Thursday, February 24, 2011

What I’m Watching: Desperate Housewives

Desperate Housewives: Season 7, Episode 15 “Farewell Letters” (C)

I’ll start by saying that there were a few positive developments in this episode, though they’ve been a bit too long in the making. Bree telling Keith to leave to go spend time with his son makes sense, and it’s good that they won’t be attempting any sort of long-distance relationship. It is interesting, of course, that the end of their romance came about not as a result of their differences but as a result of something completely out of their control. Gaby’s hometown return could have been an unfortunate misstep, but having her both react positively to her status as a celebrity and angrily confront the nun who didn’t believe her accusations of sexual abuse made for two of the strongest moments her character has had in a long time, and certainly the most worthwhile developments since she got all messed up thinking about Grace. Paul throwing Beth out was sad, and it’s clear that he’s not pleased at all with the betrayal coming at him from all sides. While it’s not out of character, I didn’t buy Susan’s desire to take advantage of things thanks to her being on dialysis, and, rather surprisingly, it didn’t even seem to come to some sort of moral conclusion. Lynette forcing her kids to move out makes sense, but having them go right across the street and then blame her for not letting them become their own people was less than compelling. This show tries to have it all with the comedic mid-episode happenings and more dramatic endings, and it doesn’t always pull it off all the time.

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