Desperate Housewives #3.23: "Getting Married Today": Two Weddings and a Suicide
They can't do that to Edie! Can they? A satisfying 3rd season wedding ender penned by the departing "Bang" scribe Joe Keenan brings back my dearest Bree who was being such a Bree, introduces three Wisteria Lane parents played by television legends, and gives the hilarious Edie a tragic ending.
It is very difficult to write "Desperate Housewives," because - at its best - the series is a clever and well-balanced mix of comedy, soap-opera and mystery drama, and it is too easy not to cook the ingredients right.
Uneven at times, the third season of "Desperate Housewives" was a vast improvement over its second cycle and last night's climax was a great reflection of that.
As Julie put it so wisecrackingly well, Susan and Mike have been "dragging this thing for over 3 years," so how great was it to see the happy couple finally tie the knot in their romantic ceremony in the woods?
I am a little worried about the prospects for the character, though. As my good buddy Travis noticed, Susan is funny when she is single and desperate. What will the writers do with that klutz once she is actually married to Mike?
We knew Bree was coming back pregnant. That is what Marcia Cross spoiled during her Letterman appearance (supposedly by accident, but I don't buy that). What we didn't know, but many of us anticipated, she was faking it to keep up appearances.
I do have to admit I had initially thought they were going to make a whole new mystery out of that, before I remembered Danielle was sluttying around with Edie's nephew Austin.
Legendary actress Polly Bergen, whom you may remember from ABC's "Commander In Chief," was cast as Lynette's estranged alcoholic mom Stella who conspired with that spawn of devil Kayla to get some dirt on Lynette and Rick.
As Lynette rejected her mother's help in her upcoming battle against cancer, Stella shot back at her: "You can fight me or you can fight the cancer. Trust me — you won't have the strength to do both."
Wisteria Lane's rude paper boy Danny whom Susan hit in the head with her morning paper back in season 2, was back to give Carlos' cliched discovery of Edie's birth control pills a little oomph ("I'm gonna need cash.")
Although I was ecstatic to see Gaby and Carlos seek solace in being intimate with each other after Carlos' discovery of Edie's manipulation and Gaby's discovery of selfish reasons behind Victor's marriage proposal, I did not see that suicide attempt coming.
I say attempt, because although I did not like Edie and Carlos as a couple, I can't even think of Edie being gone.
That is why I can already picture Edie going outside at the beginning of season 4 and seeing Mary-Alice and Rex sitting on her front porch, drinking iced tea and telling her she can't join them because she has to go back where she came from.
And yes, she would then be waking up in Carlos' arms who would save her at the very last minute. No, make that her ex-husband (Greg Evigan) whom she ends up getting back together with.
OK, now you know why I don't write for television. Holy cliche! Then again I find the entire suicide twist a bit out of Edie's character (would she abandon her son like that?), so let's see how the new writers get out of that corner in the fall.
The fourth season of "Desperate Housewives" is expected to premiere on Sunday, September 23, 2007.
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