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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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so sorry I didn't get to see it all....it was at the same time as Survivor finale......husband had remote so I missed soooooooo much....hoping they do a repeat....it was really stupid to put it on the same night as the Finale of the most popular show on tv next to D.H.........sooooooo many missed out on the end, the last of Des. Housewives.....shame shame shame

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Kudos to Marc Cherry. I have seen many series finales and most disappoint. This was non stop emotion with a satisfying ending. Loved this show all these years for it's blending of humor, drama and the sometimes ridiculous, but Sunday took the cake...yes I cried as Karen's hand slipped away while shifting back to the joy of a new baby coming into the world ... it was a beautiful homage to the circle of life. I did wonder what ever becomes of Orson, but one small loose end was not going to ruin this episode. Marvelous and who knows: Maybe the box under Susan's counter will lead to new residents on Wysteria Ln with a spinoff in a few years..but it will be hard to top these wonderful actors!

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What an appropriate end to an iconic, fun show. The best part of the 1st hour was the prosecutor accepting defeat and reluctantly deciding not to bring charges against Mrs. McCluskey. My favorite moments of the 2nd half of the show – Carlos to Gaby – we tango; Lynette and Tom getting back together and Lynette’s toast to the bride and groom and not throwing away everything that she had with Tom; Ben telling Renee that she looked beautiful, in spite of her acting like a raving maniac; Roy playing the Johnny Mathis song over and over and Mrs. McCluskey taking her final breath.
I loved the synopsis of most of the main character’s lives. The ending was so touching and well-written – I cried. Great job writers – Desperate Housewives will be missed.

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I give ABC TOTAL PROPS for airing the final episode of D.H. on Mother's Day...ABSOLUTELY PERFECT!!!!! The final episode was AWESOME on so many levels. Here are my top 5 FAVORITE moments:
5. Carlos asking a busted Gaby who her favorite sports team was. LOL!!!!!
4. The charges against Bree and Mrs. McCluskey being dropped.
3. Renee acting all BRIDEZILLA during her wedding dress fitting. LOL!!!!!
2. Mrs. McCluskey angrily blurting out the words that son of a bitch while she was testifying on the witness stand. WOW!!!!!
And...at...
1. Katherine (aka the FABULOUS Dany Delany) returning for the series finale. SO LONG DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES!!!!! YA'LL WILL BE TRULY MISSED!!!!! PEACE!!!!!!!!

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PERFECT ENDING TO THE BEST SHOW EVER.... LOVED THE LAST SCENE KNOWING MY WIVES ALL MOVED ON AFTER LEAVING WISTERIA LANE. WHEN THEY SHOWED SUSAN TAKING THE DRIVE AROUND THE LANE AND ALL THE GHOSTS... I EVEN THOUGHT I SAW "EDIE" FAR OFF, THE BLONDE LADY WHEN SHE FIRST DRIVES OFF, THAT IS WHAT I WANNA THINK LOL, THIS WAS A GREAT FINAL EPISODE. THANK YOU MARC CHERRY AND ABC FOR EIGHT YEARS OF LIES, SEX, WEDDINGS, DRAMA, BABIES, BREAK-UPS, SECRETS, DEATHS AND MURDERS! THERE WILL NEVER BE ANOTHER SERIES LIKE THIS. I CANT WAIT TO MEET THE DEVIOUS MAIDS!

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very satisfying ending, the one single complain i have is that while there are many and more references to the other housewives pasts and how much they have changed since, there seemed to be a profound lack of that same sense for Bree. Maybe because too many of her relationships ended badly, but still. She has always been my favourite of all and the ending they gave her left me wanting more. i mean, getting into politics? is that really the person everyone thinks bree will become in the future? she started out as a control freak and ended up (at least toe me it felt that way) right where she started, wanting to control again. so the past 13 years has given her nothing but dead husbands and failed relationships? not even andrew/danielle was given a single mention and they were such a big part of her life (at least at one point).

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The young boy standing with Mrs. McCluskey at the end was her son. In the first
season,she told Lynette's sons that she had had a son who died.

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so cute ending *_* i love it, i almost cried, the only detail tht i didn't like was "this promise will not meant to be" :C that's so sad, i would like something like "this promise will meant to be, but not in the place they once lived" and that...

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Who was the 'dead' kid at the end wich Karen was standing by? Didn't recognize him so i hope someone did ;-)??

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Circle is complete. ! This finale was done beautifully, I really enjoyed all of it, there was a full range of emotions, as always. Loved the links that were made with the first episodes/first season, loved the future they designed for each lady, and also really liked to see all old characters that had passed away. Too bad we didn't get to see Eddie, even though that would have been unlikely. And how funny was it to see Marc Cherry in the episode. The finally was truly respecting the spirit of the whole show, of these 8 years. I am gonna miss these ladies so much !

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.