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12.16.2004

'Desperate' For More...

Sigh. OK, let me just get this out of the way. For all those who will be visiting my blog for the first time and reading the information below, I AM a male. And probably one of the few males that watch ABC's runaway hit, Desperate Housewives. In fact, I'm hooked. Sundays at 9, my TiVo is set. The ONLY reason I don't watch it live is because The Wire comes on at the same time. And with no commercials. You do the math.

Why do I watch? I don't really know. Probably for the same reason I watch The West Wing or NYPD Blue or The Practice or even LOST. For one, I guess I like one-hour dramas. And two, I love well-written shows. Shows that allow you to follow characters with flaws, shows that bring you surprises and aren't afraid to do the 'shock and awe' thing.

For my money, 'Desperate' came along at the perfect time and perfect night: television was inundated (SAT word...lol) with reality and faux-reality shows that were boring, crude, unbelievable or just plain disgusting (that's right, Fear Factor--it's you I'm thinking of). Some of the above-mentioned shows were getting long in the tooth, with surprises coming few and far between and characters becoming mundane yet comfortable, like an old couch.

Then came this show. Filled with people are familiar, with most of the 'Housewives' already appearing in different shows throughout the years. So it wasn't like getting to know a stranger. We KNOW these women. And plus, how can you not at least check out a show that has the word Desperate in the title? The title alone begs the questions, Desperate about what? How desperate are they? What will they do to cure their desperation?

With all the intrigue surrounding it (not to mention the unending hype and ads touting it), I figured I would check it out.

Now, now fellas, before you take away my "Manhood" card (although that was probably revoked as soon as I cried during Antwone "Who Will Cry For Da Little Boy" Fisher--the first 12 times), you gotta check this show out. Desperate has a good pace, voice-over narration that doesn't get in the way of the story, and more dark twists and turns than the Jackie Robinson Parkway at night.

It stars Teri Hatcher (Lois and Clark), Marcia Cross (Melrose Place), Felicity Huffman (SportsNight), Nicolette Sheridan (Knots Landing) and Eva Longoria (Young and the Restless). See? All of them were on shows that people can relate to. Familiar. And that's the foundation of the show's fan base. Personally, I watched Lois and Clark for a few seasons and loved Huffman in SportsNight. So that's what drew me.

OK, on to the show.

Here's how ABC describes the show on its web site:

A primetime soap with a truly contemporary take on "happily every after," this new hour- long drama takes a darkly comedic look at suburbia, where the secret lives of housewives aren't always what they seem.

WHAT?!?!? I love it already. Let's read on for a synopsis of the characters mentioned above, shall we?

There's Susan Mayer (Hatcher), the divorcee and single mom who will go to extraordinary lengths for love; Lynette Scavo (Huffman), the ex-career woman who traded the boardroom for boredom, mixed with moments of sheer panic as the mother of four unmanageable kids; Bree Van De Kamp (Cross), the Martha Stewart on steroids, whose family is about to mutiny; and Gabrielle Solis (Longoria), the ex-model with everything she's every wanted -- a rich husband, a big house -- so what is she doing with John, the 17-year-old gardener (Jesse Metcalfe)? And there are her neighbors, including serial divorcee Edie Britt (Sheridan), whose romantic conquests have everyone buzzing.

So we have one desperate romantic, one desperately overworked mom, one desperate perfectionist, one desperate for affection and one who's just plain deseperate. People, I think we have a series here!!!

And during the first nine episodes, there's been all sorts of action in 'suburbia'. Peep this: two people have died, one is in a coma, one kid is sleeping with a married woman, another kid was locked up in a mental institution by his own father, and yet another kid has had his mother drive him to smoking pot. Not since the days of DYNASTY has ABC had this type of drama in prime time.


Here's a quick recap as we head into Week 10 and the inevitable holiday break: In the pilot episode, Mary Alice Young killed herself before the credits even rolled, leaving her fellow housewives shocked and searching for answers why. While putting her belongings in order, they find a note that threatened Mary Alice, saying I KNOW WHAT YOU DID. I'M GOING TO TELL.

(This just in: I went browsing the Desperate message board, and was pleased to find that THERE ARE OTHER STRAIGHT GUYS BESIDES MYSELF THAT WATCH THE SHOW!!! THANK GOD!!!! Ummm, not that there's anything wrong with NON-straight guys watching...*whistling, doing the moonwalk outta this here side note*)

The end of the first episode sees Mary Alice's husband Paul digging up their pool and burying a chest. WTF?!?!? THAT was the tease for the next week. So now...we have a suicide and a potential cover-up. And that note. **TiVo SET!** The next week's show has the women further fleshing out their characters, with Longoria establishing herself as the pivotal one--you either love her (guys) or hate her (women). And women won't hate her because she's beautiful; they'll hate her because she's sleeping with a teenager. **I may have to go to therapy to deal with my envy of that boy. LOL**
We see Huffman with her three rambunctious boys and say a prayer for her. LOL We see Cross in all her Martha Stewart splendor, driving her family crazy with the sheer pretentiousness of it all. Her husband finally snaps and they try counseling. We see Hatcher chasing the new guy on Wisteria Lane--Mike. He's a plumber, or so we think. Until we get a peek onto one of his shelves and see a wad a cash fatter than Beyonce's booty. Another WTF moment. And THAT'S the teaser for the following week.
Keeping track, that's a suicide, a note, a cover-up and now a new guy who's not what he says??? Oh, and did we mention that Hatcher accidentally sets fire to Sheridan's house?!?!? Come onnnnn, Sunday night. LOL

So, there you have the first few weeks. Action-packed, with a thick air of mystery hovering over the block. THE BLOCK IS HOT!!! LOL
Recently, Mrs. Huber--the nosy neighbor who took Sheridan in after the house burnt down, blackmailed Hatcher after she found out she was the accidental arsonist--was exposed as the one who sent the threatening note to Mary Alice. Her husband, Paul, killed her with a blender. He will from now on be referred to as Hammer, since he PUT HER IN THE MIX!!! LOL
He's also the one who put his son in the mental institution for fear that he would spill his guts about another family secret. The secret turned out to be that the Youngs had another child, Dana, that died soon after her birth. It's still unclear as to how the child died, but obviously Hammer doesn't want anyone to know. So off the kid went (after beating up his dad, thus hammering Hammer...hehehe) The kid has now escaped the institution and is now staying in Hatcher's house, unbeknownst to her, and has started to spill about his sibling's accidental death.

Speaking of Hatcher, she found the wad of money in Mike's house while she was there waiting for a delivery. She got busted with the cash and Mike threw her out. We also found out a little about why Mike was there when his employer's daughter came to visit. Turns out he's really there on a mission, although one that hasn't been revealed.

Huffman, who used to be a corporate exec, is overwhelmed with the responsibility of running around after her hyper kids, and resorted to taking ADD medication to keep her alert. Addiction soon followed, as did thoughts of suicide. But instead of taking her life, she's ceased taking the pills and decided to hire a nanny instead.

Longoria was busted having sex with the teenager twice--once by a little girl that lived next door, and once by her visiting mother-in-law, who peeped her game and actually took incriminating photos of the two--in the bedroom, no less. Well, this is where it got sticky. The mother-in-law, while running out with the film, got hit by a car and is now in a coma. The mother of the teenager found out about the affair when Longoria was forced to confess. The cops came to her house soon after, and as Longoria was about to confess her infidelity to her husband, he wound up being arrested instead for illegal activity.

The car that hit the mother-in-law belonged to Cross' son, who was driving recklessly in the vehicle that his father bought him to compensate for his not being around due to him and Cross' separation. He had no remorse for his hitting the pedestrian, claiming that "she was old, she lived her life. What am I going to do for a car now?" LOL This...did not sit well with his mother, of course. She wanted to see repentance. NOPE!
Turns out the boy has a little "mary jane" problem; one that was snuffed out by his mother and dismissed by his father. Cross, who we already know is a bit much, set her son up for failure last week when she gave the coach of the swimming team an anonymous heads up about the pot in her own son's locker. He was promptly discharged from the team. Yeah. Shirley Partridge, she's not.

Sheridan has proven thus far to be nothing but a nuisance, getting in the way of Hatcher and Mike on more than one occasion, but not much else.

The trunk that was buried in the pilot episode was found last week. With a skeleton inside. Chopped up. Gulp.
Here are the set-up questions for the rest of the season: Who's body was it in the trunk? What will happen to Longoria now that her husband is in jail and her secret affair is exposed? What will Cross do with her wayward son? Will he ever confess to the hit-and-run? Will Hammer find his son, and if so, will he get beat up by him again? LOL What will happen with Hatcher and Mike? Why is Mike really there? And do the words "Nanny-Cam" mean anything to you?

Whew. There's a lot going on over there on Wisteria Lane. And its only been NINE EPISODES!!!! There's 13 more coming up over the next five months. Take time to get caught up if you must. Hopefully, this long ass post helped you a little bit. LOL

Either way, there are a lot worse ways to spend your Sunday nights. ABC has a hit on its hands, a soap opera with equal parts mystery, comedy and action. What else can you ask for? Me? Not much. In fact, since its inception, these 'Housewives' have had me hooked. Yup, and dare I say 'desperate' for more.

I will now go take a nap. My...fingers...hurt.



scribbled by Will at 12/16/2004 01:59:00 PM
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