I'm glad you mentioned it. I'm hoping they stop punishing Lynette so much for wanting to have a career. I understand it is a difficult and sudden change on the family, but how is the dad getting off so easily?

Comment: Was Bree actually eating watermelon with a fork and knife??

Susan, Susan Susan SUSAN!! You are my namesake yet you anger me so. I understand you not explaining to him in the diner the deal with Mike, but hey, let's further complicate matters but sending you out of town on a wild goose chase, YAY!

Soosan at October 17, 2005 09:08 AM

you = him (the son)

Soosan at October 17, 2005 09:09 AM

And was George really putting salt on his watermelon? Is that a regional thing?

kyle at October 17, 2005 09:26 AM

I've seen people do that before. It seems wrong, somehow, but I've heard it's delicious.

Bree eating the watermelon with a knife and fork reminded me of when George Constanza was eating candy bars with a knife and fork on Seinfeld.

freakgirl at October 17, 2005 09:50 AM

Ha! I love George (the non-psychotic one I mean)

Soosan at October 17, 2005 09:55 AM

You can make a really nice savory salad of watermelon, feta & red onion, so I imagine salted watermelon on its own would be nice.

Maybe I just wasn't in the mood, but I thought this week's DH was lackluster. It could be because I watched the entire season of Weeds this week, which does the whole "suburban satire" thing with so much more zing. The scenes between Celia and her husband at the double-vanity in their bathroom are absolutely priceless, and just the kind of thing I thought Desperate Housewives would be delivering.

brian w at October 17, 2005 10:25 AM

My family salts our watermelon and canteloupe. It actually makes the melons sweeter. Of course, we also eat fried okra with honey, so it may be more of a family thing than just a regional-South thing.

Re: this ep - I do not like Andrew, but I'm with you, FG. He doesn't deserve to go to that camp again.

I was pissed at Susan for what she did to Zach. Sure, he has obsessive feelings towards her daughter, but he should know the truth about Mike.

elizabeth at October 17, 2005 10:37 AM

I think last night's episode cemented it for me. I'm totally over this show. Just way too far fetch. I know, I know, it can be fun - but gawd...Bree sending HER SON away?? Susan sending Zach away?? Frustrating, not funny...

Can I hijack for just a brief moment to ask if anyone is watching Grey's Anatomy?? So. Good. Back to back with Desperate Housewives, the contrast is very apparent. Sandra Oh is amazing - her performance last night downright HYSTERICAL...okay, hijack over! (sorry!)

janer at October 17, 2005 10:46 AM

I HEART Grey's Anatomy, but I usually don't watch it until Mondays or so. I was thinking about dropping DH for GA. Or maybe I'll just start doing both.

freakgirl at October 17, 2005 11:20 AM

I love Grey's Anatomy too! I think you should definitely start recapping it freakgirl.

DaisyLou2 at October 17, 2005 11:27 AM

I got a little weepy at the end to the tribute to dads. I blame it on raging horomones right now.

Megan at October 17, 2005 12:42 PM

Meanwhile, the man in the basement plotline just disappears entirely for a week. WTF?

GeekBoy at October 17, 2005 01:19 PM

true dat! We soooo could have gone without the Susan spills ice cream on herself fiasco.

I guess the dude in the basement is not a father, or perhaps there would have been an inkling of his situation during the fatherhood montage at the end.

Soosan at October 17, 2005 01:27 PM

I thought the same thing, Soosan. I wonder if they did that whole "daddy" thing on purpose so we would start to wonder who the hell Johnny Prisoner actually is.

freakgirl at October 17, 2005 01:51 PM

If his name turns out to be Johnny I may or may not pee my pants. Undetermined.

Soosan at October 17, 2005 02:55 PM

Last season I LOVED this show. This year I've been lukewarm but last night's ep really bothered me. They're really overdoing the silly clown music that's supposed to mean, "Oh, someone's up to summat!" and I think they're really taking people outside of their established characters. Susan, for example. She's always been pretty moral except for a few (let's break into Paul's house and steal a videotape) episodes, but sabotaging someone from finding their son just because you don't like him? I think that's beyond the scope of what Susan would actually do. Also, it doesn't make sense that she's doing all this stuff to keep Mike interested...he loves her. Giving Zach money to run away to Utah? I don't buy it.

Lynette's storyline is particularly aggravating to me. From my point of view, she is really making herself the victim here. She is allowing a 5-year-old boy to run the household. I understand feeling horrible and guilty when your kid acts out because you have changed the family dynamic but this is extreme. Her passive-aggressive behaviour toward her child is pathetic too...lying about throwing out the umbrella instead of setting rules about how Parker may use it. Who's the boss here...him or her?

I was also rather offended by the narration at the end of the show. Matt makes Lynette feel better about the whole ordeal by reminding her that in the greater scheme of things this is small potatoes and that she and Parker will laugh about the whole thing when he's older - that was very nice. The narration saying that a good dad makes his wife feel like a good mother was kind of patronizing...as though she isn't really a good mother. Lynette seems rather out of character as well...during last season she ruled those kids with pretty much an iron fist and managed tough situations with them but now she's wilted and incapable? Hmph. They went to a lot of trouble to make her out to be a baraccuda in the business world as well, but at work she's a total shrinking violet. Makes no sense to me.

George and Bree. I'm a little upset that they haven't given Bree any screen time for mourning, because we're supposed to see her as this stoic, in-control woman who, unbeknownst to others, is very emotionally driven and feels things very deeply. This season she's just kind of a big void.

Bree is acting on feelings for George that she didn't even know she had until five minutes ago. And I also had a problem with the fact that she wasn't more put off by George's behaviour toward her son. I just can't believe she actually said, "I can't allow you to discipline my child without telling me what he said." WHAT? How about, "Ass, you have no right to be sending my kids to their rooms, we barely know you. Get out."

However, let's not forget that Andrew is actually a sociopath who killed Carlos' mother without an iota of guilt.

I'm almost ready to drop this show. I'm giving it one more week, because the idea of Lynette getting Joely Fisher laid is hilarious.

Maggie at October 17, 2005 03:15 PM

THANK YOU, Megan! I was going to be so upset if I was the only one who teared up at that end part. Especially the very last part with Lynette. Aw.

sar at October 17, 2005 05:31 PM

Lynette's kids were horrible last season when she stayed home with them, so I'm not buying that her returning to work has changed their behavior much.

I'm a former-working-mom-turned-stay-at-home-mom currently looking to return to work, so clearly I'm not loving this storyline.

Hayley at October 17, 2005 06:12 PM

I heart salted watermelon and Gray's Anatomy. I'm not ashamed to admit that I teared up when Burke got into Christina's bed. Well, actually, I am a little ashamed.
While watching housewives last night I had the thought that the writers have some mommy issues they need to work out. They also need more women on the writing staff.

ellen at October 17, 2005 09:25 PM

Have you ever played the game where one person writes a few lines of a story, then another person writes a few lines and so on. there is no planned direction to the story, characters have inconsistant motives and actions and storylines come and go and shift illogically. In the middle of last season I decided that's what was happening to DH. Then it improved at the end of the season. Now, the new season is being written that way again. Andrew has been the most inconsistant character all along.

John at October 18, 2005 08:28 AM

Yeah, I tried to defend the show last season, but I'll admit that this season, it does seem as if there is no clear "bible" for these characters. With Lost, you feel as if there are depths and complexities to the characters that the writers are aware of, and that they're peeling away layers for the sake of the audience each week. But with DH, it really does seem sometimes as if they're making it up as they go along, tweaking characters to suit the plots, instead of the other way around.

GeekBoy at October 18, 2005 09:15 AM

http://www.calendarlive.com/printedition/calendar/cl-et-desperate18oct18,0,4421192.story?coll=cl-calendar

freakgirl at October 18, 2005 01:45 PM

"This, of course, is the nature of episodic television. They can't all be gems."

What the hell are you talking about? Episodic? I thought it was supposed to be a serial. Are they going to do away with the arcs and make each ep stand alone? I hate that. If I wanted episodic, I'd watch Law and Order.

Maggie at October 18, 2005 07:19 PM

Dear TV gods,

Please oh please keep Adrian Pasdar on my television screen. Honestly, so much pretty!

J.

J at October 18, 2005 07:23 PM
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