Desperate Housewives

Season 6 Episode 2

Being Alive

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Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Oct 04, 2009 on ABC
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As the citizens of Fairview try to make sense of a recent attack in their neighborhood, Lynette withholds a secret from Susan. Gabrielle gives niece Ana advice on how to get a guy's attention, whereas Bree worries how her affair with Karl will affect her friendship with Susan, and Angie is determined to protect her son and her family's past.moreless

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  • A hell of a day in the neighbour hood

    9.5
    Being alive was a absolutly fantastic and emotinal episode of desperate housewives which has really got me excited for whats next in store. This episode handled with the aftermath of julie being attacked which made this episode really intense and dramtic. Susans storyline was by far the best this week teri hatchers acted as a concerned mother was brilliant,I really dont think that Teri gets enough praise for her dramtic acting on this show her seen were lynette opened up to her about her babies was a really emotinal scene between both of the women. Gabbys storyline was prettty good to i like how she to is getting involved with the mystery Brees storyline was the most dispointing but im not a fan of the whole affair storyline anyway sooo. Katherine continues to be a bit crazy which was pretty funny the scenes with her and Orson really made me laugh. The mystery storline was really juicey this week and im hopeing more exciting stuff will araise from this family. and finally the last and mayber best part of this episode was karen and roy the teaser opening with these two chracters was really funny and the ending of this episode was really exciting as we are promised wost days to come cant wait!!moreless
  • A fantastic follow up to a strong season premiere.

    10
    I have to agree with what others have said before. Desperate Housewives has always had the same format of having a new family/character with a dark secret. But I think this season is a little different and goes back to the Season 1 style. At the end of the first episode of Season 1, we were completely clueless. At the end of the episode last week, we were left completely clueless as to where this family will be heading. Whereas in Season 2, we KNEW someone was in the basement, in the Season 3 premiere, we knew it was based on a murder, in Season 4 we were told Dylan 'was not the same girl', and in Season 5 we knew Dave was there for revenge. But nothing has been hinted as to what this family are hiding. I was a little sceptical last week after the premiere but this episode made me think this will be a hell of a good season.



    It's already episode 2 and there is SO much going on. Susan seems to have a bunch of storylines all of a sudden that aren't solely based on her needing a man or being clumsy. She had a daughter in hospital and was decieved by three other housewives - Lynette's knowledge of Julie's possible pregnancy, Bree sleeping with her ex husband and Katherine chasing her current. Susan was actually fantastic in this episode. It was nice to have her emotions centred around Julie as opposed to a new man in her life. Speaking of refreshing changes to characters, I have to say I love the rebellious side of Bree, and how she is making new discoveries about herself and her sexuality etc. And on the other side of the coin, there's Karl, the character who's always been cocky and arrogant, who showed for the first time in my opinion, GENUINE sensitivity. A new direction for Katherine also this season, but for the better. I really disliked the sassy Season 4 Katherine being turned into this frumpy, needy woman in Season 5. This season seems to be a culmination of her character in previous two. She is desperate for Mike, but instead of just being needy about it, she's manipulating and acting like a bit of a Glen Close. I like it!



    Although I was a bit sceptical about Lynette's storyline, I actually didn't mind it in this episode. I liked how she couldn't bring herself to say abortion but skirted around the issue of not having children, and I loved the scene between her and Susan in the hospital.



    I also love the fact that Lee, Bob, Julie and Mrs McClusky are all involved. It means we can have so many different things going on without getting bored.



    The only stigma I have at the minute is that they don't seem to be establishing the age of Julie. She's been and gone to college and was getting married last year, so shouldn't she be about 23/24? But instead they're still describing her as a kid who's possibly been seeing the teenager Danny.moreless
  • Surprisingly Emotional follow up

    10
    A very emotional episode. But first the funny bits, and there were quite a few laughes mixed in.



    Katherine is going nuts! Her strange behaviour is very funny - her cool attitude is starting to crack and her talk with Orson was very funny and revealing



    Karen McCluskey is getting naughty... its so nice to see her happy for a change. And its nice to see her dirty laundry for a change. Very entertaining.



    But the sadness is strong - seeing Julie's body lying on the floor and Susan cradling her was rather shocking to see and the sad talk between her and Lynette (who reveals she is pregnant to a distressed Susan) was nice. Teri Hatcher proves she can act strong when she wants to. Hope Julie gets better.



    Oh and new neighbours are getting weirder. Full stop.moreless
  • So, has The Ballad of Mike, Susan and the Mayfair improved any this week? Does the Pope listen to 50 Cent?

    7.5
    So, has The Ballad of Mike, Susan and the Mayfair improved any this week? Does the Pope listen to 50 Cent? Of course it bloody hasn't. If anything, it's managed to get progressively worse, as now it's mired in the ratings-grabbing, admittedly mildly interesting Julie strangulation story. Katherine comes on to Mike while he's returning home to get some things for Julie, basically degrading herself by throwing her wiles all over his oh-so-masculine frame. And just to make matters worse, we get a delightful scene between she and Orson in which she claims Mike wants her back! How are we supposed to react to this? Laugh at its absurdity? Pity her complete loss of sensible perception? Worry that she's flying off the rails? Feel annoyed that she's getting in the way of Susan and Mike's happiness? All of the above? I honestly don't know... but whatever the answer is, the whole thing is so damn cringeworthy that it's hard to feel anything other than irritation.



    On the plus side, at least this narrative strand doesn't feature too heavily in the episode. Instead, we get some fairly interesting intrigue on the part of the Larry Moss family to sink our teeth into, which obviously means plenty Danny, which is absolutely fine by me (shirtless! Shirtless! Now!), the chance to see elderly super-stud Roy for the first time, which is adorably sweet, further progression in Lynette's pregnancy story that continues to impress - it's a stroke of genius to have her reveal Julie's scare in the hospital, completely out of the blue, which makes it all the more believable - although the way in which the abortion angle is swept under the rug after a few scenes is somewhat disappointing, and, of course, there's Bree and Karl's ever-burgeoning relationship, which comes to a temporary halt in the wake of Julie's attack. This strand adds an interesting dimension to the story, bringing Susan's feelings on the matter of a friend sleeping with Karl into the equation, as well as giving Richard Burgi a chance to show an emotional side of Karl that hasn't really been touched on before. It works very well and further strengthens the backbone of the plot, disguising the fact that, at first, it all seems rather absurd.



    Generally, this is a fairly good episode that nudges the separate strands forward and compounds the intrigue inherent in the season's arc plot. Now if we can just get rid of the triangle from hell, things will be back on track.moreless
  • Barring 70 year old's making love, this was just about perfect

    8.0
    So ok, Andrea Bowen is still there to annoy us for one more season. Though not a favorable outcome, we do get a glimpse of the mystery that will keep us occupied this season. Also, Katherine's obsession to break Mike and Susan apart, seems like another story in the offing.



    After Fox's animation domination debacle, this did provide the much needed entertainment. Bree and Gaby provided the comedy, Susan and Lynette the drama, and Katherine provided some crazy lady action. The men also complemented the ladies pretty well. The mystery is starting to buildup. We clearly know, it wasn't Danny Bolen. And at the same time the Bolens display the same creepiness the the Applewhites displayed. If I may bet, I would say it's Preston or Porter - whichever kid is still in Wisteria Lane. Final word, one good hour of TV.moreless
Karl Makinen

Karl Makinen

Detective Furst

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Carlos Lacamara

Carlos Lacamara

Dr. Hill

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Gary Anthony Williams

Gary Anthony Williams

Reggie the Roofer

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Orson Bean

Orson Bean

Roy Bender

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Kevin Rahm

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Lee McDermott

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Tuc Watkins

Tuc Watkins

Bob Hunter

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