Tuesday, February 2, 2010

What I’m Watching: Desperate Housewives

Desperate Housewives: Season 6, Episode 14 “The Glamorous Life” (C+)

I must say this show seems a bit too jovial about suicide. After having Mary Alice off herself in the first episode and then having Edie try at the end of season three, this show treats the subject far too casually. Honestly, however, Bree might have best been served by having Orson end his life just as she realized she didn’t want to live without him, though it would have been the second husband who succumbed to his death only feet away from her. It’s obvious that she doesn’t want to reconcile with him, she just wants to have that emotional connection with someone. Hopefully this will mean the return of Orson the good character rather than the shmuck we’ve been stuck with for the past year or two. Tom’s delight at the opportunity to attend his therapist’s play was odd and ill-fated from the start, and such a social encounter seems like a clear breach of boundaries for a supposed professional. Maybe Tom and Lynette should try interacting with some other people every once in a while instead of simply discussing their marriage. A two-second appearance from their son isn’t going to cut it. The addition of Julie Benz as Susan’s stripper protégé hasn’t been very exciting thus far, and there’s something about Benz that just doesn’t quite click. Her role on “Dexter” worked, but I’m not yet sure about here. Angie’s strong desire to exert herself is intriguing, though I really wish she weren’t so concerned with recycling. Having Gaby and Carlos know that there’s something suspicious about Angie and her husband should turn this show more effectively dramatic in the coming episodes, which is a good thing. There were two very funny lines in this episode, one from Angie to Gaby – “I’m sure she meant she’s on her way” – and the other from Mike to Susan – “I have no idea, but I have a feeling this is a trick question.”

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