Fairview’s “Trial of the Century” got underway this week on Desperate Housewives and thanks to some nasty weather in Atlanta the final few minutes of the show were unwatchable. I’m certain something important happened because Trip was talking very seriously with Bree in the lobby of the courthouse but I had no audio! SHAKES FIST! Regardless of my cable woes it was a pretty decent lead in to the big series finale next week. I still can’t believe it’s over.
Bree’s (Marcia Cross) hot shot lawyer Trip Weston (Scott Bakula) has been prepping the ladies for the upcoming murder trial and while everyone seems ready to face cross examination Gabby (Eva Longoria) accidentally blurts out some vital information that piques Trip’s interest. Gabby tries to help Bree face trial for a crime her husband Carlos committed by handing her a red dress to wear on the stand and deliver my favorite quote of the week.
“You’re right. Red is the color of blood and whores.”
As the hour wore on Lynette (Felicity Huffman) and Susan (Teri Hatcher) became more and more frustrated with Gabby who didn’t seem to be showing any signs that she was worried about her friend. We know that wasn’t true of course since Gabby rarely admits when she’s troubled, not on the first go around anyway. Her blow up over a fight between her daughters made her realize just how wrong it is of her and Carlos to let Bree take the fall for the murder. We’ll see what she does about it next week I guess. In the midst of all the pre-trial drama Bree also found herself struggling with jealousy over an unknown blonde that Trip has been hanging out with. Her jealousy gets the better of her and she lashes out, only to discover that the woman wasn’t who she thought she was at all. Bree’s moral indignation over what she thought was going on while at the same time being on trial for murder was classic Bree.
On the Scavo front Tom (Doug Savant) says his goodbyes as he prepares to leave for Mumbai and Lynette has a change of heart when he admits he will miss her. This little nugget of hope for their doomed marriage inspires Lynette to convince Tom’s boss not to send him to India, which he does willingly expecting that he will still get into Lynette’s pants. But when she dumps him he doesn’t react so well and badmouths Lynette at work in front of Tom, a move that gets him punched and Tom fired. Jane walks out soon after leaving Tom to rush to Lynette’s doorstep only to find her undressing for another man who was actually just Lee from down the street but Tom didn’t know that. Has there ever been a more selfish woman than Lynette on television…besides Alexis Carrington Colby I mean? There is some consolation in the fact that Lynette has finally realized this enormous flaw but she still can’t seem to get past it. And it seems Tom would recognize Lee (Kevin Rahm) after all these years…even from behind. Still, I think these two will work it out.
Next door Julie (Andrea Bowen) is worried about the kind of father Porter (Shane Kinsman) will be after misses a few doctor visits. Susan steps in and finds out Porter is busting his ass to make money for the baby but feels he is holding Julie back. This inspires Susan to offer to sell the house she shared with Mike and move up to wherever it is Julie attends college to help her raise the kid. The scene where she recounts what a great father Mike was and how the memories in that house are too painful was easily one of the highlights of the episode.
Somewhere in the shadows Renee (Vanessa Williams) is planning her wedding and has chosen a truly hideous purple taffeta nightmare for her bridesmaids to wear, a fact Lee is quick to point out and then repeat over and over again for the rest of the episode. At least get to see this outrageous wedding gown that she has designed.
As for Bree’s trial, everything seemed to be going well as the ladies told the story of their progressive dinner party on the witness stand, minus the bit about stuffing a dead Mexican in the hope chest before dessert. Then the prosecution entered into evidence something I never saw coming, something that most likely will send Bree to prison for life unless the ladies step in and tell the truth. All the ladies were excellent in “The People Will Hear” but Marcia Cross and Teri Hatcher really knocked it out of the park. Did any else expect Bree to show up with a basket of muffins for the judge? Just me huh? And where on earth was Carlos?
The two-hour series finale of Desperate Housewives airs next Sunday on ABC and I have my box of tissue on standby. I have not watched the trailer so as not to spoil anything but I posted it below if you are so inclined.