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Desperate Housewives Review: Answering the Call

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"Any Moment" did not feel adequate enough in pace with less than a handful of hours remaining in the series. Still, it was a strong installment, just simply was not as epic in nature as last week’s... which was quite possibly the best Desperate Housewives episode ever.

Will You, Renee?

As we continue to trudge forward with the end in sight, tonight’s installment focused on answering the call in life with Lynette trying to win Tom back, Gaby’s shot at proving her worth in the working world and Susan’s opportunity to show MJ the right path in dealing with Mike’s death.

I loved the latter. From Bree’s touching moment with Andrew to Lynette’s sweet scene with Penny, I realized that this was just another element of Desperate Housewives that I would truly miss. Though strangely a bit violent, the scene with Susan and MJ taking out their anger by smashing jars of jams left me teary-eyed once again. When MJ dropped the last jar on the ground and finally broke down in his mother’s arms, I could feel their pain, anger and devastation. It was truly a heartbreaking scene.

I also liked Gaby’s adventure in joining the workforce. Her meeting with the recruiter was ridiculously funny. Of course Gaby was in the market for a job with lots of vacation time, a six-figure salary and flexible hours. That was just so Gaby. After being told she was practically unemployable, she dealt with her depression in the only way she knew how: a shopping spree. Although it was a bit predictable, I knew that she would find her calling in doing what she does best with her shopping skills.

Meanwhile, ever since last week’s stroll down memory lane, I’ve been rooting for Tom and Lynette to get back together more than ever before. Thanks to a Taylor Swift concert (By the way, I totally knew something was up when Lynette passed up on a Taylor Swift concert. Who would do such a thing?!?) and Penny’s help, Lynette definitely stepped up her game with a ton of candles, beef bourguignon and photo albums for a special blast to the past.

Everything almost fell into place with Tom and Lynette nearly kissing. Unfortunately, things went up in flames when Tom’s shirt caught on fire and he realized that Lynette had set the entire night up. He stormed out undeniably upset, but it was obvious Lynette was still on his mind by the end of the evening.

Elsewhere: Ben and Renee “finally” got engaged. Sure, we were shown several different moments when Ben almost popped the question with Renee impatiently waiting, but I found it hard to care too much about either of these characters. It’s honestly been quite some time since Renee has had much of a storyline on her own (what a waste of the incredible Vanessa Williams) while Ben’s been MIA for a number of episodes.

My lack of empathy for Ben also might be blamed on the fact that he’s shown absolutely no remorse for what happened to Mike. I can't help but blame him the most for Mike's death. Since I care so little for Ben, I’m hoping he eventually feels guilty enough to want to protect the ladies on Wisteria Lane and takes the fall for what happened to Gaby’s stepfather.

On another note, aren’t the police going to investigate Mike’s death? Then again, the police were clearly too busy focused on tapping in on Bree and Ben’s conversation. Now that the police have enough evidence to arrest Bree, what do you think will really happen next? Will she continue to spin her web of lies or will she be unable to keep her friends' secret? Also, will Orson make a surprising return or will the police figure it all out?

Finally, Andrew was back on the Lane and acting peculiarly strange with a fiancée... who was a girl. Of course Bree couldn’t help but meddle and found out that Andrew was marrying for money. It’s nice to have him back, but his storyline mostly felt like filler to me.

So, what did you think TV Fanatics? What was your favorite moment of “Any Moment"? Don’t forget to check out our Desperate Housewives quotes section. 

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Editor Rating: 4.2 / 5.0
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Im so disapointed that the show is cometely over. It never got boring for me. This is definatly my favorite show of all time. They should continue the show in a few years starting with the new woman that moved in and bring all the women back. The ending was so sad how they all split apart so it would be a really neat idea if they brought everyone back In a few years for a few more seasons becaus I miss it already

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Andrew's storyline didn't feel like a filler at all, but a storyline that had to happen as the show is ending.
The roles were reversed. After years of trying to change Andres, Bree finally accepted the fact that he was gay a couple of seasons ago.
But have we ever seen her push him towards guys! I loved the end where she walked away with andrew and asked what he thought about bryan with a 'y'.. shows how much bree's character has grown..

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-brilliant episode-
i liked the most when Susan taught Mj that "the pain has to go out" and not "stay buried" it.
(sorry for my bad English)

Christinatran

@Anon - I didn't catch that scene, but thanks for the heads up. @Alex Roggio - Hormonal imbalance? Seriously?! I was merely expressing that it was a touching scene. Since you were so kind to make a recommendation, I'll do the same: learn to disagree respectfully. There's no need to be rude and ridiculous. @Winza - Interesting! That could be one way to wrap things up.

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Here's my idea for how the ladies get out from under the murder rap -- they are helping McCluskey as she nears the end of her life and she gets the story out of one of them and confesses to the cops that she was the one who did it. Couldn't you see that playing out?

Fortyseven

Gaby was great.

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Wow alex that was really rude. Everyone reacts differently to shows just because someone gets teary eyed doesn't mean they need to see someone.

Tracy lloyd micks heiba

Unlike the past 2 episodes - I didn't shed a tear. Way 2 mediocore for one of the last shows. They didn't show Karen Mcluskey at all-instead giving the time to Renee and her loser fiance. He doesn't seem rich enough for Renees usual tastes so maybe she really does love him! I call him that because I agree- he isn't remorseful enough for me over Mike's death. I think this episode was focusing on mother/child relationships. eg. how Susan dealt with M.J. and Lynette & Penny's relationship. Also loved the Bree & Andrew lines. I hope Lynette and Tom get back 2gether- it was def. on his mind at the end of the night. Loved Gabby's new attitude.(although some "old" ways showed themselves! (wanting all them clothes instead of one thing!) I'm thinking maybe they wanted to "wrap up some things" before really going big with the last few episodes eg "The Murder!" I liked the drama at the very end with Bree getting caught talking to Ben! The previews said something about "someone might step in" though! Can't wait till next week!

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I agree with the writer of the article about blaming ben for mikes death. Renees stupid to marry ben, theyve known each other 8 months or less and hes involved in shady dangerous stuff. I wonder if the series finale will be thier wedding or mscluskys funeral(i still think shell die). I love gabby as personal shopper! I hope bree dosent take the fall for carlos & the other ladies.

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If you get teary-eyes so easily, you might have a hormonal imbalance. I recommend you go see an endocrinologist about that because its frankly not normal. Your hormonal issue might have also affected your attention-span which is obviously the reason you didn't notice when the detective told Bree last week that they already arrested Mike's assailant. As for the episode, I thought it was good except for the fact that Carlos looks like the most selfish asshole on the planet. His wife is practically depressed asking for alone time to say goodbye to her clothes and he brushes it off and tells her to give it all up. Making less money won't make the rest of the world less unfortunate, it will only make him feel less guilty. What he should do is donate more to charity and maybe act as a counselor for 1-2 hours a week. No need to give up his job. He stopped thinking about what's best for his family and focused on what's best for him and that really isn't a step forward for his character. I hope he comes to his senses by the season finale.

Desperate Housewives Season 8 Episode 18 Quotes

You're here. You're queer, and I'm used to it.

Bree

I'm not going to waste a plus one at my wedding unless it's serious.

Renee
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