If you’ve been watching Desperate Housewives since the beginning and I know there are a few of you die-hard Wisterians out there, then you are probably grinning from ear to ear today because that season eight finale was seriously awesome. Let’s get right to it.
When we left our darling housewives they had just helped Gabby (Eva Longoria) cover up the murder of her abusive stepfather Alejandro who spent the duration of the dinner party stuffed into a trunk in the living room. After burying him in the woods the ladies make a pact to keep the secret, but not before Lynette (Felicity Huffman) and Susan (Teri Hatcher) have a little freak-out session. Good old Susan is always good for a meltdown. At least she had some clothes on.
I love how bad-ass Bree (Marcia Cross) was during the whole murder/burial/secret pact. You’d think she had done this before. Oh wait she has! She’s the Chairman of the Dead Guy Committee!
“We bury the body, we bury the secret…forever”
As time passes the ladies realize that Susan is a bit of a loose cannon and her guilty conscience may just doom them to a life in prison. After a silly scene involving the burial of a dead hamster Susan decides to tell Mike everything and ends up in a catfight that lands all the ladies in Gabby’s pool while the menfolk talk about football.
I seriously cannot escape football no matter how hard I try. Oh well.
Speaking of menfolk there is a new beefcake on the block in the form of Ben Faulkner (Charles Mesure) a suave British bloke who is immune to Renee’s bosoms and sexy talk. Poor Vanessa Williams didn’t get much to do this week but shove her breasts around and wiggle. I’m hoping that they have more in store for her this year than that.
The drama this week came from Lynette and Tom who have been avoiding telling the kids about their separation. Tom (Doug Savant) was willing to go along for a while but after yet another manipulation by Lynette he forces the issue and the news is delivered off camera. The gravity of the situation hits Lynette after their pool fight and the ladies rally around her. I love the bond that these ladies have had all these years. Seeing them pull together, even if it’s to cover up a crime really warms my heart. At the core this show has always been about friendship and how it endures even the most ridiculous tests. Yes Lynette is manipulative and Susan is a mess and Bree is a control freak and Gabby is selfish…but they work together as a unit and I love that. Renee has yet to find her place in this group but I think she might before their swan song next spring.
The bombshell came in the closing moments and I hesitate to spoil it here for those who haven’t seen it. I will say this, if you’ve watched since the beginning then it will hit you like a ton of bricks. This opens a whole can of worms and my mind is reeling trying to sort out the possibilities it presents. Bravo Mark Cherry and Team Wisteria for injecting some life (and some desperation) back into my favorite housewives as they start down the road to the end. I can’t wait to see what comes next.
Desperate Housewives returns next Sunday at 9 pm on ABC.