Desperate Housewives Review: A Shocking Death

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Desperate Housewives aired maybe its worst-kept-spoiler episode ever tonight. Thanks to the real life drama of the cast, a testimony under oath, and numerous sources, the demise of TV’s hottest plumber was hardly a secret. 

Penny's Birthday Party

"You Take for Granted" was the perfect mix of suspense and surprise with a perfectly delicious and explosive ending. Although Mike was a candidate on my death pool list and I kind of sort of knew about the spoiler, I was still in denial throughout the entire installment. Aside from the core four, Mike was the last person I wanted to see go.

I’ve always genuinely liked his character and thought that Mike Delfino, who was played by James Denton, was one of the few people who had some sense on the Lane. In fact, he even helped to make Susan a bit more bearable at times. To say the least, Mike will be missed. I, for one, am disappointed that it was him to bite the bullet – literally – and it breaks my heart that MJ is without a father and Susan is without a husband again.

I couldn’t help but shed a tear or two while pivotal moments throughout Mike and Susan’s life were shown in flashbacks. It was an incredibly beautiful way to say goodbye to Mike and remember him always as the reliable and courageous friend, neighbor, husband and father. Fairview just won’t be the same without him.

Elsewhere: I was so glad to see all of the Wisteria women back together again sharing coffee and tea and just being there for one another. Susan is definitely going to need her girls now more than ever.

Meanwhile, Carlos was back and wanted to shake things up a bit at work. Much to Gaby’s dismay, he was handing out checks to previously laid off employees. Unsurprisingly, Gaby couldn’t understand why Carlos wanted out of his current job and wanted to actually make a difference with his work. Could she seriously be anymore self involved? I actually thought she was making some improvements last week.

Things for Lynette continued to worsen when she found out that Tom and Jane would soon be living together. Do you think that Lynette actually panicked when Jane was choking? There was a tiny part of me that actually felt like she hesitated some before actually saving Jane’s life.

For the most part, Mrs. McCluskey asking Bree to help her with ending her own life was good for the laughs but played a minor role in the turn of events. It was just great to see Karen and Roy at their best and there for one another.

Finally, the police received Orson’s anonymous package filled with what appeared to be a lengthy letter detailing the night everyone wanted to be forgotten. I wish we knew more, but we knew enough was said to cause the police to want to immediately investigate the construction site. Are we to believe that this will actually happen and all who were involved will be questioned? 

By the way, why was Ben MIA for the umpteenth time again? I wished that it was him who had been shot and not Mike.

So, what did you think, TVFanatics? Are you upset that it was Mike who wouldn’t make it to the series finale? How will tonight’s turn of events affect the remainder of the series?


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he will forever be missed


I've stopped watching .. where are the good writers who stop using irrelevant deaths as solutions to writers block!


I felt it coming too when Mike and Susan were sitting on the porch, Mike expressing his love to her. I just didn't want to believe it and I still don't want to. They shouldn't have done it, Mike Delfino was the reason I watched DH. And Susan's a mess when she's single. Why did they kill off Mike? He was so great!


I'm very upset about Mike's death and also about Orson's revenge.He's surely blaming only Bree of everything about Alejandro's death.Orson → go home!!!I wanted Kayla (Tom's evil daughter) or Zach to be back...

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I hope Lynette gets back with Tom...she looked so heartbroken when she said she thought it was just a trial separation. :( and Gabby came off soo insensitive , self involved! I thought after the incident on the roof she would "see the light' but nooo not her! Anyways they have way too many story lines to end in May! (I.M.O.! lol!) I don't want it to end!!! :(

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Oh boy did I cry and cry at the end '( When they did that flashback thing and Susans heartwrenching scream/sobs I lost it!! His death will impact the show as he won't be around anymore to help Susan when she needs it the most.I wonder if Susan will be crazy enough to retaliate against the mob guy? It was so awful cause I knew it was coming - it was almost time to end the show and here are Mike and Susan sitting there on the step all lovey dovey.... I loved the comical part of Lynette inserting herself in all of Penny's birthday pictures and I agree that she seemed to hesitate before helping Jane and I think Jane "knew it too!" Also some comic relief with Karen laying down behind the car! What r we to think of Orson? .. are we supposed to think he went off to kill himself or is he going to show up at some opportune moment?!!


as i was watching the episode i was counting down on who's next to be dead. i realize the show had some sort of accident in between here and there. and yes it came down to mike. i kinda figure it was him. im upset that he died but someone had to go. kinda wish he didnt push susan to he side . kinda wish he had her as a okay im kidding but u have to admit she plays an annoying character....kinda like Violet on private practice. i can totally see violet and susan bestfriends. but im looking forward to whats to come on the next 5 episodes.


Now that Mike Delfino has been killed off...I wonder if Susan is gonna be EVEN MORE ANNOYING????? Just a thought..........


What fools the writers of Desperate Housewives are. You could have had a great ending to the final shows but instead you decided to make it sad and into a show that will always leave a bad taste in the viewers mouth. Mike was one of the good guys and you couldn't let him stay around. Don't you realize that people watch TV to escape from some of the horrible events in our live and then you write a script about the very things that we all want to escape from for just an evening. YOU FOOLS!!!

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