Something surprising happened during Lynette’s chemotherapy story arc on last night’s terrific, funny episode of Desperate Housewives. (Spoiler alert!) No, I’m not referring to the revelation that Gaby (Eva Longoria, pictured at left, with Felicity Huffman as Lynette) had an aversion to hospitals — and to volunteering as one of Lynette’s “chemo buddies” — stemming from a heartbreaking childhood incident. (That plot twist was hidden about as well as Teri Hatcher’s lingerie-clad breasts.) No, the surprise was that I found myself fighting back tears as she recounted trying bravely to smile as a five-year-old watching her father succumb to cancer.
I know that, in the past, I’ve used PopWatch as a forum to praise Longoria’s comic chops, but maybe last night’s dramatic turn will provide her with an Emmy reel that’ll shake voters out of whatever stupor has stopped them from nominating her the past three seasons. My sister admitted to me on the phone this morning that she was reaching for the Kleenex during the Gaby-Lynette scene, too, and I’m wondering if any of you experienced similar waterworks.
If not, then I ask you this: When was the last time a TV show gave you a case of the sad snifflies? ‘Fess up, folks! Because much as I love Fergie, I vehemently disagree with her message that big girls (or guys, for that matter), don’t cry.