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Desperate Housewives Rundown Episode 8: "A Distant Past"

Desperate Housewives Rundown Episode 8: "A Distant Past"

Holy episode overcrowded with storylines, Batman! I started to feel dizzy with all the many things going on in this week's episode of Desperate Housewives. There was stuff about Julie dating, Andrew growing up, Bree and Orson's sex life, Mike's pill problems and Susan's trust issues with Mike, the "woman from Chicago" showing up on Adam's doorstep, Carlos and Gaby attempting to elude the cops, and Lynette's many issues with her mother. Edie and Tom even had little moments this week. Sheesh, who didn't they include?

I found it to be a little exhausting. You can check out more of my rundown — spoilers included — and share your own thoughts on this week's DH if you

Susan — I actually think it's pretty funny when Susan tries to set Julie up with Barret, not realizing that Barret is Mike's drug dealer. I also warmed to Susan during this week's episode. It can't be easy to be pregnant and find out your husband is a pill-popping addict.

Bree — While I could probably watch Bree and Orson banter all day — Orson again has some stellar lines, like "How is a dentist supposed to feel when he can't give a 95-year-old woman a lifetime guarantee?" — the whole Andrew storyline is ridiculous. I get that Andrew's "different now," and it's sweet when he tells Bree he forgave her a long time ago, but his petulant moving out scene is just plain dumb and out of character. How old is that kid supposed to be, anyway? And he's really feeling threatened by a new baby?

Gaby — Classic Gaby story this week: Carlos wants to come clean with the police about their hand in Victor's disappearance but Gaby is determined not to do that. So she drugs Carlos just in time to find out that Victor is still alive (ah, TV: land of miraculous survival). When questioned by the police, Victor claims he remembers nothing about being on the boat, but when they're alone he tells Gaby he remembers everything.

Lynette — In the midst of frantically trying to locate her missing boozehound mother, Lynette gets a visit from her stepfather, the "one stable parent" she ever knew. He helps her find Stella and then explains to Lynette that the reason he and Stella broke up was because he's gay. Turns out Stella never wanted to tell Lynette because she thinks he "turned gay" because Stella "failed as a woman." I kind of enjoyed this storyline, and I also like that they wrapped up Stella's involvement in the show nice and neat.

Edie — Edie seems to exist on this show merely to be a stone-cold witch. This week her part consists of calling the cops on Gaby and Carlos, a storyline that doesn't seem all that necessary given everything else that is crammed into this week's episode.

Katherine/Adam — Well, we get a glimpse of the Chicago woman as she tries to shove her way into Adam's house, but we still have no idea what her deal is. She is later seen lurking in the bushes.

Next week's episode looks to be highly dramatic (perhaps overly so), what with a tornado coming to Wisteria Lane and all. That primal scream that Lynette lets out in the promos would be funny if it weren't so creepy.

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k-fabulous k-fabulous 9 years
i was waiting for the tornado too...Gabby's about to get in some real trouble! feel bad for her
DCStar DCStar 9 years
Can we talk about how HOT Barret is?
Tami715 Tami715 9 years
I actually felt really bad for Andrew. Of course he feels threatened by the new baby, Bree came out and said that she wanted to do everything different so Benjamin didn't turn out like him. Then later, Andrew heard her say that she, Orson, and the baby were the perfect family. I'd want to get out of that house, too.
sofi sofi 9 years
well thank you- I was completely expecting the tornado episode as well. How misleading and annoying. Too much going on last night. I am getting really tired of Victor- how is that going to play out.
fleurfairy fleurfairy 9 years
Love Nathan Fillion. I just saw Waitress for the first time over the weekend and he was dreamy. As for the rest of the episode... Orson is the best part of this show. And Marcia keeps getting more and more beautiful. She looked amazing last night. Other than that, I was bored. I was another one that was misled over the promos.
indielove indielove 9 years
So great to see Richard Chamberlain. He looks so good for his age. And I adore Orson, even if he ran over Mike, I think Kyle MacLachlan is an amazing actor.
Entertainment Entertainment 9 years
dannysf — You're right, the promos were completely misleading! I think they combined both this week's and next week's clips in some of the promos last week because I also thought it was going to be the tornado episode last night! Crazy.
Linda-McP Linda-McP 9 years
Great review, Buzz. Loved learning about Lynette's stepfather and enjoyed Orson's one liners; he really is getting some of the best lines this season. But, I agree that there was way too much going on and that next week may be overly dramatic. Yet, all in all, DH is having a good season...thank goodness.
cgmaetc cgmaetc 9 years
4 minutes of Fillion! The rest of the show sucked, of course. Thank God for TiVo. That is all.
dannysf dannysf 9 years
Okay, was it just me, or was the Tornado suppossed to happen last night? I kept waiting for it, and waiting for it, and it never came? ABC definitely tricked me to watch "the best DH episode" only to tell reveal that it's really next week!
glitterandgold glitterandgold 9 years
I agree. Way too many things happening at once... but it wouldn't be desperate housewives if there weren't! :) I agree that the part when Andrew asks Bree to use a coaster was a little too lame for me. hahahaha
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