Desperate Housewives Review: "I'll Swallow Poison on Sunday"

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Last night, we were reminded that no good deed goes unpunished on Desperate Housewives. All in all, "I'll Swallow Poison on Sunday" was a fine episode.

It had its strong points with watching Bree trying to discipline Gaby’s girls and witnessing Felicia’s evil tactics. Still, it’s obvious that the big drama is still yet to come.

After all, we are only one episode away from the two-hour season finale. The last few episodes have been so-so for me, and I am hopeful for a jaw dropping finale. Let’s just say, Desperate Housewives needs to desperately bring it.   

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Although Bree couldn’t smash, poison, or shoot her temporary household pests, it was entertaining to see Celia and Juanita attempt to destroy Bree’s perfectly clean home.

From muddy shoes to broken mirrors and dishes, I laughed a few times while Gaby relaxingly sat in the corner.

Maybe Bree could have just tried to teach Gaby a thing or two about parenting. Then again, there was that time that Bree lied for Andrew when he accidentally hit Carlos’s mother.

I still thought that Gaby was wrong for choosing Bree over Carlos. She should have told Carlos that she respected and understood her husband’s feelings, but also that Bree is still her friend.

I do believe that Bree shouldn’t have covered up for Andrew. However, we’ve especially learned on this show that desperate times call for desperate measures.

Although it was teased that Carlos told Juanita that Bree killed his mother, I expected that Carlos did not say those exact words. Fortunately, Carlos did not tell detective Chuck Vance the truth.

Since Bree convinced Gaby to move back home, she’s going to be lonely again. Perhaps the detective will keep her company while bringing down evil Felicia.

By the way, how perfect was Susan’s reaction to realizing that Beth was actually Felicia’s daughter and Paul’s wife? As conniving Felicia befriended Susan and poisoned the food she was making for Paul with antifreeze, I couldn’t help but wonder if Mike, M.J, and even Susan were also all being poisoned, too.

Every time that Felicia speaks to “Beth,” I am reminded how creepy and evil she truly is. With Paul collapsing at the close of the episode and short of the telephone, do you think that Paul will be all right? Who will find him? Moreover, will Susan be blamed for his deteriorating health and poisoning?

Meanwhile, Tom hired Lynette and Renee to decorate his office. However, Lynette’s idea of what she thought Tom needed as opposed to wanted clashed. Sure, he did want samurai swords, but Lynette selfishly thought otherwise.

Renee said it seamlessly: “Lynette, you did a great job ignoring what he asked for. All that’s missing is an antique jar for Tom to put his testicles in.”

Luckily, Tom finally stood up to Lynette about her poor attitude since he started his new job. Tom told Lynette that it hadn’t seemed as though she was happy or proud of him. I’m very glad that Tom and Renee put Lynette in her place, but I hope Lynette changes her attitude ASAP. Her narcissistic personality has been somewhat annoying lately.

Overall, I liked this episode. It wasn’t the best, but it was certainly entertaining. I’d love to hear what you thought. Let me know in the comments. 


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First off, Interrupted, LMAO! I feel your pain. Gaby is not the kind of character that has mastered compromise or compassion. She's that selfish diva we're to learn a good lesson from. "Don't do what Gaby does. Duh?"...and lesson learned. Believe it or not, many women unfortunately do what Gaby does and it has an effect on us all, in one way or another. Ladies, let's learn to represent true love and dispel the lies, respect our men and respect one another.


"moviefreak" she wouldn't have been in the hospital in the first place if it weren't for the accident.


Okay you said Lynette's personality is narcissistic lately. It more seems like she trying to hold on to the "Old Tom" tight before he vanishes. She is acting out of fear. It's understandable seeing that the Tom she knew is slipping. It's natural for anyone to feel that distance and you must admit that Tom has been very distant lately. On the other hand, what did Lynette expect after pushing Tom to betray Carlos (by the way nothing became of that, no reaction from Carlos). Lynette wanted better for Tom and it turned him into someone that has his business trips and less family time. Lynette fears what would happen if he becomes more distant. She wants him to be happy but she also wants him to be home. This episode had Lynette clinging on to "Past Tom", if he passed the test, she may be wrong about her fears. It seems pretty normal for Lynette to fear that loss and not narcissistic. Her careful need to mend, more breaks the relationship. Anyone can relate.


I love the mystery and excitement of each episode and can't wait to tune in to the next one! You just never know what to expect!


What Carlos does not know is that his wife contributed to his mother's death too. Juanita was actually running from Gaby and John after she discovered their affair and took a picture of them having sex. That's when she got hit by Andrew's car in the street. Carlos needs to look more into what really happened that night, since he wants to hold onto the past that much. Technically it is also his fault, since he asked his mom to come keep an eye on his wife. lol... He should stop blaming Bree; he is not a saint himself!!!


It would have been nice to see the whole show !!!
They chose to take off the show last night, where I live, and talk about the killing of Bin Laden. A-Holes could have waited until the end of the show...another 15 minutes or so would not have made any difference...we look forward to this show all week...A-Holes !!!


It annoys me that Andrew didn't even kill Carlos' mother. She died in the hospital after a fall down the stairs, because the miserable old bitch was too busy thinking about destroying her sons marriage that she couldn't even put one foot in front of the other. All Andrew did was put her in hospital and that is what Bree covered up. Get over it, she was a sad old crone anyway.


I really think Carlos is overreacting.. I know he has a right to be angry, but Bree was trying to protect her son and if he was being fair he probably would've done the same for juanita (and it is likely someday he will)
but the thing that keeps bugging me the most about that storyline is that Andrew didn't actually kill Carlos' mother..
she had an accident in the hospital.. the nurse that was on call that night had headphones in and therefor didn't hear Juanita sr. calling and hear her falling down the stair..
and if Juanita sr. had just stayed in bed she wouldn't have died.. all in all there are three people responsible for Juanita's death and one for a cover-up and it just seems off to me that Carlos only focuses on the persone that is responsibe for the cover-up..
and it sometimes feels like they forgot that Juanita didn't die in the accident, but in the hospital, not even from injuries from the carcrash..


it could have been better, but im really glad tom stood up to lynette finally.

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Desperate Housewives Season 7 Episode 20 Quotes

Good deeds aren't always done for the purest of reasons. We may be trying to impress. We may be acting out of guilt. We may be expecting something in return, but occasionally a good deed comes straight from the heart.

Mary Alice

Bree: There were two dozen cookies on that plate.
Gaby: Yeah, you can't leave food out. They're like bears - you've gonna have to to tie it up in a tree.