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TV Review: Desperate Housewives – “Putting It Together”

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ABC’s Desperate Housewives is done with its fall run, as “Putting It Together” sets up a cliffhanger for the rest of the final season. Chuck (Jonathan Cake) is closing the noose around the girls, calling each in for questioning, except Bree (Marcia Cross). Chuck now even knows that Alejandro (Tony Plana) is Gaby’s (Eva Longoria) stepfather. The friends begin to turn on each other under the pressure, and they all abandon Bree. Lynette (Felicity Huffman) asks Tom (Doug Savant) not to go out of town, which may cost him his girlfriend, Jane (Andrea Parker). Susan (Teri Hatcher), on the other hand, considers fleeing the city by taking an amazing job in New York. Bree turns back to alcoholism, and speaks to the dead Mary Alice (Brenda Strong), who says she isn’t unhappy on the other side. And Chuck is hit by a car, driven by someone yet to be revealed.

Desperate Housewives is really going to a dark place here, putting Bree in similar shoes to Mary Alice in the “Pilot.” Will Bree follow in her former neighbor’s footsteps and take her own life? One would think, after everything that Bree has been through, and knowing how Mary Alice’s suicide hurt everyone so long ago, that she will know better. And yet, Mary Alice, who must be a projection of Bree’s own mind, tells her that death isn’t unpleasant. This means Bree is considering permanent, drastic measures. Bree is pretty alone right now, with only Ben (Charles Mesure) showing her kindness. If she were ever going to do it, this would be the time.

But the wives will surely pull back together again. “Putting It Together” doesn’t even mark the halfway point of this season. With so many more hours to go, it’s not yet time for anyone to get caught. And while various characters have falling outs over the years, they never fail to reconnect when times are tough. Never have times been more tough than they are right now.

A saving grace for the girls is Chuck’s accident. Whether he is dead or just out of commission for awhile, having Chuck get hurt eases the pressure. Clearly Chuck isn’t working as part of an investigative team, as he is allowed to toy with the housewives, rather than just arrest them. If other cops were involved, they would not allow such a thing. Chuck is operating on his own personal vendetta against Bree, seeking to hurt her as she hurt him. Which means that all of the important facts of the case that he has, he probably hasn’t shared with anyone.

Renee (Vanessa Williams) catches Ben giving Bree a sympathetic ear in “Putting It Together,” and does not take kindly to it. Bree is single, so it might be understandable that Renee would get jealous, seeing her boyfriend gab with the pretty neighbor. And Renee and Bree aren’t too close, the murder isolating the four main Desperate Housewives from their other friends to some degree. Ben is in the know, which might hurt his budding relationship with Renee, if she doesn’t ruin it herself.

It’s about time that Lynette lets Tom is on the secret in “Putting It Together,” as he is the last husband to be in the loop. Her intention is to make sure that someone is around for their kids, but it might also bring the couple closer together, considering that Tom staying in town likely ends things between him and Jane. The problem here is, Ben now helps cover up the murder, Mike (James Denton) buries the body, and Carlos (Ricardo Antonio Chavira) is the killer, so adding Tom expands the list of vulnerable people in Desperate Housewives. There are now eight people involved in the conspiracy. If the police ever learn the truth, half of the lane stands to go down for the crime, and no one’s children will be taken care of.

Desperate Housewives continues its final season in January on ABC.

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  • You know what I find Ironic is that Lynette told Bree she was trying to control EVERYTHING and she wasn’t protecting them I laughed. Ummm hello…Lynette is the QUEEN OF CONTROL! What do we all think drove away her husband!!? Granted Tom shoulda stuck it out and Lynette shoulda tried harder but still she had NO RIGHT to make Bree feel that way…All Bree has done was be the BACKBONE of the whole entire FIASCO in the Woods..They are ALL cowards! What I don’t get is why Lynette didn’t confide in Renee? I mean them two have practically become best friends again! Okay so if u REWATCH this ep listen and look closely…if u notice they set up a lot of loose ends with all the MEN…it could be ANY one of the husbands and perhaps the Aussie, Be too who ran over Chuck…Thank god he’s outta the picture now! I knew inmy heart they’d get rid of him…only way to really make ish right again…But it also coulda been Renee driving the car…she coulda caught Bree before she was about to off herself (Like Mary Alice-Young & Beth Young…Paul’s first & Second wife!!!)Susan, Susan, Susan, She is the QUEEN OF WHINING…I am getting sick of it…I am starting to think Mike shoulda married Katherine…I miss her!!! And Orson and Bree I think shoulda tried harder to work things out..he just GAVE UP…I really LOVED them together…Poor Gabby..she just can’t catch a break..she’s had the most TRAUMATIC events (The baby switch, Her stepfather raping her, the affair Carlos had to the surrogate carrying their child,the switched embryo,Them losing Lily back to the birth mother after she changed her mind on the adoption,the miscarriage, Carlos going blind, Them going broke, Losing her $9.5million in the off shore bank acct in the Cayman Islands, Divorced Twice, 2 Affairs, A dead husband)… happen to her and yet she is the one whom always has to have her husband bail her out…And when she was defenseless against Alejandro; Carlos took care of him and her friends helped cover it up! She shoulda Shot Chuck right ere on her porch! I’m sure everyone woulda came to the rescue…Just like they did with Katherine and Angie…And Edie…Oh Edie..I truly miss her! She was such an AMAZING character…a slut no doubt but towards the end they really straightened her out and you really started to like her then BANG..they kill her off…I think they really screwed the pooch big time killing her off! I think Renee is the one who needs to go..she’s boring and really doesnt bring ANYTHING to the show…nor the LANE..And what’s up with Karen & Roy? We NEVER see them really anymore…Karen use to be such a HUGE part of the show…I am EXCITED to see more MYSTERIES revealed about THE YOUNG’S…You know it’s funy..the writers are so CREATIVE with their stories but they always leave us with these cliff hangers and some are good and others…eh not so much…I have been an AVID FAN AND SUPPORTER of this show since day 2! (Missed the first part of the season cause I was just starting out in HS) I really hope that since this is the FINAL SEASON they wrap up ALL THE LOSE ENDS…like Dillon & Bradley…what happened to them? Andrew & Alex? Will they make it work? Danielle & Benjamin..Since her hubby left her..what is she going to do from now on? (yea she has her adult exercise equipment..but that will only go so far….), Austin (Edies Nephew) He wasn’t there for the goodbyes…(Where did he go?), Travers (Edie’s son) last we saw of him he was in college (so where is he now??), Zach (he went back to rehab then that was it…) Paul..(He finally confessed to kill Martha…and is now serving his time…but he has ALL THAT MONEY..), Felicia (We all have assumed she’s dead cause of the head on collision with the truck but nothing has been ANSWERED since then!), Katherine & Robyn (Ummmso they left for Paris..where are they now? Maybe they will Tie Katherine in with Body Of Proof…o man that would be epic!), Ana( In NY modeling…and with Danny but what are they doing now???) Angie & Nick Bolen (I LOVED THEM!!! My fav family thus far!!! So they went away but where are they now….loose ends still left to be tied up…), & who couldnt all forget Karl Mayers son Evan (man that kid had issues..then his dad died…what about him!!?!), Kayla (Tom & Nora’s daughter…she was crazy and went to go live with Nora’s parents…and hated Lynette…so what happened to her!??! Is she gonna be back??) So yeah we all have LINGERING questions to be answered…So yeah I hope they answer ALL these questions…#1FAN, –G

  • Flobot

    Renee,jealous of Bree…the pretty neighbor???Surely you meant to say it the other way around!