Desperate Housewives: Season 4, Episode 17

Free (18 May 2008)

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In the season final, several residents of Wisteria Lane are faced with deadly threats; Adam is held captive by the deranged Wayne who physically tortures him for information as to Dylan's ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Gabrielle Solis (as Eva Longoria Parker)
Edie Britt (credit only)
Carlos Solis (as Ricardo Antonio Chavira)
Preston Scavo (credit only)


In the season final, several residents of Wisteria Lane are faced with deadly threats; Adam is held captive by the deranged Wayne who physically tortures him for information as to Dylan's origins... and what happened to the real Dylan Davis. Ellie, now a fugitive, contacts Gabrielle to help her retrieve a teddy bear from their house. Tom and Lee finally have their commitment ceremony in the form of a block party on Wisteria Lane. Lynette is forced to cater to the party while Tom refuses to help out because of the Kayla case. Meanwhile, Susan realizes she will soon lose someone she loves when Julie is accepted into Princeston University early and will be leaving town soon. Also, Katherine Mayfair's secret about her past and of what happened to Dylan is finally revealed after Wayne takes her and Bree hostage in her house. Written by Anonymous

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A very consistent episode which prepares the audience nicely for another season
3 July 2008 | by (Greece) – See all my reviews

After reading comments about this episode that to me seem inaccurate i decided to express my opinion ...

I think that everyone agrees that the Mayfair mystery closed well with an appearance of Mary-Alice and Wayne getting what he deserved... I liked the fact that Kathrine shot him because it shows that good guys are human too...It was nice to see that real Dylan died by accident and wasn't murdered, making the story be a bit more original..At this point i want to comment on people saying it is turning out to be a crime show...The answer is NO! Desperate Housewives is a dramedy and MYSTERY always has been and will always be one...Yes, mystery does have crime involved but Desperate Housewives is not the story of two cops chasing bad guys!

Moving on to the most controversial aspect of the episode...The 5 years leap... I know that it is a major cliffhanger and some of you don't like changes but stop attacking it since you have only seen a sample...I personally liked it, since it had both unexpected and expected elements..Haven't you ever told yourself "oh my god, some time ago if they told me i would turn out the way i have, i would laugh!"?...Thus i think that this time-shift added pretty realistically the story lines for next season...I also want to say, that Susan not being with Mike wasn't presented as something dramatic...From the music of that last scene you can understand that the reaction that fits is more like "well would you look at that!" and not sobbing and crying...

To sum up, i think season 4 began great and ended the same way leaving the audience wanting more...

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