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Desperate Housewives Recap: Episode 13, "Hello, Little Girl"

Desperate Housewives Rundown: Episode 13, "Hello, Little Girl"

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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pargie pargie 9 years
I knew it was the children that started the fire. And although the show is somewhat predictable at times..I still love it. Just like I loved Passions when it was cheesiest guilty pleasure. Now this is the only "soap opera" I watch.
So-Fab So-Fab 9 years
I don't watch the show anymore but my mom was watching it as I was in the bathroom getting ready for bed and I heard the little boy say they biked down and burned the restaurant down. I walked out face covered with wash and was like what??? her kids burned it down???? That was a huge wow for me lol.
smileyface smileyface 9 years
I SO TOTALLY KNEW that Lynette's kids started the fire. I figured it out cause they overheard Tom and Lynette arguing about Rick in last week's episode. I'm not sure if I believe that that sheriff guy is really Dylan's father. We shall see what happens with that. And I totally didn't think about Orson having all kinds of dirt on Bree, especially the fact that the baby is really Danielle's. Also, thought the scenes for next week with Edie taking in Orson were HILARIOUS. Can't wait to see that!
Gossamer Gossamer 9 years
I totally called the kids starting the fire last week. I love this show,so soap opry. I have the worst habit of figuring out the small details of shows and missing the big picture. I knew the Jack Shepard in the season three finale was a flash forward but could not for the life of me know who was the spy on the boat even though everyone and their mothers knew it was Michael.
GeriAnne1932 GeriAnne1932 9 years
Show is lame....and in true typical soap opera fashion, it will be the evil twin of the dad that will be revealed and eventually killed like every character on this show. And who didn't see that it was the children that started the fire, why else would they have been so curiously listening when Tom and Lynette were arguing in the previous episode. What I wanted to happen was when the guys were fighting, they push Lynette and her wig comes off and what's his name sees she has cancer and is superficial and leaves her repulsed and Tom and Lynette can move on and be in love because they were so cute in the earlier seasons.
mlmoreno47 mlmoreno47 9 years
Just when I was starting to like Edie and think that maybe she had changed they go and show the promo for next week and her inviting Orson into her house. Such a skank.
Linda-McP Linda-McP 9 years
Great recap, Buzz! Dylan is so naive. Creepy guy, creepy music...disaster ahead. He is so not her dad. Gaby truly is outrageous but she's getting some of the best lines this season. Loved the final bedroom scene with the three of them in bed. And, of course, it had to be the boys who set the fire, but now what? It will be interesting to see how that story line plays out. Hopefully, we haven't seen the last of Orson; he's been one of the highlights of the season. It's fun to be back on Wisteria Lane.
pianoteacher1 pianoteacher1 9 years
I was not that shocked when I knew the kids burn down the restaurant. Didn't audiences forget that the kids are from hell? LOL
sofi sofi 9 years
That guy is not Dylan's father and he is going to do something awful to her- that's my feeling. She obviously doesn't trust her mother and won't tell her a thing. I think the dad is dead and this is an ex-friend who knows all her dirty little secrets. Dylan just annoys me how dense she is, though. I still don't get why she doesn't remember a thing from her past? Was that ever revealed? I need Orson's quick wit- that was a shocker that Bree sent him packing. Edie once again makes her brief appearance, but can you believe the previews- is no man safe from her clutches???
Cocoangel Cocoangel 9 years
Edie doesn't often do the right thing but props to her for giving Gaby something to think about. Loved the shot at the end with Carlos, Gaby & Roxy laying in bed together.
luv2blazy luv2blazy 9 years
MlleMLT...that is totally Lumbergh. I was trying to figure out where he was from. He is creepy. I don't think he is the dad either. I bet it is the dad's brother.
fleurfairy fleurfairy 9 years
Didn't watch the episode (The Tudors trumps this show anyday) but I hope Orson's not leaving. I love Kyle.
ilanac13 ilanac13 9 years
it's been a really long time since i watched DH, however last night was pretty interesting. it's great to see what the twist is with the restaurant fire - and all that's going to happen there. also, what's the deal with the father? hmm...i might have to tune in again...
MlleMLT MlleMLT 9 years
okay i don't even watch this show but I happened to flip to it and saw the sherrif guy - is that Bill Lumbergh from Office Space??
Leilanic1 Leilanic1 9 years
the big wow was definitely when the boys admitted to burning rick's down. so sad and how do you discipline them for that?? will be interesting to see how it plays out. i think the dylan storyline is going to go like this: creepy sheriff tells her he's her father, gets her alone a lot, then kidnaps her or something....the only reason i say that is wasn't there a scene with kathering burying dylan's father??? they would have to explain who she really buried.
tiabia tiabia 9 years
Apparently the children of Wisteria Lane start early in living deceptive and destructive lives!!! Here's a season 1 long is Andrew Van de Camp going to get away with the vehicular homicide of Mama Solis?
pharm_chick pharm_chick 9 years
susan bugs me!! arghhh
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