As Gabrielle (Eva Longoria) tells her husband in episode five of the seventh season of Desperate Housewives; “Susan (Teri Hatcher) is an artist, Lynette (Felicity Huffman) a great business woman, Bree (Marcia Cross) is the perfect homemaker. I was the beautiful one, and now I’m just plastic.”
She was referring to the nose job the others had just found out about, but isn’t plastic the word for all of these wonderful housewives? It is the main reason we love them so much, and season seven certainly lives up to its predecessors.
This season has seen the addition of Vanessa Williams to the cast as Lynette’s college roommate, Renee Perry. Williams fits in perfectly on Wisteria Lane. She has just been dumped by her professional-athlete husband, and is on the prowl. She brings with her some much needed cattiness, and provides plenty of sparks. Early on, Renee and Bree vie for the same man, with memorable results. The circus midget Bree sends to interrupt Renee’s date with the guy is one highlight.
In another development, Susan’s family is forced to rent out their house on Wisteria Lane, due to rough financial circumstances. The cheap apartment they are forced to live in is so humiliating to her that she takes her landlady up on a side job. “It’s not porn, it’s housework,” she explains. The site, “Va-Va-Va-Broom!” features scantily-clad women cleaning their homes. Although I have not checked, I imagine there probably is such a website out there. In any event, watching Susan try to make vacuuming sexy is pretty funny.
Paul Young (Mark Moses) is a key character throughout season seven. The disembodied voice of his deceased wife Mary Alice (Brenda Strong) has been the narrator of the show since its beginning. When the series debuted back in 2004, one of the central mysteries was about her death. Although everyone on Wisteria Lane believed her husband had killed her, it was ruled a suicide. To get Paul locked up, Mary Alice’s sister Felicia Tilmer (Harriet Sansom Harris) frames him for her murder by cutting her own fingers off, then leaving town.
The ruse is discovered in the first episode of season seven, and Paul is freed. He returns to Wisteria Lane with revenge in his heart. The housewives still believe he killed Mary Alice, and the stage is set for some delicious malice on everyone’s part.