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Desperate Housewives Recap, Episode 11, "Sunday"

Desperate Housewives Rundown Episode 11, "Sunday"

As a reprieve from all the crazy high-drama episodes (tornadoes, cancer, etc.), this week's Desperate Housewives was the perfect balance of silly fun (Bree's church-related hijinks) and seriousness (Dylan trying to find out what happened to her dad, Lynette searching for something to have faith in). There wasn't too much Edie, which is always a relief. And we're finally getting the story about Katherine and her "shady past." I was so sick of that storyline being dragged out. Oh, and Chris Carmack was in this week's episode! Remember him from The O.C.?

Anyway, it can all get crazier later, but I'm glad this first episode back after the strike was a pretty even-keeled one. To check out some of my thoughts on "Sunday," which will include spoilers if you haven't seen the episode,


Susan — You know, when Susan's not acting like a total moron, I really like her. The whole bit with learning that Timmy (Chris Carmack) has a thing for young girls and then trying to keep him away from Dylan was amusing. And then — plot twist! He was actually after Katherine, who, um, deflowered him some time ago. Then, from Timmy Susan finds out that Katherine and her ex-husband used to fight — violently.

Bree — Hooray for the comedic relief of Bree and Orson! I love that Bree can make any situation political, and that she used the ol' bringing-muffins trick not once but twice in this episode. Angling to become chairwoman of the Ladies' Auxiliary Club at her Presbyterian church, Bree's embarrassed by Lynette's curiosity about religion when the Scavos join Bree and Orson at a service — until it becomes clear that the reverend finds Lynette "refreshing." At this point, however, Lynette has gone on to explore the Catholic church, and Bree tries to "poach" Lynette (as a nun puts it), bring her back to her own church and score some points with the reverend. Annoyed at being used, Lynette calls Bree out on her manipulations, though in the end Bree forfeits the chair position and apologizes to Lynette. My favorite parts: Bree encouraging Lynette to look into Unitarianism ("I hear those folks are anything goes!") and Orson trying to take baby Benjamin (in that ridiculous hat!) to the museum in an effort to counter the Van de Camp DNA. Ha!

Gaby — So, the surprise wedding is Gaby and Carlos' in-hospital nuptials, only about two weeks after Victor has died. Carlos tells Gaby he may not regain his eyesight for three or four months, but later Gaby learns the truth from Edie: Carlos' eyesight may never return. Furious with his dishonesty, Gaby plays pranks on Carlos, cooking him dog food stew and pretending to lead him around the kitchen in a sexy little game only to make him crash into stuff. Now, I recognize that this is a super mean thing to do, but it didn't stop me from laughing hysterically at the sight of Gaby hurling fruit at her blind husband. Gaby then explains that she's hurt by his lack of faith in her and she promises to love him "for better or for worse."

Lynette — Having been through a battle with cancer and a viciously destructive tornado, Lynette is looking for something to believe in. She turns to religion, joins Bree and Orson at their church, flags a Bible with all her questions, and attends Bible study. Later, she tries out the Catholic church, and refuses to be used in Bree's plot for making chairwoman of the Ladies' Auxiliary Club. She tells Bree that she has a lot of questions — like why she survived the tornado when others did not — and she thought Bree would be able to help her with those questions. Ultimately, the two reconcile and Bree asks Lynette to have faith in her and in their friendship.

Edie — As is often the case, Edie exists solely to cause little ripples of mischief. In this case she finds out that Carlos' condition is far more serious than he's letting Gaby believe, and she conveys this information to Gaby. Done.

Katherine — Finally! We get some explanation about Katherine's past. She murdered her abusive ex-husband which, in the world of Desperate Housewives, is actually pretty small potatoes. She's been hiding this from Dylan all these years, and Adam has been helping her keep the secret. As a last act of kindness toward Katherine, Adam lies to an emotional and confused Dylan and tells her that Katherine didn't kill Dylan's dad. As for Katherine, I'm kinda glad she got some action from the all-grown-up Timmy.

I have to say, though, my biggest laugh of the night came from the previews for next week's episode in which Gaby snaps at a man in a wheelchair, "I have to walk in heels all day long! You get to sit in a chair and roll." So ridiculously inappropriate.

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tiggerchick2 tiggerchick2 8 years
I have to agree with several of the posters above me..the show was kind of dull. And to be honest, the secret about Katherine was far less shocking than I would have thought it to be. Hopefully next week it will get better :)
caligirl25 caligirl25 8 years
This is honestly such an addictive show...can't wait!
kitten6500 kitten6500 8 years
I thought this episode was pretty dull... very predictable.
pargie pargie 8 years
I like Eddie when she's mean, not when she's all vulnerable and nice...unless she's vulnerable and mean. Anyway, glad that she didn't have much this episode. I love the whole Carlos/Gabby storyline...and that Katherine got it on with Susan's hot cousin. I can also appreciate Lynette trying to find answers, overall good's classic DH.
oh-cecilia-baby oh-cecilia-baby 8 years
i loved edie's dress too! but i also thought this episode was a little blah and predictable really... oh well, next week looks better
yeokr yeokr 8 years
I thought the episode was very interesting - and Bree looked SO BEAUTIFUL in every scene. geez louise. the storyline with the church was neat and I liked the way it perpetuated the feelings from the season without all the high energy drama; it provided some closure for the deaths, etc. chris carmak was a nice addition for the week - i wonder how long he will be around?
luvofashion luvofashion 8 years
i LOVED the dress EDDIE had on when she goes to tell Gabby about Carlos secret. oh! such a fabulous dress, i would sooo wear that. last nites episode was alright,nothing to talk about!!!
GeriAnne1932 GeriAnne1932 8 years
The show was so DULL. I felt like the show dragged on and it has really all season. I, to be honest, was disappointed that they couldn't come up with better things after being on strike and stepping away from the story to have some creative ideas.
Linda-McP Linda-McP 8 years
Great review, Buzz. It was fun to be back on Wisteria Lane again!
SugarKim4203 SugarKim4203 8 years
I thought this episode was only ehhh
Monoka Monoka 8 years
i loves when Lynette stud up in church, was funny! and even said bree her friend invited her LOL the face last night was fun
sarathacoombs sarathacoombs 8 years
DANG IT!!!! I had no clue it was back on this week and missed it!! OOOH NOOOOOOOOO!!!!!
snowbunny11 snowbunny11 8 years
I'm really hoping the Katherine thing turns out to be more interesting than just killing an abusive ex! This episode was kind of blah, but every scene with Bree in it was pretty good, and Gaby isn't so bad either, maybe a little predictable. In fact, it is making me like Eva Longoria better, I can't remember why we hate her in the first place, she just seems to like having fun being an actress in Hollywood. Although, she was a little obsessed with her wedding....
Gabriela14815884 Gabriela14815884 8 years
I didn't even know DH was returning this week! Thankfully I saw it on Buzzsugar and went to ABC to watch it - so thanks for that :D I thought the episode was really good. I was laughing like crazy when Gabrielle was pelting Carlos with the fruit LOL. I thought the whole story line with Lynette and her trying to find something to believe in very touching and Hallelujah! We finally know what the big secret is (or at least part of it) with Katerine!!
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