Desperate Housewives Review: Lesbians & Liars On The Lane
DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES: Wednesday 26th May, Channel 4, 9pm ALERT ME
Right from the get-go, Desperate Housewives has been a six season show but after the first three, I was worried about its longevity. The storylines were seemed too outrageous to be sustainable but it would appear that Marc Cherry has a good handle on things because the drama continues with the ladies of Wisteria Lane.
The sixth season has been a whirlwind of weddings, affairs, stranglers and plane crashes, but now it’s time for the smaller storylines to pick up and weave into the main narrative, kicking off with a bout of lesbianism.
Last week we saw Katharine admit her true feelings for gay stripper Robyn (every lesbian’s fantasy date) and the two ended up in bed together. Now it’s the morning after and Katharine’s in a tizzy over her sexual identity, unfortunately one kiss from Robyn lets Susan know that the pair have become more than just friends. This plotline looked like it would open up Katharine as a character but it was really sidelined in this episode, which is disappointing considering how much build up there was to their first kiss.
Anywho, Gabby and Angie head off to New York so they can stop Danny and Anna running away together but isntead Gabby faces her modelling past. Angie’s more concerned about people in New York knowing that she and her son are back in the city as she’s supposed to be in hiding from a man named Patrick Logan. After some bonding, Angie opens up to Gabby and finally reveals her darkest secrets.
On the lighter side of things Susan has emasculated Mike by implying that he’s feminine and new kid on the block Sam goes out of his way to impress Bree, instantly getting Andrew’s goat. Oh and when Preston Scavo comes home with a Russian ladyfriend, Lynette’s golddigger alarm starts going off big time.
This is middle-of-the-road entry in what has been an interesting season thus far but we’ve peeked ahead and thankfully there are satisfying pay-offs ahead. It’s lacking in focus and there isn’t as much humour but it’s fine for what it is – a stepping stone episode.
The characters don’t really connect as much as they used to and the friendship aspect of the show has dwindled dramatically but there’s still a lot of fun to be had and the writer’s prove that they’ve still got a trick or two up their sleeves.