'Desperate Housewives': 'Is This What You Call Love?' recap

Published Feb 13 2012, 10:51 GMT  |  By

Desperate Housewives is nearing its end now, so it's not a surprise to see some of the old stars - Andrea Bowen, Kyle MacLachlan - making a return to Wisteria Lane.

They provided some great moments, too. Bowen returns as Susan's daughter Julie, though now she's pregnant and planning to give the baby up for adoption - against Susan's wishes.

Desperate Housewives S07E11 'Assassins' Orson Hodge

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Andrea Bowen

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We get the standard Desperate Housewives moment when Susan pretends that Julie is mentally ill, prompting the couple planning to adopt the baby to have second thoughts. But while this seems a bit predictable now, it did lead to some stunning mother-daughter moments.

For one thing, we get to see how Julie and Susan have differing views of the earlier years - how Susan thought they had a fun time, while Julie remembers having to look after her struggling mother. When this all comes out, it's a fantastic row - and the following reconciliation, as they both get a bit teary, is genuinely quite moving. I'm also glad Julie has (so far) stuck to her guns, and will proceed with the adoption process.

Desperate Housewives: S07E14 - Bree Van Der Kamp

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Orson Hodge in Desperate Housewives

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As for MacLachlan, he returns as Bree continues her downward spiral. The other Housewives still aren't talking to her (which does seem unusually harsh), but when they hear that she's drinking again, they stage an unsuccessful intervention (which is itself a brilliant moment, as the Housewives hear of Bree's suicide attempt and realise just how much they've missed by excluding her).

Bree's drunk and furious with them, and keeps drinking in a dive bar. But when she realises that she's got a reputation (as the "town pump") she decides to go home - only for one sleazebag to attempt to sexually assault her.

Luckily, Orson arrives just at the right moment. Complete with black polo neck and tazer, he's like a superhero - while being a pleasure to see him again, it's also quite amusing. Hopefully this signals the beginning of a reunion between Bree and the other housewives - the show's always strongest when it's them against the world, instead of against each other.

Desperate Housewives S08E07: 'Always in Control'

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The weakest storyline in the episode was probably Gaby forging a Valentine's card for Juanita, though Eva Longoria is always entertaining, and it did lead to an interesting moment as Gaby realises Juanita is no longer a child, and she can't keep protecting her - she has to tell her Carlos is in rehab.

Finally, I continue to be impressed by the way Desperate Housewives is taking its time over Lynette's separation from Tom. While I question whether Frank would really give her a second chance following their original disastrous date, I did enjoy the way we saw Lynette's nervousness regarding her return to sex.

Lynette Scavo

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And it's also nice that despite her bumbling return to dating and dawning realisation that her marriage really is over - complete with crying during the middle of sex - Frank sticks by her side and is willing to see this through. I still wouldn't be surprised if Lynette and Tom reunited before the end of the series, but for the moment I'm enjoying this exploration of the suddenly-single woman.

The only thing I would say about this episode is that, while entertaining, it did feel like it was treading water somewhat. With only a few episodes left until the very end of the show, it feels like we should have more plot developments, mystery, and storyline. Still, the episode made me chuckle and remained entertaining - what did you think?

Desperate Discussions
  • The couple hoping to adopt Julie's baby praise Susan's cooking. Is this the same woman who struggled to make macaroni cheese back in the day?
  • Lynette. No-one needs to hear about the "prep work" you need to do before sex. Also: Calling yourself a "total wh*re" in college is hilarious for us, but perhaps not so good for you.
  • Did love the awkward Frank-Lynette kiss after the sex/dessert misunderstanding, though.
  • I liked the moment as Lynette talked to Gaby and Susan about her nervousness about sex. This is what I mean - the show's strongest when it focuses on the women's friendship.
  • "He's so cool. He can dislocate his shoulder and look like he was in a car accident." "You and me go for bad boys."
  • "Dear Juanita. My parents made me write this. You smell like ham." Best Valentine's Day card ever?
  • "Grandma used to say our family tree grew nothing but bananas. Before she hung herself."
  • I seriously struggle to believe Juanita got in so much trouble for kissing Ryan (pinning him on the floor aside). She's just a kid - it's not sexual harassment, for goodness' sake.
  • The Mike-Julie chat was kind of cute.
  • "That's how it works. First kissing, then we get married, then he buys me presents." "Oh my God, you are my daughter."
  • Bree's anger at the other Housewives does seem justified - her drunken fury was great (though sad) to watch.
  • "Is it weird to say 'frankly' if your name is Frank?" I chuckled.
  • Once again: Orson the superhero? Amazing.
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