Monday, January 18, 2010

'Desperate Housewives' Recap: Therapeutic Activity

Desperate Housewives Season 6 Episode 13: How About A Friendly Shrink
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I have nothing much to say except last night's episode of Desperate Housewives confirms the series' return to form. In common with many, I have tolerated a somewhat patchy and slow season 5 but my patience seems to have paid off. Bree is miserable, like she was in the first 2 seasons, providing the comedy highlight of the episode.

Spoilers ahead.

Bree has had enough with the bullshit Orson put her through. Good for you, girl!

Orson is now paralyzed from waist down and is very unhappy. Clearly making life difficult for Bree is the only way for him to get through the humiliation. So he refuses to bathe for a week, and I'm with Bree on this one; my guardian's paralyzed husband smells like crap. Furthermore, his attitude does not score him plus points from Bree who demands some form of respect from the ex-convict. Sure, the sarcastic banter between the two is funny, but the hosing action at the end steals the limelight for me. Remember how awesome 'season 2' Bree is? Here's a little reminder.

Episode 28: They Asked Me Why I Believe In You
Bree: My husband, the man I spent my life with for eighteen years, died thinking that I murdered him!
Susan: What?
Bree: Yes, the cardiologist shared this moronic theory with Rex and Rex believed him!
Gabrielle: Are you sure?
Bree: Yes, because he left a note. And it said, and I quote, "Bree, I understand and I forgive you." I spent eighteen years of my life with this man. How could he not know me?
Edie: Well, maybe he was forgiving you for something else.
Bree: I have done nothing to be forgiven for! I was a fantastic wife! When he was sick, I nursed him. When we were low on money, I stayed within a budget. I cooked his meals, I mended his clothes. For the love of God, I used to check his back for acne. And that miserable son of a bitch has the nerve to understand and forgive me! Well, the joke's on him because I do not understand and I do not forgive!

Reading the quote above makes me want to revisit Season 2 of Desperate Housewives. Maybe after the summer class. Alright, enough with me pouring love on Bree. The episode was extremely funny (especially the Susan/Gaby storyline) and I also like the fact that the gay couple on Wisteria Lane is becoming a more prominent figure on the show, they were so underused last season. And we got to see all 6 housewives (Hello there Mrs.M and Katherine!) having a good ol' time at the hospital cafeteria at the end of the episode.

Here are some of the highlights from the episode.
- "Yeah, it's great. But it'd be nice to have something other than the porn industry to fall back on," Angie believes that college education is vital.
- "I know a word that has 3 (letters), you don't give me my food I'm gonna shove that fork up it!" Orson refuses to say "please" despite his hunger.
- "Please hit me on the leg this time, there's no feeling there," Orson claims Bree is abusing him.
- "The point is she overplayed her hand and made Bob choose between us. Now long story short, I'm cuddling up with Bob every night and where's Mama? Nursing home. How did she get there? Don't know." Apparently, Lee is the top?
- The whole MJ and hand-in-the-glass sequence is amusing. Parents can get so competitive sometimes.
- Basically everything with Bree and Orson is comedy gold.

Word-Vomiting Score: 9.0/10

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