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Desperate Housewives: Bree's Gotta Go

Bree Hodge (Marcia Cross) leads a dramatic life. Such a revelation should come as no surprise; Wisteria Lane isn't exactly a docile neighborhood, and over-the-top occurrences come with the territory. But lately, Bree's life has become ridiculously melodramatic—even for an over-the-top show like Desperate Housewives. The lady is at the end of her rope, and at this point, there's not much else for her to do but hang from it.

Don't believe me? Here's what Bree has had to deal with over the years. In Season 1, the writers killed off her husband. In Season 2, they killed off her boyfriend, who had actually killed her husband, and then made her drop off her gay son on the side of the road. In Season 3, they married her off to Orson (Kyle MacLachlan), an alleged murderer. In Season 4, a tornado destroyed her house. In Season 5, Orson began to blackmail her and she started an affair with Karl Mayer (Richard Burgi). And now, in Season 6, they killed off Karl and turned Orson into a selfish, paralyzed, suicidal mess. Bree's story is just too much. Either she needs to gain better control of her life, or she needs to be killed off. There, I said it.

Of course, that might make things more complicated, considering that it's Bree's wheelchair-bound husband who's on the verge of suicide. Was I the only one offended by this new development? Obviously, Desperate Housewives has addressed suicide before; a housewife's suicide was a major plot point in the first season. But to have Orson announce his upcoming suicide so flippantly—and then to have Bree react with such underwhelming surprise—was just in poor taste. It was like Orson was a liberal kid in a household of Ivy League legacies, and upon his decision to attend hippie-dippie Reed College, his parents had simply said, "We've already mailed in your Harvard acceptance papers. Here, have a sweater vest!" Bree didn't even call a suicide hotline or consult a doctor. She invited over a couple of handicapped guys (what up, Darryl "Chill" Mitchell!) and gave Orson a sappy speech about staying alive and making their marriage work. I'm sorry, but doesn't a suicide threat require more serious measures to be taken? Unless the show makes a statement in the next few episodes about what not to do on a suicide watch, Marc Cherry and the writers could face some serious backlash if they don't handle the issue responsibly.

The whole situation is sad because Cross is one of the best actresses on Desperate Housewives, second only to Felicity Huffman. Cross began the show so brilliantly, giving Bree the most emotional depth of any of the housewives. But Bree's Season 6 storyline has morphed into a campy soap opera, forcing Cross to saturate every scene she's in with over-played melodrama, while the rest of the cast drifts along in a sea of semi-grounded dramatic, ironic, or playful situations.

Speaking of playful situations, at least we had the dependable tag team of Gaby (Eva Longoria Parker) and Carlos (Ricardo Antonio Chavira) to deliver some legitimately funny moments. Seeing Gaby and Carlos munch on cookies whilst lurking outside the Bolens' house tugged on the old I Love Lucy heartstrings. And my favorite line came from Gaby, when she described Ana (Maiara Walsh) and Danny (Beau Mirchoff) as "just a couple of teenagers alone with their genitals."

Random side note: How gross was M.J.'s crush on Susan's (Teri Hatcher) ex-stripper friend? It's not funny to watch a six-year-old kid ask a hot blonde for a bath. Inappropriate.

What did you think of the episode?


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I agree about the MJ stripper crush, I was wondering if I was the only person who felt incredibly disturbed after the "Can you give me a bath?" line. Usually the writing for the kids is spot on but here it really fell short.
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Well I dont think so.. What about Lynette then? Season 1 she almost had a nervous breakdown, she popped her sons's medication, in Season 2 she went back to work and ran away from Tom with their chiledren (one one of them jumped off a balcony, In Season 3 she had to deal with a crazy lady who shot her and the the paedophile and then Tom's idea to open up a pizza place and Nora and the kid, Season 4 Tornado and cancer, season 5 Tom's midlife crisis and the fire incident who brought her son to a trial.. and now Tom's goinig to college and their was having twins but one of them died!!!
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wow! I actually agree with stefanie on this one!
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Agree with the part about M.J. asking the stripper for a bath. That was just gross.
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well i have a feeling that things will get better for her soon
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Don't ever think of killing Bree, just kill Orson and give bree a better Role.
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Why in God's name is it up to Marc Cherry to display to proper suicide threat protocols on his show? I'll just repeat what he screamed at the angry Christian mob outside his bedroom window "It's a SATIRE!"
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What do you mean Orson began blackmailing her and she began an affair with Karl in season 5, and now it's season 6? This all happened in season 6!

And don't forget how she became an alcoholic, and Danielle took her soon back who was raised by Bree and Orson. :)
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this season has been horrible so far, especcially ever since the plane crash episode.
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I think the guy that plays Orson needs to go he's brining Bree down. I didn't really care for this last episode. looked at the clock at 8:30 I was thinking that's it just 30 minutes. I do like Gabby and Angie they are interesting one on the show really.
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I agree that both Felicity Huffman and Marcia Cross are the better actresses of the whole bunch. Which is why i think they should move on to a better show pronto, Desperate Housewives is a sinking ship as it is...
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