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Desperate Housewives recap: Tests of Love

Carlos is threatened when Gaby’s ex-lover reenters their lives, and Susan is obsessed with the idea making someone pay for Julie’s attack

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When it’s all said and done, season 6 of Desperate Housewives will be remembered for lots of things: the introduction of the Bolen family; Ana’s integration into the Solis family; Lynette’s pregnancy with twins; Karl and Bree’s affair; the period where Katherine went crazy, to name just a few of this season’s highlights so far. But I was just thinking about how — especially after tonight’s Susan-centric episode — it’ll also be remembered as the Season of Susan. Between her wedding and then her daughter Julie’s attack and then her ferocious-mother antics tonight, this year is shaping up to be all Susan, all the time.

Not that I’m complaining, mind you. (Shocked??) All you TV Watchers out there know that I’m no huge fan of Susan Mayer — she’s annoying, neurotic, and clumsy. But three episodes into this season and — hark! — I’m really not hating her! Can you believe it? It seems she’s actually got a heart. Who knew? Let me explain, which requires me to skip to the end of the episode right up front. I couldn’t help but get all mushy inside in the last scene of last night’s hour, when we saw Susan going over to the Bolen’s house, which had been trashed and graffitied, to help Angie clean up the mess that she’d indirectly caused. I suppose that after spending days telling the residents of Wisteria Lane that the place housed a killer, it was the least she could do.

But I liked it because it really humanized Susan and made her less crazy. I found it totally believable that — after making such salacious accusations about Danny Bolen, who was revealed to be not Julie’s perpetrator — this is how someone might try, just a little, to show how sorry he or she were. Picking up trash in silence, with just a slight acknowledgment from the scorned woman she was helping. There’s something bitter and sweet about that. And it was a nice ”I majorly screwed up” gesture. But if it wasn’t Danny who strangled Julie, though, whodunit? At this point, I don’t feel like I know enough about the motives of the rest of those on Wisteria Lane to even point fingers. Maybe it was the continually creepy — and seemingly violent, after she bashed in that car window! — Angie Bolen? Still, doesn’t seem likely with what we know about her.

Speaking of Angie, though, it was a banner week for figuring out more about her! Not. In true Desperate Housewives style, we found out just a few more things about her, but they don’t really tell us anything, of course. We’re still working with just crumbs, mere morsels of details. Through conversations Angie had with her son Danny, we learned that the family’s big secrets are the fault of Angie — like, she did something bad that they’re all covering up and running from now. Up until last night, I sort of had the idea that Danny was the one who’d done some horrible in their last town, which caused them to flee. Plus, we learned that — shocker! — the Bolens aren’t really the Bolens. ”Until I say otherwise,” Angie told her husband Nick, ”we are Nick and Angie Bolen!” Call Mrs. McCluskey — and her sister Roberta — because we need someone to dig up the dirt on this family.

The rest of the drama on the lane wasn’t nearly as heightened as Susan’s (I still can’t get that picture of her lowering a car down on Danny Bolen out of my head!), but what I do like about what went on in this episode specifically was the interconnected-ness of all the story lines. I feel like, oftentimes, the five main ladies get segmented into their own lives and are unfortunately separated, but that wasn’t the case last night. Granted, all five weren’t all together at once (and on that note, where was Katherine?), but one character’s story poured into the next character’s story. Like, there was, obviously, the Susan and Angie connection, which I talked about above. Then, you’ve got Bree, who is still sleeping with Susan’s ex-husband, Karl, who is also Julie’s dad. Sure, we didn’t see Bree and Karl interact with anyone but Orson, but the connection to Susan is obviously still there.

NEXT: Lynette’s baby drama


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