The women of Wisteria Lane plot to use Susan's charades party to learn Katherine's secret but instead reveal their own unspoken truths

By Tim Stack
October 15, 2007 at 03:57 PM EDT
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Truth be told, my friends and I quite often have game nights. And they’re always tons of fun. (The fun might also derive from the multiple bottles of wine we imbibe.) But I don’t think a Susan Meyer-hosted charades party would be much fun. It turns out the ladies of Wisteria Lane don’t think so either. But the opportunity to try and pry secrets out of new neighbor Katherine Mayfair proved too alluring, so they came and charaded. And wine played a big part of their game night as well. I always knew I’d blend right in on Wisteria Lane.Truth be told, my friends and I quite often have game nights. And they’re always tons of fun. (The fun might also derive from the multiple bottles of wine we imbibe.) But I don’t think a Susan Meyer-hosted charades party would be much fun. It turns out the ladies of Wisteria Lane don’t think so either. But the opportunity to try and pry secrets out of new neighbor Katherine Mayfair proved too alluring, so they came and charaded. And wine played a big part of their game night as well. I always knew I’d blend right in on Wisteria Lane.

But enough about me and my love of pinot grigio and Taboo — this last episode of Desperate Housewives was the best so far this season. It was great to have the cast all together for most of the episode. And I know I’ve been hard on Teri Hatcher in these last posts, but homegirl brought her A-game last night. Her visit to Bree’s ”doctor” was genius. I loved her sitting in that dingy waiting room. (Did anyone else think it looked like the waiting room in Beetlejuice?) But her recap of the entire experience was even better. (After Bree told Susan she had ”private” reasons for not revealing her real doctor, Susan said, ”You know what else is private? The parts of me I’m pretty sure he snapped with his camera phone.”) She and Bree eventually made up, and it briefly seemed that Bree was going to admit to Susan that she wasn’t actually pregnant, but no such luck. How much longer is this masquerade going to continue?

Bree, meanwhile, had to deal with some Danielle drama. The little lady took a spill while Rollerblading at the convent, and her baby faced some medical problems. It’s always nice when Bree shows that she cares about her children no matter how mean they are to her or how cold she comes off. Personally, by now I would have kicked those ungrateful little brats out and changed the locks. But then again, I’m not very maternal.

Meanwhile, Gaby and Carlos continued their affair, and we finally got a chance to see Victor again. (Where the hell has he been, anyway? Moonlighting in advertising?) John Slattery is a terrific actor, but I think he’s playing Victor a tad too broadly. He might as well be twirling an evil mustache in some of his scenes. But Victor is starting to reveal some truly dark colors. After he found out about Gaby’s past indiscretion with John the gardener, he insinuated that he would have killed the teen and then just covered it up. Doesn’t anyone marry normal men on Wisteria Lane? They all seem a tad too comfortable with knocking someone off. And Eva Longoria got to show off her impressive comedic chops by flirting with Adam Mayfair (Nathan Fillion) in order to get Carlos jealous.

Edie acted completely insane once again, buying herself an engagement ring and showing it off to all the women. But she wore a fabulous coat and dress, so I’m willing to forgive the Queen of Crazytown this time.

NEXT: This is charades on drugs

We also learned that Carlos isn’t the only gentleman on Wisteria Lane who likes the ladies. Apparently, Adam Mayfair has committed some kind of infidelity in the past. Do you all think he and Katherine really love each other, or is this a marriage of convenience? I’m starting to think she hired him or something. Anyway, Adam and Gaby’s flirting also led to a confrontation with Katherine in which she admitted to the group that her previous husband was an evil man who did something unspeakable to their daughter. Yikes. It was a great moment for Delany, though, who’s really become an indispensable addition to the cast. But it appears that her little revelation was yet another lie, meant to throw the gossip girls of Wisteria Lane off her trail. One thing’s for sure: Something nasty happened in her daughter’s old bedroom, as evidenced by the huge gash in the floor. One time my brother chased me around the house with a toy golf club and put a dent in our living-room coffee table. Somehow I’m guessing that was not what happened in the Mayfair house. The mark didn’t look like anything caused by a Nerf product.

I’m going to wrap this up by praising the real star of the entire episode: Felicity Huffman. After Lynette’s antinausea medication refused to work, her lovely mother, Stella, decided to purchase marijuana or, as she called it, ”kick-ass chronic.” Where else for the old lady to turn than to local bad boy Andrew? (It was nice to see Andrew again, too, but he still didn’t get much airtime.) Lynette’s mom baked some pot brownies and managed to get Lynette to actually down a few. She ended up high as a kite, laughing hysterically at SpongeBob SquarePants with her kids. Then she turned up at Susan’s party for charades and did an amazing evocation of Hang ‘Em High by pointing at Edie and then miming hanging herself. Awkward, but also the funniest part of a very funny episode. But then Lynette and her mother actually had a pretty lovely conversation afterward that told us a lot about their relationship and Lynette’s childhood. In any case, I was worried that the cancer story line would drag Lynette down and just limit her to bed scenes and weepy moments, but this episode proved me wrong. Huffman definitely will be in the running next year for the Best Lead Actress in a Comedy Emmy. She should totally go to the awards stoned.

What did you think TV Watchers? Is Victor seriously deranged? Will Bree ever tell her friends about her fake pregnancy? And what did happen to the Mayfair girl?

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Eva Longoria Parker, Teri Hatcher, Marcia Cross, and Felicity Huffman star in the soap set on the dangerous Wisteria Lane
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