I admit I rolled my eyes when ABC promoted this week's Desperate Housewives by saying it would be about "the 'wow,'" but I have to give them credit: There were at least a few "wow"s on Wisteria Lane last night. Plotlines both old and new were resolved — from Rick's restaurant fire to Mike's near death — and even Dylan's story got interesting again, complete with heavy dose of ominous music.
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Dylan — Dylan gets her own paragraph this week, because it's about time her story took a turn. After all this buildup (blah blah dad's gone, blah blah maybe mom killed him), Dylan's father supposedly arrived in the form of a creepy sheriff who followed her down the road, took a good long look at her driver's license, and convinced Dylan to go behind Katherine's back and meet with him. Considering the overly creepy music that played every time they were on screen together, I'm going to guess there's an evil twist on the way.
Susan/Mike/Orson — First off, Mike's home from rehab. Welcome home, Mike! But it wasn't a happy welcome for long, as Julie spilled that she'd seen naked Orson talking about running over Mike. I'm actually pretty thrilled that Mike marched right over and confronted Orson himself, rather than letting the revelation fester in true Wisteria Lane fashion. Of course, as soon as Susan and her raging pregnancy hormones found out, she couldn't keep her hands out of the situation, berating Orson for hitting Mike and leaving him for dead — all while wearing some goofy maternity lingerie. Ultimately, Mike gave Susan a speech about forgiveness (and it's true — Mike has no shortage of dark secrets), and Susan told Bree she would work on being OK with Orson again. But that was unnecessary, as Bree had already kicked Orson out (did all of his possessions really fit in one suitcase?) and dumped his picture in the trash. Is Orson really gone? Can I live without my weekly Kyle MacLachlan fix? And doesn't he have an awful lot of dirt on Bree that he could spill now that he's not under her wing?
Bree — Besides the above, Bree also decided to get into a catering business with Katherine. I expect lots of hair-pulling and hissy fits down the line.
Gaby — Gaby continued to be hilariously inappropriate in dealing with Carlos' blindness, this time returning his guide dog after she took Gaby's spot in bed. Sometimes I wonder if the writers made Carlos blind simply because they had so much fun thinking of funny and cruel ways for her to react to his disability. Example: "Carlos gets a new best friend and I get to check the sofa for ticks. Yay for Gaby!" Shockingly, Edie — Edie! — showed up to talk some sense into Gaby, telling her that now that Carlos truly needs help, abusing him like Gaby's always done is just cruel. Favorite exchange of the night:
Edie: "He's changed."
Gaby: "Not that much. Just his eyes."
It really is a topsy-turvy world when Edie makes sense.
Lynette — In maybe the biggest "wow" of the night, we found out who set fire to Rick's shop — but not before Lynette spent most of the episode telling Tom he needed an alibi and Tom spent his part telling Lynette that he no longer believes she didn't sleep with Rick. Honestly, I totally believed Tom was the arsonist all along — either that or Rick set fire to his own shop just to frame the Scavos — and so it was a pretty big surprise to me when Lynette's boys revealed they were the ones who biked down to the restaurant and set it on fire. I guess they've learned well from spending their formative years on Wisteria Lane, but I wonder: Will that story just die now, or will there be a long stretch where Lynette and Tom construct a coverup?
So, what did you think? What was the biggest "wow" for you? And how not Dylan's dad is that guy?
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