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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Egrey

i LOVE how it shows how their lives have moved on away from wisteria lane.

Egrey

I absolutely love grey's anatomy.. Kudos to marc cherry for 'letting it go' not wanting it to overstay its welcome.. But desperate housewives could never overstay.. It WILL BE MISSED

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The end of an era. I can truthfully say that this show had its run. The show brought so many fun memories over the years. However, in recent years, I stopped watching because it became too silly. This last season, I tuned in from time to time to catch up on the characters. The season finale was well done. I am sure that the actors will be happy to move on and try something new. I wish the cast and crew all the best. They created a new standard in scripted television. Job well done to the folks on Wisteria Lane.

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i do not want mike to die he he is the best father or a huband he not not derves to die like this i feel sorry for susan detfano i love her she do not go through this and i feel sorry for her
mike defano do not derves to die the guy should be in jail for killing mike and he should be in jail behind bars he was the hitman that renee made this guy to leave ben alone and to detroyed his aparment and he when mike came throgh his firneds house to get in a fight with him and say to leave his friends and he will get what is coming to him thank gog for mike to pected his friends i love for that he the best father and a husband that he could he do not derves to die like this he is my favioutie actor and a that the susan do that go though this i feel sorry for her and her friends

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*****RIP desperate housewives, you have brought me so much joy over the years with such intriguing story lines, fabulous actors & blossoming characters!

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cut me off......
of Susan through the breakup of her first marriage. It was sweet & showed how far Susan has grown as a mother & a person. She left without a man, which was sad (Mike should never have been killed off) however, again showed that Susan had been strengthened as a person (in a past episode, Edie pointed out to Susan that she had not survived without a man since school). Mrs McClusky's ending was fitting. I loved how the housewives rallied around her at a time of need, proving that she was a friend and constant in their ever changing lives. My main criticism, is the suggestion that they never saw each other again. The whole show has been about the friendship of these 4 women & how they have grown as people. It seems ridiculous that people, who meant so much to each other & have been through so much together, wouldn't make time for their real friends ever again. RIP desperate housewives, you have brought me so much joy over the years with such intriguing story lines, fabulous actors & blossoming characters!

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Loved the beginning when Karen said she was the murderer. Rene's bridezilla was hilarious & Tom&Lynette were made for each other. Glad they went to NY, as Lynette sacrificed her job throughout the show due to her kids, marriage etc, so it was nice that she could be something more than a mother again now that her kids were growing up. It was also nice to see Gaby grow into something more than a self-obsessed housewife. It proved that she had grown up & had a family to care for, yet could still achieve her dreams. I think that it was nice that Bree ended up with Tripp, as they had great chemistry & she deserved somebody decent. However, it seems a bit of a disappointing ending for her- we did not see her children & another marriage seems a bit poor. I felt like something more than her turning to politics could have happened to such a strong character! I liked Susan's ending, it was nice that she could help out Julie, as it is well-known that as a child Julie took care of Susan through the breakup of her first marriage. It was sweet & showed how far Susan has grown as a mother & a person. She left without a man, which was sad (Mike should never have been killed off) however, again showed that Susan had been strengthened as a person (in a past episode, Edie pointed out to Susan that she had not survived without a man since school). Mrs McClusky's ending was fitting. I loved how the housewives rallied around her at a time of need, proving that she was a friend and constant in their ever changing lives. My main criticism, is the suggestion that they never saw each other again. The whole show has been about the friendship of these 4 women & how they have grown as people. It seems ridiculous that people, who meant so much to each other & have been through so much together, wouldn't make time for their real friends ever again. RIP desperate housewives, you have brought me so much joy over the years with such intriguing story lines, fabulous actors & blossoming characters!

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great episode with generally satifying ending but where was andrew? danielle?
i thought bree would find some kind of peace rather than (yet another) husband.
and julie and susan took off with the baby, what about porter?

Queenbee94

if the judge believed mrs mccluskey, wouldn't the others have gotten a penalty for lying on the stand, under oath?

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I’ve watched DH from the beginning I remember nearly switching over after the first 20 minutes i hated it then. It’s not my sort of show, but there as something about it that after a few more minutes hoked me. Good or bad episodes you always knew it would be on in the spring and end of the summer. Something you know would make you laugh, cry or generally be excited to see what would happen in the next episode, or who the villain was. It truly was a masterpiece of mystery & drama, but could also make you laugh out loud as well... Very few TV programs have this effect and have such a brilliant mixture of characters and storylines. Yes i will miss it very much as i don’t think there is anything even near to replacing this. It was quite unique in its story lines, humour and mixture of characters. I do hope that in the future they decide to carry on with s new cast with maybe a few visits from the old ones. Maybe a new generation of DH? The ghosts at the end watching over everyone on Wisteria lane was brilliant and the departure of Karen McCluskey was very moving.

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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