First things first: How nice to see Brenda Strong again on last night's episode of Desperate Housewives. I do love a good Mary Alice Young flashback, and "Epiphany" contained more screentime than usual for my favorite self-offed-housewife-turned-narrator.
And secondly, who the hell is this Eddie Orlofsky (Josh Zuckerman) kid? According to IMDb, he's been in several episodes this season, but I doubt I'm the only one who hasn't noticed him. Maybe Desperate Housewives is making some sort of blatant "neighborhood watch" statementand frankly, I wouldn't put it past the showbut it's totally weird to me that a season-long plot point traces back to some random minor character. Shouldn't we have known more about him before "Epiphany"? And shouldn't "Epiphany" have explained how Eddie knows Danny (Beau Mirchoff)? Isn't it Danny's fault for introducing him to all these young girls?
Questions aside, I actually really enjoyed "Epiphany." It was a creative, easy flashback episode that took us back to different times in the Wisteria wives' lives, yet still managed to teach us something new each one of them. Gaby's (Eva Longoria Parker) maternal instinct, for example, actually precedes the memorable Season 3 baby-mama-drama that "first" brought it out of her. (I think it's safe to assume that Gaby's flashback took place before Season 1, even though we all know she wouldn't have been caught dead in a skirt suit ten years ago, because she was still referring to Bree as "the one who's parents named her after cheese.") Apparently Gaby befriended little Eddie Orlofsky back when she and Carlos first moved onto the Lane, and was bummed when Carlos told her to spend more time with people her own age. Who'd have thought?
As for the "cheese lady," Bree (Marcia Cross) connected with Eddie in his early teens, offering him generous advice to help him woo (her word, not mine) a girl at school. And Susan (Teri Hatcher) recognized Eddie's artistic talents between her two marriages to Mike (James Denton) and paid for him to attend a two-week art class. Finally, Lynette (Felicity Huffman), in what I think must have been the most uncharacteristic and pregnancy-hormone-driven act of her life, asked Eddie to move into her house so he could escape his alcoholic/strangled mother. Who knew Bree was such a romantic? Or that Susan knew that much about art? Or that Lynette was so... naive?
I'm guessing that Eddie's work as the Fairview Strangler is not yet done. In fact, I'm guessing he'll have something (violent) to do with Angie Bolen's (Drea de Matteo) predictable exit from the Lane.
The Season 6 finale is only three Sundays away—do you think Eddie will strike again? And what did you think of the episode?
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