I have an odd fascination with the cougar trend in entertainment these days. You know, the whole foxy-older-lady-sleeps-with-guy- who-could-be-her-son thing. I'm not so much obsessed with the cougars themselves but rather with how freakin' prevalent they've become in pop culture. They're everywhere! Last night on Desperate Housewives, yet another cougar (Gaby, for one, used to coog out with John the gardener) made her way to Wisteria Lane.
In a story line designed to make us think Tom was sleeping around with hottie real-estate agent Anne Schilling (a fabulous Gail O'Grady), it was revealed that his son Porter was, in fact, the one getting busy with her. And I'll admit: I didn't see that one coming. As I watched the events unfold — most notably when Tom hid the condom wrapper at his new band rehearsal space — I was ready to write a diatribe against the guy. But then, in a way that's truly Housewives, the whole situation was turned on its head.
I do have one thing to say to Porter and it's ''Really? You're young and cute! You have a nice smile! Hell, you wear weird little hats that look like they're from A Clockwork Orange!'' Porter should not be in bed with an older woman. I mean, if he likes them a little more mature, couldn't he have gone after a college gal? My, my...
The plot description for next week's episode says that Tom and Lynette "discover one of their worst fears has come true." While press releases tend to play things up quite a bit, that seems a tad dramatic, no? I mean, it's not like Porter is out murdering folks or doing drugs. So, he's sticking it to a MILF. There are certainly worse things to be doing. At least we know that Lynette's break with Tom — she was packing her bags after she assumed Tom was the one trysting with Anne — will be quickly resolved. As much as that couple fights (especially lately), I'd hate to see them apart.
My other fascination with last night's episode of Desperate Housewives: Lily Tomlin! What a flash of genius it was to cast her as crazy Karen McCluskey's even-crazier sister. Loved her leather paperboy hat, leather jacket, low-cut, cheetah-print top, and general demeanor. Hello, the lady was filling her coffee cup with a flask — and even brought her sissy a tallboy to the hospital! Was she sent here to be my surrogate grandmother? I've confessed this before, but I'm simply obsessed with crazy-ish older ladies (ladies who'd be too old to be considered cougars, mind you), and Tomlin didn't let me down! My dreams will come true if it's Karen and her whacked-out sister who eventually take down Dave Williams.
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