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Desperate Housewives Rundown Episode 15, "Mother Said"

Desperate Housewives Rundown Episode 15, "Mother Said"

This Mother's Day-themed episode of Desperate Housewives was overflowing with crazy drama — including the departure of one character (though we kinda knew about that one)! I gotta say, this episode made me more uncomfortable than most, between the rudeness of Mike's mother and the entire storyline involving Kayla, it was one long, squirmy evening.

What did you think of "Mother Said"? For a rundown of what else happened this week, and to share your thoughts,


Susan — Wow, poor Susan! Her mother-in-law, Adele is infuriating. She calls Susan a whore, for Pete's sake! After passive-aggressively (or just aggressively) cutting Susan down left and right — from her poor homemaking skills to her klutzy tendencies to, yes, calling Susan a whore in the bedroom (and, um, how did she get that information, exactly?!) — Susan asks Mike to make her stop. Yet in the middle of his standing-up-to-Mom speech, Susan goes into labor. I was a little surprised that Susan's birthing wasn't given a ton more attention. We just see Susan begin to go into labor and then she has a baby in her arms at the very end. I hope that kid becomes best friends with Bree's grandson Benjamin.

Bree — Yeah, talk about discomfort. When Edie uncovers Bree and Orson's secret about Benjamin, she tries to blackmail Bree into being her "very best friend," which, if Edie weren't quite so cruel, would strike me as just incredibly sad. So, rather than live under Edie's thumb, Bree comes clean to her three best buddies, and there's that sweet moment that made me tear up a little: When Gaby asks Bree, "What are you going to do?" Lynette replies, "No, what are we going to do?" Yeah! The four ladies march over to Edie Britt's and tell her that from then on, she's invisible to them. This was like a scene from the elementary school playground, but then again, Edie's immature behavior doesn't lend itself to adult discussion. Still, as terrible as Edie can be, I pitied her when the women literally turned their backs on her.

Gaby — Aww. . . Gaby has a heart! This week she discovers Ellie's real business upstairs: dealing cocaine (I still think it's insanely dumb that even when she goes into Ellie's room and doesn't see, oh, any tattooing equipment it doesn't send up any red flags, but whatever). She and Carlos go to the police who tell them to pretend like nothing's happening, since they want to keep tabs on Ellie and her dealings. In exchange for Gaby and Carlos' cooperation, Carlos will be able to go off probation. Gaby feels conflicted about the whole thing since she's come to truly care for Ellie. It seems slightly incongruous with the Gaby who takes her blind husband for walks and lets the branches hit him in the face, but OK.

Lynette — This storyline consistently made me feel squeamish. Starting with the meeting between Tom, Lynette and the family therapist when it is insinuated that Kayla's behavior is entirely Lynette's fault (?!), and Tom, of course, completely agrees with that. Ugh! The suggested solution is for Lynette and Kayla to spend as much time as possible together, but when Lynette and Kayla go shopping, Kayla acts like a brat and Lynette mostly gives into Kayla's ridiculous demands — until Kayla threatens to see what dangerous things she can get Penny to do, and Lynette slaps her. This gives Tom yet more excuse to be an angry jerk, and now Kayla has leverage over Lynette yet again. It's just all so upsetting, because really, who hasn't wanted to slap Kayla? Not that it makes it OK, I'm just saying.

Edie — After having the tables turned on her by the fearsome foursome, Edie calls her son and tells him she's coming for a visit — a long visit. I was relieved at this ending because a part of me worried that Edie would go down the suicide route once more, and this time maybe succeed.

Katherine — Katherine considers moving to Baltimore to escape Dylan's dad, but Dylan will have none of it. So, Katherine again baits Wayne by telling him she slept with other men while they were married, and that Dylan isn't actually his kid. He does a test to find out if he and Dylan are biologically related, and finds that they aren't. But when she goes over to his apartment (in a scene that I was so hoping wouldn't become sexual; the episode was discomforting enough!), he also realizes that the little girl he raised isn't the same girl as the teenage Dylan he's been spending time with. So, where's his real Dylan? Now that Katherine has succeeded in igniting his rage, I wonder what's going to happen with them in the season finale next week! I just hope Katherine doesn't end up moving away from Wisteria Lane — she's one of my favorite characters on this show.

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Rouge14 Rouge14 9 years
I didn't quite understand the part about Dylan's stiches and her dad getting so weird about it (well..her "dad" or whatever he really is to her, I'm really confused lol). but I absolutely loved the episode, can't wait for the 2hour finale! Oh and I love how mike's mother is annoying, I could just tell as soon as she got out of the car there'd be something about her and Susan!
Empathica Empathica 9 years
Also, my thoughts on Episode 15: I was really surprised that Bree revealed her fake pregnancy to the other women, and that scene was fantastic! It really showed the strength of their friendships, and it was the first time we've seen them play poker together this year... a bit of Season 1 came through to me during that scene. It was SO childish how Bree said "Do you hear something?" I really don't think that line was necessary to the scene, and I really pitied Edie despite understanding the women's reactions. Have no real thoughts about the Susan storyline. The line about the lemon wedge was great, but I was surprised they didn't focus on her giving birth. Gabby's line about bricks of cocaine was also really good, and I liked the ending with her. I was questioning how her and Ellie are so buddy all of a sudden, but I think Gabby being given a mothers day present was a sweet touch considering her condition. Katherine is such a fantastic character, I love her. Just a thought... but do you think Wayne may have tested the DNA of Dylan and KATHERINE rather than him? I dunno, this is such a puzzling mystery, I can't work any of it out.. but they're leading us to believe that the girl is NOT the real Dylan.
Empathica Empathica 9 years
Well It's official, Katherine will return next season! Dana Delany has confirmed that she will continue her Desperate Housewives stint into the next season. The 52-year-old joined the show in season four as Katherine Mayfair, a housewife who may have been responsible for her ex-husband's death. Delany told Entertainment Tonight: "I'm coming back, yes. My whole mystery story will be wrapped up and everything will be revealed, and it's rather dramatic." Delany's credits include TV shows Kidnapped and China Beach, as well as film roles in Tombstone and Exit to Eden.
jadenirvana jadenirvana 9 years
I really enjoyed this episode. They really cranked up the drama, and not in a cheesy way. Very refreshing. I thought the surprising choices like not focusing on Susan's pregnancy, having Bree confess to the girls, and having Edie just leave town were all things I wouldn't have predicted, and it's nice to see the characters getting a little more complex. I like Susan a lot more this season. It seems like she's actually more mellow to me during pregnancy, and I'm glad Bree's Ice Lady exterior is cracking a little. Lastly, I'm glad Edie's "desperateness" drove her to be a good mom instead of to suicide. The thing with Kayla was chilling and this storyline is really intense. I agree I hope Katherine stays on the show, and she should definitely get an Emmy this year!
pargie pargie 9 years
Great episode. I missed part when Kayla got slapped, I must've been on a phone call or something. So is Edie off the show for good?
DreaAST DreaAST 9 years
Love this show! By far my favorite part of the episode was when Kayla got slapped. She had it coming!
leeluvfashion leeluvfashion 9 years
I loved the scene with all four women walking over the Edie's house; Edie thought she could hurt others and never get punished.... she thought wrong. I liked how the friends came together and stood up for Bree. The writers wrote Edie off in a great way; I'm glad they didn't follow the death route. Kayla is one wacko kid! I feel sorry for Lynette. I like the storyline with Gabby/Carlos and Ellie; it's sad yet the jokes and snarky comments made are always witty. I felt bad for Susan; her mother-in-law is awful! I loved how Susan tried to fake going into labor; Mike seriously didn't catch on for a few minutes,lol. And how she didn't want to immediately go to the hospital because she wanted to see/hear Mike defend her to his mom. I am so excited to find out where the Dylan storyline leads! Gary Cole is great on the show and I hope the writers continue to use him for the discovery of who this "Dylan" really is.
YMO YMO 9 years
luv2, I thought the same thing. I guess we'll find out on the season finale, but it would make sense. Did anyone notice that Mike got a little drawl going whenever he was around Adelle? I find that can happen to me around thick accents as well.
Dana18 Dana18 9 years
OMG I never thought about that. I thought it was her real father buried in the back yard. An I am so proud of Bree sticking up to Edie and not letting her black mail her!!!!!
luv2blazy luv2blazy 9 years
So does anyone else think that the Dylan (the one Wayne raised) may be the whoever is buried behind the house?
pianoteacher1 pianoteacher1 9 years
This has got to be the worst episode of the season so far! There are funny parts, but the whole season is just dragging on and on. First off, what is wrong with Mike's mother? I am just a bit sick that there are constantly "family" visiting from nowhere because they need a storyline for one of the chracters. How many times Edie has to know some important imformation and blackmail the other person? I wish one of the four housewives would blackmail Edie, and let her taste her own medicine. Gabrielle...what can I say about her? How long did you know your "friend" and really WHEN did they become "friends" in the first place? It's good to know she has a heart, but it just seems sooooo forced. Little Kayla, if she is in an asian family, she would really get disciplined. Of course, not all asian families abuse their child. Before this so called "friends" approach to parenting, appropriate physical punishment helps discipline children. Tom is just really frustrating me. Your precious daughter told your sons to jump off to roof, which could potentially kill or paralyze them, and you think slapping or punishment is NOT appropriate? I hope Katherine stays on the show. She is the only sane and good one.
luvs2gossip luvs2gossip 9 years
Love Gabriel! She makes the show so funny and watchable!
bellaressa bellaressa 9 years
I always knew from the beginning that Dylan was not the original child, how could you not remember anything from your childhood. I can't wait to see how it unfolds.
tiabia tiabia 9 years
I'm starting to think one of the Scavo twins stole Kayla's penmanship pin!!! (that's a reference to The Bad Seed)!!!
laceykk23 laceykk23 9 years
i dont think katherine is going anywhere, the actress who plays her is under contract i think for the next season.
smileyface smileyface 9 years
Ok, so this episode had a lot going on, but it was really good. I hate Kayla. I know that wrong to hate a child, but shes no manipulative! I mean on the one hand yeah shes been through a lot and her mother was a piece of work, but she is going too far. And I'm so over Tom for just blaming Lynette and not even trying to see that Lynette isn't lying. The whole Dylan thing is finally starting to (kinda) make sense. In the beginning when Dylan and Katherine first came to Wisteria Lane Dylan didn't remember ANYTHING about living there before, which Julie thought was strange. Now come to find out its not even the same person! Can't wait to find out what happened to the real Dylan...
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