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Desperate Housewives Rundown Episode 18, "A Spark. To Pierce the Dark"

Desperate Housewives Rundown Episode 18, "A Spark. To Pierce the Dark"

We won't be seeing any new episodes of Desperate Housewives for four more weeks, so I'm glad this week's episode is pretty satisfying! We're finally wrapping up the whole Dave storyline, which I find to be a big relief. I've liked his creepiness on the show but I think I've had enough of his story. Meanwhile, Susan has a surprising reconnection with Karl, Orson makes a major demand of Bree, and Gaby, Lynette and Carlos are all having problems with Lucy's way of doing business.

And the whole thing with Edie at the end had me laughing — not because of the actual event but because it took so many different forms. I'd feel bad about that but I'm pretty sure it was meant to be at least a little funny . . . right? To chat about this week's episode,


Susan — Susan encounters Karl as he's enrolling his son at her school, and as the kid's time in Susan's art class progresses, she finds that he only likes to draw disturbing pictures of bloody murders. Though they first have a big, nasty, classic Susan-Karl blowout (ending in Susan throwing paint in Karl's face, gross), Susan eventually has a real heart-to-heart with Karl and discovers that Karl's wife has left them. Now Karl claims to understand how Susan felt when he left her. This is just how I like my Susan stories: relatively tame, normal, and not particularly central to the episode as a whole!

Bree — This story had me worried for a little while there. I truly thought Bree was going to give up her business when Orson explained that he steals because he feels like he's disappearing as a person, and he thinks Bree has emasculated him by concentrating so much on her business and not supporting him enough. Next thing we know, Bree is on the phone, saying she'll sell the company! After a little talk with Andrew (thank goodness for Andrew — I just love him this season), Bree realizes that if Orson loves her so much, he wouldn't want her to give up something that she loves. She asks Orson to give her just one more year, but this darkens Orson's mood once more and he resorts to stealing again.

Lynette — I got a huge kick out of Lynette this episode, though it's rather odd to see her be so passive as Lucy's underling. Lucy clearly doesn't care for Lynette much, and despite Lynette's gentle protests (because she has four kids, for Pete's sake), Lucy makes it a requirement that she work Friday nights. Lynette tries talking to Carlos, but he draws the boss/neighbor line pretty firmly and won't make exceptions for her. In the end, Lynette allows Carlos and Gaby's kids to play with Lucy's precious glass figurines and Lucy's vicious true nature shines through for everyone to see — including Carlos, who fires her.

Gaby — Lucy's departure is a huge relief for Gaby, who is scared that she and Carlos are becoming the way they used to be: Carlos exhausted and cranky from working all the time and buying expensive gifts to try and make it up to Gaby. They both recognize that Carlos can't exactly quit the job right now, but getting rid of Lucy and perhaps making the office a less stressful place will be a step in the right direction for everyone. One of my favorite parts of the whole episode (though I also found it a little weird) is Gaby and Tom's little coffee chat about sex. Tom can gab with the best of the housewives!

Edie/Dave — Dave's master plan is revealed (he's going to try and kill Katherine on the camping trip, of course, which we all saw coming for a long time now) but his plan is foiled when Edie pieces everything together and texts him, demanding he come home. The next part is standard DH ridiculousness when Edie, right in front of a mentally unstable man who has lied to her for years, tries to get on the phone with Mike to warn him about Dave. What? Anyway, as anyone in the world might have guessed, the violent Dave tries to prevent Edie from making this call and ends up choking her. She survives this, only to get into a car accident while trying to swerve away from cat burglar Orson. And she survives that — only to get out of the car and be electrocuted.

Well, we've got four whole weeks before the next new episode on April 19, so there's plenty of time to talk. What did you think of this week's DH?

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