Warning! This article contains potential spoilers for Desperate Housewives episode Farewell Letter, airing Sunday, February 20 on ABC at 9/8c.
Before getting into what will happen during Sunday night’s all-new Desperate Housewives, let’s take a look at where we left off last week.
After a brief hiatus, Desperate Housewives was back on Valentine’s Day with Flashback, an episode full of the usual did they really just do that? Desperate acts fans have come to know, love and expect from the show.
Guest starsPolly Bergen and Larry Hagman were back for a second week as Lynette’s boozing obstinate mom Stella and her wealthy, but equally obnoxious new hubby, Frank. Showing his not-so-sentimental side, Frank wanted to take a family photo with Stella, Lynette, Tom and the kids. Best line of the night came when Frank, not pleased with the current arrangement of the furniture in Lynette‘s home, barked at twins Porter and Preston, “Cagney and Lacey, grab the end of this couch.” Said photo opportunity was cut short when Frank dropped dead just as the flash went off on the camera.
Never for a minute wouldStella be considered a blushing bride, she proved this when, instead of concern for her recently deceased husband, she expressed worry over the fact thatFrank‘s newly signed will wouldn’t go into affect until the next day. That said, Desperate Housewives lived up it it’s name once again as Lynette agreed to keep the body in the house overnight to insureStella would officially be considered his wife and therefore be named in Frank‘s will. Of course this also meant Lynette and family would eventually enjoy the financial benefits.
Stella quickly used her new standing with the family by inviting Lynette over for Sunday dinner. When Lynette refused, Stella simply said, “I’ll see you on Sunday.” She then asked Lynette if she thought crossing her mother was a good idea now that she had come into a great deal of money. When Lynette questioned if her mother was blackmailing her into coming to dinner, Stella smirked, “No, I’m inviting you to dinner.”
Meanwhile, Bree agreed to meet with Keith‘s ex, Amber after previously learning that she and Keith share a young son. Bree‘s initial intent was to offer Amber money and be rid of her and the kid. Instead, just as Amber excused herself from the table, Keith miraculously showed up at the very same pizza joint, joined Bree and young Charlie and began playing with the kid. Of course Keith had no idea this was his son, and Bree didn’t initially let him in on the secret, but what little maternal instinct she possesses did surface when she saw the two together. Bree then decided to tell Keith everything.
Bree isn’t the only housewife dealing with past relationships. Susan, who’s been waiting for a kidney transplant all of three weeks, reconnected with an old high school friend, Monroe. It seems that he has been trying to friend Susan on Facebook for a while, but Susan, who was never interested then or now, simply ignored his requests, much like she ignored his sexual advances in high school. Despite her initial trepidation, and mostly because Monroe offered Susan his kidney, she agreed to meet and get reacquainted. However, catching a glimpse of Monroe‘s all-Susan scrapbook throughout the years, set off some justified alarms with Susan. In alet’s work Renee and Lee into the storyline moment, Renee reminded Susan that a kidney is still a kidney, while Lee shed some rather abrupt light on the subject by reminding Susan that his kidney “isn’t the only organ he wants to share with you”. At that revelation, Susan came clean with Monroe, telling him they’d never be more than friends, no matter what. That said, Monroe, hurt and rejected once again, took back his offer to donate his kidney.
Susan may have lost a potential kidney, but lately Gaby‘s nearly lost her mind. Following the near-deportation of her biological daughter, Grace, Gaby‘s turned all Baby Jane, carrying around a lookalike doll of her daughter. Instead of taking Carlos‘ suggestion and dealing with her fragile mindset by discussing her real issues with a psychiatrist, Gaby decided to relive her glory days as a model with loose morals as she shared stories of not one, but two members of The Rolling Stones, as they related to her own wild life. Who knew Mick Jagger was psychic–he had predicted Gaby would have sex on Yves Saint Laurent‘s yacht. Not to be left off the Gaby train, it seemsJagger‘s band-mate Keith Richards once drank champaign out of Gaby‘s shoe. While these stories may have been helpful during a visit to an analyst’s couch, Carlos discovered instead that Gaby was skipping psycho therapy for massage therapy instead.
Once on course, Gaby revealed a few secrets of her childhood, but claimed those issues have resulted in her being over protective of her own children. Wait a minute? We are talking about Celia and Juanita, right? Hmmm OK, Gaby, if you say so.
Well, that covers the Desperate Housewives, but what of the husbands? Last week Mike decided out of the blue to check onZach. When he found him,Zach was a far cry from the trust-fund baby Mike had last seen. Zach had managed to squander the vast fortune left him by his grandfather and was now living in a sketchy part of town. YES, apparently even picket-fenced, pristinely manicured Fairview has a seedy neighborhood. When Mike paid an unexpected visit on Zach, he was met at knifepoint. It seems Zach, who was now a drug-addled paranoid shell of his former self, mistook Mike‘s visit for a break-in. Let’s not forget Mike himself was once a druggie, so he immediately recognized the signs. Despite knowledge of Zach‘s fragile state and the relationship between Zach and Paul, Mike decided to reunite the two. Of course he did this, not realizing that Paul suspected Zach of being the one who shot him, using the very gunPaul’s wife, Mary Alice had used to commit suicide with during Season One’s primary storyline.
As for this week’s episode:
After a few too many run-ins with Porter and Preston and their young lady friends at the Scavo house, Lynette and Tom decide that it’s time for twins Porter and Preston to move out on their own and learn how to become responsible adults. In true Desperate fashion, moving out means moving to a cool bachelor pad, just close enough for the boys to continue to lean on dear old Mom and Dad whenever they need money, laundry service or food.
At the urging of her therapist, and I’m not talking her massage therapist, Gaby and Carlos decide to take a trip to Gaby‘s hometown in hopes of confronting her demons. While there, they discover she’s made quite a lasting impression on the town where she grew up.
With Amber and young Charlie head back home, Keith suggests to Bree that the two of them pick up and move to Florida to start anew. No coincidence that Florida just so happens to be where Amber and Charlie reside.
When she gets stopped by a cop for speeding, Susan tells the officer she’s on her way to dialysis. He of course lets her off with only a warning and well wishes. This prompts her to play her illness to the hilt, getting everyone in on the act when she discovers she can use her kidney ailment to get special attention, no matter where she is. Of course self-serving Renee relishes in Susan‘s new scheme, telling her she’s never felt closer to her. Susan just might be the girl who cried wolf, when she actually collapses while out with Renee.
Wisteria Lane‘s resident baddie, Paul decides to send his sort-of son Zach to rehab. While this seems like the thing to do, it also assures Paul can control Zach as punishment for his suspicions that Zach was the one who shot him. WithZach under lock and key, Paul‘s attentions return to his other problem relative, Beth. He hasn’t forgotten the secrets she’s keeping from him, but he also realizes she might actually care about him, so tonight he makes a decision about their future together.
Desperate Housewives Farewell Letter airs Sunday, February 20 at 8/7c on ABC.