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Desperate Housewives Rundown: Episode Two, "We're So Happy You're So Happy"

Desperate Housewives Rundown: Episode Two, "We're So Happy You're So Happy"

I'm really glad we got some more Orson on this week's Desperate Housewives because otherwise I would have been pretty fed up with it. In general the writing on this show isn't exactly award-worthy, but this episode is pretty ridiculous. Also, I think I need more Katherine in my life. There were some things that made the episode worthwhile, though (including Carlos's sweet line, "We have lost nothing that matters. I've never been happier in my life."), so to chat about it all,


Susan — Ugh, ugh, ugh. Susan's storyline annoys me to no end. Mike runs into Jackson at Susan's house and declares that he's going to hang out with Jackson, one-on-one, to make sure Jackson's OK to be around Mike and Susan's son (did you notice that they have gotten around actually calling the kid "Maynerd" by nicknaming him "MJ"?). First off, this strikes me as preposterous (what's wrong with all three of them hanging out?), but more so is the fact that apparently Susan has no say in the matter, even though she clearly doesn't like the idea. Why does Mike get to make this decision? And then, when the two men hang out, Mike tells Jackson about Susan's "secret" turn-on (also, since when is nibbling on an ear a "secret" turn-on?), so Susan really forbids them from hanging out again. Mike obviously doesn't trust her to take good care of their son or choose good men. This seems like a problem. Finally, Susan's other ex-husband, Karl, is dragged back onto the show just to make one more Jackson-meets-another-one-of-Susan's-exes joke. Oy.

Bree — I found the Bree-Orson story most compelling, partially because I sympathized with Orson, but also because he's just such a funny and great character. Theirs is an age-old problem of one spouse (Bree) neglecting the other (Orson) because she is focused almost entirely on her career. But in this case, the issue of Orson's jail time comes up, and Orson thinks Bree feels ashamed of his prison record when he only did it because she gave him an ultimatum. I think that Bree's line about being terrified of failing is interesting. This is really what's behind her need to be perfect all the time.

Lynette — Lynette creates an account with a fake screen name on a Facebook-type social networking site so she can fool her teenage son into telling her things about his life. Her alter-ego and Porter become online buddies. . . but then Porter develops feelings for this mysterious girl. . . who is actually his mother. OK. Sure. Fine. Oedipus for the technological era. Icky, but I get it. But when she emails him to "cut things off," would she really sign it "Love, Mom"? And of course, she has now created even more trust issues with the kid. At least this week Lynette's story doesn't involve life-threatening diseases or Tom berating her, but come on. This is almost Susan-level dumb.

Gaby — So, Gaby and Carlos are strapped for cash and Carlos takes a job as a masseuse to rich folks at a country club. Just when Gaby's excited to actually be invited to one of the season's biggest social events, she and Carlos are officially "disinvited" because the party is at the country club where Carlos works and the other guests would not feel comfortable mingling with "the staff." Of course, Gaby insists on going anyway because she wants to feel wealthy and important again, but they get kicked out and Carlos explains to her that being rich doesn't make anyone happy. You know, I understand that Gaby doesn't have the money for a new dress, but surely she has some makeup leftover from her old days? I know that the point is that she's now frumpy and everything, but how frumpy do they have to make her? No makeup at all to a formal event? Sheesh.

Edie — This Dave character is one of the creepiest-looking dudes ever. Clearly, he's up to no good and has a master plan for someone on Wisteria Lane. I'm a little surprised that Edie ever agreed to move back to the Lane in the first place — she must have known she'd hate it. Anyway, when Mrs. McCluskey makes a crack about Edie's boobs (best line of the night from Mrs. McC: "I say she's easier to get into than community college, she says my face looks like a knee. It's fun!"), Edie decides they must move. Dave can't have that, so he pays Mrs. McCluskey a visit and ultimately frightens her into apologizing to Edie, which she does. Now Mrs. McC is super suspicious of Dave, and it looks like she's going to go digging into his past next week.

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Boogaloo Boogaloo 8 years
I think the show is on it's last legs.
HisGirl125 HisGirl125 8 years
Can anyone tell me what the social website was called that Lynette was using in this episode? Thanks:]
pianoteacher1 pianoteacher1 8 years
Yesterday's episode is kinda blah....if not for the hot son of Lynette!! I actually don't think Lynette is stupid at all because if you've lost something, you really desperately wanted to find it again, just like she and her son's relationship. Speaking of which, I also always thought the three sons are closer in age, I guess one of them didn't have a growth spurt yet! Bree has officially became a hated character. Like so many others, I don't find her crying to be touching at all. I was like....why are you crying? BUT, I do identify with her because being a perfectionist, you always fear to fail. problem with the look of her boyfriend I think is his cheap haircut. I know he's a house painter, but at Jesse Metcalfe, he's a gardener, and he is hot as hell! I am bored with Susan's storyline until something new come up. Yes, the Dave guy mystery might be good, but Edie is still very annoying. She can say whatever to Mrs. MClutsky, but she can't take a joke herself?? I really like Carlos this season, I understand Gabby's point of view, but she has a loving husband and two kids! Looks like next episode might be more "explosive"!!!
Ella-Pretty Ella-Pretty 8 years
This epsode had me giggling out loud - it was SO good! Tom's line about moving onto other offspring was the best! Also, I think Lynette signing the message "Love Mom" was believable - an easy Freudian slip! The other part that had me laughing was Gabby telling Carlos he was being photographed when she was talking with Bree....and then that doorway scene when Carlos gets thrown out, and Gabby says "I'll catch up with him outside"... they are doing so good this season so far!
californiagirlx7 californiagirlx7 8 years
This episode was pretty good, I guess. Its not as good as season 1, but I don't think anything will ever be. Susan's storyline with the house painter guy bores me to death. I want her to be with Mike! MJ is a cutie. Lynette's storyline was better this week, but it was very creepy. I also loved Tom's line "Dear Porter I've decided to move on to other offspring!" haha. I'm glad we got to see their other son too, but he looks way younger than the twin boys. I didn't think there was a big age difference between them, and I always thought he was older than the twins for some reason. Where's Penny? Gabby's hair is wretched. She could at least get a hairstyle that is cute and easy to manage without looking frumpy. Carlos' line was sweet, but I would imagine that he would think life was better when he could see. And its funny that he said "we have two beautiful girls" except that he can't even see them! Granted, most parents think their kids are beautiful. Where were their daughters during the whole episode? Bree is really annoying now with the way that she ignores Orson in order to focus on her career. Don't get me wrong, I think career women are amazing but you shouldn't neglect your family. I didn't feel bad for her at the end when she was crying, because she had made that promise to Orson and it was her duty to fulfill it. Edie's husband is creepy, and it seemed a little bit suspect that Mrs. McCluskey's cat reappeared after she apologized to Edie.
nadioz nadioz 8 years
loving this new sesaon so far !!! for me DH is one of the best comedy we have right now.
sunny1intucson sunny1intucson 8 years
Lynette's boy is a cutie! She was lame this week, but I liked her husband's one liners. :) Marcia's hair looked incredible with waves. She's always been one of my fave characters along with Orson. Susan annoys me as always. Her boyfriend looks weird to me. Hopefully this episode with be the start of a change in Gaby's personality. Eva can't expect to win any Emmys (without makeup or not) if all she's whining about is not being able to dress in pretty clothes or go to social functions or a fat toddler.
Dana18 Dana18 8 years
Buzzsugar I could not agree with you more about Susan and Gaby. Why is mike so controlling. And did Susan get in some trouble with out mike to make him so protective of is son. And Gaby no make . I was thinking the exact same thing. They need to lay of the frumpy thing just a little bit.
Linda-McP Linda-McP 8 years
Thanks for the great recap, Buzz. I forgot to record DH last night, but now I feel caught up!
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
you know, i barely watched any of last season, and i somehow watched last night's show and it's just odd to me. the most frustrating thing is that the new Susan boyfriend - he's from Queer as Folk, and i just can't get used to him playing a straight guy. anyway, i think that the writers are reaching and it's getting to the point where it's almost like a drinking game - see how far from reality you can get and how campy the dialogue can be and drink each time something happens.
fleurfairy fleurfairy 8 years
Those Scavo twins have certainly aged into gorgeous young men. They look like young Matt Damons. They are 20 in real life so I don't feel weird saying that :) Lynette was an idiot in this episode. I too wonder why Gaby couldn't even put on some makeup. Gbay just isn't Gaby without all the glitzy outfits and perfectly done hairstyles. See what having kids does to a woman? I'm glad Orson finally put his foot down. Bree's treading on thin ice. David scares me! I miss Katherine.
rainonme224 rainonme224 8 years
I thought the episode was kind of boring. None of the storylines are that good. Hopefully it gets better asap or I won't be watching anymore.
smileyface smileyface 8 years
This episode was good. I loved how when Orson and Bree were fighting over the book title Andrew was like "I hear the milk going bad" so he could get away lol. Tom was also funny when he mocked how Lynette was going to end her online thing with her son: "Dear Porter I've decided to move on to other offspring" lol. I want more of Gabby's kids next week!
Leilanic1 Leilanic1 8 years
yea i too have been feeling the the writing really sucks so far this season. the storylines are lame. the best part is the creepy Dave addition but even that is annoying.
nyaradzom2001 nyaradzom2001 8 years
I love how creepy Dave is, love it!!!! And orson finally got some balls. I enjoyed this episode well except for Susan i could always do with no Susan.
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