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Desperate Housewives Recap Episode 14, "Opening Doors"

Desperate Housewives Rundown Episode 14, "Opening Doors"

This week's episode of Desperate Housewives had some funny things (Edie, referring to Orson: "It would be like having sex with PBS.") and some sad, ominous things (that quiet exchange between Katherine and Wayne, yikes) but best of all, we have Bad Kayla back in action. It's exciting to have another creepy, maniacal child on TV. Maybe her behavior is due to all the trauma she's been through — including just having a loony mom — but I bet it doesn't help things to grow up on Wisteria Lane, which is kinda chock-full of conniving women. She's like a little "desperate housewife" in training.

Kalya's storyline stood out the most to me this week, but there are other things to discuss as well, so


Susan — OK, so there are other things to discuss, but Susan's storyline isn't one of them! Seeing her ex-husband at lamaze class with his young, pregnant wife was mostly just boring. Karl brags about his wonderful, perfect life, Susan feels inferior, finally they talk it out together and Karl says some nice things to placate the ever-neurotic Susan. End of story.

Bree — My favorite scenes are fast becoming those between Bree and Katherine. I hope we get more of those, and moreover, I hope we get to see the two of them teaming up to do crazy things together. Anyway, Bree kicks Orson out, though she also tells him he could get back in her good graces if he would just turn himself into the cops, which he won't do. So, Orson gets drunk one night, and randomly ends up at Edie's house. As soon as Edie sees that this upsets Bree, she decides to try and seduce Orson (despite his PBS-quality sexuality). They get as far as kissing — which, of course, Bree happens to spot through Edie's window — before Orson puts a stop to things.

Gaby — Another week, another inappropriate comment from Gaby, who approaches her gay neighbors to help her find out if her new boarder, Ellie (Justine Bateman) is operating as a prostitute out of Gaby and Carlos' home. She asks the men to help with the role-playing because she assumes all gay men are good actors. To be honest, I was kinda hoping Ellie would turn out to be a prostitute, as a sort of homage to her character on Arrested Development, but instead she's just a regular ol' drug dealer. (However, I gotta wonder at her excuse. . .tattoos? Really? Wouldn't Gaby have heard or seen something if Ellie were putting tattoos on people in her house?)

Lynette — Now for my favorite storyline, though it's also the one that makes me the most uncomfortable. Kayla is one psycho little kid. She manipulates the boys (which, let's admit it, isn't that hard) into doing dangerous and illegal things, but when Lynette tries to take her to a therapist, Kayla threatens to go to the cops and tell them that her half-brothers were responsible for the arson at Rick's restaurant. I'm curious to find out how far her evildoing will go before it's gone too far. I have to say, too, that Tom is more aggravating than ever. Saying to Lynette that the boys are "your kids" while Kayla is "my kid," and then refusing to get her help because, apparently, "there's nothing wrong with my kid." Defensive much?

Katherine — I've decided on another person I'd recast in a heartbeat if I could, and it's Lyndsy Fonseca as Katherine's daughter Dylan. She's just the flattest, emptiest person on this show and it seems like she detracts from her scenes more often than she adds to them. Anyway, Dylan is secretly meeting up with her dad, Wayne and eventually she comes clean with Katherine about it. Katherine agrees to let Wayne inside the house, and then she calmly and quietly brings up his abuse and tries to anger him, seemingly trying to goad him into flying into a rage against her. As I watched her close the drawer that holds the gun, it occurred to me that maybe she wants him to come after her so she can kill him and call it self-defense.

Thoughts on this week's DH? There's just one more episode before the two-hour season finale. Will you miss the ladies of Wisteria Lane over the summer?

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Entertainment Entertainment 9 years
Ack! You're so right. Thank you, tweet! :) I corrected the posts.
tweet__ tweet__ 9 years
Hey Buzz, this is episode 14. I checked the earlier recaps and you have number 12 on two episodes :)
pargie pargie 9 years
Cool! Family Ties was one of my favorite shows as a kid. I just looked it up, and I wasn't even born until the 4th season. Also, I love Jason Bateman. I learn something new everyday, thanks Buzz.
wifflebatt wifflebatt 9 years
I wish the writers would do something diffrent with gabby. everything she does is predictable,and I dont really like that for a show. I love Bree she is my favorite, she loving,kind,evil and a little possesed. Although flawed she always has her family first and her skirts w/o a wrinkle. Eddie is also predictable, local skank whats new about that? Susan is alright, she is just so whinney. Although I loved that she drew the line with Bree about Orson. I wish Lynette would have had the affair, Her husband gets so annoying. I wish she would put the "little housewife in training" in Bree camp. straighten her up real quick....
kikidawn kikidawn 9 years
I thought it was a good episode :) My s/o is a psych major and when we were watching last night he got out his DSM-IV (basically the manual for psychological disorders). And Kayla shows signs of a childhood disorder that is called Conduct disorder. This can develop into Antisocial disorder! Not Good!! She creeps me out and I had a problem with the way Tom reacted to Lynette. "Your kids" "my kid"... not good! I can't wait to see how this develops next week. I'm still worried about this whole Dylan and her father thing. I keep getting the feeling he is going to kidnap her or something! Oh and thanks for the info Buzz... I was wondering when the finale is. :)
Entertainment Entertainment 9 years
pargie — Yes! Justine Bateman used to play Mallory Keaton on Family Ties. Good memory. :) She's also Jason Bateman's sister.
pargie pargie 9 years
I agree, Lynette could have comprised and sent all three kids to therapy...Kayla is insane. I'm never going to hate on Susan, I actually like her character, I find her flawed but in a sweet way. My husband really loves Carlos and Gabby. I'm wondering..the drug dealer that moved in, did she used to be on Family Ties? She looks so familiar. I know she was just on Men In Trees, and I never watched Arrested Development. I thought that the Dylan's "Dad" was going to turn out to be someone else too, that was a bummer. I also thought that Katherine was trying to provoke him so that she could kill him out of self defense. Good episode, I have no complaints.
cupcake_ cupcake_ 9 years
Kayla needs HELP! Little girl has issues. I completely didn't think of Bree and the that DOES have me thinking she is being a tad hypocritical..
serenavallentine serenavallentine 9 years
i think that lynette should have just agreed to put porter and preston into therapy. that way she could have forced kayla to go as well in a way where it looked like they were having 'family therapy'. that little girl is pure evil, and i kind of wish they weren't going that direction with her since its already been done quite a lot with both of bree's children. gabby is pretty dumb to think that ellie(is that her name??) is running a tattoo parlour out of her house! not only would the conditions likely be not sanitary enough, but also she would HEAR the buzzing constantly. gabby's dumb at times, but not that dumb (i guess i can blame the writers for that)...hopefully she catches on soon! everything else aside, i just wish that they would start using nicollette sheridan for something other than seducing her 'friends' boyfriends/husbands. i know its her 'thing' but i'm really getting sick of it. the woman is good enough for better storylines! and more of them.
Empathica Empathica 9 years
I was convinced that Wayne may not be Dylan's real dad too, but this still may be the case. If he's not, Katherine may not have said anything with Dylan in the house. I mean, she did have a revolver. Even for her fear of him, seems an extreme measure to take and I don't think she'd use it on her real dad. You mentioned about the stories not making sense? I've felt the same about the whole Katherine mystery. There are just SO many pieces of the puzzle being thrown in and none of them fit. Still questions... what happened in the room? What's that dent in the floor of the room? Why doesn't Dylan remember anything? I was also wondering... why hasn't Dylan told her dad about the freaky 'dream' and not remembering anything? Then again she hasn't told Katherine either, so, but she is afraid of her. I am glad I'm so confused about Katherine's mystery. It's just as confusing, to me, as the Season 1 mystery was. Season 2's was pretty dragged out to reveal it was the other brother that killed Melanie, although it was unexpected, and Season 3's mystery was short and very predictable. I knew Orson's mother was the killer.. it had to be him or her, so there wasn't very much to reveal in that sense. This was a filler episode, and the least eventful for a while. However, I loved the tiny little scene between Katherine and Bree with the spying tip. I love their relationship now. I also thought the scene between Wayne and Katherine was brilliant, really felt the tension there. Katherine is simply a fantastic character, I really hope she's kept on next season. So all in all, an average episode. Not your usual perfect balance of mystery/humour, was lacking quite a bit of both, but still, not every episode can be perfect.
GeriAnne1932 GeriAnne1932 9 years
I was bummed that the man Dylan has been with really was Katherine's husband....I was hoping for a better twist because it was much of this show was lame and I think the writer's are forgetting we have brains because so many of the stories just aren't making sense or being followed through.
pianoteacher1 pianoteacher1 9 years
Personally, this whole episode was just boring to me. I have to say though Katherine has become my favourite character so far. The only interesting about the episode yesterday was her tense exchange between her "husband". Susan is very whiny and inconsiderate yesterday (esp to Mike). For some reason, Gabrielle and Blind Carlos's plot is becoming quite one note. Look out Lynette! Another evil child coming your way, this one is lying like a serial killer! Bree...well, she doesn't have much to do. So pretty disappointed. Last week Grey's Anatomy episode was sooooo much better.
jadenirvana jadenirvana 9 years
I actually thought Susan looked beautiful in this episode, and thought the scene with her and Carl and the burrito "you're dripping" was pretty classic. Totally agree, about Dylan tho. She is as dumb as Bree's daughter Danielle, and not nasty enough to make up for it like Danielle was.
Entertainment Entertainment 9 years
I get this feeling that Bree has other reasons for wanting Orson to turn himself in. She has this strange look on her face when Orson pleads with her to tell him what he can do to make everything better. I can't think of what it might be, but I wonder if she has something up her sleeve with this one, something more than just wanting Orson to come clean with the authorities...
mcpro26 mcpro26 9 years
How is it ok that bree does not want her son to go to jail when he ran over and hurt the woman so much that she ended up dying(ok so not from the crash but from falling down the stairs but it is the same thing!) Bree is really a hypocrite! I keep remembering all those things bree has done or covered up for but then again I just remembered Bree did leave her son on the side of the road who knows where so she does like her revenge....
Linda-McP Linda-McP 9 years
Great observation, Buzz: Kayla really is "a little 'desperate housewife' in training." She is such a manipulator. I was certain that Wayne was not Dylan's father, but I'm happy to be proven wrong. I agree that Dylan is one of the weakest characters, but I'm anxious to see how this all ends. Loved Edie's observation about Orson and PBS; he plays his role well and even she wasn't too annoying last night. I, too, am tiring of Gaby and her cluelessness and of Susan, though the final scene in which she admitted her fears about Mike was an honest display of emotion. Katherine and Bree continue to be a great pair. Looking forward to this season's finale in two weeks.
Cocoangel Cocoangel 9 years
I can just see them setting it up with Kayla plotting revenge for Lynette and it ends up hurting Tom instead. Just found out recently that Lyndsy Fonseca (Dylan) is also the daughter we see in the "opening chat with the kids" on How I Met Your Mother. She never gets to talk though on HIMYM though.
Leilanic1 Leilanic1 9 years
oh! and i thought the same thing about her being didn't her son run over carlos' mom??? and the whole pharmacist thing? and then the whole deception about her daughter??? hmmm
Leilanic1 Leilanic1 9 years
kayla is definitely a demon child. she does need to be shipped off! i got annoyed with tom and his dissassociation of himself from the boys as their being 'his kids' too. i wanted to smack him. the susan/ex husband story line was :ZZZ: boring! i too love the scenes with bree and katherine and bree and orson. i hope that bree kicks edie's butt and lets orson come home.
Griffin73 Griffin73 9 years
That little girl is gonna get shipped off to Boarding School. The little girl is a demon seed that's for sure.
Dana18 Dana18 9 years
Kayla is a sick little girl. I would have never let her threaten me or my kids. I would have took her bluff and she would go to Juvenal hall .
mcpro26 mcpro26 9 years
You know coco I never thought about that until you just brought that up. That is a great point. I thought they could compromise and say it was sleep walking but I guess the whole edie thing is a better story line. Susan is boring me, Gaby is alos boring me because really can one person be this, how do I say it, stupid??? Lynette thing is going to end really bad! Btw the girl looks really different then last season, did the actor change or did her looks just change?
Cocoangel Cocoangel 9 years
Someone remind me: did Bree ever turn herself in for not stopping the pharmacist from killing himself? I thought she was a bit hypocritical with Orson about his "mistake."
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