Desperate Housewives Season 6, Episode 1: 'Nice Is Different Than Good' Review - Featured

Honesty, I'm not sure why Desperate Housewives is still on the air. I know you fans will tell me to stop watching if I don't like it, but I can't help still wanting to see what will happen to the characters despite the repetitive plot.



But, to be fair, the show still does well for itself, and even though the stories are stale, fans of the characters like me can remain entertained.


On those stale storylines, we kicked off the new season with 'Nice Is Different Than Good' with Susan marrying Mike again, Bree getting divorced again, Karl sleeping with one of Susan's friends again, Gaby wrestling with her past model life vs. her current mom suburban life, Lynette accidentally pregnant again, and a new mysterious and dangerous family moving in on Wisteria Lane... again.


While I was glad to see it was Susan marrying Mike since as annoying as she is, I think she and Mike belong together and the only reason they split up was for dramatic effect at the beginning of last season with the 5 year jump. But, while that was nice to see, the drama between Katherine and Susan was not that impressive.


The main point of having Mike and Susan getting married this episode was to be able to set up the dramatic cliffhanger of Mike getting married to someone in last season's finale, and then it all played out a little awkwardly and not as cleverly as it could have. This show is all about the housewives fighting over the good men in town, so why not be more creative with the way that all works out?


And, while I'm kind of liking the chemistry between Bree and Karl, is it really necessary to have Karl sleep with yet another of Susan's friends? I guess at this point Susan wouldn't care, but it's not exactly a fresh and scandalous storyline to either have Bree getting divorced and already sleeping with someone else, or to have Karl jump into bed with the latest hottie on Wisteria Lane.


But those complaints aside, I think the Lynette story picked up the intrigue a bit as she told Tom after her ultrasound that she didn't love these babies. I'm curious if they'll go the route of Lynette considering an abortion or if they'll just show her struggling with the pregnancy, but going through with it. If we're trying to be at all realistic here, they really can't afford more children, and I don't think a real marriage in the state of Lynette and Tom's could survive more babies.


So I think we'll either have Lynette considering not having the babies, or we'll see Lynette and Tom seriously struggle with their marriage... or maybe they'll take the route of this finally re-bonding the two of them. But, considering the stress of raising the kids including the money, I think the strain on the marriage is a much more likely way to go.


As for Gaby, she's back to being a hot housewife after last season's fake fatness, but she's still struggling with the same old deal of having a boring life after her glamorous modeling life. The slightly interesting twist this season, though, is that she's finally come to appreciate and remember that not all of that modeling life was glamorous and wonderful as she sees Carlos' niece trying to go down the same path. While it wasn't that fascinating to see a teenage girl rebelling, it was interesting to see Gaby not just continue to fight and act childish with her niece, but to actually realize that she has the chance to be a positive adult influence on this girl's life.


So there's hope for Gaby and Lynette to be a little bit interesting in the family realm, and apparently Susan will be as well next week! Apparently it's time to get Julie back in the picture, just in time to have a mysterious new boy on the block... who likes to strangle girls who reject him?


Hopefully this mystery will turn out to be the unique and intriguing part of the season since a lot else isn't that new and different. I got the feeling from the new family's mom undressing to show us a huge burn scar on her back that maybe that has to do with why they're living there. Maybe she was in the fire the Scavo kid was blamed for? I'm getting the feeling she or her husband may be one of those mystery characters like Dave last season who's there to get revenge on someone, so if that's the case, here's hoping it's a more clever storyline and a more intricately played out mystery than Dave's.


What did you think? Were you feeling the repetitiveness as much as I was with the Season 6 premiere or did you find a lot of potential for a great and unique new season?

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Sep 30, 2009 7:27PM EDT

I agree with you, kendra, that DH has gotten overly repetitive. I liked the 5 year time leap initially last season, because it seemed like it was giving the show new material to work with, but then everyone slowly morphed back into their old selves and we were right back where we started.And seriously, has somebody new ever moved onto Wisteria Lane that isn't evil? It's almost comical at this point.But...the show remains mildly entertaining and mindless fun (I think it has aged better than, say, Grey's Anatomy which is also now in its 6th season) - so I will continue to watch and be hopeful that the writers have some new ideas up their sleeves.

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Oct 3, 2009 10:14AM EDT

I don't know I think this season is going to be really good.
Susan and Katherine - it will be interesting to see how they face off because I think Katherine will be much more fierce in trying to break them up than Susan would have been, plus seeing her break down will be good because I really don't like Katherin anyway.
Bree - this storyline shows just how much she has changed during the show, can you picture Season 1 Bree having an affair and with Karl no less!? Plus the preview of next week and from what I have heard makes it seem like she is going a little wild.
Lynette - you can't really say her getting accidently pregnant is a repeatitive storyline considering we never actually saw her pregnany before now! It's also a change from other pregnancy storylines in the show because she doesn't love them.
Gabby - I think this is the weakest storyline so far but it will be nice seeing her trying to help someone out and seeing how she develops - again showing her character development through the show, having said John coming back will bring an interesting dynamic.

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Oct 4, 2009 11:22AM EDT

The storylines may be repetitive but they still play out in a different way. Karl sleeping with Bree will be much different to Karl sleeping with Edie! Overall, I thought this was the best episode since the end of Season 4, giving how bad Season 5 was!

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Oct 4, 2009 6:44PM EDT

I think that people expects this type of storylines form this show. And I fact this isn't the same Karl with Bree and Karl with Edie ( I never seen Bree so sexy before). I think this season will be better for Katherine ( I mean more interesting).

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