'Desperate Housewives': The Women Discover They're Not Alone

Ghosts, zombies, and skeletons in the closet revisit Wisteria Lane for Halloween.

ABC’s Desperate Housewives traded in its usual campy costume spectacular Halloween episode on Sunday for a spookier one in which the women discover that their sins have come back to haunt them.

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After last episode’s reveal that Ben (Charles Mesure) planned to develop the land where the women buried the Gaby’s (Eva Longoria) stepfather, Bree (Marcia Cross) tried unsuccessfully to kill the project somehow. In the end, she, Gaby, and Lynette (Felicity Huffman) went to dig it up only to be chased around the woods by some strange man and then find it missing.

Who could know about what the women had done? I still believe that new neighbor and Renee’s (Vanessa Williams) developing love interest, Ben has something to do with it. He may be smoking them out as he continues to scare them with first the letter Bree received, then the announcement of the plan to develop the land, and then the empty grave. That or he has no idea and he’s working for someone who’s using him as a puppet. What’s your theory?

While that story developed in the background, there were certainly other cases of skeletons coming out of the closet among the women’s families, as well. An intense power play topped off a very typical Lynette story line in which she pretended to sew her daughter’s costume to save face in front of Tom’s (Doug Savant) new girlfriend. Lynette ended up buying a costume that was way too revealing for Penny. Tom’s new lady helped her sew a skirt for it and they seemed to bond over that and their similar histories with their husbands. Then, Lynette pulled a bold move and asked her if she’d back off of Tom, so they can have a fighting chance of reconciling. Girl power lost as the new girlfriend refused to stop dating him and informed Lynette that her marriage is over and she should deal with it. Ouch.

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Over at Gaby’s house, Carlos (Ricardo Chavira) decided to go to an AA meeting. But, his first meeting with a potential sponsor didn’t go well, since he can’t tell him that he started drinking to deal with the guilt of killing a man. He told Gaby that things were going well with AA, but that all caught up with him on Halloween when he had a hallucination that his victim was standing in his doorway trick or treating. Afterward, he instantly hit the booze.

Meanwhile, Renee continued her pursuit of Ben. And when the prospect of their first sexual encounter cracked her usually confident veneer, she overdosed on a concoction to help her libido and broke out in a disfiguring rash. I loved the scene in which Ben was taking her to the hospital and the kids ran screaming from her. First prize for horror makeup goes to Rene on this episode.

And finally, Susan (Teri Hatcher) flipped the switch on her art teacher and taught him a lesson about his icy demeanor toward his son. He really never wanted to be a father, but she helped him see the error of his ways.

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