Tuesday, May 3, 2011

What I’m Watching: Desperate Housewives

Desperate Housewives: Season 7, Episode 20 “I’ll Swallow Poison on Sunday” (C)

This episode is definitely interesting, to be sure, but I don’t think any of the plotlines stood very well on their own. The most compelling, that of Susan and Paul, took far too predictable a route while going out on a rather unbelievable limb. Susan might be willing to befriend Paul and share the occasional meal with him, but for her to become his sole provider of nourishment and lavish chef for his every appetitizing moment is rather hard to believe. Additionally, paving the way for Felicia to comically pull out her needle and inject his food every time she bought some groceries was a poor choice that made this plotline considerably less serious than it should have been. Most grievously, this show is once again positioning itself in the situation of killing off the most interesting character of the season and then being back at square one (see: Alfre Woodard, Neal McDonough). Carlos’ hatred of Bree, and more importantly, Gaby’s cutting of ties with Bree, can’t last. Displays of Gaby’s poor motherhood aren’t terribly impressive either, and the plotline is only worthwhile for the introduction of Jonathan Cake as the cop interested in Bree, who could prove to be interesting. Lynette refusing to adhere to Tom’s wishes was just the latest stale straw in a storyline that’s more vexing to me than it seems to be to Tom. I find the whole dynamic so infuriatingly repetitive that I just can’t stand it anymore. Two more episodes to go, and as I said before, does anything not related to Paul and Felicia really matter?

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