Desperate Housewives #311: "No Fits, No Fights, No Feuds"
The mystery of Alma's disappearance was resolved as new mysteries arose; a Young returned; Gaby resorted to drastic measures to learn the identity of her admirer; the Scavo posse taught stepsister Kayla what happens when you misbehave; little miss Van de Tramp reared her slutty head again and a friendship came to a bitter end last night on "Desperate Housewives".
How brilliant of the writers to open this pivotal episode almost the same way they opened the season back in September (even the background music was identical) bringing the mystery of Alma's disappearance to a surprising conclusion.
Orson was forced into marrying Alma because she was pregnant, but once she miscarried the child it was Orson who felt like the prisoner in the marriage, not Alma.
The day Alma left Orson, she realized he was having an affair with Monique and was shocked to learn he would have been relieved by her departure. She disappeared without a trace to make everyone think Orson had murdered her.
Unlike the sloppy Applewhite job last year, the writers have obviously approached this season's mystery with care. Halfway through the season the viewers are given some crucial answers, but the central mystery remains - who killed Monique and why did Orson run over Mike? Furthermore, new mysteries are laid out - what the hell was it that Alma was injecting into her thigh?
The return of little Kayla presented Lynette with similar dilemmas she had to deal with back in season one - how do you control a child? This year's twist - how do you control a child that is not yours and whose mommy has just been killed? How lovely to see those naughty Scavo boys giving their mom a helping hand.
As much as we may have liked Gaby's new love interest, it was clear he was not the right man for her. Myra Turley was hilarious as the florist who never gets sent any flowers and the final scene between Gaby and Carlos raised a valid point - how dreadful and tiring it is to go back to the dating pool (and square one) for someone who had been loved by a person who knew them better than anyone else.
Although I always wonder at what point Andrew will go back to his evil roots, it seems the writers have found a great way to give his character some breather - use him as little as possible, but when he does appear make sure he fires a priceless zinger. "Austin is not gay, even after three beers" fits right into that category.
Finally, what a refreshing way to finish the episode. As Edie welcomes Alma to the the neighborhood, the woman Orson never loved takes over Mary-Alice's voiceover duties with a healthy dose of sarcasm.
The questions that have come to my mind - what does Paul Young have on his agenda? How soon till we get to see Julie and Danielle carrying on their mother's catfighting tradition? When will Gaby and Carlos get back together? And where on Earth was the adorable mama Hodge?
Next week, the return of the Youngs continues as Zach and Mary-Alice find their way back onto Wisteria Lane.