One of the best episodes in recent memory proves that Wisteria Lane runs on rage

By Tanner Stransky
April 26, 2010 at 07:22 PM EDT
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Does rage make for good television? I think so, as evidenced by last night’s episode of Desperate Housewives, which was positively overflowing with lots of really, really mad people — and, incidentally, was a pretty darn good hour. Eddie, that murderous strangler who’s living with the Scavo clan, bubbled over and took down Preston after his friend sassed Lynette and barely held himself back from tearing into her hubby Tom when he did the same. After Bree confronted him about his lies, Sam threw a vase of flowers across the room. And, of course, there was the episode-opening scene, which found the mysterious Patrick Logan, pumping with hatred, running over (but not killing!) an unsuspecting Nick Bolen, as he jogged through the evening.

Based on all this — and the fact that the episode was one of the series’ best in a long time, alongside last week’s hour — I’d say that the Desperate Housewives producers should follow this important rule from now on: Pile on the rage! As you readers probably all know, I’ve been rather down on this season of Desperate Housewives, which has seemed to drag on with the lingering Bolen drama and lots of seemingly pointless, random gags. But seriously, something has gotten into the water on Wisteria Lane because — and I honestly thought I’d never be saying this — I’m actually excited about what’s coming down the pipeline for the show. Bring on the season finale in two weeks!

The Bolen drama was at the forefront of the episode, and yet, from the way Mary Alice voiced-over, it seemed like Patrick Logan running over Nick is only the beginning: ”His plan for getting revenge,” Mary Alice said, ”was just getting started.” And we saw that when Angie walked into her candlelit house at the end of the hour to find Patrick sitting there. ”Are you going to kill me?” Angie asked calming, seemingly expecting him to slit her throat immediately. No, silly! That’s no good for television — he didn’t kill Nick immediately either! Early in the episode, Patrick had nodded to the fact that his plan for the Bolens would be much more protracted than just a couple simple murders. ”Endings are a bitch,” he told Danny about the novel he’s supposedly writing, although he was no doubt referring to what he was going to do to the Bolen clan. ”I really need to surprise my audience.”

And it will undoubtedly be a surprise. What does Patrick Logan have planned for Angie and Nick? And will he be able to find Danny, who’s apparently hiding away in the secret family (or somesuch) compound near Carbondale? As to both questions, I have no idea — but it’s clear he’s going to use Angie to carry out his sure-to-be dark deeds. ”Just do what I tell you, baby,” Patrick said to Angie before they turned in for the evening at the end of the episode, ”and I’ll let you both live.” So, it looks like this pair does have a chance to live. But maybe not someone else — specifically, Danny.

What I mean is that Patrick made reference to ”both” there — he’s only speaking about Angie and Nick remaining alive. And you must remember that Danny is the one who suggested that the end to Patrick’s ”novel” should be the wronged man taking something away from the people who wronged him. So maybe Patrick’s plan is to force Angie to reveal where Danny is — and then kill his own son? That sound insanely sick, but I wouldn’t put it past him. Right? He seems like a madman. Or maybe he’ll just kidnap him? I could see the budding relationship Patrick built with Danny at the Fairview coffee shop (which everyone in town seems to have worked at at some point) colliding with his plans to kill his son.

NEXT: Two more rage-filled storylines!The other two rage-filled storylines on the show last night seem like they’re winding us up for something big in the final two episodes of the season. Bree discovered that Sam had been lying about his mother — who didn’t reveal much about what’s really going on with Sam besides saying that ”he’s a complicated boy.” Sam, for his part, was mad because he found out that Rex — remember, Rex is his father — had sent a letter to his mother Lillian years ago, asking for full custody. She denied the request, which ultimately led to him missing out on all the things (bicycles! televisions!) that he would have had, if he’d lived with Rex (and Bree?). Orson, Bree, and a reconciled Andrew ended the episode brainstorming about how they could get rid of Sam in the most delicate way possible because, as Bree said, she’s ”afraid of him.” More rage from Sam, as he exits Bree’s company and their lives? Um, yes, please!

The other wind-up, natch, was from Eddie, who’s clearly going to play a big role in the season finale, which’ll find him likely threatening Lynette and her unborn child. This week, however, he just tackled Preston after he was disrespectful to Lynette and then almost did the same to Tom. Is Eddie a loose cannon? A ticking time bomb? A mess waiting in the wings? Yes, yes, and yes. Well, as we saw in last week’s killer (haha!) episode, he’s been a mess for quite a while. But there seems to be more to come. I’m happy to say that I’m finally finally invested in this Fairview strangler storyline. Yay!

Susan and Mike’s storyline crossed with Carlos and Gaby’s, and, compared to the blind rage plaguing the rest of the street, it seemed almost quaint and boring. Basically, Gaby found out about the loan that Carlos gave Mike, told Susan, and the two ladies devised a convoluted plan to make them realize how it felt to be fleeced. ”Do you feel betrayed, humiliated? Good!” Susan said to Mike, after their plan brought everything to light. ”Because I only did this to show you what it feels like when the person that’s supposed to love you the most lies to you.” I get the whole financial trouble thing — it’s very timely, of course — but I can’t see it going anywhere interesting, honestly. I mean, are there more lies and secrets buried in the mismanaged finances that could make things between Mike and Susan interesting in the next couple weeks? Maybe. Susan seems poised to find out, as she ended the hour digging through Mike’s books. And as for Gaby and Carlos, thank goodness that we know Gaby gets involved with the Bolen drama — at least in the finale — because otherwise, this couple seems like they’re already on summer vacation from the show. They’re snoozing me out lately!

What’d you think, Desperate Housewives TV Watchers? Good episode? Better than last week’s exciting hour? Are you as excited for the season finale as I am? Can you believe that this season has so quickly turned around?

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