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Posted at 3:54 PM ET, 10/11/2005

'Desperate' Getting Desperate?

By Jen Chaney

Maybe it's just me, but I'm starting to wonder if "Desperate Housewives" is suffering from "Twin Peaks" syndrome. Like David Lynch's briefly brilliant series, "Housewives" initially made for compelling television. But now that its central mystery has been solved -- not only can Mary Alice read some mean narration, she also knows her way around a knife -- the show's writers seem unsure where to go.

Hence the increasingly unbelievable storylines for Gabrielle (suddenly she wants John back? Huh?); borderline embarrassing sniping between Edie and Susan; and highly predictable working-mom guilt for Lynette. (I will admit, however, that the rat was pretty funny.)

Despite my frustrations, I plan to stick with the "Housewives" for at least a few more weeks. I suspect that Bree's boring blather will go down much easier with $1 glasses of sangria, which you can get at the "Desperate Housewives" Viewing Party, held every Sunday at La Tasca in Arlington. The sangria is available between 7 and 9; the previous week's episode is shown at 8 and the newest installment can be viewed live at 9.

As for the mystery man stashed in Alfre Woodard's basement, I have no theories. But a huge part of me hopes he turns out to be Agent Cooper.

-- Jen

By Jen Chaney  | October 11, 2005; 3:54 PM ET
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Love your take on how this show is's starting to get a bit like "Murder She Wrote". I mean, how much weird stuff can go wrong on one street with just a handful of families? The show has so many story lines going at once that it's starting to seem fractured. Add to that a commercial every 4-5 minutes, and it's tough to stay focused.
On the bright side, Bree's son vowed revenge on his mother for sending him to boot camp - that should be interesting. And they can jettison Edie as far as I'm concerned - she's one giant cliche, and not very good at putting on a good side OR acting like the bad vamp (without seeming obvious).

Posted by: WA Visitor | October 13, 2005 5:03 PM | Report abuse

A perfect analogy...maybe we'll find out that Wisteria Lane has a Black Lodge on one side of the street and a White Lodge on the other. I too will give it another couple of weeks but I switched the channel halfway through this past show. Last season was well done but this season's going absolutely nowhere fast. The main characters have become annoying cliches, the whole Gabriella storyline is even more annoying than Eva Longoria's attempts at "acting" and the chained-mystery-guy-in-the-basement is a real WTF act of desperation. What's up for next season, a serial killer moves into the neighborhood? But the ratings are still there and ABC will milk the cash cow for as long as possible. Now, "Lost"...there's a show that learned the lessons of Twin Peaks.

Posted by: Wrapped in Plastic | October 13, 2005 6:01 PM | Report abuse

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