Desperate Housewives recap: Zach Attack

Surprise! Zach Young makes his return to Wisteria Lane, further deepening the Paul Young mystery
Ep. 12 | Aired Jan 9, 2011

MOTHERLY LOVE Lesley Ann Warren returned to Desperate Housewives as the seemingly thoughtless mother to Teri Hatcher's Susan, who continued to suffer from kidney failure.

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Susan was also inhabiting Crazyville for much of last night before she pulled up stakes right at the end and moved to the Land of Sensibility. As I said in last week’s recap, Susan's broken-kidney storyline is deadly in so many ways. I get that it’s portraying something real and all that, but I don’t come to Desperate Housewives for reality and sad, dumpy things! I come for fantasy. Can she do something more fabulous that be holed up in a hospital room begging her aunt and mother for a kidney?

I did, however, enjoy the return of Lesley Ann Warren as Susan’s mom, Sophie—she and Teri Hatcher look like they should be a real-life mother-daughter duo. Whoever cast Warren is a genius! And the casting of Valerie Harper as Susan’s aunt Claire was a smart move, too, although at first I couldn’t help but think: Why is Claire even here? And: Did no one ever have the idea that Clarie should consider being tested to give Susan a kidney? I suppose Claire was just there to deliver the news about Sophie’s cancer to Susan, which worked but did feel a tad pointless. And despite the schmaltzyness of the whole thing, that’s actually where this otherwise heinous storyline took a turn toward the great. The scene that found Susan and Sophie telling each other how much they really did love each other was touching and sweet. Or maybe I’m just having an overreaction to anything that feels somewhat normal after all the insanity with the terrible storylines? Regardless, Susan and her mom were touching in the end there.

The final thing worth mentioning from last night was the trickle of a detail that emerged in the Paul Young mystery. After being urged by her priest, Bree invited Paul’s wife Beth over for an evening with the rest of the gals from Wisteria Lane. As you might have guessed, the other ladies were none too happy, but Bree eventually persuaded them to get on board. After lots of awkwardness, Beth ended up changing seats at the gathering and immediately discovered a .38 caliber pistol under the couch pillow. And that’s where the finger-pointing started, with Beth pulling out several conspiracy theory charges against the ladies, saying they the planted the gun there to frame her for Paul's shooting. The point is this: The gun may or may not be the one that someone used to shoot Paul Young, as Beth mentioned that the police said a .38 did the job. But just as Beth was pointing fingers at the hostess Bree and the other ladies, they pointed back, saying it was the perfect opportunity for her to drop the gun at someone else’s house if she actually did the deed. Who's right? Who's wrong? Who's lying? Who knows!

NEXT: The Paul Young mystery deepens.

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