During last night’s rather good episode of Desperate Housewives, there was a particular moment that made my back tingle. Specifically, the point was what I’ll refer to as ”Lynette’s realization” — the exact second when the very pregnant woman figured out what kind of scary game Eddie was playing. I think the moment was so tingle-worthy mostly because the stakes seem so high for Lynette, who’s got to look out for her baby as well as herself. And at the end of the hour, not only was she locked inside the house of a crazy killer, but her unborn child was at risk, too.
The fact of the matter is that the best drama comes from high stakes. So for accomplishing this feat, I say bravo to the producers! This, as morbid as it may sounds, is the stuff that makes for great stories on Wisteria Lane. (Or, in this case, just off Wisteria Lane, as Eddie’s dumpy house is clearly on some sort of lesser street in the DH universe.)
What’s also magnetic about the Eddie storyline is how heartbreaking it is. Not only for all the lives that have been lost — or nearly lost, in the case of Julie. But for Eddie’s sad, sad life itself. My heart swelled a bit when, after Lynette figured out that things with Eddie weren’t adding up, he said: ”I really wish you hadn’t come here.” And earlier, as he moved out of the Scavo home, he hugged Lynette and said: ”I can’t help thinking I would have turned out so different if you were my mom.” Doesn’t that just make you well up? It seems that Eddie isn’t really that bad of a person but more just the product of a bad situation. Like, deep down, he seems like a decent person maybe? It feels weird to type that out about a serial killer, but honestly, Eddie doesn’t appear to be all evil. He’s got a heart. But he clearly just doesn’t know how to deal with his anger. As Mary Alice asked at the end of the episode: ”What about those poor people who are trapped by circumstance? What happens to those who have no choices left?” I’m happy to say that I can’t wait to find out next week during the season finale.
And if one hostage situation weren’t enough, Angie Bolen was still under house arrest with Patrick Logan, who finally revealed that he came to Wisteria Lane not only for revenge but to have her build a bomb for more of his crazy eco-terrorism. True, this storyline has finally gotten hotter and, subsequently, better. But, seriously, he needs Angie to build a bomb? He knows no one else who could do it for him? He couldn’t just Google it and find instructions? I realize that there’s more swirling in this situation — mostly revenge — but it seems ridiculous that I’m supposed to believe he couldn’t come up with a bomb on his own. Anyway, I suppose that’s really neither here nor there.
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