Desperate Housewives: Season 6, Episode 3 “Never Judge A Lady By Her Lover” (B-)
This episode is a notch better than the ones that precede it because it does decent justice to more than one of the plotlines, and that’s well above average for this show at this point. By far the most entertaining is the continuing affair of Bree and Karl, and their run-in at a function with their respective significant others was fun, particularly because it enhanced one character’s storyline which has been less than positive recently: Orson. His misreading of the situation and incorrect conclusion that Bree still has feelings for him due to her jealousy may be more of the same old flatlining plotline, but it’s still a refreshing may of bringing a defunct character back into the fold. Another housewife’s initial actions may be a bit over-the-top at the start, but the ultimate conclusion she comes to is a nice dramatic, moving one. Susan lets go of her inhibitions when she tries to wear down Julie’s suspected attacker, and it’s only when she realizes that she’s better off being nice to the new Scarlet-Lettered family on the block that the episode reaches a dramatic high point. Lynette’s pregnancy and her children’s general unsupportive nature is nothing new, and this isn’t the first time she’s lied about something related to a promotion or her job. After all that she’s been through with Tom quitting his job and crazy bosses, wouldn’t she tell her good friend Carlos the truth instead of constructing some elaborate lie that will eventually blow up in her face. Gabi’s chance meeting with John was amusing, as was Carlos’ reaction to the whole thing. It’s really interesting to see how the characters have changed since the first season, while in so many ways they really haven’t.