Desperate Housewives Review: Secrets Don't Make Friends

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Finally! The mystery unraveled rather quickly on "Always in Control," as Desperate Housewives delivered a number of laugh-out0loud, OMG-worthy, shocking moments.

An Important Meal

Picking up right where we left off, Bree, Lynette and Gaby were driving away, discussing who could have moved Gaby’s stepfather’s body. I thought that it was predictable that they would assume it was Susan simply because she’s been MIA with art class and the only one who’s appeared as the possible loose cannon. However, I did not expect for this storyline to move as quickly as it did. I'm glad, though, because I felt like the last few episodes have been mainly filler. We’ve been waiting patiently for an installment like this.

Who’d a thought that it would be as simple as Ben’s workers finding the body, and Ben asking Mike to dispose of it? I never thought in a million years that Bree would confess to Ben or that Ben would willingly want to help keep her secret hidden.

Then again, we knew that Ben really wanted this construction project to happen and also that Mike just had to follow his instructions to protect Susan. It just all seemed too easy, though. I was definitely shocked and on the edge of my seat with every passing minute, especially when Chuck showed up to confront Bree with Alejandro’s picture in hand.

One thing’s for sure, Chuck was still angry about their breakup and knew that Bree was lying. I couldn’t help but to think what Chuck’s next move would be as Mike ensured that Alejandro’s body stayed hidden. 

On another note, I thought that Susan was rightfully frustrated with the other girls for keeping her out of the loop for the last few weeks. Like she said, they did make a pact to keep a secret, not to keep secrets from each other. Also, Gaby and Bree finally told Lynette and Susan about the mysterious letter.

Regardless of what’s happened, we still don’t know who wrote the aforementioned note to Bree saying: I know what you did. It makes me sick. I’m going to tell. Got any ideas?

Meanwhile, Lynette tried to get Penny on her side when she started bashing Jane a bit for trying to steal her away just like Tom. I thought Lynette definitely did the right thing in the end by explaining to Penny that there were no bad guys and she and Tom were trying to figure things out. When Lynette broke down in her car and watched Tom and Penny from afar, I, too, started to tear up.

I still believe that Tom and Lynette need this separation in order to hopefully find their way back to one another by the series ending. That's just the way it should be.

Elsewhere: Gaby and Carlos decided they wanted to name Bob and Lee as Juanita and Celia’s guardians. All they had to do was convince Bob and Lee how their once “monsters” were now perfect little angels. I’ve always loved Gaby’s parenting techniques and got a kick out of her paying Juanita off with cash to say the right things, brushing Celia’s hair to find a lollipop and allowing them a day off school to prep.

By the way, I can’t remember if I’ve ever heard or seen Celia utter a word. I also liked the touching moment between Juanita and Gaby.

Lastly, Susan spent most of the hour trying unsuccessfully to impress Andre, her art teacher. Luckily, after her argument with the girls, she was able to dig deeper and painted a dark and confessional depiction of what happened only months ago in the woods on that dark and unforgettable night.

This couldn’t possibly be one of Susan’s smartest moves, and I can’t wait to find out what happens as the murder mystery plot continues to thicken.

Do you think it's safe to say that Alejandro's body will stay buried this time around? Will Chuck be the one to find out what happens? Can Ben be trusted? And the million dollar question: Who is the author of that unexplained mysterious note?! 


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What about Zack? He was around for the original version of that note. He always comes out of the woodwork at some point. The last year of the series is a good as any.


I love everyone's theories on the mysterious author, and I definitely think there's something up with Ben. I can't quite place my finger on it yet, and I also can't wait to find out! @Luis Uribe - Thanks for the reminder.


could it be mary ann and Paul had a other son and he Ben


i definitely don't think ben can be trusted. it all seemed waaaay too easy that he'd agree to re-bury the body. and bree confessing to him was dumb; she barely knows him and she not only put herself at risk but also her close friends. very stupid. which leads me to believe ben probably knew all along. the only person i can see writing the note at this point in the season is ben. he's the new character, we don't know much of his background and he mysteriously chooses the exact site where the girls buried alejandro as the start of his new real estate project? (the whole endangered frog story - while viable - could have also been a very good red herring). on another note, gaby ALWAYS brings the lols. eva longoria is such a hilarious comedic as well as dramatic actress. she pulls off the heartfelt and hearty all the time. loved her the most in this episode. as for susan painting the burial scene... stupider than bree's confession. i think it's safe to say the poo is about to hit the fan and i can't wait to see where it all goes.


no clue on who wrote that note, I have thought about it and no one fits right now. I hope they don't spring a character out of no where and reveal to us that they wrote the note. Whoever it turns out to be should come from the characters we have gotten to know this season. This episode was a huge step up from last week. The plot has finally moved forward in a huge way. I can't wait to see how this will all unravel. But truth be said, in the end Carlos might just end up in jail.


Funniest episode in a long time. Celia was hilarious without saying anything. I totally couldn't remember her name either. A lot of surprises.


The only word Celia has said is "sperm". It was back in season 5, in the episode where Juanita finds Carlos and Gaby having sex. Then, Gaby explain to her the whole sex thing that Juanita shares with her friend and her sister. I think that this episode and the previous one were AMAZING.


I am thinking its Martha Huber. Her vengeful spirit has come from beyond the grave or Paul. Isn't he still alive? Maybe he saw what happened?

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Desperate Housewives Season 8 Episode 7 Quotes

Gaby: Which one is the salad fork?
Juanita: What's salad?

When is the last time you brushed your... is this a lollipop?