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Desperate Housewives: The Complete Eighth and Final Season (a J!-ENT DVD Review)

September 27, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

“Desperate Housewives” season eight was a final season that managed to incorporate all the angst, the craziness, those “I can’t believe this just happened” moments and a heartbreaking, tragic death scene.  But it also featured a storyline with proper closure for longtime viewers of the series.If you stuck with the series this long, “Desperate Housewives: The Complete Eighth and Final Season” is definitely recommended!

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TITLE: Desperate Housewives: The Complete Eighth and Final Season

DURATION: (23 episodes) 987 minutes

DVD INFORMATION: NTSC, Region 1, Widescreen (1:78:1), NTSC, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound, English SDH, Spanish and French subtitles

RATED: TV 14 DLSV

COMPANY: abc studios

RELEASE DATE: September 25, 2012

Created by Marc Cherry

Directed by Larry Shaw, David Grossman, David Warren, Bathany Rooney

Written by Marc Cherry, Bob Daily, Matt Berry, Joe Keenan, Jason Ganzel, Jeff Greenstein, Marco Pennette, David Schladweiler, John Paul Bullock II, Josann McGibbon, Sara Parriott

Executive Produced by Marc Cherry, Geroge W. Perkins, Larry Shaw, David Grossman, Sabrina Wind, Dana N. Wilson, Josann McGibbon,

Co-Executive Produced by Sara Parriott, Annie Weisman

Produced by Charlas Skouras II, Stephanie Hagen

Consulting Producer: Jeff Greenstein. Joe Keenan

Music by Steve Jablonsky

Cinematography by Lowell Peterson, David J. Miller

Editing by Andrew Doerfer, Jonathan Posell, Karen Castaneda

Casting by Scott Genkinger, Junie Lowry-Johnson

Production Design by Erik Carlson

Series Art Direction by Brian Jewell

Series Set Decoration by Eric Rogalia

Series Costume Design by Catherine Adair

Series Casting by Scott Genkinger, Junie Lowry-Johnson

Production Design by Erik Carlson

Art Design by Brian Jewell, Erik Carlson

Set Decoration by Erica Rogalla

Costume Design by Catherine Adair

Starring:

Terri Hatcher as Susan Mayer

Felicity Huffman as Lynette Scavo

Marcia Cross as Bree Hodge

Eva Longoria Parker as Gabrielle Solis

Dana Delany as Katherine Mayfair

Ricardo Chavira as Carlos Solis

Brenda Strong as Mary Alice Young

Doug Savant as Tom Scavo

James Denton as Mike Delfino

Shawn Pyfrom as Andrew Van De Kamp

Andrea Bowen as Julie Mayer

Kyle MacLachlan as Orson Hodge

Kathryn Joosen as Karen McCluskey

Richard Burgi as Karl Mayer

Maiara Walsh as Ana Solis

Vanessa Williams as Renee Perry

Harrie Sansom Harris as Felicia Tilman

Darcy Rose byrnes as Penny Scavo

Emily Bergl as Beth Young

Brian Austin Green – Keith Watson

Polly Bergen as Stella Wingfield

Roger Bart as George Williams

Jonathan Cake as Chuck Vance

Christine Estabrook as Martha Huber

Andrea Parker as Jane Carlson

Maria Cominis as Mona Clark

Dakin Matthews as Reverend Sikes

Kiersten Warren as Nora Huntington

Valerie Mahaffey as Alma Hodge

Michael Dempsey as Detective Murphy

Lupe Ontiveros as Juanita “Mama” Solis

Steve Tyler as Minister

Say goodbye to the ladies of Wisteria Lane with the final climactic season of “Desperate Housewives.” The stakes are at an all-time high as each of the women cope with theirnnguilt in the aftermath of last season’s shocking murder and cover-up. Complete your collection with “Desperate Housewives: The Eighth and Final Season.” The beloved series’ final season is released in a five-disc DVD set features exciting bonus material including the final goodbye from the original four housewives, bloopers, deleted scenes and more.

Season seven of “Desperate Housewives” ended with Carlos killing Gaby’s evil stepfather (who was trying to get close to her again) and her friends deciding to hide the body.

With the final eighth season of “Desperate Housewives”, being an accomplice of  hiding a body involved in a murder is starting to take its toll on Carlos and some of the women.

With Susan, she never wanted to be part of the whole plan but now the guilt is starting to affect her to the point that she is acting out on her guilt. She wants to tell her husband Mike how she feels but her friends do not want her telling anyone.

Meanwhile, Bree is stunned when a letter arrives in her mailbox telling her that the person knows what she did.  A similarity to the letter that led to Mary Alice Young’s death.

Gabrielle is trying to deal with Carlos’ guilt.  With Carlos not wanting to be intimate, it’s affecting her marriage and she is not sure what to do.

Lynette and Tom separate but when they start living separate lives, they realize that their problems are much greater than they have expected.

What is “Desperate Housewives”?

“Desperate Housewives” is a series that had so many complex storylines that to even explain what has happened in the last four seasons would be difficult but if there is one thing that remains the same, it’s our housewives.

The premise of the first season was based around the death of fellow housewife Mary Alice Young (played by Brenda Strong, “Everwood”, “The Help”, “A Plumm Summer”). Mary Alice Young is the narrator of the series and every episode, she has setup the sequences of what is going on in the life of her friends. And its the housewives of Wisteria Lane who have lived complex lives full of love, betrayal, pain and sadness.

For the seventh season of “Desperate Housewives”, each of the housewives are dealing with problems in their life. Susan and Mike are struggling financially to make ends meet and Susan misses living in Wisteria Lane with her friends. She must make a decision on how to pay the bills, that means taking on a job she doesn’t want to do. Gabrielle and Carlos must deal with the news that their daughter was switched as birth and that Juanita is not their true blood daughter. Meanwhile, Gabi has a person in her past return back to her life. Bree meanwhile is single but she has her eyes on her young contractor. Lynette and Tom are trying to work on their marriage after going through some major difficulties and Lynette’s best friend/rival from college, Renee Perry (played by Vanessa Williams) moves to Wisteria Lane.

With the eighth and final season of “Desperate Housewives”,

The main characters of “Desperate Housewives” Season 8 are:

  • Susan Mayer (Teri Hatcher, “Seinfeld”, “Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman”) – One of the lead characters who was married to Karl and had a daughter named Julie. They divorced and Susan married Mike Delfino who she ended up divorcing. But in season 5, they manage to patch things up and remarry and have a song together. But because Mike’s plumbing business has gone south, both Susan and Mike are forced to leave Wisteria Lane and the family struggle to make ends meet.
  • Lynette Scavo (Felicity Huffman, “Frasier”, “Sports Night”, “Raising Helen”) – Lynnette was a former advertising executive who is married to Tom Scavo (Doug Savant, “Melrose Place) and has four children: her teenage twins (and often in trouble) Preston and Porter, Parker is the youngest son and the well-behaved youngest daughter Penny. In season eight, Lynette and Tom are having marital problems.
  • Bree Van de Kamp (Marcia Cross, “Everwood”, “Melrose Place”) – Bree was a former cooking tycoon but has since sold her business, she is now dating a police officer.
  • Gabrielle Solis (Eva Longoria Parker, “Dragnet”, “The Hearbreak Kid”, “Young and the Restless”) – The youngest housewife who enjoys money. She is married to Carlos Solis (Ricardo Chavira, “Six Feet Under”) and has two daughters.
  • Renee Perry (Vanessa Williams, “Ugly Betty”, “Shaft”, “Eraser”, “Soul Food) – Lynette’s best friend from college. Formerly married to a professional baseball player, now in a divorce, she moves to Wisteria Lane and hangs out with the women. She also runs an interior design business with Lynette.
  • Mike Delfino (James Denton, “Threat Matrix”) - The husband of Susan who works as a plumber. He has re-married Susan and both are struggling financially.
  • Tom Scavo (Doug Savant, “24”, “Melrose Place”) – The husband of Lynette who has return back to a corporate job and is now the main breadwinner of the family.  In season eight, Tom and Lynette are having marital problems and decide to separate.  But do they have a chance of getting back together or is their marriage definitely over?
  • Carlos Solis (Ricardo Chavira, “Prinha”, “Days of Wrath”) – The husband of Gabrielle and a successful business owner.  In season eight, he suffers with guilt after killing Gabrielle’s father

“Desperate Housewives: The Complete Eighth Season” on DVD features the following episodes 158-157 (the following are spoiler-less summaries):

  • EPISODE 158 – Secrets That I Never Want to Know - After Carlos kills Gaby’s evil stepfather, the housewives hide and bury the body.  But now the guilt is starting to get to them.
  • EPISODE 159 – Making the Connection - Susan is not sure how she can deal with her guilt and Gaby is wanting Carlos to be normal again.
  • EPISODE 160 – What While I Revise the World- Susan and Carlos look towards each other for help for their guilt.
  • EPISODE 161 – School of Hard Knocks – Gabrielle wants to get even with a parent volunteer.   Meanwhile, Susan takes painting classes.  Lynette is upset that Tom is dating other women.
  • EPISODE 162 – The Art of Making Art - Susan comes to her art class in the nude and Lynette tries to hit the singles scene and meet new men.
  • EPISODE 163 – Witch’s Lament - Gabrielle, Bree and Lynette plan to exhume the body of Gabrielle’s stepfather and move it after learning that Ben’s real estate excavation is taking place where they buried the body.
  • EPISODE 164 – Always in Control – Bree finds out who dug up the body of Gabrielle’s stepfather.  Lynette tells lies to Penny about Tom’s new girlfriend.
  • EPISODE 165 – Suspicion Song - Detective Chuck Vance begins to suspect that Bree may be involved in the disappearance of Alejandro.
  • EPISODE 166 – Putting It Together - Chuck calles the housewives into questioning for the disappearance and possible murder of Alejandro.
  • EPISODE 167 – What’s to Discuss, Old Friend - Bree considers to end her life after her friends abandon her.
  • EPISODE 168 – Who Can Say What’s True? - Gabrielle goes to Lynette in help of trying to get a company to sign with Carlos’ firm.
  • EPISODE 169 – What’s the Good of Being Good – Bree’s life is going for the worse as she is becoming an alcoholic.  Lynette goes on a date.
  • EPISODE 170 – Is This What You Call Love? – Susan is shocked with a surprise visit by her daughter Julie….who is six months pregnant.  Lynette decides to have sex with another man.
  • EPISODE 171 – Get Out of My Life – Susan finds out who the father of Julie’s baby is and Orson decides to do all he can to help Bree.
  • EPISODE 172 – She Needs Me  – When it is revealed that Porter is the father of Julie’s baby, Susan is supportive.  Lynette tells Porter she will not help raise her future granddaughter.
  • EPISODE 173 – Searching – Mike gets into trouble when Ben’s loan shark comes after him. Carlos is behaving strangely.
  • EPISODE 174 – You Take for Granted – Susan has a donor but Paul stands in the way, meanwhile Felicia is released from prison and wants revenge for what happened to her daughter. Meanwhile, Mrs. McClusky asks Bree to do something important for her.  And a major character is killed.
  • EPISODE 175 – Women and Death - The people of Wisteria Lane share their memories of a person they will remember at his funeral.  Meanwhile Bree is called into questioning for the murder of Alejandro.
  • EPISODE 176 – Any Moment - Julie is not so happy with Susan’s parenting skills of MJ.  Carlos makes a big decision in regards to his career.
  • EPISODE 177 – With So Little To Be Sure Of – Susan discovers a big secret that Mike has been hiding.  Meanwhile, Gabrielle tries to find a way to earn a bigger commission from her new job.
  • EPISODE 179 – Lost My Power - Bree’s attorney tries to find ways to defend her in the murder and disappearance of Alejandro, meanwhile with Mike gone, Susan need to help MJ at a father and son school event.
  • EPISODE 180 – The People Will Hear – Bree starts to fall for her attorney, meanwhile the housewives are upset how Gabrielle can allow Bree to take the fall for the murder of Alejandro.
  • EPISODE 181 – Give Me the Blame – With Bree in danger of going to prison, he asks for her to tell him the truth of who really killed Alejandro.  Susan decides to sell her house and move away from Wisteria Lane.
  • EPISODE 182 – Finishing the Hat – The Final Episode – The result of the murder trial and what happens to the Housewives?

VIDEO:

“Desperate Housewives: The Complete Eighth and Final Season” is featured in Widescreen (1:78:1), enhanced for 16×9 televisions. “Desperate Housewives” looks very good on DVD. Outdoor scenes are nice and vibrant, blacks and low-light scenes do not have the excessive noise problems that some series tend to exhibit on a DVD release.

For the most part, cinematography for “Desperate Housewives” has been excellent and the editing top notch. The series looks great and I can only imagine how beautiful this series would look on High Definition (via Blu-ray).

AUDIO:

“Desperate Housewives: The Complete Eighth and Final Season” is featured in Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound and pretty much, “Desperate Housewives” has always been a dialogue-driven television show and is primarily front and center channel driven. For the most part, dialogue is clear and understandable. The show uses minimal music and nor is it the kind of series that utilizes a lot of sound effects (the final episode has a little). For the most part, the setting I preferred to watch the series was to set my receiver setting and have stereo on all channels.

The series includes subtitles in English SDH, Spanish and in French.

SPECIAL FEATURES:

“Desperate Housewives: The Complete Eighth and Final Season” comes with the following special features:

DISC 5:

  • “I Guess This is Goodbye” - (18:03) The cast talk about their upcoming final day of filming “Desperate Housewives”.
  • Finale Commentary - (9:55) “Finishing the Hat” audio commentary with series creator Marc Cherry.
  • Bloopers – (2:40) “Desperate Housewives” season eight outtakes.
  • Deleted Scenes – A total of 15 deleted scenes.

EXTRAS:

“Desperate Housewives: The Complete Eighth and Final Season” comes with a slip cover case.

The end of “Desperate Housewives”.

It’s hard to believe that eight seasons have come and gone but like the housewives of Wisteria Lane, it’s about taking the next chapter of your lives and move forward.

But the eighth season of “Desperate Housewives”, for me as a longtime viewer, represented the good and the bad of “Desperate Housewives”.    First, I will discuss the bad and then lead on to what I felt was good about this season.

Lynette and Tom Scavo were the ultimate couple that had problematic situations but to see them separate and see them with other people was a hard pill to swallow.  Yes, these situations happen in America but with everyone having been divorced and probably better that they did, Lynette and Tom were a couple that I saw going south in their relationship.

The main part of the story this season was the death of Alejandro.  They really extended this storyline for the full season but it’s understandable to see Carlos as an alcoholic, its easy to see Susan suffering from guilt, but the emotional downfall of Bree was too ridiculous to watch as this woman has always been in control, even during the worst of times.  The way they made her out to be a fragile and something she was not due to alcohol, it was turn I didn’t like one single bit.

And possibly the other thing that I felt was terrible was Gabrielle letting her friends take the fall for Carlos’ murder.  If anyone should be leaving their friend, the housewives could have easily ditched her for her selfish behavior.  But it’s Gabrielle after all, thinking about herself first and then her daughters.

Then there was the death of a major character…you knew there was going to be a shocking episode coming up and it happened in a surprising way.  Wasn’t expecting for it to happen and for this person’s significant other, all I kept thinking was if that person would ever find happiness because for eight years, the person has suffered from really miserable situations.

With that being said, it leads to the good.  The good is that the series ends with closure for viewers.  Their endings of what the characters end up doing, makes perfect sense.

At the same time, I credit Marc Cherry for really playing with people’s emotions this season, but if you have to go out with a bang, so be it.  Give us an ending that we will remember and something not half-assed.

And that’s what made the eight season of “Desperate Housewives” so enjoyable.

As mentioned earlier, the separation of Lynette and Tom was upsetting because I felt they belong together.  But to move through their problems, they needed to discover how much they mean to each other and how much they love each other.  It was long, hard to watch at first but everything started to work itself out towards the end for this couple.

For Carlos and Gabrielle, it was a nice role reversal as Gabrielle took on the role of being the businesswoman and eventually both worked together through their problems and it would give Carlos a chance to be a father, while Gabrielle had more opportunities to grow past the housewife status.

As for Susan and Bree, their endings worked for me but their situations before getting there were troublesome.  Susan was no doubt pushed to the limit this season. And I just wanted her to find some happiness, but just felt this season had this black cloud always above her. She was like the beat-up doll for eight seasons and while there were times where she was strong and overcame obstacles, I was hoping that she and Mike could find some semblance of “happily ever after”.

And as for Bree, for a strong woman, they really toyed with her mid-season and I disliked that.  I’m glad Marc Cherry brought things full circle and she became a person that I felt she should be.

While this season featured less Renee, writers integrated her as much as they can, which was cool.  But it’s the way they handled Karen McCluskey, I was proud of how the writers made her more than the nosy, blunt neighbor of Wisteria Lane but a woman who has saved the housewives, many times.  But doing it once again in a grander fashion.

“Desperate Housewives: The Complete Eighth and Final Season” was an appropriate season, a very good final season with closure and it was time to end the show.  From murders, psychotic individuals, natural disasters, riots to other crazy situations that have happened in Wisteria Lane, the characters have been subjected to so much, that they needed proper closure and Marc Cherry does fans and his cast a great service to let it end the way it did.

As for the “Desperate Housewives: The Complete Eighth and Final Season” DVD, the DVD continues to showcase the beautiful cinematography of “Desperate Housewives”.  As one would expect from DVD, picture quality is good, audio quality was clear and understandable, and as for the special features, you do get a final stroll with the cast members in “I Guess This is A Goodbye” and one final commentary with Marc Cherry plus season eight outtakes and deleted scenes.

Overall, “Desperate Housewives” season eight was a final season that managed to incorporate all the angst, the craziness, those “I can’t believe this just happened” moments and a heartbreaking, tragic death scene. But it also featured a storyline with proper closure for longtime viewers of the series.

If you stuck with the series this long, “Desperate Housewives: The Complete Eighth and Final Season” is definitely recommended!

Desperate Housewives: The Complete Seventh Season – Wild, Wild Wisteria Edition (a J!-ENT DVD Review)

August 25, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Another entertaining and very emotional season of “Desperate Housewives”.   This time around, there is a good amount of focus on the main female characters of the series and also a few surprises as well.  The seventh season also introduces actress Vanessa Williams to the series and for the most part, season 7 is one of the more emotional seasons yet.  If you invested so much time to this series, then “Desperate Housewives: The Complete Seventh Season – Wild, Wild Wisteria Edition” is definitely recommended!

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TITLE: Desperate Housewives: The Complete Seventh Season – Wild, Wild Wisteria Edition

DURATION: (23 episodes) 989 minutes

DVD INFORMATION: NTSC, Region 1, Widescreen (1:78:1), NTSC, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound, English SDH, Spanish and French subtitles

RATED: TV 14 DLSV

COMPANY: abc studios

RELEASE DATE: August 30, 2011

Created by Marc Cherry

Directed by Larry Shaw, David Grossman, David Warren, Bathany Rooney

Written by Marc Cherry, Bob Daily, Matt Berry, Joe Keenan, Jason Ganzel, Jeff Greenstein, Marco Pennette, David Schladweiler, John Paul Bullock II, Josann McGibbon, Sara Parriott

Executive Produced by Marc Cherry, Geroge W. Perkins, Larry Shaw, David Grossman, Sabrina Wind, Dana N. Wilson, Josann McGibbon,

Co-Executive Produced by Sara Parriott, Annie Weisman

Produced by Charlas Skouras II, Stephanie Hagen

Consulting Producer: Jeff Greenstein. Joe Keenan

Music by Steve Jablonsky

Cinematography by Lowell Peterson, David J. Miller

Editing by Andrew Doerfer, Jonathan Posell, Karen Castaneda

Casting by Scott Genkinger, Junie Lowry-Johnson

Production Design by Erik Carlson

Series Art Direction by Brian Jewell

Series Set Decoration by Eric Rogalia

Series Costume Design by Catherine Adair

Series Casting by Scott Genkinger, Junie Lowry-Johnson

Production Design by Erik Carlson

Art Design by Brian Jewell, Erik Carlson

Set Decoration by Erica Rogalla

Costume Design by Catherine Adair

Starring:

Terri Hatcher as Susan Mayer

Felicity Huffman as Lynette Scavo

Marcia Cross as Bree Hodge

Eva Longoria Parker as Gabrielle Solis

Dana Delany as Katherine Mayfair

Ricardo Chavira as Carlos Solis

Brenda Strong as Mary Alice Young

Doug Savant as Tom Scavo

James Denton as Mike Delfino

Shawn Pyfrom as Andrew Van De Kamp

Andrea Bowen as Julie Mayer

Kyle MacLachlan as Orson Hodge

Kathryn Joosen as Karen McCluskey

Richard Burgi as Karl Mayer

Maiara Walsh as Ana Solis

Vanessa Williams as Renee Perry

Harrie Sansom Harris as Felicia Tilman

Darcy Rose byrnes as Penny Scavo

Emily Bergl as Beth Young

Brian Austin Green – Keith Watson

Polly Bergen as Stella Wingfield

The action gets even wilder in the sizzling seventh season of ABC’s acclaimed dramatic comedy, “Desperate Housewives”.  Experience all the humor, mystery and juicy thrills in this spectacular 5-disc collection.

It’s high noon on Wisteria Lane as a brand-new rival (Vanessa Williams) stirs up even more excitement, deceit and romance in the neighborhood.  Lynette gets jealous when Renee starts spending time with Tom and Bree find herself falling for Keith (Brian Austin Green).  Meanwhile, Gabrielle makes a shocking personal discovery, Susan copes with a life-threatening event and a mysterious shooting has everyone on edge.  Through all the drama, the world’s most famous housewives are bound together by the friendship they share and the secrets they keep.

Relive every red-hot episode and dive deeper into television’s most addicting primetime series with never-before-seen bonus features.  It’s the perfect gift for every “Desperate Hosuewives” fan!

“Desperate Housewives”, the popular ABC drama series (created by Marc Cherry, “The Golden Girls”, “The Golden Palace”, “Amas de casa despesperadas”) which started back in 2004 definitely has gone through some major ups and downs with its dark comedy storylines to its complex marriage or relationship problems but if there is one thing definite about the series… its that the the fans love it and to keep the fans interested, the series went through a significant change for its fifth season.

“Desperate Housewives” is a series that had so many complex storylines that to even explain what has happened in the last four seasons would be difficult but if there is one thing that remains the same, it’s our housewives.

The premise of the first season was based around the death of fellow housewife Mary Alice Young (played by Brenda Strong, “Everwood”, “The Help”, “A Plumm Summer”). Mary Alice Young is the narrator of the series and every episode, she has setup the sequences of what is going on in the life of her friends. And its the housewives of Wisteria Lane who have lived complex lives full of love, betrayal, pain and sadness.

For the seventh season of “Desperate Housewives”, each of the housewives are dealing with problems in their life.  Susan and Mike are struggling financially to make ends meet and Susan misses living in Wisteria Lane with her friends.  She must make a decision on how to pay the bills, that means taking on a job she doesn’t want to do.  Gabrielle and Carlos must deal with the news that their daughter was switched as birth and that Juanita is not their true blood daughter.  Meanwhile, Gabi has a person in her past return back to her life.  Bree meanwhile is single but she has her eyes on her young contractor.  Lynette and Tom are trying to work on their marriage after going through some major difficulties and Lynette’s best friend/rival from college, Renee Perry (played by Vanessa Williams) moves to Wisteria Lane.

Also, the seventh season of “Desperate Housewives” marks the return of Paul Young, the creepy husband of Mary Alice who now wants to take revenge on the housewives.

The main characters of “Desperate Housewives” Season 7 are:

  • Susan Mayer (Teri Hatcher, “Seinfeld”, “Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman”) – One of the lead characters who was married to Karl and had a daughter named Julie. They divorced and Susan married Mike Delfino who she ended up divorcing. But in season 5, they manage to patch things up and remarry and have a song together.  But because Mike’s plumbing business has gone south, both Susan and Mike are forced to leave Wisteria Lane and the family struggle to make ends meet.
  • Lynette Scavo (Felicity Huffman, “Frasier”, “Sports Night”, “Raising Helen”) – Lynnette was a former advertising executive who is married to Tom Scavo (Doug Savant, “Melrose Place) and has four children: her teenage twins (and often in trouble) Preston and Porter, Parker is the youngest son and the well-behaved youngest daughter Penny. She is now back at home for work while Tom is working the corporate job.
  • Bree Van de Kamp (Marcia Cross, “Everwood”, “Melrose Place”) – Bree was a former cooking tycoon but has since sold her business, divorced Orson and is once again single.
  • Gabrielle Solis (Eva Longoria Parker, “Dragnet”, “The Hearbreak Kid”, “Young and the Restless”) – The youngest housewife who enjoys money. She is married to Carlos Solis (Ricardo Chavira, “Six Feet Under”) and has two daughters.
  • Renee Perry (Vanessa Williams, “Ugly Betty”, “Shaft”, “Eraser”, “Soul Food) – Lynette’s best friend from college.  Formerly married to a professional baseball player, now in a divorce, she moves to Wisteria Lane and hangs out with the women.  She also runs an interior design business with Lynette.
  • Mike Delfino (James Denton, “Threat Matrix”) - The husband of Susan who works as a plumber. He has re-married Susan and both are struggling financially.
  • Tom Scavo (Doug Savant, “24”, “Melrose Place”) – The husband of Lynette who has return back to a corporate job and is now the main breadwinner of the family.
  • Carlos Solis (Ricardo Chavira, “Prinha”, “Days of Wrath”) – The husband of Gabrielle and a successful business owner.
  • Paul Young (Mark Moses, “Letters from Iwo Jima”, “Platoon”) – A former resident of Wisteria Lane and married to Mary Alice Young, who were good friends with the women of Wisteria Lane.  Paul has been in prison for a few years and now that he is out, he wants to exact revenge on the women of Wisteria Lane.

SUPPORTING CHARACTERS:

  • Karen McCluskey (Kathryn Joosten, “Scrubs”, “Joan of Arcadia”) – An older widowed housewife and is seen as one of the nosiest neighbors on the block. She is now dating Roy.
  • Lee McDermott and Bob Hunter (Kevin Rham, Tuc Watkins) – Two gay men who live in Wisteria Lane. A loving couple who love to argue in public.
  • Orson Hodge (Kyle MacLachlan, “In Justice”, “The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2″) – The ex-husband of Bree who is a former thief and con man.

“Desperate Housewives: The Complete Seventh Season” on DVD features the following episodes 135-157 (the following are spoiler-less summaries):

DISC 1:

  • EPISODE 135 – Remember Paul? - Paul Young is back in the neighborhood, Lynette’s frienemy comes to Wisteria Lane for more than just a visit and Bree tells Gaby the truth of what happened to her mother-in-law.
  • EPISODE 136 – You Must Meet My Wife - Lynette’s friend Renee stays with the family, meanwhile Tom gets some help.  Meanwhile, Bree starts to fall for her contractor and Gaby and Carlos find out that a hospital mishap has accidentally switched their child with another child.  Meanwhile to make money, Susan takes up on a non-porn streaming site job.
  • EPISODE 137 – Truly Content – Tom gets prescribed medical marijuana and Lynette is against it.  Meanwhile, Gaby goes to find her real biological daughter against Carlos wishes.  Meanwhile, the group tries to welcome Paul’s wife Beth to the neighborhood.
  • EPISODE 138 – The Thing That Counts in What’s Inside – Susan’s secret job may come out in public when a billboard of her in lingeree goes up around the city.  Renee and Bree compete on who can win Keith’s affections.

DISC 2:

  • EPISODE 139 – Let Me Entertain You - Lynette is not thrilled when Tom hires his mother to become the nanny.  Meanwhile, what happens when Renee and Gabriel share intimate secrets with each other.
  • EPISODE 140 – Excited and Scared - Susan is blackmailed by Paul and must come clean about her part-time job.  Meanwhile, Juanita wonders why her mother is spending too much time with Grace.
  • EPISODE 141 – A Humiliating Business – Susan needs a job badly and thus Lynette hires her as her nanny.  Bree meets Keith’s parents and finds out why she is having hot flashes.  Also, Paul’s motive of buying the homes in Wisteria Lane is revealed.
  • EPISODE 142 – Sorry Grateful - Bree invites Keith’s parents to Thankgiving Dinner.  Meanwhile, Lynette is concerned of how Susan is becoming too concerned about her baby Paige.  Meanwhile, what happens when Gaby finds out that Grace may need to leave town.
  • EPISODE 143 – Pleasant Little Kingdom - Gaby begins to panic when she finds out that Grace’s mother wants to flee the area from deportation.  Renee accidentally reveals a secret with Susan and Paul’s plan is revealed to the neighborhood.

DISC 3:

  • EPISODE 144 – Down the Block There’s a Riot - Juanita learns the truth about why her mother cares so much about Grace.  Meanwhile, a riot hits Wisteria Lane and a few are seriously injured.
  • EPISODE 145 – Assassins - As police are on the lookout for Paul’s shooter, Paul finds out the truth about Beth.  Meanwhile, Susan needs kidney dialysis and Carlos and Gabrielle are told by their therapist to eliminate Grace from their lives for Juanita’s sake.  Lynette learns the truth about Tom and Renee’s past.
  • EPISODE 146 – Where Do I Belong – Susan needs a kidney transplant and her mother and her daughter comes to visit her in the hospital.  Meanwhile, Lynette exacts her revenge on Tom for his betrayal.
  • EPISODE 147 – I’m Still Here – Bree is approached by a woman from Keith’s past and finds out that he has a son that he knows nothing about.
  • EPISODE 148 – Flashback – Gabrielle goes to therapy and learns the truth about her past, Bree tells Keith the truth about the boy and Mike confronts Zach about Paul’s shooting.

DISC 4:

  • EPISODE 149 – Farewell Letter – Gabi and Carlos go back to Texas in order for Gabi to deal with her past.  Bree makes an important decision in regards to her relationship with Keith, Mike and Paul decide to help Zach.
  • EPISODE 150 – Searching – Susan and Mike spend time together, Beth wants to help Susan through tragic circumstances and Renee offers to babysit Paige.
  • EPISODE 151 – Everything’s Different, Nothing’s Changed – Susan has a donor but Paul stands in the way, meanwhile Felicia is released from prison and wants revenge for what happened to her daughter.
  • EPISODE 152 – Moments in the Woods - Carlos finds out the truth about who killed his mother and Felicia tries to make her peace with Paul.
  • EPISODE 153 – The Lies III-Concealed - Carlos forbids Gabi to become friends with Bree, meanwhile Felicia begins her plans for revenge.

DISC 5:

  • EPISODE 154 – I’ll Swallow Poison on Sunday – Felicia uses Susan to exact her revenge on Paul, Tom gives Lynette and Renee a chance to redesign his office.
  • EPISODE 155 – Then I Really Got Scared - Bree investigates the man she is dating and Juanita has nightmares after watching a horror film.  Meanwhile, Tom and Lynette go on vacation to fix their marriage.
  • EPISODE 156 – And Lots of Security – The police investigate Susan who is accused of trying to poison Paul, meanwhile Tom and Lynette discuss their marital problems.
  • EPISODE 157 – Come on Over For Dinner – The Wisteria Lane gang hold a dinner but Gabi has an uninvited guest.

VIDEO:

“Desperate Housewives: The Complete Seventh Season – Wild, Wild Wisteria Edition” is featured in Widescreen (1:78:1), enhanced for 16×9 televisions. “Desperate Housewives” looks very good on DVD. Outdoor scenes are nice and vibrant, blacks and low-light scenes do not have the excessive noise problems that some series tend to exhibit on a DVD release.

For the most part, cinematography for “Desperate Housewives” has been excellent and the editing top notch. The series looks great and I can only imagine how beautiful this series would look on High Definition (via Blu-ray).

AUDIO:

“Desperate Housewives: The Complete Seventh Season – Wild, Wild Wisteria Edition” is featured in Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound and pretty much, “Desperate Housewives” has always been a dialogue-driven television show and is primarily front and center channel driven. For the most part, dialogue is clear and understandable. The show uses minimal music and nor is it the kind of series that utilizes a lot of sound effects (the final episode has a little). For the most part, the setting I preferred to watch the series was to set my receiver setting and have stereo on all channels.

The series includes subtitles in English SDH, Spanish and in French.

SPECIAL FEATURES:

“Desperate Housewives: The Complete Seventh Season” comes with the following special features:

DISC 5:

  • Desperate For Trivia - “Desperate Housewives” trivia game.  Use your remote to anwser the correct answers.
  • Growing Up on Wisteria Lane - (9:55)  The young cast who grew up on the set of “Desperate Housewives”.  The main talent talk about the children they work with on the show.
  • Bloopers – (4:18) “Desperate Housewives” season seven outtakes.
  • Deleted Scenes – A total of 12 deleted scenes.

EXTRAS:

“Desperate Housewives: The Complete Seventh Season – Wild, Wild Wisteria Edition” comes with a slip cover case.

Since the fifth season, I felt that the “Desperate Housewives” reboot was necessary in establishing a new beginning for the Housewives. As each housewife deals with becoming parents and the story now benefiting from the five year advance, I felt that creator Marc Cherry did what he can to help jumpstart the series.

The sixth season was similar to the second season in some ways as a secretive family moves to Wisteria Lane and a strangler was on the loose.  But for this seventh season, “Desperate Housewives” goes back to the basics by retaining similar storylines of another creepy person moving into Wisteria Lane (but this time, a familiar face), bringing a new character to the mix as part of the housewives group and last, focusing on the lives of each character.

While I did find the seventh season to be entertaining, I do feel that the writers are really trying hard to find ways to put a damper on the life of these housewives.

Susan and Mike continue to be a couple who face challenges but this time financial and also a health scare that hits the family hard.

But this time around, I feel that the writers wanted to make sure the wives and their families get full coverage and thus we have ex-housewife, Bree involved in two relationships throughout the course of the season.  But the ones that face the most emotional damage is Gabrielle, who finds out that Juanita is not her true blood daughter and when she meets her real daughter, she has a hard time coping.  But to make matters worse is part of her past comes back to haunt her.

The character I feel that the writers tried to zero in on is Lynette.  Part of me feels so bad for this character because she had to go through cancer, going back to work and so many other problems that she and her family are constantly have to face.  I was hoping that the writers would at least take it easy with Lynette in the seventh season but I get a feeling that because she is strong-willed and opinionated, she is the character that will be facing extreme difficulties in her marriage.  In some ways, with every character being divorced, you would have hoped Marc Cherry and fellow writers to have at least one person have a good marriage (yes, not perfect but still have a marriage intact).

I do feel the addition of Vanessa Williams to the cast is pretty cool.  But in some ways, her character is almost like her diva character on “Ugly Betty”.  Snooty, uptight and judgmental.  But it’s great to see her on the shoe but it’s obvious that her character being the newcomer of the group, is not yet being welcomed with open arms.

We do know that the next season of “Desperate Housewives” will be the final season and I just hope Marc Cherry can at least give closure to fans as many of us have invested into the show for so many years.  And while the series tends to have its good seasons and OK seasons, I have to say that the seventh season was very good.  Hilarious, emotional, entertaining and so many things were introduced this season but with that being said, it’s a bit farfetched this time around, especially seeing a riot hit Wisteria Lane.  It’s one thing for a tornado or a an airplane but a riot?  I don’t know about that.

But the riot scene episode was still very entertaining but I do feel that the shocking storylines that the series is known for, wasn’t so shocking by the second half of the season.  In fact, the way the series ended made me think of another ABC series, ABC Family’s “Pretty Little Liars”.  It’s almost cliche to see something like this happen but at the same time, these women are very good friends and they would always back each other up.

I don’t know if I agree with the series finale but I can only hope that things work itself out by the final eighth season.

As for “Desperate Housewives: The Complete Seventh Season – Wild, Wild Wisteria Edition”, the DVD set is good, but considering that the last season set and even previous releases had audio commentary, this time around, we only get a few featurettes and that was a bit of a surprise.  I was expecting a bit more in terms of special features.

Overall, If you are a fan of “Desperate Housewives”, then “Desperate Housewives: The Complete Seventh Season – Wild, Wild Wisteria Edition” is a good season, just not their best.  Still, if you invested so much time in watching this comedy/drama series, then this seventh season is definitely recommended!

Desperate Housewives: The Complete Sixth Season – The All Mighty Edition (a J!-ENT DVD Review)

September 14, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Another entertaining and fun season of “Desperate Housewives”!  Although the main dark plot of the Bolen family or “the strangler” didn’t end up as more shocking than I would have hoped, I did feel the writing was consistent with last season’s awesome writing sans the yearly shocking finale.  The latest DVD release doesn’t have any audio commentary but you do get a few entertaining special features to make this release quite entertaining.  If you are a fan of “Desperate Housewives”, “Desperate Housewives: The Complete Sixth Season – The All Mighty Edition” is definitely recommended!

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TITLE: Desperate Housewives: The Complete Sixth Edition – The All Mighty Edition

DURATION: (23 episodes) 989 minutes

DVD INFORMATION: NTSC, Region 1, Widescreen (1:78:1), NTSC, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound, English SDH, Spanish and French subtitles

RATED: TV 14 DLSV

COMPANY: abc studios

RELEASE DATE: September 21, 2010

Created by Marc Cherry

Directed by Larry Shaw, David Grossman, David Warren, Bathany Rooney

Written by Marc Cherry, Alexandra Cunningham, Joey Murphy, John Pardee, Bob Daily, Joe Keenan, Matt Berry, Jamie Gorenberg, Jason Ganzel, David Schladweiler

Executive Produced by Marc Cherry, Geroge W. Perkins, John Pardee, Joey Murphy, Larry Shaw, David Grossman, Sabrina Wind, Bob Daily, Michael Edelstein, Tom Spezialy

Co-Executive Produced by David Flebotte, Marco Pennette

Produced by Charlas Skouras II, Stephanie Hagen

Associate Produced by Dana N. Wilson

Consulting Producer: Jeff Greenstein. Joe Keenan

Music by Steve Jablonsky

Cinematography by Lowell Peterson, David J. Miller

Editing by Andrew Doerfer, Jonathan Posell

Casting by Scott Genkinger, Junie Lowry-Johnson

Production Design by Erik Carlson

Series Art Direction by Brian Jewell

Series Set Decoration by Eric Rogalia

Series Costume Design by Catherine Adair

Series Casting by Scott Genkinger, Junie Lowry-Johnson

Production Design by Erik Carlson

Art Design by Brian Jewell, Erik Carlson

Set Decoration by Erica Rogalla

Costume Design by Catherine Adair

Starring:

Terri Hatcher as Susan Mayer

Felicity Huffman as Lynette Scavo

Marcia Cross as Bree Hodge

Eva Longoria Parker as Gabrielle Solis

Dana Delany as Katherine Mayfair

Ricardo Chavira as Carlos Solis

Brenda Strong as Mary Alice Young

Doug Savant as Tom Scavo

James Denton as Mike Delfino

Shawn Pyfrom as Andrew Van De Kamp

Andrea Bowen as Julie Mayer

Kyle MacLachlan as Orson Hodge

Kathryn Joosen as Karen McCluskey

Richard Burgi as Karl Mayer

Drea de Matteo as Angie Bolen

Maiara Walsh as Ana Solis

Jeffrey Nordling as Nick Bolen

Beau Mirchoff as Danny Bolen

Julie Benz as Robin

On the surface, the residents of Wisteria lane appear to be the picture of suburban America. But underneath lay bigger mysteries – infidelity, deceit, blackmail and even murder. And with not-so-honest husbands, complicated relationships, family drama and meddling neighbors adding to the turmoil (and humor), it’s no wonder things aren’t always as they seem in the lives of the housewives. The women of Wisteria Lane have been through a lot, yet through it all, they stand united together.

“Desperate Housewives”, the popular ABC drama series (created by Marc Cherry, “The Golden Girls”, “The Golden Palace”, “Amas de casa despesperadas”) which started back in 2004 definitely has gone through some major ups and downs with its dark comedy storylines to its complex marriage or relationship problems but if there is one thing definite about the series… its that the the fans love it and to keep the fans interested, the series went through a significant change for its fifth season.

“Desperate Housewives” is a series that had so many complex storylines that to even explain what has happened in the last four seasons would be difficult but if there is one thing that remains the same, it’s our housewives.

The premise of the first season was based around the death of fellow housewife Mary Alice Young (played by Brenda Strong, “Everwood”, “The Help”, “A Plumm Summer”). Mary Alice Young is the narrator of the series and every episode, she has setup the sequences of what is going on in the life of her friends. And its the housewives of Wisteria Lane who have lived complex lives full of love, betrayal, pain and sadness.

For the sixth season of “Desperate Housewives”, the housewives have new problems this time around.  Susan has married her second husband Mike, once again, but Katherine is not taking it quite well.  Bree is having an affair with Susan’s first ex-husband behind her current husband, Orson’s back.  Lynette is doing fantastic at her new career working for Carlos but as she is making her career dreams come true, now she and Tom face a new challenge as she is pregnant with twins.  As for Gabrielle, life as a mother is difficult, especially now that she has to watch over Carlos’ teenage niece Ana but to make things even more complicated, a former flame comes back and she also has to deal with the pressures of being a parent.  We are also introduced to a new family who has moved into the neighborhood and a new housewife named Angie who has a major secret.  Meanwhile, a serial killer is on the loose and his victims hit the housewives of Wisteria Lane pretty hard.

The main characters of “Desperate Housewives” Season 6 are:

  • Susan Mayer (Teri Hatcher, “Seinfeld”, “Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman”) – One of the lead characters who was married to Karl and had a daughter named Julie. They divorced and Susan married Mike Delfino who she ended up divorcing.  But in season 5, they manage to patch things up despite Mike having a relationship with Katherine.
  • Lynette Scavo (Felicity Huffman, “Frasier”, “Sports Night”, “Raising Helen”) – Lynnette was a former advertising executive who is married to Tom Scavo (Doug Savant, “Melrose Place) and has four children: her teenage twins (and often in trouble) Preston and Porter, Parker is the youngest son and the well-behaved youngest daughter Penny. She is now working in an executive position for Carlos but finds out that she is pregnant.
  • Bree Van de Kamp (Marcia Cross, “Everwood”, “Melrose Place”) – Bree is a woman who tries to have the perfect family but unfortunately, her family is quite dysfunctional. She has two children Andrew (Shawn Pyfrom) and Danielle (Joy Lauren) with her now deceased husband Dr. Rex Van de Kamp.   Bree is now a successful publisher (and a Martha Stewart type of person) and her husband Orson (played by Kyle MachLachlan, “Twin Peaks”, “Sex and the City”) are not in great terms and thus is having an affair with Karl.
  • Gabrielle Solis (Eva Longoria Parker, “Dragnet”, “The Hearbreak Kid”, “Young and the Restless”) – The youngest housewife who enjoys money. She is married to Carlos Solis (Ricardo Chavira, “Six Feet Under”) and has a daughter named Juanita (Madison De La Garza) who is a bit overweight and has issues because of that. Also, the neighborhood bully. Also a young daughter Celia (Daniella Baltodano) and now having to watch over Carlos’ niece Ana (who likes to go out and have fun).
  • Katherine Mayfair (Dana Delany, “China Beach”) - A business partner of Bree and now dating Mike and not knowing that he is together with Susan again.  Thus igniting a rivalry between her and Susan.
  • Mike Delfino (James Denton, “Threat Matrix”) - The husband of Susan who works as a plumber.  He used to have a relationship with Katherine after his first marriage with Susan ended in divorce.
  • Tom Scavo (Doug Savant, “24”, “Melrose Place”) – The husband of Lynette who is a former advertising employee and has had his ups and downs in the marriage.
  • Orson Hodge (Kyle MacLachlan, “In Justice”, “The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2″) – The husband of Bree who is a former thief and con man who has been feeling unimportant in his marriage.
  • Carlos Solis (Ricardo Chavira, “Prinha”, “Days of Wrath”) – The husband of Gabrielle and a successful business and Lynnette’s boss who has had his moments of problems the past.

SUPPORTING CHARACTERS:

  • Angie Bolen (Drea de Matteo, “Joey”, “Sons of Anarchy”) – The new housewife on the block who has a major secret and has moved her family to escape the law and someone else for some reason.
  • Karen McCluskey (Kathryn Joosten, “Scrubs”, “Joan of Arcadia”) – An older widowed housewife and is seen as one of the nosiest neighbors on the block.  She is now dating Roy.
  • Ana Solis (Maiara Walsh, “Cory in the House”) – A niece of Carlos who has moved in with the family but unfortunately she is often at odds with Gabrielle.  She takes an interest in Danny.
  • Robin Gallagher (Julie Benz, “Dexter”, “Rambo”, “Angel”) – A former stripper who is given a chance to start a new life by Susan.
  • John Rowland (Jesse Metcalfe, “Passions”) - A former gardener who had an affair with Gabrielle. He now owns a restaurant and hires Ana (who takes a liking to him) and makes Gabrielle jealous.
  • Danny Bolen (Beau Mirchoff, “Heartland”) - The son of Angie who carries on her secret.  Because of his mysteriousness, the housewives on Wisteria Lane feel weird about him and think he is the strangler.
  • Lee McDermott and Bob Hunter (Kevin Rham, Tuc Watkins) – Two gay men who live in Wisteria Lane.  A loving couple who love to argue in public.

“Desperate Housewives: The Complete Sixth Season” on DVD features the following episodes 112-134 (the following are spoiler-less summaries):

DISC 1:

  • EPISODE 112 – Nice is Different Than Good - The bride of Mike Delfino is revealed, Susan must deal with Katherine’s wrath, a new housewife named Angie Bolen moves to the neighborhood and something bad happens to Julie.
  • EPISODE 113 – Being Alive - The aftermath and the attention of Julie’s attacker points to Angie’s son.  Meanwhile, Gabrielle has to deal with her niece Ana.
  • EPISODE 114 – Never Judge a Lady By Her Lover – Susan believes that Nick is the person responsible for the attack on Julie, meanwhile Gabrielle must deal with John’s (Jesse Metcalfe’s) return and is jealous when he hires Ana.  Meanwhile, Bree is jealous of Karl’s date.  Carlos offers Lynette a job at VP but she is worried that her pregnancy will hurt her career.
  • EPISODE 115 – The God-Why-Don’t-You-Love Me Blues – Gabrielle’s jealousy continues to grow as she sees John around Ana.  Lynette is worried that her body changes may make people know that she is pregnant.

DISC 2:

  • EPISODE 116 – Everybody Ought To Have a Maid - Bree is upset when a motel maid knows she has an affair with Karl.  Meanwhile, another housewive doesn’t tells Gabrielle she is not a good mother, thus Gabrielle tries to prove that she is a good mother.
  • EPISODE 117 – Don’t Walk On the Grass - Bree begins to fall for Karl and tries to stop it before it gets too serious but Karl is not going to let her off that easily.   Meanwhile, after Gabrielle’s daughter says the F word during a school play and after being told off by the school principal, Gabrielle ends up home schooling her daughter.
  • EPISODE 118 – Careful the Things You Say – Susan wants to know if Katherine is responsible for strangling Julie.  Lynnete finds out who the father of Julie’s baby is and suspects that he may be the strangler.
  • EPISODE 119 – The Coffee Cup - Susan and Katherine have to serve community service and Katherine brags about her past sexual relationship with Mike which makes Susan jealous.  Orson suspects Bree is cheating on him.
  • EPISODE 120 – Would I Think of Suicide? - Another strangler murder leads the Bolen’s in deciding that perhaps they should move away from Wisteria Lane.  Meanwhile, Katherine’s scheming starts to anger Mike and situations at work continue to worsen between Lynnette and Carlos.

DISC 3:

  • EPISODE 121 – Boom Crunch - Gabrille and Lynette’s friendship is starting to deteriorate.   Orson finds out who the man Bree was having an affair with. Meanwhile, disaster strikes Wisteria Lane when a plane crashes in the neighborhood.
  • EPISODE 122 – If… - The aftermath of the plane crash and each of the housewives ponder about their life of “what if”?
  • EPISODE 123 – You Gotta Get a Gimmick – With things now better between Lynette and Gabrielle (and both families), Carlos gives Tom a chance to take on her position. Meanwhile, Juanita finds out that she’s of Mexican descent and Gabrielle deals with feelings that she has about her heritage.
  • EPISODE 124 – How About a Friendly Shrink? – Lynette doesn’t want to see a couple’s therapist, meanwhile Orson makes life harder for Bree.
  • EPISODE 125 – The Glamorous Life – Gabrielle and Carlos are concerned with Ana and Danny’s relationship, meanwhile Tom and Lynette disagree about their new therapist.  Meanwhile, Bree fears that Orson may attempt suicide and Gabrielle and Carlos know that the Bolen’s have a secret.

DISC 4:

  • EPISODE 126 – Lovely – The housewives are not so happy that Susan has a stripper named Robin living at their home.  But somehow Robin helps each housewife in their own way.  But Susan gets a bit jealous when she starts to help Mike with personal massages.
  • EPISODE 127 – The Chase – Gabrielle stays with Bob and Lee because Celia has the chicken pox (and she has never had it) and now enjoying the party life, she doesn’t want to go back.  Tom and Lynette forget about Penny’s birthday and now Penny’s gone missing.
  • EPISODE 128 – Chromolume #7 – Gabrielle and Angie head to New York to find Ana and Danny.  Meanwhile, Preston returns back from Europe with a new girlfriend and Lynnete and Tom think he is being used.  Meanwhile, Katherine tries to figure out if she is lesbian or not. (Special guests Heidi Klum and Paulina Pořízková).  Bree meanwhile hires her new VP but is shocked to find out his true identity.
  • EPISODE 129 – My Two Young Men - Susan and Gabrielle continue to compete of which children are the best.  This time in a chocolate selling contest.  The housewives throw a party for Mrs. McCluskey and Katherine makes a big decision.  Meanwhile, Angie’s ex-husband finds out about her location and Bree’s son Andrew is jealous of his new half brother.
  • EPISODE 130 – We All Deserve to Die - Lynette tries to stop Preston from marrying Irina and she discovers the truth about Irina. Gabrielle wants to donate her eggs to Lee and Bob, Mike is having financial problems. Meanwhile, Angie’s ex-husband has tracked her down and the strangler has been revealed.

DISC 5:

  • EPISODE 131 – Epiphany – We learn a little about the Fairview strangler and how the Housewives of Wisteria Lane may have affected him in the worst way possible.  The episode also shows us how Mary Alice Young came in contact with the boy who would grow up to be the strangler.
  • EPISODE 132 – A Little Night Music - Angie has been on the run from her ex-husband for years but what happens when she comes face to face with her ex, Patrick Logan.
  • EPISODE 133 – The Ballad of Booth – With Susan and Mike suffering from financial problems, they must make a major decision.  Angie goes to Gabrielle for help when Patrick threatens Angie that he will hurt her son.  Lynette finds out the identity of the strangler.  Sam blackmails Bree with a dark secret from the past that involves Andrew.
  • EPISODE 134 – I Guess This is Goodbye – Bree decides to hand over the company to Sam in order to protect her secret.  Susan and Mike are planning to move out of Wisteria Lane and Lynette is held hostage by the Fairview strangler and is about to give birth.  Meanwhile, a former nurse confesses to something bad that she did in the maternity ward.

VIDEO:

“Desperate Housewives: The Complete Sixth Season – The All Mighty Edition” is featured in Widescreen (1:78:1), enhanced for 16×9 televisions. “Desperate Housewives” looks very good on DVD. Outdoor scenes are nice and vibrant, blacks and low-light scenes do not have the excessive noise problems that some series tend to exhibit on a DVD release.

For the most part, cinematography for “Desperate Housewives” has been excellent and the editing top notch. The series looks great and I can only imagine how beautiful this series would look on High Definition (via Blu-ray).

AUDIO:

“Desperate Housewives: The Complete Sixth Season – The All Mighty Edition” is featured in Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound and pretty much, “Desperate Housewives” has always been a dialogue-driven television show and is primarily front and center channel driven. For the most part, dialogue is clear and understandable. The show uses minimal music and nor is it the kind of series that utilizes a lot of sound effects (the final episode has a little). For the most part, the setting I preferred to watch the series was to set my receiver setting and have stereo on all channels.

The series includes subtitles in English SDH, Spanish and in French.

SPECIAL FEATURES:

“Desperate Housewives: The Complete Sixth Season” comes with the following special features:

DISC 1:

  • ABC Starter Kit – If you hit play all on disc 1, you will get the ABC Starter Kit which briefly explains about what happened in the previous seasons of “Desperate Housewives”.

DISC 5:

  • Miss Piggy Gets Desperate – (10:40) Miss Piggy arrives on the set of “Desperate Housewives” and wants to be part of the cast of “Desperate Housewives”.
  • Desperate Housewives Master Class – (13:04) The crew talks about challenges that the cast of “Desperate Housewives” have to face.  The cast talks about working on the series and how they became interested in acting.
  • Cherry Picked: Marc Cherry’s Favorite Scenes – Featuring optional commentary, series creator Marc Cherry talks about his favorite scenes of the sixth season: An Indomitable Will (5:02), Niffit (3:45), Guess Again Big Boy (4:09) and Blanking Off (1:40).
  • Bloopers – (4:34) “Desperate Housewives” season six outtakes.
  • Deleted Scenes – A total of seven deleted scenes.

EXTRAS:

“Desperate Housewives – The Complete Sixth Season” comes with a slip cover case.

Last season, I felt that the “Desperate Housewives” reboot was necessary in establishing a new beginning for the Housewives.  As each housewife deals with becoming parents and the story now benefiting from the five year advance, I felt that creator Marc Cherry did what he can to help jumpstart the series.

Season four had the housewives dealing with a tornado, season five dealt with a new beginning for the housewives and now season six continues that storyline of the housewives learning about parenthood, others dealing with new loves, lost love and this time, with a new mysterious family moving to the neighborhood.  To make things even more crazy, there is a strangler on the loose and people are now ending up dead.

I felt with the reboot last season, “Desperate Housewives” has a new fresh start and I liked how they had the storyline of Susan and Mike together (these two deserve each other and I can’t see them with anyone else) but we also got that creepy feeling with Katherine going a bit crazy when she loses Mike and is unable to cope with the loss that well.

Last season, the relationship between both Gabrielle and her daughters were hilarious to watch.  To watch Gabrielle and her daughters together is just fun to watch because she’s not exactly sure how to be a good mother and her kids, especially little Juanita is also fun to watch as she has Gabrielle’s attitude.  And the addition of Ana proves to be quite interesting as Gabrielle kind of sees herself in the teenager.  And as the rambunctious children of Lynette were always focused on in the first two seasons, it was great to see Gabrielle and Susan have these parenting contests against each other.

As for Tom and Lynette, we tend to see how the couple has faced various challenges throughout the years and we have seen how Lynette had wanted to get back into a career and now she is very successful until she gets pregnant again and now scared to find out what would happen if Carlos finds out.  Especially since Carlos depends on her daily presence and even moreso as he promotes her to VP.

And as for Bree, less focus on the actual business and more is focus on her infidelity with Karl, her relationship with Orson and finding out that her dead husband Rex has another child.

Throw in another housewife who has her own set of skeletons in her closet and you have yourself an enjoyable sixth season of “Desperate Houswives”.

Saying anything more will spoil the series but I feel that those who were attracted to the dark but yet enjoyable and fun storyline of the first season, can find enjoyment with the sixth season. For the most part, I enjoyed the sixth season but I have to admit that I was expecting a little more from the strangler storyline (since the first episode kicked off with it) and something a bit more dark and sinister but for what it’s worth, the way they ended things was OK.

Especially with the Bolen storyline, at first it seemed that there was something rather significant and I liked how the storyline went, but somehow the urgency started to dissipate and I felt that the way the series ended with the family was fine.

Usually, for “Desperate Housewives”, I’m used to seeing a finale that is quite explosive or shocking but this year, it was an average season finale but for the whole season, I actually enjoyed this season.  The storylines were highly entertaining, I liked how the writers utilized the supporting characters such as Mrs. McClusky, Roy, Lee, Bob, Julie, Ana, Robin, Lynette’s kids, etc. and incorporated them to the episodes and once again, I enjoyed each episode a lot.  It’s just that if people were expecting something shocking and something that would have them in awe, the shock factor wasn’t tremendous but it was good.  If anything, I felt that the buildup to the plane crash episode was more surprising but it will be interesting to see what the writers have in store for season seven.

As for “Desperate Housewives: The Complete Sixth Season – The All Mighty Edition”, the DVD set is a pretty solid release. I wish there was audio commentary for certain episodes like last year but there are none with this latest season DVD box set. But for the most part, you do get a few entertaining special features included and overall, it’s another solid “Desperate Housewives” DVD release.

If you are a fan of “Desperate Housewives”, then “Desperate Housewives: The Complete Sixth Season – The All Mighty Edition” is definitely recommended!

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