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"Desperate Housewives" Recap: Episode 17, "Dress Big"

"Desperate Housewives" Recap: Episode 17, "Dress Big"


As the episode title suggests, the loose "theme" of this week's "Desperate Housewives" was women's clothing — what women (and, uh, some men) choose to wear, take off, and keep in the closet. It was some good, classic "DH," with improbable plot lines and a few great one-liners.

Gaby and Edie are suddenly BFF, and return from their shopping spree to find Gaby's entire wardrobe ruined from water damage — though, as we'll see twice later, her lingerie drawer was unaffected. So, the next time she's at Victor's house refusing his affections, she can't help but notice his ex-wife's closet full of haute couture. Gaby had some of the best lines of the night, like when Victor says he doesn't know much about fashion and she replies, touching the dresses, "Shh! They'll hear you."

Later she sneaks back into the ex-wife's closet to steal some clothing, since they are the same size (a child's size 6?). The ex-wife sees Gaby wearing her dress at a party and makes her take it off right then and there, before slugging Victor in the face. In the end, Victor wins Gaby's heart by admitting that he was a womanizing husband and treated his ex-wife like crap. Swoon!

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Meanwhile, Edie (who we're supposed to care about in lieu of Bree, I think) moves in on Gaby's ex-husband Carlos, who again is apparently the saint of Wisteria Lane. But when her advances are rebuffed, she rethinks the whole promiscuity thing. Then, Edie still gets naked for Carlos, but it's supposed to have a totally different meaning. In the end, it appears to have worked, as Edie and Carlos are in bed together, the covers considerately concealing Edie's private areas.

Susan's future in-laws are in town, and clumsy Susan can't seem to keep from spilling things on Ian's mother and setting her on fire. I have to say I really enjoyed that scene in which Ian's father relays an amusing anecdote about how "awful" it was when he first met his in-laws and spilled some Earl Grey! The two chuckle over how terrible that must have been while Ian's mother flails around outside, on fire.

To Susan's dismay, Ian's mother demands that she sign a pre-nup, fearing that Susan is interested in Ian for his money. However, Susan gains some leverage when she discovers Ian's father wearing her bra and silk robe. First "The Office," now "Desperate Housewives" ... one more cross-dressing occurrence this week and I'm declaring a trend. Anyway, Susan gets out of signing the pre-nup by inferring to Ian's dad that she'll tell Ian about the cross-dressing . In lesser news, Mike stops his therapy because he doesn't want to remember anything more about Susan.

Over at the Scavo pizzeria, Lynette refuses to wear the "cheese doodle" orange uniforms and even tries to get the other employees involved in a boycott. When one heavyset girl says she likes the uniforms, Lynette retorts, "Really, Kim? Because I heard one of your customers say that when Halloween comes around, we should stick a candle in your mouth." Unkind, but funny. Tom throws his back out and ends up in the hospital, unable to work for the next few months, so Lynette bucks up, puts on the orange uniform, and takes charge of the restaurant in the name of love and marriage.

Photos copyright 2007 ABC Inc.

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