Desperate Housewives Finale Recap: Last Ride Down the Lane

Since the second season, Desperate Housewives lost its edge, but kept surviving due to a rabid fan base that, at the very least, appreciated Marc Cherry’s attempt at spinning the old soap opera formula.

In its eight seasons, Desperate Housewives did provide us with some good commentary on suburban life and had some interesting propositions in storytelling, especially the five year jump into the future, as witnessed in Season 5.

To be fair, it must be really hard to fill eight complete seasons, and then to wrap up a series that boasted 180 episodes. However, the final episode, “Finishing the Hat,” was a classical example the Desperate Housewives mantra: when it’s good it’s great, but when it’s bad, it just plain sucks.

The bad:

The trial storyline felt like an afterthought, because we knew Bree was not going to go to jail. And, even more so, the murder of Gaby’s step-dad was ultimately self-defense, so the audience most likely didn’t even care that he was dead to begin with.

Also, since Marc Cherry is gay, it’s hard to fathom why he creates some of the most offensive gay stereotypes around.

Because Lee has barely had any screen time on the show, it was probably a blessing that he had some lines during the last Desperate Housewives moments. But did they have to be about his butt surgery?

The return of Katherine was a good throwback, but it didn’t make any sense that she would be confrontational with the ladies since she left Fairview on good terms with them. And don’t even get me started with her “I’m not a lesbian anymore” interjection. Seriously, what the hell was that?

Also, we love Vanessa Williams, but it seems that the show writers didn’t really know what to do with her and her wedding. It seemed like a waste, considering that it was the series finale.

The good:

Mrs. McCluskey ended up being the star of the last episode – from saving Bree and Gaby from going to jail and bringing Bree and Tripp together to her untimely death.

Gaby, Lynette and Bree all get good send-offs, although I cannot picture Bree being a politician in Kentucky with her sordid past.

Susan is by far the least favorite main character, but Teri Hatcher did have a beautiful moment when she so eloquently said, “She could be cold and lonely, but if she wrapped herself with her memories, she would be happy.”

The ghost watching over Susan was a nice, probably unnecessary, touch; but a nice touch nonetheless.

Life goes on in Wisteria Lane, and the new neighbor lit up a new fire in the street when we learned that she had some secrets on her own.

Despite some flaws as the series continued, the women of Wisteria Lane always knew how to entertain, and that’s the thing for which the show will be remembered.

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