Desperate Housewives has returned for its 5th season with the very curious twist we discovered at the end of last season - we've skipped forward 5 years in the lives of our Wisteria Lane ladies.
After watching the premiere episode, I don't hate this jump, but I feel like there's really no point to it besides the possibility of those running the show at a loss for good ideas to continue in its regular progression.
But, all that aside, it was a pretty good set up for the 5th season. We caught up with all the women and discovered that Lynette's life isn't much different besides her kids are now grown up and still causing trouble, Bree's thrown herself into a catering career, including coming out with her first cookbook for which she's stolen a good amount of Katherine's recipes, Gaby's with Carlos and they have two chubby daughters, and Susan is no longer with Mike, but lives in their old house with their son. Oh, and Edie moves back in with her husband, which is an whole different ball of wax.
Susan is the most interesting at this point as we see that she and Mike were in a terrible car accident where it looked like Mike died. We see she's now hooking up with her cute painter, but doesn't want her friends to know, presumably because she feels guilty about moving on from Mike.
But wait! Jumping to the end of the episode, right when we think what a waste all our emotions in the Mike-Susan relationship have been, we see Susan wistfully looking out her window and seeing the ghost of Mike... who waves... and walks inside.
Surprise, surprise! So DH, I'm a little impressed with this one, though I suppose plenty could have guessed it was coming. Mike isn't dead after all, but he and Susan have separated from too much fighting and guilt on Susan's side since it was not Mike who died in the car accident, but the woman and her child in the other car.
While it doesn't look like we'll be seeing Susan and Mike get back together anytime soon, I'm very glad to see Mike is still around as it would be a bit frustrating to have one of our biggest couples of the show who FINALLY got together just to be done because we skipped over the years they were together.
As for the other women, for Lynette and Gaby it's pretty much all about their kids and parenting squabbles with their husbands. I'm not quite sure why they decided to go with Gaby being chubbier and having two daughters for whom she's created a weight problem, but I guess it's a very different path for Gaby we'll just have to watch and see if it plays out in an interesting way or not. For Lynette, she's in the same boat as always, trying to get her kids in line and now realizing that with the twins being 16 and still troublemakers, it's finally time for her and Tom to get it together - you think?
While Bree's life is focused on her new business and cookbook, it turns out underneath it all, it's still all focused on her children - and grandchild - as well. Andrew is working with Bree, but near the end of the episode, we got Bree's flashback showing us Danielle taking off with her baby to take care of him herself with her lawyer husband - and at the time, Orson was in jail, and Bree was left with nothing.
Now the first mystery of the season? This drama will again be revolving around Edie - but the twist here? She doesn't seem to know it. Her new husband is up to something very suspicious - he got Edie to move back into her old house, and is insisting that she make sure everyone likes them since that's going to be very important later... but why?
Could he be the husband of the woman with the child Susan and Mike killed? It seems he's focused on someone in particular for possible revenge, but we didn't get to find out who in the premiere.
Hopefully this will bring some new yummy drama to the show as we work with this 5 year jump!
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