Sunday's episode of "Desperate Housewives", "Where Do I Belong?" is the one I've been waiting for pretty much all season, not because of anything that happened with the housewives themselves, but because of the return of Zack Young.
When Paul Young made his return this season -- technically late last season -- it only seemed logical that his son would return eventually. The shooting of Paul served as the perfect opportunity to bring Zack back, even if he doesn't turn out to be the shooter (and I don't think he is). And while I'm not sure the show is going to benefit from adding another layer of confusion to the ongoing Paul Young/Felicia Tillman/Beth Tillman-Young mystery, it certainly has to be better than most of the other stuff that's going on.
Focusing on the four housewives, Lynette and Tom's tension came to a pretty lame conclusion, and will probably never be spoken of again, given the history between these two on this show (remember Tom's illegitimate daughter? Or their restaurant? Or Lynette's cancer? Or the baby Lynette had that seems to have mysteriously disappeared since Susan was fired as their nanny?).
Gaby continued her descent into insanity, even after the creepy doll lady creeped her out een more. If this doesn't end with total mental breakdown for Gaby, I'm going to be sorely disappointed. Also, while I understand Carlos's concern for the daughter that lives with him, I don't get his complete lack of feelings for his actual biological daughter. They've taken the two characters and put them on complete opposite ends of the spectrum, with no nuance whatsoever, and it's a little insulting to the audience.
I thought Bree made the best of what she was given to work with this episode, but I thought trying to force her into Beth Young's life -- and therefore into the Beth/Paul mystery -- was awkward coming off last week's Orson/Keith drama.
And then there was Susan. As off-putting as her whole story was last week, the scenes with her mother this week were surprisingly powerful and incredibly well-acted. I loved that in a show that thrives on conflict, Susan didn't directly confront her mother about the secret cancer diagnosis, but rather just shared a sweet moment with her. But moments like that have been few and far between this season, and I'm starting to wonder if I can put up with this show for another year.
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