The sixth season of Desperate Housewives marks the return of the ladies of Wisteria Lane. The premiere promises audiences all the drama and mystery that has kept them hooked for the past five seasons.
Sunday’s fast-paced first episode revolved around the theme of sin in the suburbs, and showcased the talents of each cast member. This season of Desperate Housewives is sure to have viewers thinking twice about what goes on behind closed doors in suburban neighborhoods.
The episode opened in traditional Desperate Housewives fashion, giving audiences a quick look into each of the housewives’ lives. These glimpses lead to resolving a question that has been looming since last season’s cliffhanger, namely who will Mike Delfino (James Denton) marry-his ex-wife Susan Mayer (Teri Hatcher) or his new fiancée, Katherine Mayfair (Dana Delany)?
The episode featured both women, one as the bride and the other as the surprise center of attention at the wedding. The episode also includes flashbacks from eight weeks before the wedding, allowing viewers to watch the hilarious drama unfold between the two women (who also happen to be neighbors). Housewife Lynette Scavo (Felicity Hoffman) is set in what is sure to be an emotional roller coaster this season. After discovering she is pregnant with twins, the 40-year-old mother of four falls into depression, imagining what is to come of her future.
In a dramatic scene, she admits to her husband that she does not love these babies like she loved her other children. Although the plot was mostly gloomy for Lynette, writers included enough comic relief to keep viewers interested.
In previous seasons Bree Van de Kamp (Marcia Cross) was the clean-cut, old-fashioned housewife who lived by the rules. This season adds an interesting twist. Bree steps out of her old ways, beginning a scandalous affair with a divorce lawyer she secretly hired. The episode followed her inner struggle concerning the affair. While she creates many excuses not to go through with the relationship, the opportunity eventually proves to be too tempting for her to resist.
Meanwhile, Gabrielle Solis (Eva Longoria Parker), the former model, is tested by the battles of teenage angst after agreeing to take in her husband’s devious niece, Anna (Maiara Walsh). After fighting it out with out any help from her husband, Gabrielle uses her memories of her own rebellious youth to prevent Anna from running wild. Of course, what would be a season of Desperate Housewives without a new and mysterious neighbor? This season, the Bolen family takes up residence on Wisteria Lane, bringing with them fresh secrets and plenty of mystery. Danny Bolen, (Beau Mirchoff) the Bolen’s teenage son, already has somewhat disturbing affections for Susan’s daughter, Julie (Andrea Bowen). He is not the only one who seems to have taken notice-Danny’s father also expressed interest in Julie. The last few minutes of the show shocked audiences when one character was attacked and left lying on the floor. This cliffhanger ending is clearly just laying the groundwork for what promises to be an intense and mystifying season.