It was nice to have some new TV to welcome in the new year so soon after the holidays, don't you think? I really enjoyed settling in for a night of new ABC shows and I definitely got a kick out of this week's episode of Desperate Housewives. While I like the storyline with the newfound friendship between Lee and Susan, I think my favorite part of the episode is seeing Bree get meet her control-freaky match in Alex's also redheaded mother Melina!
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Susan — With Jackson out of town, Susan's bored and asks to go to a dance club with Lee after he's just had a spat with Bob. He agrees (and I definitely howled with laughter at Lee's advice to Susan to pile on the makeup because "drag queens get their first drink free") and they get totally drunk over the course of the night, ending with the two of them sharing a bed. Susan wakes up thinking she might have slept with Lee (especially after she sees the "smooth jazz" CD? What year is this?!) and when Bob comes by, worried that Lee slept with someone else, he sighs that Lee will "bang anything with a pulse and facial hair." Ha! Gaby's cackle at that line pretty much mimicked my own. In the end, Lee assures Susan that they did not sleep together and he advises her not to move away to be with Jackson. If Jackson leaves her, he promises to dance with Susan "until someone better comes along." I did not see that sweet moment coming! Aww. . .
Bree — Meeting the in-laws is so often a hilariously stressful situation and of course we knew it would be multiplied by a million with the Martha Stewart-y Bree. What's more, Alex's mother Melina is a blunt, demanding, manipulative woman who pushes Bree's politeness to the very edge. After fighting for holidays with the sons (Melina "calls Christmas" and then Thanksgiving, forcing Bree into bidding for Easter) and competitively trying to get the sons to live near them, Bree triumphs by buying Andrew and Alex a house right there in Fairview. Surely this isn't the last we'll see of Melina and I can't wait to find out if she gets some revenge for the house thing. Also, yet again, my favorite line goes to Orson when Bree says that his mother "had the good taste to have a paralyzing stroke." Orson responds fondly, "True. That was a merry Christmas."
Gaby — This new and improved Carlos is so inspiring! Ladybugs, spiders, all of nature is this re-discovered bounty of beauty. . . but Gaby wants Carlos to stop admiring and start bringing in the big bucks. On the street Gaby runs into an old colleague of Carlos's who offers Carlos a high-paying job. But rather than being miserable in a hectic, cutthroat job, Carlos wants to work with the blind. I can't say I agree with the way Gaby needles Carlos into accepting the position he knows will make him unhappy and cause him to spend less time with his family. It makes me sad for Carlos. I know Gaby had a rough five years, but with regaining his sight it's like Carlos has gotten a new outlook on things and Gaby just wants him to go back to his old outlook.
Lynette — The Scavos' lawyer finds out that they've been pretending that Preston is actually Porter and he gives them two days to find the real Porter so they can go to court. Neither of the twins wants Porter to return home because Mr. Schilling has threatened to kill him. Thus, Lynette decides that she'll do what she has to do to protect her children, even if that means running over Mr. Schilling with her car. Lynette scares me a little when she gets all serious and determined. Preston ultimately relents and gets Porter on the phone with Lynette, but before she can convince him to come home, her mother Stella snaps Porter's phone shut and tells him not to trust Lynette. I wonder if she then whipped up some of her special "brownies" for her grandson. . .
Dave/Edie — Dave's losing it. Without the proper meds, he's starting to lose control on the charade of a life he's built up with Edie, and Edie's catching on. She sees him talking to nobody at the kitchen table and when he finally admits to her that he was married before, Edie throws him out of the house. Mrs. McCluskey, returning from her investigative trip with her sister Roberta (Lily Tomlin again!), spots Dave leaving the house with his luggage.
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