Lily Tomlin! Frances Conroy! Hooray for some great new blood on Desperate Housewives! Overall I think this week's episode is better than the others have been thus far this season, but in particular, it's so awesome to see these new ladies reinvigorating the show. Tomlin plays Mrs. McCluskey's saucy, smart-talking sister while Frances Conroy (known to Six Feet Under fans as Ruth Fisher) is a massage client of Carlos's who has a very, ah, "special" relationship with him.
The theme, of course, is "dangerous women." To chat about the goings-on in this episode,
Susan — OK, I'll admit, I think the beginning is really funny with Susan blabbing on and on about Jackson to her new painter, an older man who calls her Suzanne by mistake. Of course, in real life, Susan would be insanely annoying, but this scene made me chuckle. After basically telling Jackson she doesn't see a future with him, Susan's now having second thoughts and she goes to Jackson's apartment to talk. Hearing the shower running, she decides to undress and climb in to surprise him. Sigh. If TV's taught me anything it's that the person showering is rarely who you think it is. Susan hasn't been watching the same shows, though, and she comes upon a woman Jackson picked up at a club. The two exchange insults, Jackson returns to the apartment, Susan yells at him and leaves in a huff. Later, Jackson goes to Susan's and eventually they decide to "start over."
Bree — Poor Katherine! She has a good point: When she and Bree started the business together, they were two lonely women, doing something for themselves. Now Bree has all this success and is one half of a "power couple" with Orson. So, Bree plays matchmaker and sets up Katherine with Peter, a man Orson says is an old college friend. Who else saw the fact that Peter was really a fellow inmate coming a mile away? What I did not see coming, however, is Peter's history of stealing organs. Gross. Katherine looks so happy after her evening with Peter! But Bree breaks the news to her about Peter's past and Katherine breaks things off. In the end, though, it looks like there might be something promising happening between Katherine and Mike. . .
Gaby — I loved this storyline! Carlos inadvertently helps one of his older clients, Virginia Hildebrand (Frances Conroy) have a "happy ending," so to speak, and she tips him very generously. He's done such "wonders" for Virginia, she wants to pay Carlos an extravagant amount to be her personal masseur when she goes to Europe. Gaby, once she finds out about Virginia's happy massages, rejects this idea. . . until Virginia offers to bring Gaby and the girls along and asks if Gaby would like to be her personal shopper. As long as she "doesn't mind being paid in dresses," that is. Of course, this is an offer Gaby can't refuse!
Lynette — Lynette comes upon Tom chatting with an attractive woman (the first "dangerous woman" we learn about in the show) and immediately assumes that Tom is having an affair with her. Turns out, this woman is Anne Shilling, real estate agent and mother to Kirby, a friend of Porter's. She helps Tom find a rehearsal space for the band, but Lynette's suspicion is raised once again when Anne drops by the space to hand off some old furniture — including a futon. When Lynette confronts Tom about this, he assures her that he would never hurt her by having an affair. He spots a condom wrapper on the floor and soon discovers that Porter is actually using the rehearsal space as his own personal love lair. What Tom doesn't know: Porter's lady is actually Anne Shilling! Yikes. Lynette follows Tom to the rehearsal space and spots a messily dressed Anne hurrying out the door. She now thinks her suspicions have been confirmed about Tom and Anne, we last see Lynette angrily packing a suitcase.
Edie, Dave and Mrs. McCluskey — Mrs. McCluskey pretends to be just a frail, sweet little old lady when Edie comes to visit her in the hospital, when in fact, she's recruiting her brassy, sassy sister Roberta (Lily Tomlin) to help her investigate Dave some more. I can't wait to see more of the snooping sisters — they are so fabulous! Later we learn that Dave had a drug addict brother named Steve who was killed in prison by a fellow inmate.
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