Desperate Housewives Review: Farewell to Fairview

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The women of Wisteria Lane have played their last poker game. Tonight’s two-hour series finale of Desperate Housewives featured just a bit of everything with a birth, a death, a wedding, a scandalous trial and much more.

I’ll admit that after eight years of watching perhaps one of television’s most iconic shows, I wasn’t looking forward to saying farewell to Fairview. Sure, it’s definitely run its course, but as you all know, goodbyes are never easy. 

Final Poker Game

While this final season has had its fair share of ups and downs, I thought that Marc Cherry and company gave us a very satisfying ending. I wasn’t left needing more, but instead, only realizing how much I would truly miss Desperate Housewives. No other show compares and it’s hard to believe that there will ever be one that is able to do what the Wisteria women did by making the suburbia life seem so flawlessly unforgettable, sexy, hilarious, suspenseful and even murderous.

"Give Me the Blame" was all about friendship. As we’ve witnessed throughout the years, there is nothing more important than the relationships on Wisteria Lane.

By showing that all of the women wanted to help Mrs. McCluskey with her wish to die at home, it was clear that she had always been a part of the pack. More importantly, I loved the way that every single woman had more than enough on their plates with their personal lives already, but they banded together with ease to be there for one of their own. She, in turn, took the fall for Alejandro’s murder, exonerating Bree of all charges and finally putting an end to all of the lying and secrets involved with that once unforgettable night.

By the way, am I the only who didn’t buy that Carlos had no idea that Bree’s case was heading south? It’s hard to believe that someone like Carlos wouldn’t keep up with the news, regardless of whether or not he had started a new job. Plus, Bree’s story was evidently causing a media frenzy. Seriously, how was Carlos that ridiculously clueless?

On another note, I completely understood why Renee was so upset with Ben and her so-called friends. I was slightly worried when she was called to the stand by the prosecution and nearly put a nail in Bree’s coffin clearly depicting the night of Alejandro’s murder.

Meanwhile, Susan wanted to keep the fact that she was selling her home a secret. Then, Bree was upset with Trip for putting Gaby on the stand.

Perhaps the best moment of the first hour was Tom and Lynette’s scene in the middle of Wisteria Lane. Every word that Tom spoke was epic and it made perfect sense that two these needed to get back together. They have been through so many kids, jobs, cancer and more, and I was glad to see that they realized that they just belong as one.

I liked the second hour more for a number of reasons. "Finishing the Hat" opened with Martha Huber and Mary Alice’s first encounter. Coming full circle, Susan greeted the woman whose family was moving into her house in the final moments. In the very last scene, the woman was shown to have her own little secret. I honestly couldn’t have imagined a better and more fitting end.

I loved the montage of memorable moments that were shown in less than a minute. To name a few: Lynette’s cancer, Bree and her rifle, Susan in her wedding gown were all shown in flashes as we recalled the best moments on Wisteria Lane. Be sure to check out TV Fanatic’s Desperate Housewives Top 10 Moments that were also included in the montage.

As Susan drove away, the ghosts of all the characters who had died were shown near the sidewalk watching over the neighborhood. It was so nice to see Mike again, and even all of the other characters including Mary Alice, Karl, Rex, Beth Young and several others. By the way, have you ever wondered how homes are even sold on Wisteria Lane with so many deaths?

Lee said it perfectly well, to Bree: I cannot tell you how relieved I am that you weren't convicted. Seriously, you have any idea how living across the street from a murderer can affect housing prices? Visit the Desperate Housewives quotes section for more LOL-worthy moments.

Some of my other favorite parts included Katherine’s return, Renee as bridezilla, Julie’s water breaking ON Renee’s dress, Lynette and Susan taking a picture together both as grandmas, the final poker scene and finally seeing all of our favorite housewives get the happy endings they so rightfully deserve.

All in all, it was interesting that every single housewife eventually left the Lane. 

  • Mrs. McCluskey died peacefully with Roy by her side.
  • Lynette and Tom moved together to New York. Lynette became a CEO and had six grandchildren.
  • Bree and Trip married and moved to Kentucky, where Bree was eventually elected to state legislature.
  • Gaby and Carlos argued happily ever after they left the lane once Gaby developed her own personal shopping Website, leading to her getting her own TV show on the Home Shopping Network.
  • Susan moved from the lane with MJ, Julie and her granddaughter.

So, what did you think TV Fanatics? Whose story did you enjoy the most? Share your thoughts on the Desperate Housewives series finale now.

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One of the things that bothered me the most was where was Andrew during Bree's trial. They had grown close, you'd imagine he would have been there. Also, w/Trip being so liberal & against the death penalty, they made him pretty supportive at the montage ending. Carlos helping Gabby was ok, but they made no mention of him wanting to be a counselor, why couldn't he have been both?

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I love this show and have watched it from day one. I laughed and cried and was very sad to see Desperate Housewives end. I will always remember this wonderful show. I loved every character.

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This has been the best series I've ever watched.It's also very instructive and funny. It was really different from others.
I am just disappointed about the last episode. I mean one major friendship is broken somehow. They FORGOT everything they loved,and it makes me sad. Main characters forgot each other and since their last poker they have never seen or heard each other again. They also left the street and people they loved most, the place where they felt their greatest happiness,love and the biggest friendships that should last forever, but they haven't....and I never thought that one huge friendship would end like this..
However,I miss them so much!

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that is how you end a series. it was absolutely beautiful...
desperate housewives will absolutely be missed

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Its been 8 years and a goodbye is never easy.
My entire teenagehood is great thanks to this iconic show!
My friends are always mocking me over my obsession with this housewives drama as I am a guy but screw them... They are the one who miss out this iconic show!
Gonna have a rough time to move on without the habit of looking forward for new season of this... :(

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Desperate housewives was just the best show. I could sit over a weekend and complete a season, it was so good to just step into their lives, all the drama, scandal etc...Going to miss it alot and even if it overstayed its welcoms, wish it never had to end

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This has been my favourite show. With the colourful outfits the ladies wear, and the humour with all the characters, it's been the best bit of fun TV has to offer for a long time. It made great escapism from all the cop and doctor series. To think Coronation Street can go for a life time and a show as great as this has to end. The ending was so sad I cried my eyes out. I wish it wasn't over. Feel like watching it again. Will they don't repeats?

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And yes ! Where were Andrew and Danielle

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Oh ! I don't know what to say about this show ! Since I was a child I've been watching it and I've never stopped ! I think it will certainly remain part of me ! I cannot believe it's over and that Mike died ! I felt deeply sorry for Susan and EmG...And sometimes I think about the characters who are thinking about the life that they used to lived before they've moved on ! It's crazy...Yes Desperate Housewives was absolutely crazy! Oh! One last thing , I wonder why they didn't put Edie at the end along with all the ghosts ?

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What a BEAUTIFUL ending - I've re-watched it already, and I still can't believe it's over!! I have watched the show from beginning to end for 8 years, it has become so much a part of my life.
One of the best series finales I've ever watched before, it's truthful: relationships are important but the unfortunate thing is that people do grow apart when you move away...

Desperate Housewives Season 8 Episode 22 Quotes

I'm sorry. I've never been good with ass comments.

Susan

Mrs. McCluskey: Gaby, those kids of yours are turning into serial killers before our very eyes.
Gaby: Okay, I'm not going to argue with you because you're sick and totally correct.

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