I’m quite impressed with the way Desperate Housewives has gone lately. No, not because it’s become awesome, but because the writers are somehow managing to make many episodes of its last season be full of pretty much nothing – When logic would point to them trying to make each second of it count.
Once again, with “Is This What You Call Love?” we receive another episode where very little happens over a rather lengthy period of time. Under the apparent guise of a Valentine’s episode, most of it seems to go around the love lives of the housewives, though for most of it very little of true importance happens, and instead we get an hour of mostly filler like Lynnette wondering whether to have sex or not with the guy she’s dating or Gabrielle lying to her daughter by giving her a valentine’s card that’s supposedly from the kid she likes, thus leading her to later sexually harass the kid by forcefully hugging and kissing him.
Sure, some of those storylines do end up with something interesting, like Lynnette realizing her marriage is indeed over after she sees herself moving on with the guy she’s dating, but all in all the storylines seem to lead nowhere, making the episode feel like a lot of filler, something that could be acceptable if it didn’t happen as often as it has lately and if the show weren’t on its last season.
Other than the filler storylines, there were two storylines of sorts that stood out this episode. The first one was actually a semi-filler one that has potential to become bigger in the upcoming episodes – Julie’s pregnancy and her decision to give her kid in adoption due to her opposition to the idea of being a single mom, something that comes from her own experience having been raised by Susan. Though not a huge storyline, I feel this might be evolved upon in the following episodes, particularly if Susan gets things her way and convinces Julie to keep the child – Something that would change the rules in her life quite a bit.
The second storyline that stood out was the same storyline that’s been touched mainly during the last few episodes: Bree’s downfall into apparent insanity and its effects over both her life and that of her friends and neighbors. After her friends realize how insanely she’s been acting and decide to intervene (Apparently forgiving her for all those things they blamed her for without her actually being guilty), she lets them know just how terribly they treated her with the whole anonym letter issue and how she felt deceived by her friends blaming it all on her. After that, she lets them know she doesn’t consider them her friends anymore and doesn’t even want things to go back the way they were.
After that, she leaves the house and goes back to the bar to pick up a guy – Where a man tries to pick her up instead. After she refuses, he calls her a whore and says everyone knows she sleeps with all men she meets in the bar and, after she leaves feeling insulted, proceeds to follow her outside. Once there, he attempts to force her into having sex with him, only to be stopped by Orson, who apparently found his way to the bar after having been called by Bree’s friends. The episode ends as Bree admits her life is a mess while Orson reminds her that one thing they were always good at was cleaning things up.
All in all, it wasn’t really a bad episode – Just a very lackluster one, filled with nothing. Though the series has certainly had much worse ones, it’s episodes like this one that make me wonder why they even bothered doing an eight season when more than half of the things that happen in several episodes don’t matter at all or storylines get relegated to one or two episodes and then forgotten.
Final review rating: 2.5/5