Desperate Housewives Begins Season 2 With New Mystery
Bree Van De Kamp was the Big Story Sunday night on the second season premiere of "Desperate Housewives" as she grieved, in her own quiet smoldering angry way, over hubby Rex who kicked the can last spring of a heart attack, which was brought on by Bree's love sick psycho pharmacist.
Her equally control-freaked mother-in-law, the dastardly Phyllis, arrives and tries to take over the funeral arrangements and attempts to eliminate all referencess to his wife, Bree. Bree bans her from the service but her grieving kids stick up for their grandmother. She relents. At the funeral, Bree goes silently balistic when she sees her dead husband lying in the coffin wearing a silly orange prep-school tie that his mom placed on him.
, One of the best scenes ever on DH: Bree stalks the church as other funeral goers cower in terror and demands Lynette's husband Tom remove his tie. He wordlessly hands her the tie and she proceeds to roughly manhandle the dearly departed, putting the better tie on the dead body while the whole church watches. (Creepy, but that's the whole tongue-in-cheek kind of humor that D-wives is famous for.)
On a more chipper note, the perfect and ever-thoughtful Bree later pays a social call and takes a basket of homebaked cookies to welcome the new housewife and resident concert pianist, Betty (Alfre Woodard), a single mother who is wierdly touchy-feely with her hunky teenage son, and we are let in on her big Wisteria Lane secret that she has a mystery prisoner (a white guy) locked up in her basement. She feeds him well so you know she's a caring person, even if she carries a gun around the house.
When we last left our heroine, Susan, and her boyfriend, Mike, were being held at gunpoint by Zach, the deranged teenage of the suicide victim Mary Alice, but but no surprise here as Zach aims the gun at Mike, ditsy Susan knocks him down, and the teen escapes through the door. Later Mike and Susan are then called by the cops to view a body in the morgue believed to be Zach, but when they get there, they are relieved it isn't him, and the release of tension causes Mike to admit to Susan that he suspects Zach is the son he never knew he had, and he also feels the need to explain that it was Mary Alice who murdered Mike's girlfriend, but later Susan breaks down after connecting the dots, and she's like Ewww! she can't stand the thought of Zach around if he is indeed Mike's son which means that she needs to protect her own teenage daughter, which is why she tells Mike they can't possibly live together now.
Over at Lynette's madhouse, you'll remember she managed to push her husband Tom over the edge last season, and he announced he will now be a housefrau and she can get her ass off to work everyday and, despite having been a stay-at-home mom for like six years, she gets an interview for an account executive position at a top ad agency (yeah, like THAT happens in real life), and on her big day, her husband's back goes kaput so she has no choice but to tote the baby to the interview which horrifies the female human resources director, but she gets the job anyway cuz the male boss just think she has spunk when she repeats a litany of things that should be changed at the agency while she demonstrates her ability to multi-task by slapping a clean diaper on the wee one.
Meanwhile Gabrielle is forced to steal another woman's paternity test, after the goth chick receptionist refused to fake one for her, because she needs to show jailed and ignorant Carlos something in order for him to believe that he is the baby's father, yet, despite the paternity results (and the fact that he believes one was conducted even though he didn't supply a DNA sample), he remains really really mad at Gabrielle for cheating on him with the yard boy.
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