Another key storyline involves the discovery that Gabrielle and Carlos Solis’ (Ricardo Antonio Chavira) daughter was accidentally switched at birth with the daughter of another couple. When the two couples meet and get to know their biological children, things get complicated.
Over the course of 23 episodes, there are a number of small plot twists that quickly come and go. My favorite of these in season seven involve Lynette’s mother Stella Wingfield (Polly Bergen). Ms. Bergen was last seen in a superb episode of The Sopranos titled “Camelot.” As always, she brings a wonderful presence to the screen.
Stella is living in a retirement home, and intends to wed Frank Kaminsky (Larry Hagman). Hagman is perfectly cast here, as something of an older JR Ewing. He is arrogant, sexist, and rich - the perfect combination. Although this interlude only lasts for two episodes, it is great.
It seems that every year people are ready to write off Desperate Housewives. And while it is true that the ratings have declined a bit since the program’s debut, there is still life in these women (and their writers). I think the addition of Vanessa Williams to the cast was a great move, and definitely added tension to the seventh season. We shall see what the ladies of Wisteria Lane have up their collective sleeves in just a few weeks, as the eighth and final season begins.
Desperate Housewives: The Complete Seventh Season is now available as a five-DVD set. Besides the original 23 episodes, there are some fun bonus features. These include some Housewives trivia in “Desperate For Trivia,” a piece titled “Growing Up On Wisteria Lane,” 12 deleted scenes, and a bloopers and outtakes reel.
Desperate Housewives has been the best guilty-pleasure TV on TV since its inception, and season seven proudly upholds the tradition.