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Desperate Housewives - Season 2 (Review)

Teri Hatcher in Desperate Housewives

Review by Jack Foley & Hollie Cade

THE second season of Desperate Housewives was lighter in many ways than its predecessor but still maintained very high standards.

Picking up where the first series left off, the second season finds each character in a state of turmoil.

Having lost her husband, Bree (Marcia Cross) flirts with alcoholism as she attempts to cope with a difficult son and a potentially psychopath lover.

Gabrielle (Eva Longoria), meanwhile, ponders motherhood and how to get her husband out of prison, Lynette (Felicity Huffman) shakes up her marital dynamics by going back to work and Susan (Teri Hatcher) continues to try and win over Mike, while ensuring that his troubled son doesn’t come between them or lead her daughter astray.

The season also adds several new characters to Wisteria Lane, including – most notably – Betty Applewhite (Alfre Woodard) as a secretive mother with a mystery guest in her basement…

As always, the writers displayed a canny knack for mixing dark storylines with even blacker humour, making light of murder, homosexuality and bereavement.

In the wrong hands, this could have become tacky but Desperate Housewives always maintained the right balance. What’s more, it did so by featuring a set of (sometimes hysterical) characters who audiences love to hate.

Marcia Cross, especially, won a lot of sympathy for the way in which she brilliantly portrayed her character’s gradual breakdown from control freak to alcoholic. While Teri Hatcher continued to display many a neurotic tendency as the frustratingly inept Susan.

Eva Longoria, meanwhile, continued to impress as the vampish Gabrielle who actually got to display a softer, more vulnerable side to her character when contemplating motherhood – although she had to be at her bitchy best when fending off the attentions of an unwanted nun.

And finally, Felicity Huffman provided many chuckles as she became the main provider for her family, going to work and leaving her husband at home. Office politics played a big part in her story arc and contributed to one of the more memorable moments as she danced provocatively on top of a bar.

The second series also contained enough intrigue to keep viewers on their toes, culminating in a suitably tense season finale.

The signs remain strong for the third season as the women of Wisteria Lane show no sign of becoming boring just yet….

Season two is therefore highly recommended viewing that continues to highlight why US television is so far ahead of the rest.

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