I couldn't tell.

If I were Bree, I would have had those things stolen again, and hide them better.

Also, didn't the new teenager sort of look like Kathryn's kid? Maybe I'm just confusing them.

Overall, meh.

cdollaz
05-17-09, 10:49 PM
Ugh, I hope Mike married Katherine.

starseed1981
05-18-09, 12:02 AM
Terrible. That is all.

marty888
05-18-09, 07:55 AM
At best, a mediocre pair of episodes. Hopefully, Dave is gone forever, and they don't bring him back after a "recovery".

OldDude
05-18-09, 08:43 AM
Ugh, I hope Mike married Katherine.

While technically a "cliffhanger," I think we all "know" he remarried Susan, and assured himself a life (or at least another season) of perpetual misery.

spainlinx0
05-18-09, 09:28 AM
Let's see you have a choice between one woman who keeps the house spotless, is a ridiculously good cook, doesn't seem to be too fucked up in the head, and is very attractive to boot. The other woman burns mac and cheese, is constantly fucking up everything she touches, is mentally unstable, and is usually pretty annoying. Well I know who I would choose.

OldDude
05-18-09, 10:39 AM
Well I know who I would choose.


Sure, but you live in the real world, not Hysteria Lane.

DVD Josh
05-18-09, 10:53 AM
I'm seriously considering giving this show up. It's gotten very bad, and worse, very predictable.

Jadzia
05-18-09, 11:07 AM
Let's see you have a choice between one woman who keeps the house spotless, is a ridiculously good cook, doesn't seem to be too fucked up in the head, and is very attractive to boot. The other woman burns mac and cheese, is constantly fucking up everything she touches, is mentally unstable, and is usually pretty annoying. Well I know who I would choose.

Sure, Katherine is a great cook, but someone who has to lie and manipulate you in order to get you to marry her doesn't seem like a huge prize to me. I hope he did marry Susan, who after all is the mother of his child.

After seeing poor MJ bounced around all season, I think it would be great if his parents were back together.

spainlinx0
05-18-09, 11:31 AM
And we know that Susan would never lie, manipulate, steal jewelry, act like a psycho or anything like that. We're grading on a curve here. If you're picking someone from this block, I think Katherine is still your safest bet.

Of course he's going to pick Susan. TV writers have this weird thing about certain characters being "destined" for each other, despite the fact that in real life these people would be absolutely toxic for each other.

Also, I am considering why I watch this show more than ever. The characters have simply gotten more and more unlikeable and less sympathetic the more I watch. They have barely any redeeming qualities. Can you think back to the first season and pick Carlos as the one person with good qualities?

People behaving badly should be more fun. I don't know if I'm having enough fun with this show anymore.

riley_dude
05-18-09, 12:46 PM
From USA Today...
Season finale frenzy: 'Desperate Housewives'


You didn't really think Housewives was going to kill a housekid, did you?

Even for a series that has had more than its share of fictional fatalities, murdering adorable little MJ would have been a hideous step too far, one you never thought a show that is essentially a comedy was going to take.

Which is why, despite a few entertaining flourishes, Sunday night's two-hour Desperate Housewivesmostly seemed to be spinning its wheels, desperately trying to build suspense around an event we never really feared was going to happen.

Stretching what felt like a half-hour worth of plot over a two-episode slot, the show took too long to get to the climax — and telegraphed the (relatively) happy ending before it got there. The set-up was scary enough: Dave tied Susan to a post so she'd be forced to watch as he recreated the crash that killed his wife and child. Only this time, Mike would crash into Dave's car, killing MJ in the back seat. But at the last minute, in a hallucination-inspired act of charity, Dave let MJ out of the car and went to the accident alone, only to survive and end up in a mental hospital.

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Granted, last year's finale was a hard act to follow. It had one of the show's better mysteries to solve — the secret of Katherine's past — and ended with one of the show's best tricks: a five-year leap forward. As good as Neal McDonough was as Dave, his revenge plot couldn't hope to compete. It was too simple and unraveled too quickly.

Unfortunately, this flat and silly episode not only didn't live up to last year's effort, it also didn't live up to the season it was meant to finish. This has been a good year for Desperate, and it deserved a better end.

Too much of the episode just didn't ring true. I didn't buy Bree's desperation to get divorced, or Katherine's desperation to get married. And clearly the time has come for a TV time-out on hallucinatory visits from the dead, even though in this case, Dave's visions did provide an excuse for a surprise return by Nicollette Sheridan.

Worst of all, much of the show was spent setting up new plots that seem deeply unpromising. Lynette pregnant with twins? Gaby and Carlos living with a teenage tramp? Carl and Bree a couple?

Oh, and Mike getting married — though in cliffhanger fashion, we don't know to whom.

And after that finale, I don't know if we care.

DVD Josh
05-18-09, 01:15 PM
End of that article pretty much sums it up for me.

cdollaz
05-18-09, 01:15 PM
Other than the Susan/MJ/Dave stuff, which was predictable as mentioned in the article above, I thought it was OK. I am interested to see where the Bree/Orson stuff will go, what will happen to the Scavos, and I like that Gabby has someone that can get under her skin.

Heat
05-18-09, 03:29 PM
It was OK but the show has jumped the shark. I give it one more year.

JTH182
05-18-09, 03:59 PM
I hope every episode next season consists solely of an hour of the teenage tramp.

rennervision
05-18-09, 05:45 PM
For a second there, I thought the entire season was a hallucination by Dave in the mental hospital and I thought "Oh no they did NOT just do that!" :lol:

And I'm thinking it's time to add a stop sign at that intersection. Or Mike/Susan should just avoid that intersection altogether.

Snowmaker
05-18-09, 10:30 PM
I hope every episode next season consists solely of an hour of the teenage tramp.

Do we have a name to Google yet?

mraw
05-18-09, 10:39 PM
Isn't Lynette a bit mature to be pregnant without the assistance of a doctor? I have no idea how old she is on the show, but I remember her making a big deal about being her age and re-entering the workplace before the five-year jump. This seems unrealistic to me.

And is it me or is Wisteria Lane overflowing with useless children already? For some reason Susan's are the only ones I can stomach (and Andrew). The rest of them haven't brought much to show (especially Gaby's. Whenever I see her with those kids I feel like she's babysitting them, and that she is in no way their biological mother).

I stopped watching regularly when Edie passed but I recorded this episode to see how it wrapped up. The Betty Applewhite season finale was better than this one.

spainlinx0
05-18-09, 10:41 PM
The intersection does have a stop sign. It was knocked down the night Susan ran it, and I'm guessing this time Dave was supposed to yield to it.

Patman
05-18-09, 10:58 PM
I think it's time to leave Wisteria Lane behind after this season.

Jadzia
05-19-09, 12:00 AM
Isn't Lynette a bit mature to be pregnant without the assistance of a doctor? I have no idea how old she is on the show, but I remember her making a big deal about being her age and re-entering the workplace before the five-year jump. This seems unrealistic to me.


Didn't they establish earlier that Lynette was super-fertile? I seem to remember once Tom wanted to have sex without birth control and she freaked out because she says she gets pregnant at the drop of the hat. Still, that was before the 5 year jump, but it wouldn't be impossible.

What I thought was unrealistic is that she never had her tubes tied or had Tom get a vasectomy after Penny was born. I would have thought they would have opted for some more permanent birth control after they were done having their kids.

MadonnasManOne
05-19-09, 12:10 AM
I agree that the season finale wasn't all the great, but, I hardly think this show has "jumped the shark". Overall, it was a pretty great season. I think it's funny that people start saying, "I think I'm done with this show", just because of a couple of off episodes. Overall, this show is pretty consistently good. To each their own, I guess.

Snowmaker
05-19-09, 06:55 AM
Maiara Walsh. I guess she was another Disney Channel hottie.

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Red Dog
05-19-09, 07:52 AM
What I thought was unrealistic is that she never had her tubes tied or had Tom get a vasectomy after Penny was born. I would have thought they would have opted for some more permanent birth control after they were done having their kids.

You'd think Mr. Midlife Crisis Every Other Day would have done that. I'm pretty much tired of the Scavos.

Very predictable resolution to the drawnout Dave drama.

If Mike marries Susan, he's nuts and would deserve all the misery in the world.

The Bree/Orson stuff is entertaining and Gabby and Carlos being guardians to a hot teenage vixen should provide plenty of entertainment.

rfduncan
05-19-09, 08:45 AM
For a second there, I thought the entire season was a hallucination by Dave in the mental hospital and I thought "Oh no they did NOT just do that!" :lol:
Ditto. I was thinking to myself, so this is how they're going to bring Nicollette Sheridan back?

And I'm thinking it's time to add a stop sign at that intersection. Or Mike/Susan should just avoid that intersection altogether.
Well and we got the impression that it happened while they were out to dinner one evening and it seemed to take the better part of the afternoon into the night before Dave, Susan and MJ even got to the intersection (even though it took Mike no time from the airport). Weak.

While I do enjoy this show, I'm starting to see the futility and contrivances too bluntly after this season. The Scavos pregnant again? Trampy Solis cousin? Come on. Karen and Roberta McClusky were more fun to watch - and how about bringing Bob and Lee into the mix a little more? Lee is practically a housewife himself yet we only see him at the occasional coffee klatch. The main housewives need more sprucing up than even dear Katherine could alone provide now that Edie is gone.

DVD Josh
05-19-09, 08:50 AM
I agree that the season finale wasn't all the great, but, I hardly think this show has "jumped the shark". Overall, it was a pretty great season. I think it's funny that people start saying, "I think I'm done with this show", just because of a couple of off episodes. Overall, this show is pretty consistently good. To each their own, I guess.

Not really, but like you said, to each their own.

Patman
05-19-09, 08:57 AM
This show revolves around passive-agressive behavior until the conflict finally surfaces to a major boil, and that's been getting tiresome.

mraw
05-19-09, 11:37 AM
I have no idea what purpose Katherine currently serves. The Nike/Susan/Katherine triangle is very forced and it's obvious that Mike isn't in love with her, so it would've been best to axe the Katherine character this season and keep Edie.

Edie was a great device in that Marc Cherry didn't always have to have a devious villain on the show at all times because he could always use Edie to keep stirring the pot. With her gone, either the show will become very boring (it's already going down that road), or he's going to have to find a constant antagonist to keep things interesting. Another great thing about Edie was that she could switch from good to bad in a heartbeat, and whichever mood was chosen for her was genuine and not contrived.

The niece storyline has bored me already. That's become a serious desperate ploy on this show. They've gone through Andrew, Danielle, Edie's nephew who got Danielle pregnant, and even Kayla when it comes to bringing drama to the show and it's a distraction and nuisance IMO. It's obvious that this girl isn't going to be a goody two-shoes, so she will provide 'drama' for next season.

Orson is creepy, but I think that storyline is decent considering Orson hit Mike with his car and his mother is clinically insane. They've been quite cohesive in telling that story and I can respect it even though I'm not all that interested in it.

riley_dude
05-19-09, 12:47 PM
Ditto. I was thinking to myself, so this is how they're going to bring Nicollette Sheridan back?


Well and we got the impression that it happened while they were out to dinner one evening and it seemed to take the better part of the afternoon into the night before Dave, Susan and MJ even got to the intersection (even though it took Mike no time from the airport). Weak.

While I do enjoy this show, I'm starting to see the futility and contrivances too bluntly after this season. The Scavos pregnant again? Trampy Solis cousin? Come on. Karen and Roberta McClusky were more fun to watch - and how about bringing Bob and Lee into the mix a little more? Lee is practically a housewife himself yet we only see him at the occasional coffee klatch. The main housewives need more sprucing up than even dear Katherine could alone provide now that Edie is gone.
Still haven't figured out why they even introduced Lee and Bob. They have been given nothing to do.
I found the choices they are making for these charters are not at all good. I am really liking these characters less and less.