Leave it to Laurie Metcalf (ROSEANNE) to deliver what may have been the most exciting episode of DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES ever. Yes, we all knew it was coming, as the press has been talking about it all week — but seriously “WOW”. I never expected DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES to leave me on the edge of my seat. That level of excitement is generally reserved for the likes of ALIAS and 24.
Serious kudos (and possible Emmy Nods) must go out to guest stars Laurie Metcalf (Carolyn Bigsby) and Kiersten Warren (Nora). Their final scene together had me holding my breath. While I definitely knew Nora was a goner the minute Lynette outed her as a ‘whore’, I had no idea as to how quickly Nora would go. It was truly shocking. I never thought I’d feel so much sympathy for Nora — of course she was brutally shot in the chest, so had I not felt anything, I probably would have some issues!
The aftermath of the shootout will no doubt be as fascinating to watch as the hostage crisis itself. I can’t wait to see how Lynette deals with an unexpected daughter and the guilt of somewhat being responsible for Nora’s death.
A few other comments about the episode:
– I can’t stand Susan’s daughter. While I knew it wasn’t going to happen, it would have been fantastic for a bullet to have found its way towards Julie.
– I loved how the new neighbor on Wisteria Lane found himself in the middle of the crisis. I think it would be a great gag for Mary-Alice’s house to remain somewhat cursed, with new neighbors constantly moving in for an episode. Sort of like MURPHY BROWN’S secretary.