The day begins just as every other... Except today, there will be a deadly hostage situation in a local supermarket.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Carlos Solis (as Ricardo Antonio Chavira)
Mike Delfino (credit only)
Danielle Van De Kamp (as Joy Lauren)


Everyone's lives on Wisteria Lane are forever changed when Carolyn Bigsby holds shoppers hostage at a local supermarket after finding out that her husband, the store manager, was involved with the mystery dead woman. Meanwhile, Gabrielle and Carlos finish dividing their assets: Gabrielle gets the house, and Carlos gets everything in it. Susan is preparing to go to Paris with Ian, but cancels when when learns that Julie is one of the hostages along with Austin who was caught shoplifting, as well as the cynical Edie, and Lynette and Nora whom are still feuding over Tom. Also a new guy move into Whisteria Lane into Paul Young's old house; a middle-aged man named Art Shepherd who also ends up being one of the hostages at the mercy of he psycho Carolyn Bigsby. Written by Anonymous

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5 November 2006 (USA)  »

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Can one episode bring me back to watching "Housewives"? Maybe.
7 November 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I spent more than a few hours reading posts from other IMDb users praising this particular episode of Desperate Housewives. I believe the praise is justified. When I first saw the show two seasons ago, I loved the show's dark humor and the mystery that kept me interested through the first season. The second season was marred by poor creative choices.

This episode, appropriately titled "Bang", is one of the strongest episodes in the three seasons Desperate Housewives has been on the air. It hearkens back to creator Marc Cherry's dark vision of suburbia and how one person's desperate act affects everyone in the neighborhood. The comic and tragic elements were a better balance here than previous episodes. One of my favorite TV scriptwriters is Frasier veteran Joe Keenan, who wrote this particular episode.

There were strong performances all around. Specifically, regular Felicity Huffman as Lynette, Kiersten Warren as Nora the woman who had a baby with Lynette's husband and Laurie Metcalf as the unstable woman who tries to confront her unfaithful store manager husband but ends up taking customers hostage. The conclusion of the episode with Huffman and Brenda Strong as Mary Alice certainly provided some food for thought.

When it comes to long-term creativity, not too many television shows are able to keep a consistent pace. Some shows tend to fall in a rut after a few seasons. Arguably, some shows may recover from that hole. With "Bang", I hope Desperate Housewives will be able to continue their creative recovery.

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