Desperate Housewives: The Complete Seventh Season
(Teri Hatcher, Felicity Huffman, Marcia Cross, Eva Longoria, Ricardo Chavira, Vanessa Williams, et al / 5-Disc DVD / NR / 2011 / ABC Studios)
Overview: It‘s high noon on Wisteria Lane as a brand new rival stirs up even more excitement, deceit and romance in the neighborhood. This sizzling DVD release allows audiences to collect every red-hot episode, plus juicy never-before-seen bonus features.
DVD Verdict: WARNING: SPOILER ALERTS COMING! ... Well, it has to be said, it was obvious to us fans that the stops were being pulled out due to the writers/producers knowing that the end was soon for said show. I mean, as much as it couldn't have realistically gone on for much longer anyway, the show amped up its racier appeal ten fold!
Aside from lovers trysts left, right and center, and a classic on-TV scene shriek moment from Bree, "Get that thing away from me!" when she gets 'confronted' with a zucchini after a long session with her boy toy, Brian Austin Greene, we also had Gabby asking Lee to use the back door and he INSTANTLY retorts, "I always do!" My goodness, it's enough to make even the hardened watcher blush!
And as we get underway here in the seventh season, come episode five ('Let Me Entertain You') and the always-adorable Gabby (Eva Longoria) finally tells her husband, “Susan is an artist, Lynette a great business woman, Bree is the perfect homemaker. I was the beautiful one, and now I’m just plastic!". And it hits home just exactly what she means. For not only does she actually look re: the nose job and feel that way to herself, but us fans have noticed a certain 'plastic' appeal to the show for a couple of seasons now, sadly.
That said, and with the addition of the beautiful Vanessa Williams ('Ugly Betty') to the cast as Lynette’s college roommate, Renee Perry, there have still been some bright arcs of script sunlight to burst through. Indeed, Williams fits in perfectly on Wisteria Lane. Having just been dumped by her professional-athlete husband, she is still most definitely on the prowl! In one scene early on, Renee and Bree vie for the same man, with classic DH results thereafter! I mean, when the circus midget Bree sends to interrupt Renee’s date with the guy arrives, well, lets just say it is a TRUE highlight of season seven!
And continuing the theme of new arrivals, Emily Bergi ('The Rage: Carrie II') shows up as Paul Young's new wife, a prison groupie who sets up house with Fairview's creepiest citizen. But soon she causes tempers to flare when she won't perform her most important wifely duty! Bergi gets more likeable as the season goes on for sure, but her role is overshadowed by all the divas continuing to live in the Lane.
As for Young (Mark Moses), a very key character throughout season seven, he wants revenge on everyone on the street for being instrumental in sending him to prison. His feud also continues with his arch enemy, who is still in prison. You see, and here comes a HUGE SPOILER ALERT (you have been warned)!, the disembodied voice of his deceased wife Mary Alice (Brenda Strong) that has been the narrator of the show since its beginning when the series debuted back in 2004, has always been THE central mystery ie: her death!
And although everyone on Wisteria Lane believed her husband had killed her, it was ruled a suicide. To get Paul locked up, Mary Alice’s sister Felicia Tilmer (Harriet Sansom Harris) framed him for her murder by cutting her own fingers off, then leaving town. Hence, the ruse is discovered in the first episode of season seven, 'Remember Paul?' and Paul is freed.
Also, for my money, Teri Hatcher seems less annoying this year as well! Perhaps having her move off the Lane created more sympathy for the character? I don't know though, for on second thought I do continue to watch-through-my-fingers every time she takes to the screen! Come halfway through this season I soon found her goody two shoes act really tiresome. Ditto the same for her marriage with Mike.
Don't get me wrong, she still looks GREAT in all that lingerie though! Which is a good time to introduce Lainie Kazan as Susan's new landlady ... who also runs a website called Va-Va-Va-Broom! It features sexy women doing their housework in lingerie. With bills piling up and husband Mike on the verge of taking a job in Alaska, what's a desperate housewife to do but don the garters and heels? But soon even that takes a naughty turn when another of the 'actors' tries to get in on her act - midway through a live session!
And as we progress, we find out that Gabby has a daughter who is being raised by a lower class Mexican family, Felicity Huffman's Tom becomes a raging success and she can't stand it, and that, well, without giving too much more away, Wisteria Lane (in general) is due for some demolition work!
In conclusion, and although this wasn't groundbreaking material here in its seventh season, and even though we now know that ABC cancelled this sometimes complex, sometimes left-of-center, sometimes confusing, but yet always fun show in August of this year, it was at least back on track and more like its classic, at best seasons. [RT] These are all Full-Screen Presentations (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs, and comes with the Special Features of:
"Desperate for Trivia" Featurette
"Growing Up on Wisteria Lane" Featurette