'Desperate Housewives' Season Finale Recap: Gaby Gets Trigger-Happy & Another Murder Is Covered Up!

Mon, May 16, 2011 12:26am EDT by 11 Comments

Another one bites the dust! Actually, make that two. What did you think of the death-filled ‘Desperate Housewives’ finale?

After a season of ups and downs — both in drama and, unfortunately, quality — the May 15 finale of Desperate Housewives grabbed me by the specials, and reminded me why I’ve been addicted to these wacky women for the past seven years. While Bree (Marcia Cross) and Susan (Teri Hatcher) found their happy endings, Lynette’s (Felicity Huffman) marriage fell to pieces Gaby’s (Eva Longoria) abusive past literally came back to haunt her.

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Susan’s sappy ending:

The first part of the finale was mostly bursting with Susan, as we watched her get thrown in jail, accused of poisoning Paul (Mark Moses), and released free-and-clear all in the span of an hour. Add to that a heart-pounding confrontation with Felicia Tillman (Harriet Harris), who kidnapped Paul and tried to kill him, made Susan look like 1/3 of freakin’ Charlie’s Angels. It’s hard to believe this woman recently underwent a kidney transplant!

Paul surprised everyone by turning himself into the police, admitting to the murder of Martha Huber, and was carted away with dignity. Felicia, however, ended the hour with significantly less dignity. While making her getaway, she spilled Beth’s ashes, which clouded her vision, causing her to drive straight into an on-coming tractor-trailer. See ya, Felicia!

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Lynette’s marriage crisis:

I’ve been an advocate of Lynette and Tom getting a divorce for years — but now that their marriage is finally ending, I’m not happy at all. Their little trip to the cabin merely gave them more time to fight, and Tom told her it might be best for him to move into one of his company’s apartment buildings for a while. But when he finally returned home, Lynette told him she felt “relief” when he walked out on her, officially hammering the final nail into the coffin of their marriage.

Oh, my Scavos … where did you go wrong?

On the bright side, Lynette’s sadness finally gave Vanessa Williams some material worth her talent. René’s little comforting moment with Lynette in the kitchen was easily Vanessa’s best scene all season. (Dear King Marc Cherry, give her more to do next year!)

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Gaby’s ‘daddy issues':

Fact: Gaby hasn’t been this interesting since she slapped that nun back in season two. But the season finale marked the return of her not-so-dead stepfather, and the emergence of a Gaby’s dark side. And I like it! After noticing that he’d been stalking her, Gaby lured him into the woods and confronted him with a gun. She forced an admission and apology for raping her when she was just 15… and she thought she put him in his place.

(Was anyone else thinking, “Don’t shoot, Gaby! You can’t leave Betty Suarez without a father?”)

Unfortunately he returned, this time in her house while she was all alone. Thankfully, Carlos (Ricardo Chavira) returned home just in time to prevent him from raping her again, but Carlos may have hit him a little too hard over the head. Regardless of whether or not the murder was intentional, Carlos and the ladies — who happened to walk in on the corpse — were forced to wrap up the body and stuff it in the Solis’ living room chest.

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Next season’s big ‘mystery':

Unfortunately, it doesn’t look like there will be one — at least not based on anything that happened in the finale. There will, however, be inevitable drama surrounding the murder of Gaby’s stepfather and the guilt of all parties involved.

Mary-Alice’s ominous narrative statement that “the thing that binds friends together the most is a secret that changes everything” certainly seems to promise an intense story for next season, but let’s not get too ahead of ourselves here.

Think about it: Gaby’s stepfather was an elderly man from far away who didn’t tell anyone where he was going. How many people are really going to think to look for him in a box in his estranged stepdaughter’s living room? Honestly, now.

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Posted at 4:33 AM on July 16, 2011  

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Marcus

Posted at 12:04 PM on May 23, 2011  

(1) Seasons 1, 2, 4 & 5 had the best Finales of the show. Season 1 ended, not on killing, but on resolving the secret that Mary Alice had. Season 2 was ended with death, as was Seasons 4 and 5.

(2) Season 7 was by far the worst season ever. Season 6 was bad, but it sort of picked up once Angie’s ex husband came into the picture. But Season 7…BAD. BAD. BAD! Marc Cherry…how could you fail so miserably!?

(3) Desperate Housewives always made its mark by giving us a mystery worth sitting down and trying to unravel for ourselves but tuning in every Sunday to find out what we will find out. However, the mysteries seemed to have gotten off track: Season 2 was slow, but picked up and was interesting nonetheless. Season 3 had to resolve the mystery by Episode 15 due to Marcia Cross’s real life pregnancy. Episodes 16-22 had more to do with Character stories (which made the show even more interesting!). Season 4 was shortened to 17 episodes due to the writers strike but the mystery behind Katherine Mayfair was JUICY! Season 5 was Edies Husband, which to me was VERY VERY juicy but it slacked in some areas. Season 6 was split: The Fairview Strangler and The Bolens…that was okay, but both stories were not gripping but the finale was ‘passable’. Season 7…first half was Paul Youngs plot to get revenge. But it SUCKED. And the rest of the season SUCKED.

(4) What Marc Cherry and his team needed to do for Season 7 was give RENEE what you promoted her as: a bitch: trouble…but she became “friends” with all the wives. WHY!? I loved her when she was trying to scam on Bree’s new hottie Keith. But then I hated her when she became friends with Bree. Renee SHOULD’VE been the MYSTERY. Give her a death. Kill her ex husband and have her inherit his money but have it come to haunt her in Fairview. Have her try to frame one of the other housewives or something.

Season 7 was weak and the show lost steam that it will have to get a miracle to reclaim SOME of its former glory. I’m pretty sure Season 8 is not going to be any better than Season 7 because the Finale of Season 7 sucked balls…I mean, didn’t we already stuff bodies in a chest?

All in all……………..we are PRAYING for something GOOD in Season 8!

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Elsie Newport

Posted at 3:54 AM on May 16, 2011  

Season finale part 1 was much better than part 2 both in writing and directing. So, you producers…Don’t shoot yourself in the foot and disappoint the viewers. If more shows had been like finale part 2, there would be no future season 8.

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Andy

Posted at 7:39 AM on May 16, 2011  

Part two did seem noticeably sloppier. As much as I do enjoy this show, I think it would have been a stronger end to the season if they had combined the best parts of both episodes into a regular hour-long finale.

The big two-hour “events” always create too much hype, and it isn’t always easy to live up to that.

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