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Desperate Housewives recap: Getting In Sync

The guest stars come out as Susan takes on a charity case, Bree tries to give Orson a reason to live, and Tom and Lynette turn on their therapist

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For the couples on Wisteria Lane, it was all about getting on the same page last night. Bree and Orson had to find hope for a life together, Lynette and Tom had to have a breakthrough together to understand a big part of their dynamic, Gaby and Carlos had to figure out how best to deal with their niece and her boyfriend, and poor Mike had to jump on board Susan’s crazy train and let a stripper move in with them. (Yeah, I’m not really crying for him. But I’ll keep the Susan-hate on slow boil in honor of Tanner who spent his night doing bang-up job of live-blogging the Grammys. He starts at 8:20) And in the middle of all that we found out just a little more about the Bolens’ past, while Gaby and Carlos found out that the Bolens were hiding a secret past. (I can see Carlos going with a live-and-let-live take on the Bolens and their secret — though his concern for Ana dating Danny should actually make him very invested — but Gaby will certainly not let it go.)

For Angie and Nick, getting on the same page meant Angie needed to suppress a big aspect of their shady (environmental protester?) past. But not before clueing Gaby and Carlos in on the fact that they had a secret life to protect. Turns out that Angie is really into recycling and the fact that the nasty Mrs. Kinski wouldn’t separate her glass and plastics, no matter how sweet Angie was about it, really burned the not-really-reformed militant. Nick told her ”You don’t care about that stuff anymore…You can care, but don’t blow our cover.” But things got really cold when Angie invoked the anything-for-the-cause motto of her onetime lover and fellow outlaw, Patrick: ”Sometimes you chain yourself to the tree, sometimes you go after the guy with the saw.” ”We don’t talk about Patrick anymore,” Nick said chillingly. Angie might have been able to control herself if she hadn’t gotten pushed over the edge and had her mama bear/mother Earth instincts kick in once she saw Carlos roughing up her half-dressed son (more on that later). As Angie strode home from her Solis confrontation, Mrs. Kinski foolishly baited her by mingling recyclables into the cans that Angie had taken the time to separate. So the warrior princess stalked over, kicked the cans over with her hot-ass boots, and gave the old lady a look that should have sent shivers down her spine. The fight that later ensued between Angie and Nick (because the old lady was threatening to sue them) was loud enough for Gaby and Carlos to hear Nick say ”This rock we’re hiding under is not that big. And if people start poking around, we’re done!” (If you had a big secret to keep, don’t you think you would whisper any references to it? At least not yell so loudly that people could hear you outside?)

NEXT: Orson’s despair leads to a renewal


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